The Century of Self Looking back at the creatively robust but commercially feeble six years Trail of Dead spent at Interscope, it'd be easy to claim the Austin oddball… The Century of Self Looking back at the creatively robust but commercially feeble six years Trail of Dead spent at Interscope, it'd be easy to claim the Austin oddball… 2009-02-17 ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Rock
Music Review

The Century of Self (2009)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2009; Lead Performance: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead; Genre: Rock

Looking back at the creatively robust but commercially feeble six years Trail of Dead spent at Interscope, it'd be easy to claim the Austin oddball geniuses were misunderstood; in reality, they were simply misplaced. Sadly, a new home hasn't reignited their spark; Century of Self, as the title suggests, is indulgent and inward, lacking the dynamism and melodiousness of their 2005 masterpiece, Worlds Apart. There's early promise of a Dead revival in rocker ''Far Pavillions'' and the epic prog of ''Bells of Creation,'' but the album's meandering second half loses us as it loses itself. B–

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Originally posted Feb 18, 2009 Published in issue #1036 Feb 27, 2009 Order article reprints