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Another great MOB album,
This review is from: Unsound (Audio CD)
Ho hum. I get a certain type of aural pleasure from listening to a new MOB album that I don't get from any of my other albums. They have really perfected post-punk, but at the same time have created this unique sound that nobody could ever copy. What other band has three band members consisting of a drummer, bassist, and guitarist that trades off lead singing duties from song to song with each member owning a unique, perfect voice for the genre? None, in my estimation. Oh yeah, they also together create wonderful vocal harmonies. And the instruments? Do you like idiosyncratic drumming, angular guitar riffs, strange tape manipulations, an overall sonic attack that creates a highly original noise, yet oddly catchy tunes? This is rock music that creates brain cells.
I do like this album more than their last also-great album The Sound, The Speed, The Light but not quite as much as Vs., OnOffOn, or The Obliterati. The biggest gripe I have over this one is that it clocks in at only 35 minutes. 2-3 more songs probably would have made this one just as good as their best ones.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2012 5:06:14 AM PDT
Michael J. Coleman says:
I fully agree with your review. I like this one a lot better than their last, but that was great too. They're still a great live band and making some glorious noise. I noticed the brevity of this record as well, but that doesn't really bother me in the days of packing a cd with 80 minutes worth of filler! I also noticed this one was a little rawer sounding and aggressive in some ways. What about the horns? I liked the addition of some of the brass on it. Made it interesting...great review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 3:54:26 PM PDT
Skyler J. Davis says:
The horns are a nice addition, although they're obviously not as expertly played as the other instruments. The song I can't get out of my head right now is "What They Tell Me", which features Peter Prescott on vocals and some of the brass you're talking about.
Posted on Sep 8, 2012 11:29:46 AM PDT
Stephen J. Wolowicz says:
What other band has three band members consisting of a drummer, bassist, and guitarist that trades off lead singing duties from song to song with each member owning a unique, perfect voice for the genre?
Posted on Sep 13, 2012 1:01:26 PM PDT
I figured it out. In the late 70s early 80s we got Gang of Four and Mission of Burma. When those bands initially broke up, Fugazi came along to fill the void for the next 15+ years. Then in 2003 Fugazi went on "hiatus". Not long after that MoB returned to pick back up where they left off and I can't thank them enough.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 6:55:24 PM PDT
Skyler J. Davis says:
Good call. Fugazi did indeed make up that void. They did much more than that by being an unbelievably great band and one that I enjoy still today. Check out Fugazi's final performance at my YouTube link...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pd
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