Mum
Finally We Are No One


4.5
superb

Review

by natey USER (46 Reviews)
February 19th, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Mum's second full length album, moving towards a more conventional sound then on Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK, delivers simple melodic bliss to the listener. However, the simplicity and limited movement on the album detract slightly from any serious approbation it might desire.

When Mum first came on to the scene, they were immediately paired up beside fellow Icelandics, Sigur Ros, and people were waiting for the epic climaxes and glittery melodies they knew hailed from Iceland. Yet, once people really met Mum, they realized they were not all that similar, aside from each band being rather eccentrically unique. At first it was hard to tell what exactly Mum was going for, but with Finally We Are No One, the essence of Mum really comes out. The gentle vocals, the repetitive yet creative song structures, and the pretty melodies. Finally We Are No One will probably never be titled a masterpiece or widely remembered, however it is an album easy to fall in love with, and lovers will remember it forever.

The second track on the album, released as a sort of single before the album was out, is “Green Grass of Tunnel”. It’s a soaring melodic song with tender female vocals that is the perfect beginning to the beautiful journey that is Finally We Are No One. The conglomerate of instruments on the album are the first thing to warrant attention. The gentle introduction of horns, strings, synthesizers and even accordion cater to the listener, serenely satisfying. Piano is featured notably on "We Have A Map of the Piano", basically the same melody repeated endlessly; it showcases the beauty of a few notes played softly again and again. That song is a perfect example of all that the album has to offer; lovely melodies, soft voices, and in that particular song a beautiful accordion solo.

The wilting melody in “K/Half Noise” and gentle electronic orchestration and layering is so beautiful it feels organic, yet at the same time is very clearly computerized sounds. That picturesque blend is another facet on the album which Mum wins the listener over with. “Now There’s That Fear Again” is an example of the more conventional sound Mum acquires. The rhythm is comprised of clicks and pops, but you feel the soft traditional chord changes and melody, blending with the female vocals. It washes gently over you, allowing you to fully soak it up before it passes. “I Can’t Feel My Hand Anymore…” features accordion once again; it is one of my favorite tracks on the album, building steadily to the end and having a sort of relaxed climax. Then there is the title track, “Finally We Are No One”, which sounds like the soundtrack to a movie, comprising a sort of epic tension without being very tense at all. Finally we reach the beauty that is “The Land Between Solar Systems”. This piece takes captive the listener, tying you up and forcing you to swallow all of its magic. The gentle voice and simple melody tear me up inside with their soft prettiness. It’s the antithesis of violence yet my heart cries out for passion, brutality, and a tearing apart of everything. It’s the perfect conclusion to the record.

The earlier mention of the development of Mum into more of a 'typical band' is not to say that they have left behind all traces of their eccentric computerized filled glory. Several tracks still contain sound effects and noises and by no means does this album exemplify some mainstream form of Mum. However, the album is comparatively more accessible, being easy to enjoy on a slow day or as you fall asleep; the only real areas I can see a person being seriously turned off is by its potential boringness, due to the sparseness of melodic or vocal action.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mr Fahrenheit
February 19th 2008


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good first review

I love Mum, but I don't have this album. I'll get it someday

Iai
Emeritus
February 20th 2008


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a really excellent album. Review's pretty good.

Eliminator
February 20th 2008


2067 Comments


mom rule!

Ohh
February 20th 2008


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the land between solar systems is one of my favorite songs. nice review.

YouAreMySilence
September 20th 2009


3727 Comments


Been meaning to check this out.

Roach
December 2nd 2009


2148 Comments


am I missing something

MrCalum
December 24th 2009


371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can see the mainstream form in this album, but i quite enjoyed it, guess I'm just in the right mood for it.

Brokenjewel
March 18th 2010


1247 Comments


I was debating whether to review this or Yesterday, guess I'll go with that instead. Nice review.

bab808
September 5th 2010


456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. maybe it's the timing, but you sold me on this in the first two paragraphs. nice job

natey
January 25th 2011


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

K/half Noise is eating me right now

natey
January 29th 2011


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

now it's in key with the vacuum

MikeAdriatic
November 25th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have this on vinyl.. just awesome...

sleepdirt
March 20th 2013


311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album makes me feel like a 13 year old in the shower all over again.

johnnyblaze
November 14th 2013


2615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking iceland man. their shit is tight.



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