Release Date: 2002, August 13 (2008, September - Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Kindercore/Hello Sir/ Golden Antenna
This is Maserati pre-Jerry Fuchs era. And the difference is noticeable… you could kind of hear the band veering towards what they would later become with Fuchs on their split with The Mercury Program (where I was first introduced to the Athens outfit), but this particular record is an almost entirely different band. And as much as I prefer current day Maserati, Language has some truly magical moments. The opening two tracks work perfectly together. “Ambassador Of Cinema” unfolds slowly with beautiful delayed guitar pulling at the heartstrings, which then segues into the equally emotionally gripping build up of “The Language.” The bass tastefully anchors these compositions while the guitars provide huge amounts of atmosphere to glide on. A similar sublime moment is found on the surging end section of “Being A President Is Like Riding A Tiger.” At other times, the record dips into straight up distorted rock mode. None of these moments are necessarily forgettable, but Maserati have definitely benefited from finding a more distinct identity in recent years. That said, I enjoy going back to this record and enjoying it for what it is - a young band crafting good, even great, music but still on their way to finding their stride. I’m not necessarily a fan of the type on this record (although the reissue attempts to improve on this slightly), but I do love me some maps and aerial views of cities. There is something inherently awesome about that type of visual for sure.
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