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The Spill Canvas
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Reviewed: 8/9/2010 by Ryan


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Iím a fan of the Spill Canvas and I love the songs on this record, but I don't love this record. The point of this album is to bundle the band's two EPs together into one piece of music with two new songs and some bonus stuff. It's cool to get acoustic and normal versions of different songs, but it's not so cool that there are only a couple of new tracks. The positive of this is that if you don't have either of the recent EPs (Abnormalities and Realities) you can buy this album and save a little money while getting some bonus music as well. The negative of this is that it's really not new music and it kind of screws over fans who only bought one of the EPs. Warner has been stringing fans of the band around for the past two years without a legitimate follow up. It's a shame that this is going to be labeled as a sophomore record, because it's definitely not. At best itís confusing and at worst itís a mess. The music is fine, it's that it's not new... that's the problem. I thought releasing EPs like this was a good idea, until I've seen it executed. Now... not so much. The problem is that it's a slap in the face to the die-hard fans of the band. They already have these songs, and they deserved to see this band take the follow up challenge. Here's hoping Nick Thomas has been writing songs like crazy and we can get a 'normal' full album from the Spill Canvas very, very soon.

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