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It wasn't until I saw MuteMath live that I realized they were more than just a mere "good" band. Many artists nowadays use recording tactics in which they can't perform on stage. MuteMath has obviously proved this theory wrong, with actually adding in more rhythms and beats than on the original album recording.
MuteMath's first full-length self-titled album offers more than just simple tunes. The first song on the album, "Collapse," is an infectious non-vocal drum rhythm, followed by the second track, "Typical," as a high-energy rock melody.
With the sounds of Jimmy Eat World, The Killers and M83, the band's sporadic and unplanned beats create an amazing piece of art. MuteMath has a sound to satisfy Lovedrug, Anberlin, or Copeland fans.
Instrumental tunes "Obsolete" and "After We Have Left Our Homes" features a unique synthesizer sound like no other, whereas "Chaos," the band's chosen single, wraps around drum and guitar solos.
MuteMath's last two EP releases have instated the band on a national level in addition to their non-traditional ways of reaching fans. Their first album, now dubbed "limited edition" was actually only available on tour--in no means was it in stores or online. That, my friend, is well-deserved creativity with a touch of originality. After the tour, the album was later distributed on a more traditional route.
Longer songs and more intricate sounds are apparent when watching live--the fact that a person watches all the magic come together is why it's so intriguing.
But this solid self-titled debut just might rise above the average, with its solid rockers and knack for good harmonies. This fledgling band expands up the solid guitar pop with extra flourishes and solid melodies -- it's not the most mind-blowing, but it's a solid sound all around.
It kicks off with "Chaos," an infectious little song that is simply crammed with instrumental goodness -- sharp drums, swirling guitars and airy electronica. It's perhaps their catchiest song on here, and good way to get you into their music -- it's a more complex tune than it appears to be at first glance.
It's followed up by a colourful array of different sounds -- this music is almost paradoxical in its complex simplicity and solid subtlety. They dabble in various styles, including epic guitar pop, brief instrumentals, haunting electronica-edged pop, and even some colourful funky-edged pop. They wind down with "Stall Out," a softer song that quietly wraps the album up with an electropop edge.
Mute Math started impressing people with their "Reset EP," and as they gained a following, they started handing out their debut on concerts. You gotta love these boys for that alone. But the cycling complexity of their pop music is an extra reason to enjoy what they turn out on their debut.
At first listen, it sounds a lot like Mute Math is a pretty typical indiepop band. Listen more closely, and hidden rhythms and shimmers of sound will start to emerge under the hooks.Read more ›
Has anyone else noticed any difference?
This CD is probably one of the greatest out there (besides Amnesiac or In Rainbows by Radiohead). This band has a fresh sound to them that the music industry has greatly needed for long time.
It starts off with Collapse, an instrumental with Darren King (drummer) going crazy on the snare, accompanied by Paul Meany's (singer, keyboards) backround vocals. Then it goes into Typical (the song they're most known for), with Greg Hill (guitarist) starting it off and then Darren King coming in with a very experimental drum beat, and Roy Mitchell (bassist) with some sweet basslines and Paul Meany's Synths flying around everywhere. People say that "after a good number of listens, 'Typical' becomes typical". Well, I've probably listened to this song over 100 times and it still hasn't gotten old. After Typical comes another instrumental, After We Have Left Our Homes. Then comes Chaos. People have called this song embarassingly poppy. This song is not poppy at all. It is actually one of their most complex and dark songs on the CD. But you have to really listen to realize it. Roy shines in this song with Darren on offbeat drums and heavy effects on the guitars. Then there's Noticed, which people have said is just a major filler. I'll tell you this now: MUTEMATH DOES NOT HAVE FILLERS. This song is very upbeat and quick and it makes you feel good. After that comes Plan B, a song mostly based on the drums and keyboards with some sweet guitar riffs and bass harmonics. The only thing I'm going to say about Stare At The Sun and Obsolete is that they are amazing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listen for yourself. These guys are likely the most talented musicians that have been on the scene in a very long time.Published 16 months ago by Kristopher B. Grooms
I purchased the first version of this album directly from the band when they were still going through their legal spout with Warner Bros. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by TheTuneHead
Great album, a big problem with a lot of artist is they fail to set themselves apart and often make songs all sound too much alike. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Living, LOVE
i jus had to order a new copy because I played the last one so much that it wore out. I didn't know that could even happen to a CD!Published on October 19, 2013 by Bryan Beckner
I bought this off the strength of the song "You are mine", which was clever, haunting, with well written lyrics and music. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Peter Elfman
Individual talents blending well together without overpowering each other. Excellent songwriting and unique vocal phrasing. Just gets better with each listening.Published on August 12, 2013 by CMR
I had to go back and repurchase this cd, because my first copy was given to me, and the sound quality wasn't very good. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Garrett Downing
If you are wondering if every song can be as good as Typical, the answer is yes. Darren King's drumming is profound, the balance of power between the vocals, synth, guitar and... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Chaz
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|2 discs or just one?||
I hope it's two discs, I just bought it!
I'm not gonna be happy if the description throws my purchase off!
C'mon, get the description right!
Feb 24, 2009 by Jimi | See all 2 posts
if its the song off there myspace then they just killed any chance of making it big!
Jun 9, 2007 by Jeff Jacobs | See all 2 posts
I think they just went for a different sound when mastering MUTEMATH. However, I've only heard the 128KB itunes versions of the MUTEMATH songs so far (cd is in the mail from amazon ;).
When compared with thier EP the album has more songs that are on the annoying side. But, the thing with... Read More
Sep 30, 2006 by Luke Johnson | See all 3 posts
|MuteMath is gonna tear it up||
I'll second that! I saw the band live, and they are truly amazing. They have a totally original sound, top-notch musicianship, excellent material and fabulous presentation. See them live (if possible), and buy their album IMMEDIATELY.
Sep 12, 2006 by Rich Atkinson | See all 7 posts