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Album Review

"You'll be relieved when you open up and let yourself seem vulnerable," Anthony Green coaxes on "Your Friends Are Gone," and he and Circa Survive are leading by example with their revealing album On Letting Go. Across a dozen songs, Circa Survive explore their inner workings and feelings, their relationships, their lives, and even their philosophies, delving deep into their psyches along the way. However, for all this exposure, the lyrics are often veiled enough that the group isn't left entirely naked, and sometimes even the themes are obscured. "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose" is ostensibly about writer's block, but there's more emotional wallop than just that within. "Semi Constructive Criticism" is a bit more straightforward, an apology to a slighted bandmember, and the more obscure "Living Together" delves into the effect of music-making itself — but is "In the Morning and Amazing..." addressed to a person or an instrument? From the disowning of a wayward parent (the title track) to the philosophical questioning of "Kicking Your Crosses Down" and "Close Your Eyes to See," On Letting Go isn't content to let anything go without dissecting it first. And perhaps because there's so much lyrical intensity within, this time around Circa Survive create a more forthright sound than previously. Of course, the guitars still cascade across the grooves, off-kilter drumbeats still spatter the set, and the band's epic sound remains intact. But now their dramatic shifts are no longer the focus, with melodies coming even more strongly to the fore, along with more variation in styling. Circa Survive are growing at an astounding rate, and this much more mature effort suggests they're now reaching their prime.

Customer Reviews

On Letting Go

On Letting Go is probably Circa's best album. The songs are so good it's hard to pick one favorite; but Living Together , The Greatest Lie, Carry Us Away, Close Your Eyes To See, and Your Friends Are Gone are my current top 5.

p.s. the reason why this album has barely any reviews is because their old record label(EqualVision) re-put it on iTunes (same with Juturna).


I have to say, a friend recemended this band to me and I was a little iffy. Mainly because of the name, just threw me off (whether in a good or bad, you knows), but now, as I simply get previews of this song, I am blown away! The voices are so soothing, the beat fits perfectly with the lyrics, and Circa Survive is just an amazing band! Have to say that this album is the top out of the others. I especially love the singers voice, just makes me want to relax and fall asleep, but isn't boring at all. Love this album!


The most beautifully crafted post-punk/alternative album I've ever heard. Truly inspirational and relatable lyrics collide with innovative and captivating instrumentals. Anthony Green's voice alone is acts like an instrument. This album digs deep into the soul and reveals the inner sanctum without becoming too vulnerable. I love this album.


Formed: 2004 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia's Circa Survive was formed by former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green with guitarist Colin Frangicetto -- both of them veterans of the local emo and hardcore scenes looking to indulge in the rule-breaking freedom of the neo-progressive movement of the mid-2000s. After Green and Frangicetto discovered like-minded bandmates in second guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard, and drummer Steve Clifford, Circa Survive recorded an album, Juturna (named after a Roman goddess), for Equal...
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