Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Smile Empty Soul's "Consciousness" is a far better record than "Vultures." "Vultures" was too angry and too whiney. "Consciousness" is more about self loathe and faith. The band made this record with a new outlook and a new attitude and you can really tell that when listening to this record. I'll be the first to admit that I don't care for the lyrics from Sean Danielson and that's still a problem with this record. They tell stories, and that's good I guess, but they're a little too simple for my liking. Doesn't mean they're not good to somebody else. I just don't particularly care for them. What's good about this record are the guitars. They sound better than they did on "Vultures" or even on their Atlantic record. The stuff isn't just thicker with the guitars it's slightly more complex that what we've seen from SES in the past. The song set is 50/50 here- you're going to find stuff you like and you're going to find stuff you hate. Not just because that's everybody and music but this record in particular is highly subjective and has such a weird flow to it that's it's hard to decide which songs you love and which songs you hate on the first listen and on the tenth listen. "Consciousness" is a record that's not going to gain them a new bunch of fans. It's just not, but the die-hard Smile Empty Soul fans that stuck with the band through the past five or six years will love this record and really that's all that counts.