No World For Tomorrow
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2007 album from the Alternative rockers, their fourth album overall. Recorded in L.A. with producer Nick Raskulinecz and featuring Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins filling in temporarily since the departure of Coheed's original drummer. The album, although more personal than any Coheed album before it, does complete the Amory Wars and is in fact, the final chapter in the saga of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, the main character in a storyline that wraps all of their albums together. The album cover was illustrated by Ken Kelly, who was responsible for Kiss' Destroyer and Love Gun albums. Columbia.
Coheed and Cambria's first three outings were smart, adventurous affairs that didn't eschew accessibility and No World for Tomorrow proves no exception. From the title cut to the epic "The End Complete," No World carries an intensity informed by occasional touches of the light, such as "Feathers," which not only recalls the Van Halen classic "Dance the Night Away" in its opening measures but also gives a knowing wink to silliest and most histrionic elements of emo. ("The Hound of Blood and Rank" and "The Running Free" are two of the finest pieces C&H has thus far committed to disc.) Throughout, there are odd time signatures and multilayered sounds that will keep listeners coming back to dissect the album. As good as the pop-inflected elements on this record are, it's the closing "On the Brink" (featuring requisite nods to Pink Floyd) that steals the show and demonstrates that Coheed and Cambria's greatest attribute is that it stimulates the mind as much as the foot--a promising sign in a time when too many think too much about too little. --Jedd Beaudoin
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This album is full of the typical catchy C&C riffs and choruses but also incorporates different styles not yet explored on previous albums. Claudio has a lot more variance in his vocal performance than on any other album and thus I think he has improved as a singer. The previous 'Good Apollo' album bears the most resemblence but 'No World' is overall more upbeat - having shorter simpler song arrangements without lacking any of the wonderfully weird and complex Coheed sound. Any fan of the band should be satisfied with this latest offering - if not blown away by it.
RECOMMENDATION: If you care about the packaging then make sure to purchase the deluxe edition. This edition is just the CD in a sleeve with no lyrics. The extra money may be worth it for the lyrics, the artwork, and the DVD.
THE DISC: (2007) 13 tracks clocking in at approximately 60 minutes. There are 2 versions of the release - the single disc in a slim cardboard sleeve (only); and the 2-disc 4-section foldout set containing the album on disc-1, and disc-2 being the DVD containing the making of the album with in-studio footage - including inspiration, turmoil, artwork concepts, etc (21+ minutes); original acoustic demos - 5 songs (27 minutes); "Mother Superior" performed live and acoustic (5+ minutes); and a tour photo album set to music (8 minutes). Included in the 2-disc set is a 14-page booklet containing song titles/credits, song lyrics, artwork pertaining to the story (by famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly), and thank you's. Recorded at The Pass Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Label - Columbia Records / Sony.
COMMENTS: After listening to Coheed & Cambria's 1st three albums... and then hearing this "Part IV - Vol. 2 - No World For Tomorrow"... it somehow just all fell together for me. Coheed & Cambria's 1st album - "The Second Stage Turbine Blade " (2002) was an odd listen. The music was incredibly intriguing for a debut. However, the vocals were the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. Five years and three complete albums later, I couldn't picture their music without the high-pitched creator and band leader Sanchez. The DVD lets you in on the mind of Sanchez - for the most part he's introverted and keeps to himself and his close-knit group of friends. And, that his music is a way for him to branch out and bring his innermost thoughts and fantasies to life. "No World For Tomorrow" is the 4th installment of Sanchez's sci-fi dream about the Amory Wars (want the full story - check out the series of comic books written by Sanchez and published by Evil Ink Comics). I've read that "The Running Free" is the first single to be released (a cool song with some great guitar work, minus the chipmunks gleeful background vocals with all the "ohs"). To date though, I am yet to hear any of this album on the radio. "No World For Tomorrow" starts off in mellow fashion. The gentle acoustic 1+ minute "The Reaping" sets the tone nicely for the title track (listen for the thunder in the background). Track 2 - the song "No World For Tomorrow" is my favorite on the disc (describing how the world is falling apart and there is great change coming). The melody is heavy - in my opinion, the heaviest and darkest thematically on the album. Other highlights include "Feathers" (an upbeat happier tune with some great rhythm guitars and a ripping solo); my 2nd favorite song on the disc - the intricate "Mother Superior" - with it's acoustic opening, rocking middle, and big ending (complete with orchestra strings); the rocking "Gravemakers & Gunslingers" with its fast pace and heavy guitars ("Go on and pull that trigger!"); as well as the entire 5-part "The End Complete" (tracks 8-13... the highlight being the album closer "On The Brink" - glorious guitars and bluesy undertone with an ending reminiscent of the prior album's last track, "The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut"). There is absolutely no filler on this album. I love the disc in its entirety. Out of the four Coheed albums to date, this "No World For Tomorrow" is my new favorite. In my opinion, it's more rock than progressive in tone. The band is extremely tight (showing maturity on their respective instruments) and the guitars are once again the show-piece of the band. Beware of the single disc purchase and the lack-there-of case and liner notes... go for the 2-disc set - it's worth it (5 stars).
But, instead of turning me away, it drew me in and made me actively listen, trying to piece the puzzle together. Volume 1 also marked a huge change for the story as it introduced The Writer and brought the earlier themes of sci-fi to life. It made what was being told more human and introduced the Writer's own failings and insecurities. It was a defining moment for the band. Now, we have Volume 2: No World for Tomorrow and it promises to close shut the story of Coheed, Cambria, Claudio and the whole Kilganon family before the first chapter in the story is released.
Volume 2 is Co&Ca's masterpiece. It draws inspiration from all three of the previous albums, warps them and presents a unified front that is the culmination of everything that came before it. The songs effortlessly move from unabashed rock to power ballads to pop, all cemented with Claudio's soaring, albeit polarizing, voice. Some of the songs here standout as the absolute best of Co&Ca. In particular, "Mother Superior," "The End Complete" and "The Road and the Damned" are probably my favorite songs created by Co&Ca. What surprised me was how I could hear some of their earlier work pop out in the songs. A scream here, or a refrain, a lyric or the ending of the CD. It did what a good multi-part story should do and come full circle.
I could go through and list my feelings toward each track, but I won't. If you are new to Coheed and Cambria, this is easily their most accessible. But it's also one of their best. I know some fans haven't been really into Co&Ca since their last album. Their sound has changed. For me, it's changed for the better and Volume 2 equally takes from their previous album and their roots to create what is arguably their best album yet. Give them a try, if you're new. It's a wild journey.
A quick note on the band in general: I have told many of my friends about Coheed & Cambria over the years since the release of "The Second Stage Turbine Blade" and have had only a few converts. This has led me to believe C&C are definitely an acquired taste, much like good wine. You have to savor them, taking in every nuance. It's definitely a good idea to listen to an entire album if it's your first time hearing them. Their albums are not meant to have one song taken from them because their albums are a continuing story, meant to be taken/absorbed as a whole. For those of you who haven't heard much of C&C yet, give them a chance and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
If you were expecting the original 'No World For Tomorrow', look elsewhere. Save yourself the trouble of refunding your purchase.
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