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| August 23, 2006 | 3 Comments

As Tall As Lions
Beat Kitchen, Chicago
Sunday, August 27, 2006

Long Island natives As Tall As Lions may have recorded their debut full-length with Chicago producer Sean O’Keefe, but their self-titled effort (Triple Crown) is nowhere close to Hawthorne Heights, Fall Out Boy, or Spitalfield.

ATAL (guitarists Saen Fitzgerald and Brian Fortune, vocalist Daniel Nigro, drummer Clifford Sarcona, and bassist Brian Caesar) forgo the emo punk O’Keefe excels in and instead dive headfirst into dreamy, ambient pop. Though Nigro’s voice isn’t as flooring, the comparison to Jeff Buckley is undeniable. The frontman’s sweeping delivery on tracks like “Stab City”might be enough to make Buckley fans think they’re hearing a ghost. Fitzgerald, Nigro, and Sarcona were involved in a band together prior to ATAL, and it’s apparent in the graceful cohesiveness of the album’s 10 songs, especially if you consider this is only the band’s second recording (the Blood And Aphorisms EP being the first) since forming. Of course ATAL was conceived 2002, four years should be plenty of time to fine tune 10 measly songs, right?

As Tall As Lions, along with Brazil and Dormlife, open for You In Series.

Trevor Fisher

Click here to download As Tall As Lions’ “Break Blossom.”

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  1. Monica says:

    Actually, this is ATAL’s THIRD album. Lafcadio (2004) was their full length debut. You might try doing some research before making a comment about a band taking 4 years to fine tune 10 songs. Looks like you took 4 seconds to fine tune your inaccurate review.

  2. Steve says:

    Brian Fortune and Brian Caesar, also left the band between these two albums and were replaced by current members. So, again you may want fine tune your article, because this could be the reason the new album is more solid than the last.

  3. Gregory says:

    Yo, people. Give the dude a break. He wasn’t bashing ATAL. He was praising them. Don’t be so quick to criticize. He gotthe O’Keefe thing wrong and improperly labeled the self-titled their second release. Yes he probably put the review together quickly and flubbed up, but polite about it. We all make mistakes. That is all.

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