Being Empty: Being Filled

01. Pent Up Genes
02. Little Folded Fingers
03. There's Money In the Walls
04. Add Blue
05. Bloodshot/New Love
06. Shock and Value
07. Window To the World
08. A Love Letter To Detroit
09. Manhattan Projects
10.Plague Doctor

Dan Smith - vocals, bass
Jon Terrey - guitar
Kris Rochelle - drum

Whispermoon (2003)
Ozark Empire (2005)
Talk Music (2007)
Not Waving, Drowning (2009)
Return to Struggleville (2009)
Wooden Heart (2010)
Time is a Machine (2013)


Artwork: Too Many Skulls

Released 2018-02-02
Reviewed 2018-01-22


sounds of subterrania

Listener is a band that dates back to the early days of the 2000s and it is said that with their most recent album Being Empty: Being Filled they have become louder and rockier. The trio hasn’t put the best artwork I have ever seen on their new album, but the band are described in the press sheet as one of the most interesting bands today. And the style is described as indie rock or talk music, meaning that the lyrics are spoken rather than sung.

Being Empty: Being Filled is an album with plenty of energy, kind of alternative rock music with decent variation. Perhaps the album is a bit on the long side with the ten songs playing for about fifty minutes, I think it would have benefitted from being somewhat shorter. The vocals are spoken rather than sung, Dan has a passionate way to tell his stories. The lyrics are performed in a rather poetic way and I think that if you like music with a message it is hard to claim otherwise than that it is a quite interesting album – but it still doesn’t mean that Listener is one of the most interesting bands out there.

Listener is definitely an interesting band, they make good music and they make interesting music. But I imagine that the vocals will put some people off, as there are many who don’t like spoken vocals – I think they work rather well on this album and some others but I don’t know if I am a fan in general. And I think this album works well as a whole, the songs are good and there are no really noticeable weaknesses. None of the songs really stand out though and perhaps that distinct hit song that really catches me as a listener is missing.

Being Empty: Being Filled is a good album recommended for those of you who likes the rock music where the vocals are spoken or those who likes to listen to lyrical performances. It is an album I have found strangely difficult to write about but I have also found that I like it even though the words don’t flow from the keyboard. I think it could be worth checking this album out, I think it is a good one.




Label: Sounds of Subterrania/Cargo/Finetunes
Three similar bands: Deepspace5/Labklik/The Chariot
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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