Tear the Fences Down

Album Review of Tear the Fences Down by Eulogies.

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Tear the Fences Down


Tear the Fences Down by Eulogies

Release Date: Mar 22, 2011
Record label: Dangerbird Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

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Tear the Fences Down - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Filter - 87
Based on rating 87%%

It is often said that tragedies help put us in touch with our creative side. This certainly proves to have been the case for Peter Walker, frontman of four-piece L.A. indie-rock outfit Eulogies and the friend and business partner of Dangerbird co-founder Jeff Castelaz. Shortly after the birth of Peter’s own son, he learned that Jeff’s son Pablo had a rare form of cancer.

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Pitchfork - 67
Based on rating 6.7/10

Eulogies' first two releases, both thematically reliant on the ins-and-outs of relationships, suggested the band was content to make the same kind of color-by-numbers, misty-eyed indie pop ad infinitum. But life has a way of intervening, and in the case of Eulogies' ringleader Peter Walker, it was an unfortunate turn of events: Walker's best friend lost his four-year-old boy to cancer, just after the birth of Walker's own child. And Eulogies third album, Tear the Fences Down, was written with him in mind.

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PopMatters - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Eulogies is the extension of songwriter Peter Walker, who released two solo records in the early 2000s, then created Eulogies, a trio, out of members of his touring backup band. Now a quartet, this is their third full-length. Being a quartet strikes me as strange, because the songs on Tear the Fences Down almost never feel completely fleshed-out. There’s often an emptiness, sometimes so glaring as to be unpleasant, or the nagging need for something more in the mix.

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