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Odd Soul came together over the course of six months, during which the members of MUTEMATH -Paul Meany (vocals/keyboards), Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (bass/guitar), and Darren King (drums) -locked themselves down at Meany's home studio in New Orleans and didn't emerge until they were ready to play it for others. "The idea of complete isolation was the only thing that appealed to us. No camera guys, no producers, no engineers, no record label people, no management. No one would hear or comment on what we were doing until we were done," Meany says. "We didn't want to make blurry music. We set out to record something that was unapologetically us."

1. Odd Soul
2. Prytania
3. Blood Pressure
4. Tell Your Heart Heads Up
5. All Or Nothing
6. Sun Ray
7. Allies
8. Cavalries
9. Walking Paranoia
10. One More
11. Equals
12. Quarantine
13. In No Time

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teleprompt / Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B005HI7MUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on October 4, 2011
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Let me try to sum up this album briefly. Do you like classic rock tinged with the blues, particularly the 60s and 70s eras? Then this is for you. Do you enjoy actually talented drummers reminiscent of the greats, à la Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker? Then Darren King (MuteMath's drummer) will certainly amaze you. Amazing musicianship that isn't afraid to break the mold with captivating sound effects and chromatic notes? Here you go. If you enjoy good, talented music, give this album a listen. You won't regret it.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Zach Nielsen on October 4, 2011
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Odd Soul

Odd Soul - Sounds like like a song that Led Zepelin would write. Great guitar riff. Choppy and wide open drum groove is very interesting. Great vocal effect on Paul's voice. This groove is deep. This song has some serious soul for four white dudes. Here comes the bridge... It's getting freaky. These dudes are too creative. Now back to the 70's guitar riffs, octaves galore. Finally the drums lock into a more regular straight ahead groove. Been waiting for the the whole time. Serious tension and release with that drum part over the corse of this song and serious head bobbing at the end. GREAT song.

Prytania - This is a new sound for MuteMath. You can tell these guys are going for a specific "sound" on this record. More edgy and raw than records in the past. Sounds more like analog tape but I doubt it is. Who knows. Snare sound on this song sounds more thin than in the past but I like it. This band is really growing into their own. This record already sounds very mature for them in new and exciting ways. Major chord surprise on that hit there on the end of the bridge. Nice surprise. Not sure what to make of this song yet, but I'm sure it will grow on me. Paul's vocals keep getting better. As a band, these guys are so serious and such hard workers. You can hear it on every album.

Blood Pressure - More 70's sounding guitar riffs. I love it. This song has a serious vibe. "Why can't you do a little more for Jesus". Interesting line. I think they are still trying to exercise the demons of their fundie past in Christianity. I would LOVE to hear from them on where they are at with their faith now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blake on October 12, 2011
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Imagine for a moment the funk of The Bee Gees and the raw of The Black Keys. Combine those two ideas into a sound that is uniquely Mutemath and you've got Odd Soul. They are obviously trying to rock out a bit more than their two previous albums because even the "slower" songs still tend to have a fast beat. While it all still sounds very much like a production from Mutemath, this album definitely has a bit of a different sound. You can tell they are exploring their musical bounds here, but that's a good thing! I noticed some of the songs from Odd Soul that get stuck in my head start sounding like some songs from Armistice. I think their debut self titled album is the "cleanest" and Armistice is sort of a bridge between that and Odd Soul.

Some of the songs are more funk, some are more raw, and some are more familiar; but they are all still Mutemath. Choruses are still catchy and the drum beats and electronic nuances are still well done. If you've wanted to add a little more variety to your Mutemath collection and prefer the faster beats, this album is certainly worth your while. If you prefer the slower, heartfelt ballads from Mutemath, then you might be slightly disappointed with Odd Soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Vajgrt on November 5, 2011
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Mutemath's music has always seamlessly blended driving indie rock with psychedelic funk, blues and soul, all the while sprinkling in healthy doses of electro-pop. But on their newest offering, "Odd Soul", it seems like the band is out to prove something.

Sure, lead singer and keyboardist Paul Meany's trademark electronic textures and soulful vocals are ever present, while bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and drummer Darren King constantly provide the driving thump that gives the band its heavy influence of funk.

But where the band's first two albums were filled with quieter moments bridged by delicately balanced dynamics, the new album replaces that void with aggression and bravado.

Don't get me wrong -- Mutemath has always had a bit of an edge to their sound -- just not quite like this. So what's changed?

Formed in New Orleans in 2003, the band experienced a shakeup in their lineup since releasing their last album. In April, the band announced that original guitarist Greg Hill had left the band the previous October.

This move seemed puzzling at first. The band was just coming off the high of critical acclaim for their second album, 2009's stellar "Armistice." The band is also widely revered for their stunningly energetic and acrobatic live shows.

Now that I've heard their new album, the reason for the change is apparent.

New guitarist Todd Gummerman adds an entirely new dynamic to the band.

Where Hill's playing was more subtle and blended beautifully into the band's sound, Gummerman's riffs are big, in your face and demand your attention.

Listening to the album's title track, "Odd Soul" showcases the album's Black Keys- meets-Zeppelin-in-Motown vibe.
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