Boy & Bear
Moonfire


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
August 10th, 2011 | 17 replies | 9,627 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe it is just the ampersand that will get you confused...

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Mumford &Sons must be jealous of Boy & Bear. In their tour to Australia in 2010 Marcus Mumford himself praised the band of putting together amazing, captivating and attention grabbing live show every night, but Boy & Bear didn’t need the free publicity. Soon enough, people began to notice that these guys were putting everything into all shows that they played, and by the end of the tour, the warm-up act transformed into the head liner, as they became more authentic then the Brit giants... and ever since, the popularity has never stopped growing for the Australian band, with their cover of Crowded House’s ‘Fall at Your Feet’ being voted number 5 in the Hottest 100 of 2010. Though Boy & Bear’s sound may be parallel in certain aspects to Mumford & Sons but something just seems to click that little but better, as everything flows with a sense of clarity.

Moonfire is Boy and Bear’s debut effort, and with it they bring an album that seems to understand what it is trying to achieve by not being overly enduring or exceedingly different, Moonfire captivates from the word go, and doesn’t let go until the ending track, ‘Big Man’ last chords are strummed. Single ‘Milk and Sticks’ is full of contrasting sounds and fantastic instrumentation, focusing on the amazing vocals of front man, Dave Hosking, also being the bands most dynamic song to date. ‘Golden Jubilee’ also narrows in on the prominence of the Hosking’s vocals yet, the underlying and layering of the guitar and keyboard gives a much fuller and accomplished sound. ‘The Village’ completely changes the direction of the album, with afro beats, harmonic vocals and reggae guitar rhythms the band is definitely not struggling for variety.

Lyrically, Boy & Bear may be a little cliché but that isn’t too big a problem, as there is depth in the writing:
See my body keeps in line
And I got my whole damn life
Oh I want to be somebody, somebody, someone
You're so desperate now
Oh no you won't let it go
You bit of your tongue to become one


Though Moonfire may lack consistency through some songs, it is definitely a fantastic debut. Harnessing the popularity achieved through the tour with Mumford & Sons and shaking off the similarity tag that they gained, Boy & Bear are out to show they don’t need the publicity from other bands as their sound is different to Mumford & Sons. Thanks for all the hype Marcus, Boy & Bear will take it.



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Douglas
August 10th 2011



9096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg.

Some strange thing happened, went to add album to Boy & Bear page, and it added it on another Boy & Bear profile.

The & symbol strikes back!

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

HBFS
August 10th 2011



1230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i added it too haha, the & is screwing it all up. album rules

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Douglas
August 10th 2011



9096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It sure does.

AtavanHalen
August 10th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fall At Your Feet came in at number five, not number 3

No mention of their original song charting as well?

And his name is Dave Hosking, not Dave Johnston

Douglas
August 10th 2011



9096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i suck

AtavanHalen
August 10th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

www.google.com

Eclectic
August 10th 2011



3302 Comments


Yeah, review needs a bit of cleaning up ("until the ending track, ‘Big Man’ last chords are strummed."), but good otherwise.
Shall enjoy listening to this when I get the chance.

AtavanHalen
August 10th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is a really good album. They've changed their direction considerably from With Emperor Antarctica, which I found peculiar but nevertheless refreshing.

Douglas
August 10th 2011



9096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fix soon

Chaly
August 10th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is anyone fixing the double page issue?

I love this album so much.

Hopeland
August 22nd 2011



275 Comments


Actually really like this album

AtavanHalen
August 22nd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

STEPHENS, FIX UP YOUR SHIT

wrmy
August 25th 2011



1 Comments


This is their debut LP, yes, but their debut effort would be their EP, With Emperor Antarctica, that came out last year. Minus 20 hipster points.

Douglas
October 24th 2011



9096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shit, just re found/read this... will fix by the end of the week.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It takes 5 minutes ffs

do it now

Tikicobra
October 24th 2011



573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is an awesome album.

CosmicPie
August 10th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This, I dig.



Edit: This is f**king superb.



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