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Yob: Our Raw Heart

Any new recording by Yob is bound to get attention but this one will get a little more because of the story behind its creation. Before making this album, Yob frontman Mike Scheidt suffered from a potentially life-threatening intestinal disease. Although he survived, Scheidt came through the experience a changed man, someone who sees the world a little differently and wants to capture that new perspective in the music. This album’s title perfectly captures its overall ambition: to capture the vulnerability, anxiety, gratitude, and courage that comes with facing one’s mortality.

For those expecting a traditional Yob album, they will not be disappointed. All the usual musical moves are here but there’s an emotional side that stands out even more than on other recordings. Sure, this album is long and heavy and slow, but it understands that life is sometimes shorter than we realize. These qualities come through the most in long, mellower, songs such as “Beauty in Falling Leaves” and “Our Raw Heart.” Those tracks are deeply emotional and give Scheidt an opportunity to bear his heart. Even though I like Yob’s heavier side, these mellower tracks stood out to be precisely because of how they attempted to capture the beauty inside of suffering. They are definitely two of the strongest tracks on the album. As for the heavier stuff, I recommend “The Screen,” a track that sounds like it’s scraping rhythms off the floor.

It would be too strong to suggest that this album represents a new beginning for Yob. It certainly isn’t a bold new musical direction but it is nevertheless an album filled with gratitude, playfulness, and vulnerability. Highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Ablaze
2. The Screen
3. In Reverie
4. Lungs Reach
5. Beauty in Falling Leaves
6. Original Face
7. Our Raw Heart

Added: July 7th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 126
Language: english

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