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Mudvayne Attempt To Bring The Best Of Both Worlds,
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This review is from: Lost and Found (Audio CD)
Mudvayne have come rather far from their 2000 major label debut, "L.D. 50." The album was an instant success with listeners -- it's pleasing combination of nu-metal and prog-rock was unlike anything heard before (although many people gave them a "Smart Slipknot" label). Not only did the music (and their commanding live show) grab your attention, so did the group's bizarre stage names, and even stranger make-up that they wore. When it was time for 2002's follow-up album, "The End Of All Things To Come" (cleverly titled after their 2001 indie album re-release), not only did the band shed their former image for an even more elborate one, they changed up musically quite a bit. The style was a little softer and, quite bluntly, simple. It was a difficult transition and had mixed reactions from their rabid fanbase. Well, three years later, the boys seem to have taken their time with this one, and incidentally, have given up the stage names and any form of disguise.
"Lost And Found," produced by Dave Fortman (Snot, Evanescence) takes both sides of Mudvayne and mix them up into one satisfying stew. For fans of "L.D. 50," you've got your more complex material, and for fans of "The End...," you have the more emotional and subdued material. Any fan of heavy music, period, can find something in it to appreciate. The same classic ingredients are here: chunky guitar riffs, funky bass-lines, powerful drumming, and vocals that are as melodic as they are pained. Songs like "Determined" and "Pushing Through" are classic Mudvayne, and the first single "Happy?" as well, is the only song that stands a chance on the radio. Elsewhere, the band takes more chances, such as with the hypnotizing "Choices." It's the longest song, but the band changes the tempo so much and keeps taking unexpected turns, up until the engaging climax, that it almost seems like three seperate songs. "TV Radio" is a rather amusing anthem that takes aim at the current world of pop-culture (one line in the song: "I'm overdosing on reality," pretty much sums up the attitude) -- it's just too bad that they lifted the hook from Disturbed's "The Fear" -- whether it was known by the band or not, the theft still kind of degrades what is an otherwise outstanding song. "All That You Are" is probably the first glimpse of sunshine the band lets in, with an overall positive message (despite the title, it's not a ballad) and it even quotes on of my favorite movies, "The Shawshank Redemption." Unfortunately, the album as a whole isn't quite as good as it could be. Too many of the songs blend together, making for a rather redundant listen. The more melodic and emotional tracks also seem to be missing the intensity and fire that songs of past like "-1" and "(Per)Version Of A Truth" had. Also, Mudvayne have always seemed like one of those bands that has yet to reach their full potential. Every time they release an album, I expect them to tear the roof off, but I feel they have yet to make the definitive Mudvayne album. Fact of the matter is, a lot of this release sounds just as frustrated as "The End Of All Things To Come," even though it's obviously superior.
All things considered, at the very least Mudvayne are still staying true to their sound, which is refreshing. They aren't taking their music to the extreme where they are competing with their heavier, more classic sounding "Headbanger's Ball" peers, nor are they appealing to the emo scene. So for that, Mudvayne have my respect. It takes balls to release an album as awkward and unorthodox as this on a major label, therefore, I will always look forward to each and every Mudvayne release.