The Century Of Self - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
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  • Summary: The sixth full-length album for the rock band from Texas is its first on the Richter Scale/Justice label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Sometimes the rigid pattern of power-murk-power gets a little too predictable, but the pleasure of having a Trail Of Dead album that contains mostly good parts and no blind alleys more than makes up for any reduction in ambition.
  2. The Century of Self finds the pride of Austin, Texas, continuing to push baroque prog-rock to orchestral new heights. [Mar 2008, p.112]
  3. The feeling persists that The Century Of Self marks an important moment for ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead--one in which they began to weave together their diverging paths and one that, after all, should be hailed as a victory.
  4. There's early promise of a Dead revival in rocker ''Far Pavillions'' and the epic prog of ''Bells of Creation,'' but the album's meandering second half loses us as it loses itself.
  5. No other band could legitimately produce this record without being accused of extreme plagiarism, and perhaps that goes some way to explaining why, despite its shortcomings, it is still likeable.
  6. Trail of Dead succeeds here by putting together a collection of songs that accurately reflects the kind of band they have always been. This is still a brash, sweeping, “ring the alarm bell!” brand of music. It’s just not that fun to listen to anymore.
  7. Any way you slice it, Trail Of The Dead is a sad case in selling out. [Winter 2009, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. DavidG
    Mar 22, 2009
    In an age of sleepy pianos, predictable hooks, & industry regulators like click track recordings; Trail of Dead have delivered an amazing tour de force that casts off the arms of the record industry, and the hack record reviewers who aren't happy with a record that stands apart from the same ol' same ol'. At SXSW 09' I saw tons of Arcade Fire-esque bands w/10 members on stage doing very little. I long for the days when more bands sound like TOD. Expand
  2. MatthwC
    Feb 23, 2009
    Nearly a return to their very best. Sounds like it could have been the successor to Madonna or Source Tags and Codes.
  3. JanM
    Feb 20, 2009
    This is the best CD Trail has ever released. I absolutely love it!
  4. SimonE
    Feb 27, 2009
    Awesome. It's disappointing to read most of the main (supposedly well versed in the arts) magazine reviews. By classifying the band as having 'cult status' does not mean that can get away with giving it mediocre marks because 'you don't really get it'. Though I suppose that explains the currently bland & pointless music that is 'the current scene'. Reviewers such as these make the current scene bands big. Says a lot really.... What you DO need to know, is that despite the backward step in production, the songs are still awesome. A good mix of tunes, with the now expected Conrad piano pieces thrown in for that touch of genius. TOTD ARE Austin, Texas. They ARE weird. And they ARE a welcome sight in the current musical wateland... Expand
  5. C
    Feb 21, 2009
    This album completely floored me. I'm shocked. Their best since Source Tags & Codes and one of the best rock albums of the year so far. This is a group that really picked themselves up and delivered. Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2010
    They show glimpses of the kind of band they were ST&C era but it is the regained confidence that shines through. No-one writes music like these guys now. Biggest criticism is the track layout, 'Insatiable 1' and 'Insatiable 2' are lost instrumentals that make the second half of the album unbalanced and slightly weaker than the first. 'Luna Park' and 'Halcyon Days' are personal favourites. Overall, it's a very strong 'comeback' album. Whatever they do now will surely be amazing. Expand
  7. KarenH
    Mar 19, 2009
    Terrible album, so boring.

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