Released at the end of 2012, My Educations’ latest album ‘A Drink For All My Friends’ is a knee-deep experience of post-rock styling, combined with somewhat experimental elements that are not completely unknown of the genre. My Education display their brilliant understanding of form and construct as their album progresses from track to track. There’s a nice amount of diversity present on the album, which demonstrates some nice dynamics ranging from mellow tracks to more aggressive or faster ones. There’s many elements on here which are somewhat typical and commonly used in the post-rock genre, though each element has been used by My Education in a way that helps construct the overall album in a well-thought out way.
There’s some nice diversity to ‘A Drink For All My Friends’, which seems to shift around varying moods and styles as it progresses along. There’s a nice range of short and long tracks, which simply keep the entire album interesting. It is arguable to an extent, that the indulgent elements of post-rock music often result in long tracks that seem to aimlessly wander around repetitive instrumentals. It’s perhaps one of the negative traits of the genre that is often unavoidable, and thus it is up to the bands in question to really work at their instrumentals to keep the interest going. My Education seem to tackle the problem by using an array of instruments, which add different movements to the music that keeps it interesting, and to an extent, exciting. For the most part, ‘A Drink For All My Friends’ really works, featuring some brilliant post-rock elements that shape the album brilliantly.
The main problem with ‘A Drink For All My Friends’ is the slightly repetitive qualities of a few of the more lengthier tracks. At times, it feels like My Education has acted a little too indulgently, and repeats moments for a few minutes longer than what they need. There’s some moments in some of the tracks that simply become dull and boring due to the amount of time that is spent on one particular instrumental moment. Considering there’s many times where other instruments come into the foreground and offer more scope to the music itself, it’s a shame how the actual basis of the music itself seems to fall behind at a few moments. In fairness to My Education, there is enough diversity in the various tracks to sort of tackle this problem.
‘A Drink For All My Friends’ is a very strong album, that is definitely a cut above the average post-rock album. It certainly demonstrates some of the weaknesses of the genre, but it also demonstrates many of its strengths, which makes up for the overall album experience. The album features brilliant instrumentals, which is the essence of post-rock. The wonderful diversity and range of songs help to keep it interesting, and certainly show that My Education are thinking a bit more about the production and sound of their music, rather than just doing the bare minimum. There’s many strengths to their album, which is something they should be proud of. Fans of post-rock outfits like Collapse Under The Empire or This Will Destroy You will find a lot of enjoyment from My Education.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
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My Educations’ latest album ‘A Drink For All My Friends’ is out now, and can be purchased on digital, vinyl and physical format at the bandcamp page available at: http://myeducation.bandcamp.com/music