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Moms

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Moms explores a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a band that's taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth. It's tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes (''Baton''), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat (''Capsule''), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release (''Tantalus''). Opener ''Plumage'' couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while ''Pique'' turns the same sort of seemingly impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B008NCW8A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have been a Menomena fan for years. They have been a consistently great band, and one that I believe has been underappreciated. So, when I had heard that Brent Knopf had left the band, I assumed that Menomena was gone for good. However, then came the announcement that the two remaining members were releasing a new album. I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing this news, but quite frankly I was skeptical. The reality is that none of us could really know what would be lost when one third of the band left. The good news is that it appears that nothing was lost, there is just some change. This album is fantastic - it is the tighest and most cohesive album Menomena has put out. Now, I will admit that some of what made a Menomena album great was that there were always surprises from song to song. The difference now is that the songs are thematically tied together, and they just flow from beginning to end. Also, there are still complex song structures that allow you to find new twists upon multiple listens. Bottom line is that Menomena is still alive and well, just a little different, and in some ways maybe a little better.
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When I heard Brent Knopf left the band, I figured that was it, done, finito'. Well no mas finito' in my brain anymore as Justin and Danny's dramatic duo creation 'Moms' has proven that thought wrong in a big way. I wonder if this is how those two originally saw their music before Brent graduated from Dartmouth, joined in and began collaborating with them. The songs are different in 'Moms' as they don't have the radical jumps and textural randomness that the other albums presented. These are individual songs that move from point A to B in an less surprising but yet still very scenic Menomena laid path. There are no bumps in the road so-to-speak, it has been repaved. 'Moms' is a great Menomena album and is highly recommended. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I like this new road and look forward to my next vacation there.
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By Eric on October 21, 2012
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After stumbling upon the music video for "Evil Bee" from their album "Friend and Foe", I have been a big fan of Menomena for years. "Moms" is not my favorite album of theirs, but it's on par if not better than "Mines" which is good considering the recent departure of Brent Knopf. Rather than giving the finger to Brent or being upset about the matter, Justin and Danny have crafted a very personal album about their parents, the struggles of being a decent man and other topics.

"Pique" is a sobering track at heart. Behind its distorted guitars and resounding horns are lyrics about being a huge disappointment to your loved ones. "Heavy Is As Heavy Does" wastes no time sending a message when a simple piano melody accompanies lyrics such as "Proud my father never was of me" or "I don't believe in second chances". "Skintercourse" explores the inevitable pains of romance and arguments, spouting words like "my overarching need to pry under your skin".

A few songs come off as filler at first listen, but every track on the album is solid in its own right. Grows on you, especially if you find common ground with the stories Justin and Danny are putting on the table. Highly recommend listening to the album with good headphones to catch every element, particularly for the quieter moments on the closing track "One Horse".

Looking forward to more of Menomena's consistently good releases.
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After losing a member, I was worried how Menomena would sound. But on 'Moms' they are as rich and fresh as ever. There are no weak songs to here, and 'Heavy...' and 'One Horse' are emotional journeys.
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I have all 3 of their albums to this point. Moms, the latest release, shows that they are progressing at a steady pace with each album in peak talent. I do not think that this album eclipses Mines, however. The big problem, is consistency (song to song) in their albums. They have either made 5/5 songs or 1/5 songs for the most part. I always have tough time making it through an entire album of theirs without just skipping to the good parts. They seem to like to experiment quite a bit with their music, so we have to take the good with the bad. Not all experiments are breakthroughs. When Menomena hits, they hit hard, but there are more strikeouts than home runs. See "TV on the Radio".

Stand out songs are (in order)

Plumage 5/5 (probably their best song to date and ranks right up there with TAOS)
Pique 4/5 (another solid song, but the guitar solo 3/4 into the song tends to bring it down a notch). It just doesn't fit the flow of this otherwise great song.

Rest of the songs aren't standouts to me at this point, but I need 3-4 more listens to come to a final conclusion. At this point, I'd recommend just picking up the singles above. They are certainly worth your $. I wish the rest of the album was.
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Was really happy to finally get this on vinyl, but I was disappointed when I heard the last song in the middle of the album as it was playing. They add a 10 minute ambient track on side 4 as a bonus, but it throws off the flow of the album if you are used to it the other way.
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After giving "Moms" a few listens, I went back to "Mines" to hear the big difference. This is still an above average album by indie rock standards, but the music is lacking, and it's obvious that losing Brent Knopf is the reason. I'm sure that music critics who dwell on how personal the lyrics have become will love it, but the music just isn't nearly as interesting. A couple exceptions are "Skintercourse" and "Pique", which may actually remain on my iPod.
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