Mutemath indulge their experimental side with Armistice, the band's first album since "Typical" climbed up the Billboard charts two years prior. While "Typical" featured Technicolor guitars and arena-ready vocals, the songs on Armistice don't reveal their hooks so easily, cloaking themselves in electronics, strings, and ambient guitars while largely avoiding the poppier elements of the band's previous album. For all their experimental wrapping paper, however, these tracks still deliver what has become Mutemath's signature sound: a melodic brand of alternative rock that combines Paul Meany's tenor voice with an epic, nocturnal ambience reminiscent of Radiohead, Muse, and the Music. There's a good deal of dance-rock here, too, and the angular "Goodbye" is a welcome reminder that Mutemath's work can target the feet as well as the head. This is essentially a thinking man's album, though, more indicative of the band's breadth than its ability to make hit singles.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsMUTEMATH Primary Artist
Rebirth Brass Band Percussion,Horn
Darren King Group Member
Paul Meany Group Member
Caleb Burhans Strings
Roy Mitchell-Cardenas Group Member
Greg Hill Group Member
Matt Piché Strings
Jeremy Larson Piano,Strings,Ukulele
Technical CreditsDennis Herring Producer,String Arrangements
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Tedd Tjornholm Producer
Perry Watts-Russell Executive Producer
Adam LaClave Composer
Sean Schultz Engineer
Darrell Lehman Engineer
Kevin Kookegy Executive Producer
Ben Lorio Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. 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.
After discovering Mutemath's self-titled rather late in the game, I was pleased to discover that Armistice was soon to arrive - and I was not at all disappointed. Armistice is cleaner and more pared down than the self-titled but the instrumentation is still fabulous and the songs still catchy. I love that even though this is clearly a break-up/conflict-centered album, the songs aren't mopey and slow but rather still contain the great energy Mutemath consistenly utilizes in their songs. The drums have been and still are my favorite element - they're like a separate vocalist, almost. Over all, this is a fantastic album with only one song that I would skip over (No Response), which is rare. I love this band!! Favorite songs: Armistice, Spotlight, Goodbye, Odds
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.