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Album Review

Elliott is playing rock in a dramatic fashion. Having thrown typical sound mixing out the window, they have sought to transition themselves into something new and remarkable by bringing vocals, bass, and drums up in the mix and pushing the guitars down. Chris Higdon's vocals are tragic, yet reassuring; depressing, yet glorious. The bass, guitar, and drums are there, too, but the vocals are most mesmerizing. Everything flows together beautifully behind that impressive voice. Heartbreaking and expansive, Elliott's False Cathedrals grows as each song passes. Largely scoped for a darker, driven record too often wanted but not performed to quite such a degree of perfection, False Cathedrals satisfies many fans searching for something akin to Radiohead's unique creativity but in a more indie rock manner. Nevertheless, there is a secret to listening to this. False Cathedrals is made for all lonely people, it seems. For some reason, the thought of listening to it with another person seems incomprehensible. False Cathedrals displays the sadness and awesome greatness of a band like the Cure. Similar to much of the Cure's darker material, Elliott has the ability to evoke feelings and responses from painful pasts and lonely nights. Utilizing a large, rock & roll drum-driven sound, Elliott showcases a band on the verge of accomplishing great things by doing something as simple as changing the engineering of an album.

Customer Reviews

This Is It

This album is one of the greatest stories ever told. From the moment it kicks in with its relaxin chant of voices, it then kicks into a powerful, atmospheric explosion and doesn't stop. Songs like blessed and shallow like your breath are wonderfully aragened but so is everything else. When Speed of Film ends you will probably have chills all over your body since you just took a look into Elliott's False Cathedrals. You will take this journey over and over again and everytime better then the last. This album influence many bands you hear today, and my old band The Last Drive. Do yourself a favor, pack a bowl, turn off the lights, and press play. You will be glad you did.

Absolutely Incredible band, By far the best album

This remains to be one of the most incredible "emo" (if you must label them, but please don't dismiss them because of that) bands to date. Reminiscence of Sunny Day Real Estate with a darker feel. I can honestly say not one song on this album is a filler or b-side. Incredible work from an incredible band. "Speed of Film" is a perfect conclusion to this album.

This album is everything

Not only does it express every negative emotion in an uplifting way, it does so with style. Elliott, though they have been disbanded for some time, consistanly finds a way to amaze with each release. I highly recommend Photorecording, as the live cuts of some of these songs are even more mesmerizing, especially the anthemic Calm Americans and pounding Drive On To Me.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Only frontman Chris Higdon remains from the original lineup of Elliott, a Louisville emo band known for its intense stage presence, replete with piano and percussion samples. Higdon, bassist Jonathan Mobley, and drummer Ben Lord formed Elliott after the breakup of their previous band, Falling Forward. After releasing the In Transit EP with Initial Records in 1996, Kevin Ratterman replaced Lord and Empathy's Jay Palumbo came aboard. Elliott made its full-length debut with U.S. Songs on Revelation...
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