Mayday Parade
Monsters In The Closet


3.0
good

Review

by Conor Dalgarno USER (5 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,904 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I could never imagine we'd end up this way"

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Mayday Parade have never been a particularly adventurous band. They consistently craft solid and entertaining pop-rock albums with a smattering of excellent songs, and they utilise dual vocals well across the majority of their discography… but they’ve always played it relatively safe. Unfortunately, with Monsters In The Closet, this trend continues – and even worse, they’ve regressed somewhat. If there’s one word that is repeated ad nauseam in the notes I took for this review it’s this; boring. There’s nothing wrong with being a safe band if you can create entertaining music, unfortunately Mayday forgot the entertaining bit.

In fact, the album takes so long to get going that I found myself genuinely bored by the time the fifth song ‘The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing’ had finally closed out. There’s a couple of things that distinguished these early five songs from earlier Mayday offerings, mainly the presence of not one but TWO guitar solos, and a rather disturbing lack of prominent dual vocals, but these did nothing to stop the five initial tracks from being anything but dull (With the exception of song "Last Night For A Table Of Two" Which uses the aforementioned solo to fantastic effect towards the end). Fortunately the album does pick up from that point with the first standout track in ‘Even Robots Need Blankets’. A ballad track, the type that Mayday Parade have always done so well in the past, it signifies the start of the substantially improved second half of ‘Monsters In The Closet’. It builds up to an epic closing segment with an anthemic chorus that will perfectly suit being bellowed out by the crowd when sang at live shows and is backed by subtle yet intricate guitar work. After a bit of a lull with ‘Repent And Repeat’, there’s a rare combination of two great songs in a row; ‘Demons’ and ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’. Both are far more interesting than anything that features in the earlier segment of the album, even if the lyrics are never really elevated above the typical Mayday Parade fare.

And lyrically, well, it’s a mixed bag. The aforementioned ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ features a chorus that will soon have you singing along with it, bellowing out “And I’m so sorry for myself” as it’s played over optimistic guitars and a lovely build-up. Somehow this is followed up on the following track ‘Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About’ with lines such as “Dressed as a girl, you’ll be part of this world.” Mayday have never been particularly known for their lyrical prowess, but it would have been nice to see a hint of progression, just something to say that they’ve grown up a bit and that they can do more than sing about being broken hearted – or at least to do so in a more lyrically diverse way. The instrumental work follows much the same pattern; it’s okay, it’s just kind of there. It’s exactly what you’ve heard on every other Mayday Parade album.

This wasn’t an easy album to rate. It’s got a ridiculously dull first half followed by a far more impressive second half, but even that second half never reaches the levels of their self-titled or A Lesson In Romantics. The closer, ‘Angels’, was the song that I personally was most excited for. The closing song on Mayday Parade albums usually reigns as my favourite song on said album; ‘Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet’, ‘I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds’ and ‘The Last Something That Meant Anything’ are all epic love ballads that reign as some of the best songs Mayday Parade have ever crafted. Monsters In The Closet’s effort, just like the majority of the album, is okay without ever really reaching the heights set by their previous work. It’s disappointing, and in a year containing some fantastic pop-rock/punk from the likes of The Maine and The Wonder Years, it’s not quite good enough anymore. Standing still isn’t good enough anymore.

Closing track ‘Angels’ bellows out the line “I could never imagine we’d end up this way” – stylistically this is how you'd imagine a Mayday Parade album to end up. Unfortunately, it’s probably not quite as good.

Recommended Tracks –
Even Robots Need Blankets
Demons
Sorry, Not Sorry
Angels


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Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
A mixed bag which holds more gold than stone....


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DyingAtheist
October 10th 2013



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Obviously going to be a very popular album - expecting this to be kicked off shortly, but, figured I'd give it a go.
Was tempted to go for a 3.5 but honestly... it's not a 'Great' album, it's just 'Good'.

Have at me! Second review.

nononsense
October 10th 2013



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About and Last Night For A Table of Two are the two best songs on here.

DyingAtheist
October 10th 2013



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Last Night For A Table Of Two - Did enjoy it actually, should edit the review to reflect that there's a good song in the first half...
Can't agree on Nothing You Can Live Without though, just too samey, sounds like ten other songs they've done.

nononsense
October 10th 2013



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That doesn't mean it's bad. The more Jake sings the better.

brandontaylor
October 10th 2013



76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would say the first half is probably a bit weaker than the second, but I wouldn't call it boring, this album's just below their self-titled in my opinion. I do agree about Angels being disappointing though, I was expecting more from a Mayday Parade album closer.

DyingAtheist
October 10th 2013



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do feel I'm perhaps being a tiny bit harsh - but I really did expect more, and I'd struggle to genuinely label this a "great" album so... eh.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Had such high hopes for this, Lesson in romantics will never be topped tbh.

nononsense
October 11th 2013



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Angels might be their best song ever.

Crawl
October 11th 2013



1551 Comments


lol 12 through 15 is a fucking rip off of their song from their previous album, 'Call me Hopeless but not Romantic'

Treeman
October 11th 2013



1219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

listened to it once loved it gonna cry now

DyingAtheist
October 11th 2013



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Angels might be their best song ever."

Seriously?
It's not even close to being their best album closer.

nononsense
October 11th 2013



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You Be The Anchor is their best closer ever. Angels is their second best closer and a top 5 song imo.

DyingAtheist
October 12th 2013



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just don't see it to be honest, the three I mentioned in the review are all better in my opinion!
Different strokes. All that.



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