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By their very definition, bands must work together as a group. Without all the members in sync the music will inevitably suffer. Regardless of how mind-implodingly awesome your lead guitarist is, your music is still going to sound like aural piss if your drummer can't keep time. Sadly, this is the fate of Wintersleep. Although in their case it's not their drummer who's holding everyone back but their vocalist.

The first two songs on their sophomore album, Untitled, start things off dazzlingly. Guitars swirl around each other creating a complex dance of arpeggios, while the rhythm section keeps itself restrained, expertly accentuating the dark shoegaze sound. This magic comes crashing to a painful halt as soon as "Insomnia" begins. Here the band tries for a simple, down-tempo feel which just puts Paul Murphy's deep, dry, vocals at centre stage, a position they cannot support.

These drab vocal stylings, which would sound unremarkable alongside the dregs of Chad Kroeger and Theory of a Deadman's Tyler Connolly, create a particularly rancid taste in your mouth. Once you're aware of this taste it sticks around for the remainder of the album, refusing to go away despite the delicious heights the rest of the band routinely reach.

With a better vocalist Wintersleep could easily be a double chocolate cheesecake of the music world, instead they'll have to settle for reheated brussel sprouts.

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Ouch, in the name of Paul and brussell sprouts, I hurt. I will admit that Murphy's voice can be abbrasive at the first listen. I couldn't decide whether he was an incredibly good Eddy Vedder impersonator, or just a bad singer. After careful listening however one pays attention to the vulnerability and shakiness and it really accentuates the tones and melodies the rest of the band memebers create, not to mention the lyrics. All in all I think the brussel sprout comparison was a bit harsh, no perhaps not a French silk pie, but definitely comparible to a really good tiramisu.

This review is obviously shit. Swirling, dazzling, rancid shit pie.

Hey Garth, sorry your band didn't get on the bill.

This review is inane. You've obviously never seen a live performance by the band. If you had, you would know just how powerful Murphy's unrelentingly emotional voice can be.

Man, you must have a 92's caviler with a 3 foot spoiler and have 4 16 year old girls in the back because that was the biggest douche of a review i've ever read..seriously you must be fucking joking??!!

Are you trying to say that the only thing missing from Wintersleep is a 'new-glam' front man like Chad Krueger....too funny...weak review bro.

By the way Wintersleep rocked the house in Newfoundland opening for Pearl Jam....

Hope to see more.

hahaha really?!

garth paulson, you\'re still a joke.

you are a fucking moron.