Mutemath
Odd Soul


4.0
excellent

Review

by El. Psy. Congroo. USER (7 Reviews)
September 6th, 2011 | 56 replies | 23,656 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An odd soul, indeed.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

'Odd Soul'...what a fitting title for this album. It certainly is the odd soul of the Mutemath discography, a complete 540 from anything they've done in the past. The album takes the core sound of Mutemath--that of an electro-rock band with mainstream-rock tendencies and an ear for off-kilter melody--and mixes an ample amount of blues rock (a la The Black Keys) to create something very surprising...and more importantly, very good.

The title track opens the album with whole thing off with a bang, and while upon first listen a fan of 'Keys might cry foul, there's a whole lot going on with the song that differentiates it--the sound that's created is much more bombastic, with trilling guitar notes and a very dominating repeated organ chord. Prytania, one of the album's highlights, showcases a funky guitar groove and a handclap-worthy beat. Sunray, a short, lounge-jazz mid-album break, brings back the instrumental noodling that most fans of the band have come to expect. , while closer In No Time gives us one of the staples of a Mutemath album--that slow ballad-esque song at the end that leaves you feeling good for no reason at all. Really, the entire record is cohesive and consistent (not to mention fun), and any single song has a chance to be a listener's favorite.

The best thing about 'Odd Soul', however, is that one gets the feeling that, despite how really damn good their self-titled debut was, THIS was the type of music that Mutemath was born to play. Paul Meany's imperfect raspy croons fit the fast-paced electro-blues-rock more naturally than anything the band had done prior, and his organ playing is the perfect compliment to this genre. Roy Mitchell-Cardenas sounds like he's having the time of his life playing bass on this record, if Blood Pressure and Allies are any indication, and all three members of the band admirably fill in for the departed Greg Hill with some hard-hitting, memorable guitar chords throughout the album (see Odd Soul for details). And dear goodness, those DRUMS! Darren King's drumming on Cavalries may be the best individual performance on the entire album. It may take some getting used to, but as it turns out, Mutemath happen to be rather good at this stuff.

It's always sounded in the past like Mutemath was looking for their niche in the music world, and they may have found it with 'Odd Soul'. It still might not be the long-time fan's favorite album; there will certainly be those who say all the songs sound too similar, who pine for the extended instrumental tracks of band's debut, or who will refuse to separate this album from 'Brothers' (and there are those who still haven't forgiven the band for 'Armistice'). If nothing else, though, 'Odd Soul' will certainly win the band some new followers, and if older fans can part this album from their previous works and give it an honest listen, they'll discover that it's not the odd black sheep, but rather the soulful dark horse of the band's catalogue.


Personal Rating - 4
Public Rating - 4


Choice Tracks
-"Odd Soul"
-"Prytania"
-"Allies"
-"Cavalries"



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Masochist
September 6th 2011



7961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, much shorter than I thought it would be...in fact, the shortest review I've ever written.

Right, so the album streamed on their website via uStream. I wanted to write a sound-off for it (because I've only heard it once), but I found that I had a lot to say about the record, and the sound-off was too long...so instead of shortening it, I lengthened it out a bit, and here's the result.

I like the review enough I guess, but I think it may be too early despite the fact that the entire studio album has streamed online, so it may be updated in the near future, or taken down all together (either by me or a mod)...we'll see.

In the meantime, some opinions would be cool, yeah?

Eko
September 6th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, pos. these guys are swell. the drums on their debut are sick. will listen eventually.

Masochist
September 6th 2011



7961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Eko! Yeah, it's actually pretty good, but I can see people not liking it.

Then again, I hold 'Armistice' in a positive light, too, so maybe I don't hear what others do when it comes to this band.

pizzamachine
September 6th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't wait to hear this.

Outnumbered
September 6th 2011



370 Comments


Crap this streamed and I missed it? No!

Eko
September 6th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didnt really care for the bluesy influence on the singles tho, so I'm a bit skeptical of this.

Masochist
September 6th 2011



7961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmmm...what is it with me and guitarist info? Have to edit, because Greg Hill actually left the band BEFORE they recorded this.

(EDIT) - Edited

AlexTM510
September 6th 2011



1398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

interesting read, primarily because yes it did only stream once. so i suppose it's neat to get the initial reaction for the thing.

very nice review. I see the sound change more of an embracing of their hometown sound (new Orleans blues type-of deal). looking forward to this coming out

taxidermist
September 6th 2011



7195 Comments


Good review, Mas. I'd check this out right now if NMH wasn't still owning my ears for the past week.

Waior
September 7th 2011



11425 Comments


I've always hoped this band would do something amazing with their potential. Looking forward to hearing this.

aok
September 7th 2011



4279 Comments


Pins and Needles has always been a favorite of mine (and reset's awesome too). Odd soul sounds pretty
great so i'm intrigued

foreverendeared
September 7th 2011



14678 Comments


Great review. Saw these guys live a few years ago, but never really got into them past a few of the songs on their debut.

MrSenior
September 29th 2011



212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy blueballs Batman, this is really great. Solid review, too; pos'd.

NastyCrab
October 1st 2011



328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. I was worried before this came out that it might not be terribly original, but I stand corrected. Really hope more people will start checking out these guys.

Masochist
October 4th 2011



7961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album was released today. Giving it a good listen; will probably edit this review a bit.

BSX
October 7th 2011



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@foreverendeared - LISTEN TO THIER ALBUMS NOW!!!! >:U


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808muzik
October 8th 2011



931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me gusta.

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Bandido
October 9th 2011



816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really digging this album. I never really listened to this band much before this, but I'm loving the bluesy sound they've picked up. Their drummer is a machine; he can fuckin jam

Masochist
October 11th 2011



7961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Look at that lone 2.5. No explanation, Willie? Not even a sound-off?

North0House2
October 22nd 2011



5804 Comments


I'm actually liking this, I hated Armistice, but their S/T was one of my favorites back in the day, it's still a phenomenal release.
I might pick this one up at my local record store.

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