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So Divided (Digital Version)

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

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Given their guitar smashing, bottle breaking tendencies and, well, that friggin' band name of theirs, it's hard to imagine ...Trail of Dead suffering a quarter-life crisis. So Divided skips from tribal percussion samples ("Wasted State of Mind") to saloon piano leads ("Life") to unabashedly Beatles-like pop ("Eight Days of Hell") without so much as a flinch. So, more like a complete mental breakdown, presented in unedited form by main multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Conrad Keely. While he's never sounded happy before, Keely sounds more embittered than ever here, as he wonders if he's wasted his time rocking out all these years and pretty much ruins the party by being the pessimistic guy in the room. Not the mealy-mouthed mope in the corner, either. No, Keely sounds like he's about to crack as he promises to put lovers and freedom fighters "out of (their) misery." Whether he means that in a literal sense or is simply showing us the truth about love and loss, peace and war, matters little. What matters is the variety ...Trail of Dead leaves behind while on the warpath, right down to the Cure-coping "Sunken Dreams" and a surprisingly colorful (and heartfelt) cover of the Guided By Voices standard "Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory."

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This one's for you Conrad.

Great album. The sonic journeys from one song to the next make this album alot of fun to listen to. The thing I find most enjoyable, is listening to a band evolve. I keep reading reviews comparing this album with Source Tags & Codes from 5 years ago, stating that this album (and worlds apart for that matter) are off the mark, which is dismaying. As a fan of music, I want to see an artist evolve over time as they hone their craft. Listen to the evolution of any great band like the stones or beatles... If Trail of Dead had released another ST&C, the critics wouldnt hesitate to roast them over the coals, but step too far outside the 'safe zone' and they'll roast you anyway. Way too much emphasis is placed on loyalty to a genre. This album is a shining point of light in an otherwise dull and repetitive music scene. Listening, I am instantly transported to a time when the craft of songwriting was taken seriously. buy this album, support real art instead of prepackaged overproduced garbage. Give it at least 3 listens before you judge and you will find the magic that is TOD.

Hey! Here's a concept!

Let's put together an album with only 8 songs that have no dynamic changes or inspiration, throw in a few tracks that offer no musical inginuity and replace the usual amazing booklet artwork with low-budget computer animation! Genuis!! Perhaps I shouldn't be so critical but Trail of Dead is capable of so much better. This new cd has very little energy compared to their first two cds and almost none of the musical experimentation of the last two. Just when T.O.D. was finding a balance of raw sound and inventive song-writing they seemed to have gotten lazy... if you really are interested in Trail of Dead, check out Source Tags and Codes

Trail of Lemmings

These guys used to be one of the most creative bands around. Their first 3 albums & EP are simply incredible. They also used to be a great live band. But like Modest Mouse, they sold out their integrity and creativity for the Radio Friendly crap of MTV land and the cash payoff that goes with it. Don't waste your money, and if you have a brain in your head, don't waste your time too.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An unlikely but powerful combination of punk fury and prog rock ambition, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead were formed in late 1994 by singers/guitarists/drummers Jason Reece and Conrad Keely. The longtime friends originally met in Hawaii before settling in the indie hotbed of Olympia, Washington, where Reece drummed for the notorious Mukilteo Fairies. After relocating together to Austin, Texas, the duo began playing shows as "You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead," eventually adding...
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