Letlive. “The Blackest Beautiful” Album Review

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When someone tries to describe the concept of a 4th dimension to me, I imagine it would look the way Letlives’ The Blackest Beautiful sounds. The third album of this post-hardcore act, Letlive, contains eleven tracks of multi-dimensional sound walls that make no apologies. This album pushes the limits of what a listener can focus on, with persistent multiple, cascading guitars, expertly layered vocals, powerful rhythm sections, and a host of diverse backing instruments, from synthesizers to orchestral strings that all manage to mesh together in an artistic onslaught of sound. A wide variety of production styles are also blended into the mix, such as transduced recordings and talk-tracks.

From the first track, “Banshee (Ghost Fame),” the intricate arrangements, driven by a frustrated tone, build and break chaotically. This is indeed a ticket for a mental plane ride away from your surroundings. One of the biggest surprises with this group (for those unfamiliar with them) is that despite fitting under the post-hardcore genre, they can remain in control of themselves enough to include pop sensible choruses and melodies, which are inviting and refreshing in an area of music that often seems reserved for the avid fans. Soulful vocal performances, by founding member Jason Aalon Butler, are the icing on the layered cake, such as in the songs “Younger” and “The Dope Beat.” Whether you miss your days of rebellion, or you’re fresh and ready to begin them, The Blackest Beautiful has more than a handful of anthems for you to raise your fist to. For more information on Letlive, check out the band’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/theletlive), and be sure to catch Letlive out on the Vans Warped Tour this summer!

Tour Dates:
July 6 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 7 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
July 9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 10 – Washington, D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 11 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
July 12 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
July 13 – New York, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 14 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
July 16 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
July 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 18 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 19 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 20 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park
July 23 – Kansas City, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
July 24 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 26 – Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park
July 27 – W. Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 28 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 29 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 2 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 3 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug 4 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot

For Additional Information:
www.thisisletlive.com/
www.epitaph.com/

-Paul W.

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