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Source Tags And Codes


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005YW51
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Was There That I Saw You
2. Another Morning Stoner
3. Baudelaire
4. Homage
5. How Near How Far
6. Heart in the Hand of the Matter
7. Monsoon
8. Days of Being Wild
9. Relative Ways
10. After the Laughter
11. Source Tags and Codes

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Product Description

Artist, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. UK edition of the U.S. emo band's 2002 album includes one bonus track, 'Blood Rites'.

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With their first major-label release, Austin's most destructive live act will hopefully move from notoriety for trashing their instruments to appreciation for the way they use them. Source Tags & Codes is the third release from the band with the long name, and it is a volatile time bomb of emo, art rock, and post rock that explodes with emotion on every song. The walls of guitar effects and tense, heated vocals provide the band's driving aggression, but they soften the blows with bouts of dark melody, even adding strings and piano in places. The album should please fans of bands such as At the Drive In, Unwound, and Les Savy Fav, but Source Tags & Codes weighs in as heavier, noisier, and, in places, more tormented and beautiful than those bands. With enough twists in its movements to ward off any signs of predictability, Source Tags & Codes is an impressive rock collage that exposes new musical layers with each listen. --Jennifer Maerz

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
i've had this album probably since '02. i just recently picked this up again and decided how good it was. This was truly my first introduction to "indie rock" as it was known, but i had no idea that this was that. I have since then listened to all sorts of indie stuff but i'm very glad i came back to this record for several reasons. Versatality is a huge one. The record plays from start to finish and it has many personalities. There are great pop melodies (it was there) and things that drift more to hardcore (track #4). The strange thing is that the album works very very well as a whole as well. The songs themselves are great but to really let this sink in..listen to it many times straight through. Listen to the skill of the single note melodies-and the nice full melodic sound of the bass throughout "it was there" (among others). Feel Conrads pain as he screams in track #4 and also listen to the amazing (different) lyrics that are on this record. Especially relative ways. This whole album is not the most accessible thing to most people. It will take a lot of time to really get into it, but its completely worth it once you start actually singing the guitar parts because you know them so well. Yeah, so overall this album is great and i would encourage fans of ATDI, Mars Volta, Flaming Lips, and Pavement to really check these guys out. Flaming lips seem out of place but if you listen to the last track on the record-completely flaming lips style. But yes, all in all, great record and its completely worth the money.
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This is one of the finest albums of the decade so far, a sprawling and magnificent collision of wildly diverse musical styles resulting in a record of epic sonic and emotional scope. The gorgeous melodies are always present as a counterpoint to the paint-stripping guitars and machine-gun drumming.
Loss and regret are key themes of Source Tags & Codes, and this is evident in the first proper track, It Was There That I Saw You, with lyrics like "It was there that I saw you, in the heat of a summer's embrace/ But as time went on, I wondered what went wrong/ I wondered what became of you". It wonderfully evokes the long-gone dreams of lost seasons. Another Morning Stoner asks, "Why is a song the world to me?", which is probably something that any music obsessive can relate to.
Sometimes ...Trail Of Dead are melodramatic and pretentious with their imagery and lyrics, but they do it with such style that it's irresistible; note Monsoon, with the line "rivers run red with their blood", among a series of apocalyptic evocations on the album.
One of the record's great strenghts is the way that everything fits together so perfectly. This is in no small part due to the brilliantly judged instrumental interludes between songs, which segue the tracks together. Nearly every track is layered and detailed, with new ideas revealing themselves with every listen. The more spontaneous punk rock blasts (Baudelaire, Days Of Being Wild), which recall early Manic Street Preachers, are infectious and blistering, and even the heaviest track, Homage, carries the listener with an unstoppable crazed momentum.
The best is saved for two tracks at the end, Relative Ways and the title track. These tracks are basically about life, and its simultaneous beauty and hopelessness.
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You know hard rock fans are starved for something good (or even competent) when a band like this gets so much praise. It's a pretty good album, but it's also so derivative, you wonder why every garage band in the country doesn't have a recording contract. The guys next door play this stuff every Friday night. Where's their major label debut? I don't know about the Fugazi comparisons, but I've heard enough Sonic Youth to recognize the style --- dramatic, distorted guitar noise with the sensitive/smart vocals on top. It's an effective recipe if you want it both ways. You get to be a progressive band and a loud band at the same time. You rock, but you aren't dumb. Hey, no wonder they stole the blueprint.
The only really good song on this album is Baudelaire. It's based on a single, descending guitar riff. But it's a perfect riff, right up there with the best of AC/DC and Kiss. (Of course, they overproduced the song and made sure the lyrics were vaguely intellectual, so if you who don't like the stupid/fun of Kiss and AC/DC, you'll still like this.) The first song is pretty good, too, but it's all in the dynamics, which I've already heard over and over by everyone from Nirvana to Godspeed You Black Emperor.
This is a solid 3-star album because it's loud and just eccentric enough to be interesting about half the time. I should drop a few more stars for the horrible band name and the ugly CD booklet, but I'm a very nice person. Hopefully, this band will develop into something more original. They can look back at this as their Sonic-Youth-rip-off album and laugh.
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Milkbaby has know about this Band for awhile but never paid any attention to them until a I started hearing things about this Album.Mes decided to go and Buy it,So Mes did I thought they were Overated from reading reviews from Customers and critics I expected to hear something Mindblowing,The Milkbaby needless to say was disappointed.Mes still think there Overrated but I will say this though.This Band does have the Potential to make an Album that we'll blow us away.Now time to review,to help describe this album in a few words, Melodic Screaming with an Art Rock Side.If Modern Rock had been around in the 1800's it would have sound it like this,glimpsing at the art work threw the cd you might mistake these guys for Pseudo-Intellectuals,don't these guys make Indie Rock for the Thinking man(There are alot of Bands that are described as Indie Rock That I don't think are Indie Rock).This band remindes me of alot of Early 90's Grunge meshed with Art Rock and Garage Punk,maybe just alittle bit of Emo.
There is alot of emotion on this Record,and I believe these guys do mean it.There's even a reference to the great-poet Charles Baudelaire on the track apptly named "Baudelair" which reads like a Baudelaire Poem.This album even has a Neo-Experimental edge to it,not the kind of experimental that only Bohemians and People like MES Like.This Radio friendly Experimental,so indie rock kids will find this very Accessible.The Best Tracks on here are The last three,"relative ways""After the laughter" and the best of them all"Sources Tags and Codes" the title track."Relative ways" sounds like a modern rock song from the Early 90's with a little bit of Emo.
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