What Breaks What Was Made & What Is Taken
'What Breaks, What Was Made, And What Is Taken' tells a story and speaks of elements everyone can identify with: life, love, and loss; exhausting, crippling pain, and the eventual recovery and accumulation of new strength. Themes of truth, aging, and doubt are also apparent and further enhanced by the dynamic of each song. The soft, natural quality of acoustic instruments is complimented by energetic beats and ambient synthesizers. Written as a single, cohesive composition, each song was created with care and deliberately ordered to enhance the listening experience. The album begins quietly, using only a few instruments and ambient sound effects. As the album progresses, however, it gains new qualities and swells with energy. Eventually, it slows again, circling back to where it started, completing the progression, and the story. Although best regarded as a whole, the songs can certainly stand on their own. 'Dividends' probably best summarizes the entire album with it's slow, acoustic beginning, and build with strings and electronic drums. Tracks like 'How To Trust A Liar' illustrate the energetic side with continuous beats and driving pianos; also, vocal harmonies and synthesizers produce a thick, lavish arrangement. On 'You And I And The Words Between The Two' soft vocals and acoustic guitar exemplify the simple parts of the album, creating a full sound without using the full array of instruments.