10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Color Before the Sun is the first Coheed album to exist outside the dark universe of The Amory Wars—the elaborate sci-fi saga that entwines the band’s first seven albums with comics written by frontman Claudio Sanchez. Even without the narrative concept, The Color Before the Sun is one of the most focused albums of the band’s epic career. Launching to life with the catchy “Island,” Sanchez brings a fresh lyrical perspective to radio-ready rock (“Here to Mars," “You Got Spirit, Kid”), metal theatrics (“Eraser”), and cinematic prog-punk (“Peace To the Mountain”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Color Before the Sun is the first Coheed album to exist outside the dark universe of The Amory Wars—the elaborate sci-fi saga that entwines the band’s first seven albums with comics written by frontman Claudio Sanchez. Even without the narrative concept, The Color Before the Sun is one of the most focused albums of the band’s epic career. Launching to life with the catchy “Island,” Sanchez brings a fresh lyrical perspective to radio-ready rock (“Here to Mars," “You Got Spirit, Kid”), metal theatrics (“Eraser”), and cinematic prog-punk (“Peace To the Mountain”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

deelee74 ,

wowsobethejs is an idiot

no, wowsobethejs, Welcome Home isn't their only good song. In fact, it's not even in their top 10, IMO.
go check out The Crowing, Domino, gravity's union, delirium trigger, Backend of Forever, no world for tomorrow, IKSSE:3, Cuts Marked in the March of Men, Mother Superior....etc.
Of course, these songs aren't on Guitar Hero, so you won't ever hear them. Go back your video games. Mom will call you to come upstairs when supper is ready.

SWRhudy ,

1 Star Review Irrelevant

Love the new single and SO glad that Atlas' (Claudio's son) song "Atlas" made it onto the album! You can hear a rough cut on YouTube! Oh and wowsobethej or whatever his name is review is irrelevant. If he thinks the only good song is "Welcome Home" he is insane. Old song too...why would he keep following a band who in his eyes only has one good song. Go get a life sir and leave "my" band alone
:-)

patbrochill89 ,

It's Okay

I wish we could see the real user rating, based only on reviews AFTER the album was released. Scrolling through, all the 5 stars are people saying the album, "is going to be so sick!"

Anyway, 3 stars might even be a little generous. There are some good tracks, but nothing that will stand the test of time. Here to Mars is a standout track, as is Atlas. But each has elements that I KNOW everyone is going, "ehhh I guess I can live with that." Because they want to like it so badly.

To give you some perspective, I love songs like The Crowing, but also love Goodnight, Fair Lady and Far as well. I appreciate Coheed's style. But this album is missing their edge. The lyric writing seems more trivial on some of the tracks. I genuinely do not understand You Got Spirit Kid. The melody grew on me and I like the song just fine. But what's with the lyrics? They sound like poems I wrote in high school.

So Coheed has like 3 distinct sounds, their epic sound, their poppy sound, and their acoustic intricate guitar sound... usually ballads

You'll hear their epic sound on tracks like:
The Crowing
Welcome Home
Domino
Road and the Damned
Mother Superior
Here We Are Juggernaut

Poppy Sound:
Faint of Hearts
Fear Through The Eyes of Madness
Goodnight, Fair Lady
Away We Go

Acoustic:
Iron Fist
The Light & the Glass
Always and Never
Pearl of the Stars
Wake Up

Maybe there's 4, cause there's also their obvious radio sound:
Favor House Atlantic
Far
Feathers
Dark Side of Me
The Suffering

Anyway, no band wants to make an album twice. That's something you hear often. I appreciate that. I don't want another IKSSE:3. I just needed some bearings here. A lot of bands have one distinct sound. Coheed has 4 and I cannot place MOST of the tracks on this new album into any of them. They're all over the place. And I try not to nitpick (even though I just did with lyrics a minute ago).

All this being said, I love Coheed and will continue to listen to this album. I'm not gonna say, "but this just isn't Coheed!" cause in classic Coheed form, they, "pulled the rug out from underneath" with this album and gave us something very different. I just wish it was more likable... I've grown to expect genius levels of work from Coheed.... It's a lot to live up to....... This album isn't genius. In 10 years, nobody will be dying to hear You Got Spirit Kid. Maybe Here to Mars... Great chorus... Great bridge.

I'm done now... I was just considering not posting this, cause I'm a huge fan but I've come too far and wrote all this. Nobody will read it anyway. iTunes comments are almost as bad as YouTube comments.

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