Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. CIS convey aggression and energy through a maddening array of effects pedals and the haunting, grainy tenor of Kristain Hallbert's reverberating voice, combining to form corrosive anthems embellished by space and nuance. [Mar 2010, p.92]
  2. Where 07’s ‘Is Dead’ hinted at the band experimenting with a more progressive sound, it was nowhere near as cohesive and accomplished as this. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone is a phenomenal album.
  3. The band has sprinted forward and earned an Olympic title of the "P" word. I Was Trying to Describe You To Someone is going to turn heads and only gain more respect and fans in the process.
  4. While Is Dead may be the bands most accessible album, their latest release contains a much more developed and mature set of tracks that showcase a very talented group that with can easily aspire to new heights in the coming years in the hardcore genre.
  5. I Was Trying doesn't top "Is Dead," but it does keep Crime in Stereo on track toward the strange and unfamiliar. That might be the best compliment of all.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    Crime In Stereo's best album, and that's saying a whole hell of a lot. Continue's the experimental spirit of "...Is Dead", and explores it toCrime In Stereo's best album, and that's saying a whole hell of a lot. Continue's the experimental spirit of "...Is Dead", and explores it to the highest imaginable satisfying ends. Full Review »
  2. AnnN.
    Mar 19, 2010
    9
    Definitely one of the most impressive and unexpected rock albums of the last year or two, and pretty unlike anything out there...hence I Definitely one of the most impressive and unexpected rock albums of the last year or two, and pretty unlike anything out there...hence I guess the title of the record. "Drugwolf" and "I Cannot Answer You Tonight" are standouts, but there isn't a throwaway track on the entire thing. Full Review »
  3. May 5, 2013
    10
    This is an album that transcends genres and tastes to deliver what can be heard as an epic of human struggle. The angst and the conflict areThis is an album that transcends genres and tastes to deliver what can be heard as an epic of human struggle. The angst and the conflict are present and developed. Offering any critique to this album proves nearly impossible. The pinnacle of an alternative punk album. More to be found in each listen and a work of art that all musicians should strive for in every piece. Full Review »