You and I

You and I

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Also unofficially known as "Discography," this 24-track CD collects everything the defunct emo band You and I did except for their sole long-playing album, The Curtain Falls. All recorded in 1997 and 1998 but released piecemeal on a variety of singles and EPs over the following years, these songs are an early example of the often-misguided mix of hardcore and emo called "screamo." Singer Justin Hock bellows mawkish lyrics over a not particularly distinguished (as in, it's sometimes hard to tell where one song ends and next begins) set of grinding hardcore riffs. The rhythm section is permanently set on their impressive imitation of an out-of-control jackhammer, and lead guitarist Casey Boland apparently didn't change his amp settings once during any of these sessions. The live tracks at the end are the same, only sloppier. The Curtain Falls, released in 2003 just as the band was announcing its breakup, is a powerful and dynamic slice of post-hardcore angst, but the early tracks collected here, while occasionally individually impressive (notably the heavy but uplifting "A Day That Passes Through Us"), are simply deadening listened to in toto.

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