maudlin of the Well
Part the Second


3.0
good

Review

by mcg182 USER (11 Reviews)
December 6th, 2011 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Snore, but alright.

It's been 4 years since I wrote my original review of this album. I was a high-schooler then; a hormonal mess, letting my emotions run wild and guide the way rather than my intellect, and given the current negs and the comments below, you could tell. In looking back, I got to thinking about how much I've personally changed, and this album came to mind. So, now that I'm not the idiot I was back then, I thought I'd rewrite this review, as sort of an apology for leaving my lengthy pretentious bitch-fest of a review here for so long.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, I'll just say it: I think this album...could've been better.

Now, I can already here the boos from the people who read the original review, but hear me out first. As any run-of-the-mill album, it's good, but as a motW album, it's just not up to par with the other albums we know and love them for.

The album itself is good. It's more dynamic than I remember, but that's mostly because what I remember was "WHERE R DA BR00TLZ?" The production is nice, Driver's compositions are outstanding, and it's jazzy with a wide variety of instruments used, which would give any self-respecting fedora-wearing music nerd an aural orgasm. It's a bit more upbeat than motW's other songs, so definitely an interesting creative direction.

Of course, then we have to come to why I don't like it as much as everyone else seems to. The answer is: it's just not very emotional for me. Yes, the album seems like the perfect one for me on paper, but in execution, it just didn't seem to come together all the way. When I said it's more dynamic, it's really more in the song structures and arrangements than anything else, which is disappointing for any full-length album in general. As a motW album as well, it doesn't seem to come together. It just seems too controlled and too neat to feel like maudlin, if that makes any sense. It seems more like a primer to the maudlin discography rather another entry into it, which is also disappointing.

I can understand why people like it. It's melodic, feels nice on the eardrums, has more variety than your average radio station does, but it just doesn't seem to do it for me. Over the past 4 years, I've re-listened to Bath and Leaving Your Body Map more times than I count, and never once did it feel old, but I can't see myself replaying this one for any reason other than personal self-reflection. I will give it credit for that; it did show me how much of a petulant entitled prick I was as a high-schooler, but it doesn't seem to do much else for me, honestly speaking.

Sorry, internet. I'm sorry I still don't like Part the Second all that much.


P.S. Oh, and sorry for being so subjective. I remember you guys hated that.



Recommended Tracks:
Another Excerpt: Keep Light Near You, Even When Dying
(that bass line, man)

Laboratories of the Invisible World (Rollerskating the Cosmic Palmistric Postborder)
(the guitar harmonies)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dylanthedesertpea
December 6th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

god bless. how bout some reformatting of this massive wall of text

InAbsentia
December 6th 2011


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not even going to read this.



Giving a 2 to a fantastic album is insane. Also, that wall of text looks exhausting.

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I fixed the wall of text. And no one said you had to agree with me.

InAbsentia
December 6th 2011


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Even though I hated this album, I'm still optimistic. Even though artists like Blink-182 and Demi Lovato didn't exactly succeed in making great comebacks, bands like In Flames, Cave In, and Pestilence have made great comeback albums, so why should motW be an exception. Hopefully, Driver can reinvent Maudlin in a way that he said he would, rather than building up hype by saying it as opposed to doing it, similar to the way Peter Molyneux hyped up Fable III by saying he was trying to make "the greatest role-playing game of all time"."



^This is stupid.

FadedSun
December 6th 2011


1333 Comments


This is way too long and you're ranting most of the time about why you hate the album on a personal level.

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I fixed that as well. Thanks for the insight, though, even though I disagree with you completely on the fantastic album part.

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sorry, it's just this album pissed me off.



InAbsentia
December 6th 2011


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You keep saying "Maudlin of the Well". Every maudlin of the Well fan knows it's maudlin not Maudlin.

NeutralThunder12
December 6th 2011


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's beautifully put together but they could have done things a bit differently and integrated metal in some places or even heavy sections

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It doesn't matter. It's not like the word changes with the lowercase m. And like I said, the music isn't what pisses me off. It's the complete change in sound. I know innovation is what people look forward to in maudlin, but there is a fine line between innovation and complete betrayal.

InAbsentia
December 6th 2011


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It makes you lose credibility.

feanaro
December 6th 2011


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I didn't fall in love with the music of Maudlin of the Well until a couple days ago"



lol

Kubrick
December 6th 2011


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I'm not even going to read this.



Giving a 2 to a fantastic album is insane. Also, that wall of text looks exhausting. "



It's not really fair to criticize a reviewer after blatantly telling him you're not even going to read what he wrote dude... idk

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Um, are you retarded? Losing credibility because one letter isn't lowercase? That makes no sense. It just sounds like you're trying to demean my efforts in the laziest way possible.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2011


51133 Comments


blessthefall

YetAnotherBrick
December 6th 2011


4679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If the music is "surprisingly lazy and dumbfounded," how can it still be "slightly above average"?





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InAbsentia
December 6th 2011


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"It's not really fair to criticize a reviewer after blatantly telling him you're not even going to read what he wrote dude... idk"



I read it even though I said I wasn't going to.

mcg182
December 6th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Toby Driver is, dumbass. Can't you even bothered to read an entire sentence before bitching about four words in it?

Also, InAbsentia, that renders your statement completely void.

NeutralThunder12
December 6th 2011


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

toby driver is better than any member of in flames

NeutralThunder12
December 6th 2011


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

except toby's lyrics are pretty bad but FUCK the composition is godlike



i mean like have you guys heard blue ghost/shedding



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