Artist- Set It Off
Genere- Alternative Rock
Reviewed by- Sammantha Sanchez
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Man’s mind is a complicated structure told through more than just words. The album Cinematics by Set It Off goes through the inner workings of the brain and every difficult emotion we go through. Each song conveys their given mood perfectly. No two songs are alike which makes this album all the more expanded to a wider audience.
The album starts with a heavy orchestral sound that leads into the next song. I’d like to say that the lack of breaks in between each song, and the transition from each song to the next, means something, but I can’t. The track-list follows no order to categorize the chorales in any meaningful way, instead there are only three pieces that seem to have a fitting place in the set: “Thoughts That Breathe” (An instrumental introduction to the album as a whole.), “Dream Catcher” (A self loving, middle track that sits to serve as a meaningful and beautiful palette cleanser. Also a personal favorite of mine.), and the final track, “The Grand Finale”.
The twelfth finale piece will always serve as a great story song, something Set It off has come to do quite often in more recent albums such as Duality and Upside Down. To understand this song and how impactful the story told is, background knowledge is required. Cinematics first came to public viewing in September of 2012, the year the world was supposed to end. “The Grand Finale” showcases the ending of the world through very dark lyrics such as, “…Leave begins your dollar bills/ The value of paper means nothing now…,” and “She calls off the search/ Accepts her fate/ Sits by the window no will to escape.”, telling a message that during the end of the world, nothing matters. There is no amount of money or effort that the characters in this song could have used to save themselves. The anthem then comes to a closure with screaming quickly wrapped together in a final single ringing tone, “The Silence”. The song has a great eerie feeling to conclude the whole album.
The collection also has a deluxe edition that includes acoustics of some of the songs on the album and also a demo of an unheard track. With the entirety of the album, the customer also receives three surprise tracks. One, which only appears on CD’s, never on the track-list itself. However, the other two tracks, thirteen and fourteen, are shown in the regular album and on the track-list. The song appearing on track thirteen is “Partners In Crime”, featuring the sing of the band, New Year’s Day, Ash Costello. The song tells the story of two lovers, much like Bonnie and Clyde, repeating the phrase, “You’ll never take us alive.” Set It Off make use of violins in this song, heavily adding almost what could be heard as a cowboy standoff. Most of their music play with orchestral sounds, while keeping that edgier tone, seeing as half of the band went to college in hopes of pursuing a career in being in a musical group. “Partners In Crime” show the orchestral sound off beautifully while also introducing some electric guitar and some rougher vocals to accompany it.
The next added song is, “Kill The Lights”. This track, just like “Partners In Crime”, makes use of violins. The difference is “Kill The Lights” uses violins to make a more murderous tone to the song. The chorus is about people being so attention seeking they might act as if they are on a stage. The phrase, “Killing the lights” would be cutting the stage lights off and stop having your focus on them.
The final added song was a hidden track added to the beginning of the album, which has no title. It is a voice memo of the lead singer, Cody Carson, singing a few lines from one of the songs, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”. This was added as a memento to the fans who were there when the band was small and their haunted house pop music was just shown to a small audience. These fans were lucky enough to actually become friends with the band, seeing as they were so small that after shows they would go behind the venue and hang with fans. These audiences got to hear the magic behind the music and were let in on song-writing tips, such as, when Carson has a song idea he takes his phone’s voice memos and just starts singing, as heard in the hidden track.
The simple usage of their talents has made Set It Off a great band to listen to. With their backgrounds in classical music and the growing popularity of alternative music they definitely make for an interesting listen. The emotions extracted, and the songs that give off such a wide interpretation, make this album one to add to the collection.