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Terra Terra Terra
Mind Like a Man, Soul Like a Child



Album length: 10 tracks: 38 minutes, 24 seconds
Street Date: August 11, 2009


The fact that "indie" is short for independent is somewhat ironic. While there is a great deal of originality in the genre, there can also be a remarkable amount of copycats and sound-alikes. That said, while new band Terra Terra Terra does bear definite similarities to current indie heavyweights such as Copeland, they can't be written off completely as imitators. They certainly deserve some sort of notice for having one of the more awkward band names I've seen.

Musically, Terra Terra Terra's debut album Mind Like a Man, Soul Like a Child is occasionally a tad harder than the band's other genre mates. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of slow, introspective works with plenty of keys and echoing vocals. The first track, "Prologue," is not a song but is actually the voice of presumably the singer explaining the band's view of itself as a Christian band. "Paradigm" kicks off the music with some sensible guitar work and a nice foundation. Unfortunately, this causes a problem that occurs throughout the rest of the album. The vocals are soft and dreamy perhaps to the point of excess, and as such tend to get lost in the instrumentation. This is unfortunate, because vocalist Loren Taylor has a great voice, especially as heard in "Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass" and "Wrong This Right." It just rarely gets the attention it deserves. Furthermore, the melodies are often unremarkable and fail to catch the listener's attention. Perhaps with better songwriting, the vocal strength of the band could be better displayed and mated with their obvious instrumental talent. As it is, the entire album lacks variety or very many high points, instead tending to run together as you near the end.

Terra Terra Terra has potential, but much of it is left unfulfilled on this release. As a result, Mind Like a Man, Soul Like a Child is a mostly uninteresting album that is only appropriate for dedicated indie music fans. I can see it being a nice background soundtrack for relaxing when you don't want to pay much attention, but that's about it.

- Review date: 8/10/09, written by Timothy Estabrooks of Jesusfreakhideout.com


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JFH Staff's Second Opinion



Round Kid Records signees Terra Terra Terra are one of those bands that's kind of hard to comment on. While the sound is unique and there's obvious heart in the core of this record, I can't honestly recommend this album. Mind Like a Man, Soul Like a Child has an ever-present sound of ambiance and indie-rock, and maybe that could be likable to a certain crowd. This description may sound appealing and fresh, but unfortunately, it seems like it was a once-good idea that was not fully realized during production. While the lyrical content here is admirable and I can't deny that these guys' hearts are in the right place, the album is indeed quite forgettable and doesn't hold much replay value in the long haul. Its short length (only nine full songs and a "prologue" to account for here) also makes this record hard to recommend for an investment. Maybe this quartet's sound will improve with maturity, but Terra Terra Terra probably isn't worth looking into at this point. - Roger Gelwicks of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Bonded Records
. Album length: 10 tracks: 38 minutes, 24 seconds
. Street Date: August 11, 2009
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Prologue (1:05)
  2. Paradigm (4:17)
  3. Transmission Lost (3:22)
  4. Too Far (3:51)
  5. Taking Her Home (3:30)
  6. Now You Will See Me (5:22)
  7. Only The Penitent Man Shall Pass (3:12)
  8. This Is My Associate Cornelius (4:12)
  9. Wrong This Right (4:26)
  10. The Coast Is Clear (5:12)
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