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First Ep [EP]

Mock OrangeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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For the past ten years, indie rock troubadours Mock Orange have continued to produce some of the most original and intricate records the genre has to offer. The band first introduced us to their sound in 1998 with “Nines & Sixes.” The record immediately established Mock Orange on the national scene and received critical acclaim in the press along with a spot on the CMJ Top 60 ... Read more in Amazon's Mock Orange Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Dead Droid Records
  • ASIN: B00007FKUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stuck In
2. Crash and Die
3. Doubledown
4. The Free Ride
5. Driving Day

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mock Orange seems stuck in a permanent identity crisis. Their first album, "Nines and Sixes," has an almost-Lagwagon feel to it. Their sophomore effort, "The Record Play," [reviewed here] seemed to owe more to bands like Braid and American Football than anything on Fat Wreck. Now, after a label change, the band brings us their latest EP, aptly entitled "First EP." Why do I believe the title is so accurate? Well, it's because once again the group has seemed to give their sound a complete overhaul, almost to the point where they sound like a completely new band. If I had to name some influences on this record, my mind would immediately run to bands like Modest Mouse, Pavement, and Death Cab For Cutie, as opposed to their harder influences of the past.
Gone are the crazy time changes and frantic guitar riffing. In their places are more straightforward pop songs coupled with slide guitar. Main singer Ryan's vocals have taken a drastic turn, as well. I still can't decide if it's for better or worse. On past recordings he seemed to be spitting out his vocals with intensity and vigor, whereas now his voice seems to take a more relaxed approach, playfully integrating his falsetto with the spacious guitar parts.
Like I said before, this EP makes the band sound like a completely different entity - keeping up with their string of identity reassignments. Standing on it's own two feet, this EP can hold it's own and is actually pretty original-sounding in today's music scene. If this is the new direction of Mock Orange, I can't wait to hear their upcoming full length.
Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if the next album sounds like a polka band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something original in todays music May 22, 2003
By Ted
Format:Audio CD
some of the most well written songs i have heard in a long while. everything is just as great as all the older lp's but more mature. in one of the reveiws below someone mentioned that these songs had a poppy sound to them and thats just a bunch of bull. these songs are very far from poppy. they ahve sort of a old classic rock feel to them that just makes me drol. not a bad song on here, and the full length should be more of the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i dont understand.... May 13, 2003
By Ted
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how anyone could like the older stuff better then this ep. i hope they have a full length coming out very soon because after hearing these songs i just want more. everyone buy this CD. this CD destroys the other 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow May 9, 2003
By Ted
Format:Audio CD
This might possible be the best music i have heard in the last couple of years. these guys have completly changed up thier sound with this one, which is a good thing. the last 2 efforts just seemed to get boreing after a few listens, while this one has been in constant rotaion in my car since i got it in january. that is rare also considering its just an ep. i also normally do not bvuy ep's but heard the song CRASH AND DIE and had to own it. here is a song by song rating:
1)STUCK IN -(10/10) this is an all out jam at the finest. crunching guitars, killer bass and drums. some of the solo's in this song make me foam at the mouth. very hard rockin and great to listen to while on the road.
2)CRASH AND DIE - (10/10) This is the best one on the CD in my opinion. very uplifting happy song. kinda has an old 70's feel to it. maybe a mix of the beattls and punk rock. very cool solo's once again. lyrics are great and humorus.
3)DOUBLE DOWN - (10/9) good song but took a few listens to fully appreciate. the end is where it starts getting really cool.
4)THE FREE RIDE - (10/8) this is my least favorit on the cd. its a great song but its much more like their older work. very complex and fun to listen to though. these guys are simply amazing.
5)DRIVING DAY - (10/10) the mellow one of the five. very great bass line and guitar parts. acoustic bridge does it for me every time.
this CD makes me crazy wanting the full length. hope this helps someone.
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By jordan
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Towards the fans that have heard only the past 2 releases, this one is nothing at all like them in style. It still have all the technical skill and power ass all the rest but they are now doing something new. The first song stuck in is just a wonderful jam session. some of the solo's are just amazing and the new style in his singing is a shocker at first to any long time fans. the closest song to anything old would be the free ride. i have listened to this ep more then i have listened to most of my full length favorit CD's. I love this ep becasue it is really unlike anything else you can find in the music world right now. this is anything but boreing which i ahv eheard some people say about the older material. the full length will be out sometime this summer and having this ep as a preview makes me killing for the lp. hope everyone checks this masterpeice out.
highlights - stuck in, crash and die, driving day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ssssssswwwwwwwweeeeeeetttttttt May 13, 2003
By Ted
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I had never heard of these guys before and a freind of mine had a mix CD with the song diving day on it. after hearing the song i wanted to know who the guys were because it just blew me away. not often do i just hear a song for the first time and freak out like i did when i heard that one. the next day when we got back home i looked up the band on amazon to order that CD with driving day. found out the have 3 CD's and got them all. The other 2 are good but this ep has really changed music for me. everyone should check it out. you will be very sad if you do not take a chance with this one.
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