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The Things We Think We're Missing

Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing
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I had heard Balance and Composure years ago when they opened for Coheed and Cambria and were promoting this album. Revisiting it years later has reminded me of its simplicity and eloquence in songwriting, balanced out by the incredible passion the band put into their work. This is a great album if you're looking for that Thrice-like sound.
Powerful and loud while still being quiet and sincere.
Parachutes - 8.3/10
Lost Your Name - 7.3/10
Back Of Your Head - 10/10
Tiny Raindrop - 10/10
Notice Me - 7.4/10
Ella - 6.7/10
Cut Me Open - 8.5/10
Reflection - 9.5/10
I'm Swimming - 7.8/10
When I Come Undone - 7.5/10
Dirty Head - 6.5/10
Keepsake - 7.4/10
Enemy - 7.5/10

Initial rating: 79
Angst is an interesting emotion in music. When we hear it, there is a lot of intense emotions that take place when you listen to albums that use angst. This album has a tendency to lean into that emotion while missing the calm moments. Lost Your Name blares its chorus to you like a rabid dog lunging toward you. The heavy production works for an album like this, but leans heavily into this project effecting the final product. The group must have loved Nirvana since there are trademarks of the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Parachutes
  2. Lost Your Name
  3. Back Of Your Head
  4. Tiny Raindrop
  5. Notice Me
  6. Ella
  7. Cut Me Open
  8. Reflection
  9. I'm Swimming
  10. When I Come Undone
  11. Dirty Head
  12. Keepsake
  13. Enemy
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Added on: September 12, 2013