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Source Tags & Codes

4.3 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005YW51
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Japanese Version featuring a 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

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Format: Audio CD
There is one defining problem with albums today. They have filler songs, or songs that just don't fit the flow. Even the best of the best have one or two songs that just don't make the cut as far as i'm concerned. Albums like Toxicity, have X, or albums like White blood Cells have I think I smell a rat.
Trail of dead somehow manages to hurdle over they're competitors, while still keeping each song fresh. The album starts out hard very fast, which will turn off someone looking for a nice relaxing album. But the fact of the matter is, with a lot of the harder stuff on the radio today, and even in my own CD player, this album is pretty laid back.
They do manage to rock out on a couple of tracks, mainly the first four, but after that the album settles back into a flow that is left undisturbed for the remainder of the ride. My favourite tracks are #5, and #2. You'll have to exuse me, I don't really care for track titles, so I just name them by numbers. #5 is the first real laid back track, but it still keeps this edge that eventually teeters out into the rest of the album.
The last track though, almost relives the entire album, without making it hard. And the last bit of the album, a little hidden string number is an excellent way to end my favourite album so far this year.
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Format: Audio CD
There are few albums today that can grab me the last band to do it was the flaming lips with soft bulletin (which consadentaly the new album "yoshimi battles the pink robots" to me is the best record of 2002, I know i know its only may but trust me, when you hear it, you'll know why) this album though from start to finish (especially finish, the last song is genius)grabs you and you cant stop listening.
think of a good mix of sonic youth, rites of spring, black flag, yes (I mean this, and they user the influence in a very good way), beatles, and pet sounds era beach boys, and some free jazz work. with the opener "It was there that i saw you" first seems to be a monster of a song...then changes in to this soft, laid back song, the again the monster grows, like if sonic youth was playing and then BAM brian wilson came in and said shut up.
or the beautiful How near how far, think john coltrane conducting the beatles on how to play. now these comparisons sound weird, but they use them in such a way, that theres no band that sounds like this, yes they get comparisons to sonic youth, but this album smashes that comparsion, and almost makes sonic youth look stupid.
But the most genius song on the record is the title track, amazing song the way the string section flows with the song, the way the guitars come in, its a beautiful song, think Yes and brian wilson writing together
Artsy without being too artsy. Punk without being punk, progressive without being progressive. its rock n roll, the way its ment to be played, taking all your influences and putting out your own version of the perfect record to you the mussican at the moment, and its damn beautiful, a record that will be talked about for years to come...
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Format: Audio CD
A searingly loud album, listened to at volume 10 of a possible 30 because of recent ear clicks and complaints, take this into account when deciding the review's credibility. I bought it because of a song I heard by them I like that unfortunately doesn't appear here. "It Was There (That I Saw You)" is a great aching of guitars and mad drumming mixed with haunted wonder vocals; it produces a kind of displacing effect. "Another Morning Stoner" has pleading guitars and far-off plunder of drums--a moody number.
"Baudelaire" is an ace song, not limiting its enigmatically dark French bard of a source. "Homage" is a raw rampage and there is rat-a-tat drumming on "How Near How Far", a mournful jewel. The anger is wearing on "Heart in the Hand of the Matter" but the music keeps up, "Monsoon" reminds me of early Chuck Mosely Faith No More and "Days of Being Wild" is really just stripped down to its anger, not bad at all though. "Relative Ways" would make a good single, "After the Laughter" is an instrumental, and the closer, "Source Tags and Codes" is a wary yet warm wishing song. Known for their supremely rowdy live show, there is bracing talent behind the blur and bluster.
MM,
April/02
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By A Customer on April 28 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don't be deceived by their haunting moniker: ...Trail of Dead are anything but what could be perceived as "death metal" from their name. With their beautiful songs arranged so perfectly - tracks like "Another Morning Stoner" and "Source Tags and Codes" - Trail of Dead are something bigger than any genre of music. Their innovative and powerful style clearly stand on their own.
I've had trouble breaking out of my musical "niche" - everything I listened to was in the category of Weezer, The Get up Kids, The Alkaline Trio, and other bands like those. I'm not here to tell you that because you like a certain type of music that Trail of Dead is something you would like. I'm writing this to say the opposite: Source Tags & Codes is essential - anyone from any background could appreciate this incredible musical masterpiece. Five stars is an understatement.
I don't know who said it, but it was something along the lines that different genres of music don't exist; there are only two kinds of music - good, and bad. And this is good music.
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