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Posted October 1, 2010
More Consistently Great Than The First
I discovered Mutemath when they performed on the old Conan O'Brian show and thought they were great. I looked up some videos and found snippets of them performing live, including the crazy live backwards performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and after listening to the 30 second samples I bought Mutemath. It instantly became one of my favorites. My first listen to the sample clips on "Armistice" made me think this wouldn't be as good, but I was wrong. The first CD has greater highs and lows (nothing beats "Typical," "Chaos," "and Break the Same"), but this CD is more consistently good. I also like the lyrics on the first CD more, but here the performances as expected are really great. These are obviously some of the best musicians around. It's been a long time since I heard such unique and excellent drumming in a rock band. Paul Meany's vocals are a cross between Sting and Jameroqui. I knew after listening to the tracks that I needed to see them live so I bought tickets for their 11/13/2009 New York show. Though it's really far off, I can't wait to hear what their third CD will sound like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Everything a second album should be
Both existing MuteMath fans and newcomers are, I think, in for a pleasant surprise with this album. While the band's overall sound has not changed much from the first album, Armistice is a much tighter, more cohesive production. The songs have something of a more stripped-down feel, generally seeming less busy than much of what was on the self-titled, which in turn really allows the songwriting and arrangements to shine and pull the listener in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Similarly, while the first disc had a couple of clearly rock radio-friendly tracks with obvious single potential (I'm looking at you "Typical", and not to suggest that's a bad thing), this time around each track is a little more...unconventional, shall we say? The two that come closest are "Spotlight" (previously featured on the Twilight soundtrack, much to this listener's dismay) and album opener "The Nerve", both of which cruise along at a quick tempo and should do well in catching the interest of those with shorter attention spans.
Overall, put simply, this album is really freakin' awesome, and already leaves me anxiously anticipating what these guys are going to do next.
Posted January 1, 2010
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