Make Do and Mend
Everything You Ever Loved


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2012 | 189 replies | 16,563 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Make Do and Mend craft an album both affecting and heart-wrenching.

The ascension of “The Wave” has become quite fascinating. The bands in “The Wave” (Make Do And Mend, Defeater, Pianos Become The Teeth, La Dispute, and Touche Amore) have little in common musically for the most part, except that all somehow fit in the ever expanding umbrella of post- hardcore. They all clearly have different sounds and different musical influences, yet have become a somewhat tight-knit group (“The Wave” was originally an in-joke between the bands.) La Dispute and Defeater have proven themselves at the outset to be the most popular of the bands mentioned, but with Everything You Ever Loved, Make Do And Mend make the case that they are the best. An album that aligns itself more with punk bands such as Polar Bear Club and The Menzingers, Everything You Have Ever Loved is genuine and truly moving both musically and lyrically.

Blending the melodic punk energy with a sense of severe introspection lyrically, Make Do And Mend lay it all out on the table. The songwriting is top-notch, with songs like “Royal” and “St. Anne” reaching levels of pure brilliance. Vocalist James Carroll turns in a fantastic performance vocally, squeezing every ounce of emotion out of lines such as ” You're the only habit I won't break, the only set of vacancies I save, and you deserve a reverence I can't pay” (“Royal”). Possibly the best track on the album, however, is “Drown In It,” which includes a string accompaniment which adds a sense of loss and loneliness to the track, making it even more affecting as it leads up to a smashing crescendo.

There is very little about Everything You Ever Loved that disappoints, and perhaps most importantly, the album is a cohesive and complete piece of work. This is not and album that should be listened to in bits and pieces. In listening to it all at once, the album is allowed to build upon itself, taking a journey through Carroll’s pained heart. This isn’t a concept album in the traditional sense, but it does maintain a lyrical continuity. Carroll stirs up feelings of heartbreak and being lost in a cold world, in both himself and the listener, over the album’s first thirty eight minutes, until you get to closer “Desert Lilly.” With “Desert Lilly” Carroll shows that he has finally found a place where he belongs, but it wasn’t without many trials along the way: ” Come close, come close, I've paid my debts to distance, and earned my share of home. Sing slow, sing slow, so if I'm gone before the morning's set aglow, you're not alone.

With Everything You Ever Loved, Make Do and Mend have showed the world their hearts, their vulnerabilities, but most of all, their brilliance. Throughout the album’s forty two minutes, Make Do and Mend tug at heartstrings and beg for a place where they belong, and when you hear the album, a selfish part of you hopes they never find it.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is possibly my favorite of the year, and I walked in with zero expectations

ShadowRemains
June 23rd 2012



20243 Comments


hmm

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



49791 Comments


cool

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks bb

mitch91
June 23rd 2012



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to hearing this. End Measured Mile was my album of the year for 2010, but I like the
direction they seem to have gone in for this- the songs I've heard so far sound like Jimmy Eat World's
'Futures', which is a great album.

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Even though lyrically it is far from upbeat, this strangely is going to be a perfect summer album

pmmets07
June 23rd 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty great album

nice review

mitch91
June 23rd 2012



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh, forgot that: good review, pos'd.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks bros, I appreciate it

Owantjaaaa
June 23rd 2012



3204 Comments


saw them live before ETID and Cancer Bats last month, but i still have to listen to this

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minty901
June 23rd 2012



1963 Comments


i came in here to make a joke about this being a "do make say think" side project band, but since the mention of jimmy eat world's "futures", i'm inclined to check this out

henryChinaski
June 23rd 2012



2685 Comments


Nice read. Album is great. I totally dig 'Stay In The Sun'.

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm liking it so far. Haven't heard anything from them before so that's good.

Adabelle
June 23rd 2012



4229 Comments


"The ascension of “The Wave” has become quite fascinating"

Well..

No but seriously, I should probably check this out but might not. Never got around to listening to End
Measured Mile when the site was hyping it either

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 23rd 2012



10585 Comments


DOwnloaded the last album yesterday after what I've heard about this band

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It took me a long time to get used to James' voice, but once I did, I really enjoyed their debut. Looking forward to hearing this, especially off the back of this fantastic review. Great stuff CW.

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Holy crap, a Daveyboy sighting outside of his own reviews. What madness is this?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure, I used to comment more on other reviews, but I think you may be exaggerating a little Chipmunk.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the positive words Davey!

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm liking this so far. No, Davey, I don't think I was exaggerating one bit, tbh.



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