Mudvayne
Mudvayne


2.5
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Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
December 12th, 2009 | 164 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mudvayne's self-titled attempts to please their old fans, but is undone by inconsistency.

Mudvayne has been on a bit of a skid lately, wouldn’t you agree? For a band that came out with one of the defining albums of the early 00’s, LD 50, Mudvayne has done nothing in the past seven years that has been worthy of the same kind of praise. Not only that, but Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett left the two better members of Mudvayne to create the worst super group in the history of super groups (including Damn Yankees!) Eventually they return, after their fill of PBR and weed, promising a better and more focused Mudvayne. The members have also been claiming a return to the LD 50 days, which was proven to be horse*** with The New Game and, although the style shown on their debut appears in spurts, does not live up to or deserve the hype here.

The obvious positive here is the fact that Ryan Martinie is still in the band. If not for him, Mudvayne would be forever lost in the water. No matter the song, Ryan Martinie creates something interesting with his bass that keeps your attention in the most mundane of songs (see “I Can’t Wait”.) Also, Matt McDonough’s drumming is as good as ever. Another positive here is the feeling that they don’t care if this goes on the radio, (yet you soon after get the feeling that they have done most of this before, and better.) “Beyond the Pale” and “Heard It All Before” are the standouts of this album, with interesting melodies and guitar work from Tribbett that we haven’t heard in ages.

Now to the negatives. First of all, Chad Gray has lost all ability to write interesting lyrics. He hasn’t written an interesting lyrical line since “Happy?” Sometimes his lyrics reach passable, sometimes they are God-awful. Meanwhile, the other member of Hellyeah is putting the most out of place guitar solos in songs, and if you don’t believe it, listen to the solo in “Heard It All Before.” What kills this album, however, is the inconsistency. You will have one great song, and then it is followed with a terrible song like “All Talk.” You get a sense of them trying to get back to their roots, but they just can not leave behind their newfound accessibility, and they will never be able to get rid of it.

Inconsistency is the name of the game with Mudvayne’s latest. Some great ideas followed by themes they have beaten to death a hundred times. The flow of the album is basically nonexistent. There are enough good songs on this album to keep it from being totally lost, but in the end, you will realize that there is little to keep this from feeling like it all has been done before. Ultimately, Mudvayne sees a band at a crossroads. Will they completely go back to their LD 50 days, or will they try to go back to ruling the radio? Judging by the sales of The New Game , it will come a couple albums too late.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

BassDemon, here is your counter-review

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review but obviously I disagree. Also, as for the summary, idk, it seems to me that many of the old fans are rather pleased ;)

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The whole album is just way too inconsistent. One minute I will be feeling like this album is brilliant and the next I am very bored idk

BassDemon333
December 12th 2009


3379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was expecting something like this to come eventually. Pretty good review, but I respectfully disagree. This album owns. More people seem to like it then hate it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The whole album is just way too inconsistent. One minute I will be feeling like this album is brilliant and the next I am very bored idk


dunno´ I'm really diggin this. The only song I don't like at all is Out To Pasture, the others I dig. Will end up purchasing this

Zip
December 12th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow I'm stupid I missed the crushing bass presence until just now when you mentioned it. FAIL

Phantom
December 12th 2009


8930 Comments


OH MY GOD SO MANY DIFFERING OPINIONS I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Heard It All Before is the best heavy song they have done in seven years

qwe3
December 12th 2009


21362 Comments


well it's definitely not lupus

Phantom
December 12th 2009


8930 Comments


except for this one time where it was but

qwe3
December 12th 2009


21362 Comments


there's a truism for ya

Zip
December 12th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk beautiful and strange is better than heard it all before

BassDemon333
December 12th 2009


3379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with curseworship on Heard It All Before being one of their best heavy songs in a while, its awesome. Chad's scream at the end is great too. IMN is the only other one that comes close to it in the past 7 years I think.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I really don't like Beautiful and Strange

BassDemon333
December 12th 2009


3379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its ok but nothing really stands out about it

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

BassDemon, in my opinion nothing since Skrying is as good a heavy Mudvayne song as Heard It All Before

Zip
December 12th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well I really like the opening riffs

Burn2Burn
December 12th 2009


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

disagree

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Well good, I am glad it makes you happy

Burn2Burn
December 12th 2009


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

album makes me happy



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