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Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear by Underoath

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Reviewed on 29th March 2009.


Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear

By Underoath

'Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear' is the second single to be taken from Underoath's sixth studio album, 'Lost In The Sound of Separation.'

Eschewing the usual verse/chorus formula, 'Too Bright....' charts a varied musical landscape, with an emphasis always on the lyrics. It isn't the most immediate, or hook-packed of songs, and won't blow you away on the very first listen. Underoath seem to know this, as all the musical flourishes are reigned in for a no-nonsense, hardcore assault end-section. We even get some screamed backing vocals to temper Aaron Gillespie's clean main vocals. It's just what this song needs, and will get fans of the genre hitting the repeat button and, gradually, getting to know this song's more difficult opening half.

'Too Bright To See...' starts life as a relatively slow-burning, tentative rock song, with downbeat, urban-tinged riffs and jaded-sounding vocal contributions from Aaron. Underoath then move between passages of marching, driving drumbeats, and more melodic segments, where the only edginess comes from Aaron's occasionally strident vocals.

It isn't particularly easy, and it won't get your blood pumping right away, but 'Too Bright To See...' is a mature, accomplished piece of hardcore-influenced rock that doesn't just go in for screaming and making a racket and, as such, has longer term appeal than most songs of this genre.

The furious, pedal-to-the-metal end-section provides that necessary shot of uncomplicated sound, that'll keep the listener coming back to this song, and uncovering the subtle hooks in the awkward and arty opening sections. A slow-grower, but one that you'll enjoy working at.



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