Mixtapes
Ordinary Silence


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 40 replies | 4,184 views


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly personal pop-punk endeavor

Mixtapes is a band who does not shy away from their obvious influences; throughout the course of their second full length release on No Sleep Records, listeners are treated to songs that rely heavily on tactics present on numerous pop-punk records of the last decade. There is nothing that really sets Mixtapes apart from their innumerable contemporaries, but for some reason on Ordinary Silecence, these young men and women have created something truly worth listening to. Whether it be the brevity and openness in which difficult topics are covered track to track, or the fact that this record is almost too damn catchy, nearly everything works together to form a cohesive record that will invariably transport listeners back to the glory days of pop-punk.

Whereas most pop-punk bands focus their attention on singing angrily at their ex-girlfriends and hometowns, Mixtapes aptly turns this aggression into introspection. Nowhere is this more prevalent than lead single “Bad Parts”, depicting hatred towards despicable personal habits/addictions while petitioning listeners to stop blaming everything around them, and to “start looking at the real you”. The album furthers this theme in nearly every song, as the album almost plays out as a diary of lead vocalists Ryan Rockwell and Maura Weaver, a fact that cannot help but remind one of the early days of blink-182 with the vocal trade-offs and relentless instrumentation. “A List of Things I Can’t Handle” is a shining example of the maturity present throughout this entire record. Amidst sailing chorus and driving verses it is made obvious that Mixtapes is a band who is not afraid to admit they may have made the wrong choice in their collective lives.

Although this record is a testament to persevering through wayward decisions and holding on to what makes you “you”, there is still a nagging sense of stale-ness present on multiple tracks. There is only a finite amount of ways to sing about high school, hometowns and, troubled relationships of the past. While Mixtapes approaches these tiresome anecdotes with a certain fresh breath, the stories do at times tend to grow troublesome, as even the refreshing male/female tradeoff between Rockwell and Weaver cannot overshadow the irksome sense of redundancy on a fair amount of these songs.

Wearing their collective influences on their sleeves, Mixtapes have created a record that is capable of restoring faith in the ever stagnant genre that is pop-punk. At times it is almost uncanny in the way songs sound like early Brand New, but with every track enough originality and creativity is applied to make each song solely and uniquely Mixtapes own brand of hyper-catchy and personal pop-punk. Songs such as “Ross (Dirty Water)” and “I Think I Broke It” have some of the catchiest refrains in recent memory, all while paying homage to past powerhouses of the genre. That being said, Ordinary Silence is a record that does not pretend to be anything it is not, subsequently becoming an album bereft of pretense, making for what might just be the epitome of a “summer record”.



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this review, but I don't really have much time to work on it more : ( so let me know if there are mistakes or anything.

Also, if anyone cares to check this out, it's streaming on spotify.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


wouldn't expect this review from you!

nice job man, band is pretty fun gonna have to check this out.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All i listened to for like 4 or five years was pop punk. It still holds a special place in my heart

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


well this review made me happy

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


lead single is good. nice to hear the girl singing more (feel like she was underrused a bit in the past). the vocal harmonies also seem to be improved

pmmets07
June 27th 2013



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

could never get into this band. i feel like they straddle the line between the good and bad types of pop punk

Hep Kat
June 27th 2013



15335 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band is really really fucking bad

Digging: Botany Boyz - Forever Botany

skoopy48
June 27th 2013



1478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, their first album was better but this is still good.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


check out 'Bad Parts' on youtube or spotify before passing judgement. One of the better songs they've done

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2013



10056 Comments


Dat ice cream cone

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

Cygnatti
June 27th 2013



21350 Comments


I assumed this band was mediocre tbh. Is this the one with girl or dual vocals or something?

Either way I'm not really interested at all.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


lol if you took a whopping 3 minutes to read the review you would discover that yes, there are dual vocals.

Cygnatti
June 27th 2013



21350 Comments


Didn't do da crime. Ain't gonna spend no time.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


but it's an atrink review! :3

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woahhh. This got featured? Sweet

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


i requested it but they may have featured it anyways it's not like it isn't deserving ;)

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man

titlefightmeirl
June 27th 2013



659 Comments


I really enjoy your reviews man, keep up the good work. I wasn't a fan of their other stuff, but I'll have to check this out. Pos'd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



19642 Comments


have you heard their other stuff atrink?

Cygnatti
June 27th 2013



21350 Comments


Brand new mention. Check.



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