Rosetta - Wake/lift
Rosetta are a little bit Space Rock, a little bit Speed, and a little bit Pere Ubu, which means they rock hard but take a lot of risks, and have smart-ass fun here and there as well. Guitarist J. Matthew Weed’s angular yet crunchy riffs are a fine complement to the lyrics of vocalist Mike Armine, a former teacher whose writing lifts from his anger at seeing kids ignored and parents not called out for their neglect.
But this is not Rush, or CSNY; the band does wax thematic, though, on the three part "Lift" and the equally majestic "Wake", in which the lyrical themes become explicit. Still, they have an energy and style that is not overwhelmed by the words, and other tracks, such as "Red in Tooth and Claw " showcase as many interesting musical changes as the longer tracks. "Wake/Lift" is soul food for your head and codpiece.
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on 2008-02-22 digitalbath Said:
In the world of post-rock, space-rock, post-metal, whatever you want to call it, I've always maintained that one band is good enough. Whomever can do it the best pretty much sums up the entire genre. Well throw out whichever post-rock artist you've currently chosen because Rosetta has claimed their rightful place at the helm with the 2007 release "Wake/Lift"
Though you won't ever catch the lyrics unless you do some deep and thorough research, you truly won't need to. Each song is as compelling and heavy as the next. Though post-rock can sometimes become monotonous and dull considering you are listening to the same riff getting louder and louder for what seems like hours, Rosetta has a keen way of keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire album.
Their single guitarist shows true technical skill within a genre that doesn't frequent skilled guitarists; the vocalist, though mastered and sampled purposefully lower than the instruments, never fail to reach your ears; the drums prove just as masterful as the rest of the band; and the true domination of every decent post-rock band you've ever heard rests with this group. Wake/Lift is just one excellent example of Rosetta's mastery of a genre they feel disgusted being classified into.