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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Approach to Classic Rock
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...
Published on October 4, 2011 by Music Fan
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHat happened?
I first came to Mutemath when I saw the Allies video on YouTube, I loved it, In fact I loved or liked alot every Mutemath video I saw. I'm not easily impressed either. I immediately ordered Mutemath and Odd Soul I love Mutemath. I do not love Old Soul. Each song on Mutemath has something special about it. I get lost in the songs on Oid Soul and not in a good way...
Published 19 months ago by Justarasta
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4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you...,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Audio CD)When I first heard the single "Odd Soul" on the internet, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I just didn't think the song was good. Blood Pressure was better, I thought, but not /amazing/ or anything. But being a diehard fan of MUTEMATH, of course I was going to buy their album.
Long story short, I like this album. The title track is better than I originally thought, and a pretty good opener for the album. Prytania is a very energetic, cool song. Blood Pressure is just what you'd expect--a radio single. Tell Your Heart Heads Up is also a first-half-of-the-album style song, and Darren's mastery of the drums is very clear on this track.
All or Nothing is the beginning of the next section of the album (as I think of it) and is my favorite track of the 13. It's so fantastic that I'm giving it two sentences. Sun Ray is a medium-short instrumental, the lowest dip in energy of the album (not a bad thing); it's pretty good I guess. Allies is the start of the third section of the album (again, as I think of it); it is also radio-single-esque, and I found that, like many of these tracks, it grows on you. Cavalries is "the 3/4 song" (although they probably don't want you to think of it that way); the 4/4 bridge is an unexpected twist that also grows on you. The verse of Walking Paranoia has one of the most confusing rhythms I've ever heard for being in 4; it's also a good song though, a bit more on the epic side of things than previous songs. One More is probably my least favorite from the album, although it isn't a bad song. Equals starts out sounding like the "sweet song" that always seems to come third to last, but has a bit more of the funk from previous tracks than you might expect--that said, I still count it as the sweet song. Quarantine is the equivalent of Burden from Armistice, and I had a lot of expectations for this one. It is definitely a good song, but don't expect anything like the climax of Break the Same; the ending is epic in a very different way than Burden. In No Time is also a very good song, and very different from anything else on the album (with the possible exception of All or Nothing). I think this ending accurately represents how the band was feeling during the recording process compared to their previous album: good; they wanted to end on a good note.
TL;DR It's a good album and you should definitely buy it iff you own MUTEMATH's previous two albums. If you don't, read the rest of the review, because I don't know what to tell you.
Whoa. This turned out much longer than I anticipated. Anyway, hope I helped. And stuff.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit off,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Deluxe Version) (MP3 Music)Mutemath is a great band and I loved their first two releases.
This release - somehow I can't seem to grok it even after a number of listens.
I can't pin down exactly why - there are some pretty solid tracks but as a whole the impression I'm getting is - the vocals are grating, the sound kinda tinny.
Other reviewers point to the fact that this turns to '70s funk - well that may be a cause too since I hated that style.
I'll probably end up keeping 4-5 tracks from this one on my playlists - e.g. Pyritania, Sun Ray, One More...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mute Math Changes Direction...Yes Once Again.,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Audio CD)This is the oddest sounding record. It's not supposed to work. From the production (Meany's voice has become it's own instrument, to the point where the lyrics are barely distinguishable), to the performance (the drums sound as if they're cut short, chopped up, edited, and oddly placed back in), to the message (is there one? Did they go back to being Christian? If so, what about all the darkness of `Armistice'? Did they abandon that).
A lot of what is missing on Odd Soul at first listen are Meany's signature synth sounds. But no, they're still there, just buried beneath the guitars and drums.
The drums are the highlight of this record. Just really, all over the place, fresh new fills that somehow keep everything intact. The record is an extreme journey in sound. I would almost call it acid grunge. It's all over the place. It's up front, in your face. It's loud.
Odd Soul sounds like one big jam session that keeps going to different places, different worlds, different sections. And they for the most part...work. It just seems right. You can't treat the songs as pop singles. And you can't treat the album like a record where it seamlessly flows with a theme. Each song is a separate 3 or 4 minute opus.
That being said, I could do without `Sun Ray',the only instrumental on the record. It goes nowhere and has no noticeable performance. `Cavalries' is a b-side at best.
I honestly was not a fan of the title track being a single in the first place. It's a good first track, and set the tone of the record, but left me confused when I heard it apart from the record itself. It just does not work as a first single.
The highlights are definitely `Walking Paranoia', `Blood Pressure' ,`Quarantine' which is the closest to putting Armistice and self-titled together, and `One More' which features an amazingly sic Hammond B3 organ jam.
I think based on production style alone, this record deserves to be heard and given a chance to stand up there with the mega selling Adele 21 and mega selling Foo Fighter's `Wasting Light'. I just wish some of the songs were more up to par writing wise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loving Mutemath...diggin the rock, but missing the electronica,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Deluxe Version) (MP3 Music)First off, huge huge Mutemath fan. loved them since stumbling upon their debut cd and thought, OMG, who is this. Being a fan of overseas electronic music but also rock/alternative/trip hop styles- then cohesively blend all that and then make it their own and man do they. On Odd Soul- basically it's Mutemath channeling their inner 70's style rock or their inner Lenny Kravitz but still using phenomenal bass beats/hard rock beats to make you move. My only only gripe is that they're missing a lot of the synth keyboard stuff or electronica feel like they had on earlier albums, minus "All or Nothing" and a few of the last bonus tracks. But, I'd heard the negative feedback from other reviewers and was skeptical. GLAD I ignored and took it for what it is. ODD SOUL ROCKS OUT! IN A BIG WAY. Now, looking forward to upcoming releases with the heavy guitar, but let's bring back some more of the sythns and electronic style too boys.
Most of the songs on this album are solid- not as sing songy as the last two albums, but still solid. Standouts are odd soul, pyrtania, blood pressure, tell your heart heads up, all or nothing.
Still loving Mutemath. Cheers guys
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to previous albums.,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Audio CD)Nowhere near as good as their previous stuff. I don't really re-listen to this, except as part of a Mutemath shuffle mix. It fits in well enough there.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Mutemath fans,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Audio CD)Not the best Mutemath disc, but some good songs. I would add this one last to your mutemath collection. Start out with Armistice. I do hope they keep going though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutemath is awesome!,
This review is from: Odd Soul (Audio CD)This is an amazing disc -- so much variety in compositions. Blood Pressure, Allies are highlights for me. So many great tunes. Buy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album I own right now.,
4.0 out of 5 stars great band, another great album,
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid,
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