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Moonlight Survived
Atlantic Records

Rating: 5/10 ?

February 22, 2005
Lyrical excerpts:
"And I will cry for the death of our dove, another lover paints the sky."

"We could lie there forever, and we, we could lie there together, and we, we could die there together."

"Please believe me that this is all I have to give, I gave you my last breath and you left me with nothing."

"The truths you say aren't truths at all, we're fading out this ghost light falls, it falls on me."

Label press/blurb quotes:
'It's about that point where you learn to live with your scars and finally find a way to have closeness in your life. It's an attempt to freeze that moment in time.'
- Jake Brown, Bassist

"Conflict is at the very heart of Moonlight Survived. The collection is richly melodic, yet fraught with a potent, progressive edge. Songs such as the stirring first single, "Stratus," and the energetic, "My Dying Day" explore haunted emotional terrain - loneliness, struggle, regret - yet ultimately achieve great beauty and genuine catharsis.

Abi's take
This record knows its audience - all of these quotes reflect this fact. The production value is quite high, as a testament to producer Brian McTernan, who has worked on many big releases in the past (Thrice, Hot Water Music).

If you are an adolescent, or are going through some type of emotional anguish, you may get some semblance of enjoyment out of this. You can either go the Get Up Kids/Juliana Theory/Jimmy Eats World route or by way of Linkin Park/Simple Plan/Good Charlotte; this release seems to straddle that gap between quite well. It has nice dynamic structures complete with some effective hooks and the songwriter seems to take pleasure in emotive lyrics but in my opinion a whole album of such gets quite tiresome.

If you really like this sort of poppy rock emotional baggage (read: major label emo) then I'd say give this one a try, but otherwise it's not anything to gush about.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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