As the Roots Undo

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As The Roots Undo
Studio album by Circle Takes the Square
Released January 6, 2004
Recorded May 2003
Genre Screamo, post-hardcore, experimental rock, post-rock
Length 44:01
Label Robotic Empire
Circle Takes the Square chronology
Split with Pg. 99
As the Roots Undo
Decompositions: Volume Number One
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 5/5 stars [1]
Stylus C [2]
scenepointblank (8.1/10)[3]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [4]
A Distorted Reality 3.5/5 stars [5]

As the Roots Undo is an album released by the post-hardcore band Circle Takes the Square in 2004. It was released in CD and LP formats, by, respectively, the Robotic Empire and HyperRealist record labels.

To quote the album booklet: "In a nutshell the concept behind the songs was to document the different points on a path to self-realization. In our interpretation of this journey, the wanderer ends up essentially in the same place that he or she began, if not humbled and even more overwhelmed. In a sense the ending is somewhat tragic, but without experiencing all of the lows how can anyone ever appreciate the amazing subtleties that this world has to offer? And so, if the search for beauty and understanding is cyclical and unending, then at least we'll never stop experiencing the thrill of the hunt..."

The CD is packaged in a four-fold flap with artwork along each side. The lyric booklet is glued to an inner flap, along with the CD tray. The artwork was done by band member Drew Speziale.

The name of the album is taken from the track "Interview at the Ruins". The last words of this song are "a murmur from the ruins echoes softly as the roots undo, and the branch becomes".

On June 11, 2010, Sputnikmusic had As The Roots Undo appear on their best album of the decade list, earning the #3 spot on its top 100 albums list.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:55
  2. "Same Shade as Concrete" – 4:28
  3. "Crowquill" – 2:44
  4. "In the Nervous Light of Sunday" – 6:17
  5. "Interview at the Ruins" – 5:09
  6. "Non Objective Portrait of Karma" – 6:46
  7. "Kill the Switch" – 9:33
  8. "A Crater to Cough In" – 8:13


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