Mayday Parade
Monsters In The Closet


3.5
great

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (38 Reviews)
October 12th, 2013 | 93 replies | 6,020 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mixed bag which holds more gold than stone.

It always pisses me off significantly whenever a new Mayday Parade album is compared to A Lesson in Romantics. The album was crucial to the astounding popularity of Mayday Parade, and today it stands tall as the band’s crowning achievement in music. But whenever new material is released by the band, people always insist the same damn thing. The constant complaints directed towards Mayday Parade’s new material always contains a faint hint, a slight nudge, of brash words stating that its “Not as good as A Lesson In Romantics.” It’s highly arrogant to judge an album with such intolerance due to the fact that the album does not reach the high expectations the band’s debut set. This can be related to Taking Back Sunday in a way, as after their excellent debut they were judged a lot harsher since they had to live up to Tell All Your Friend’s standards. We all have to face it; A Lesson in Romantics will never be repeated. Six years later and still the hasty comparisons are being made, but Monsters in the Closet stands on the tip of its toes to receive the appreciation it deserves.

Though there haven’t been many changes to Mayday Parade’s overall formula, there are elements that have gradually improved over time. The guitars have been tweaked to sound more intricate and complex then its lingering shadow. Even as corny as some of the guitar parts are, especially the guitar solo that flamboyantly plays within the first three minutes of the album, it’s a step above the boring riffs and guitar lines that most generic pop-punk bands use. Derek’s voice flows pretty well with the music, but he can sound somewhat dull and boring for a good chunk of the beginning. Thanks to Jake’s frequent back-up vocals, the album’s vocals tread just above mediocrity due to Jake’s resonating voice. It’s a shame that he never gets his own song, as it would be a great change of pace from hearing Derek dominate most of the vocal territory.

There is a lot to digest here, and some of it can blockade the overall experience from being fully enjoyed. “Girls” may go down as one of the most annoying songs Mayday Parade has ever released, with its insensible lyrics to its dull instrumentation; the song barely gets anything right. “Girls” is clearly aimed at all the adolescent girls who worship Mayday Parade more then they worship their actual religion. It’s sad to say that there are other songs that insist on providing this girly fan service, as the band is capable of producing much more mature and well thought out music. The second half picks up the slack of the first half, and with it produces the memorable “Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About” and the grand finale “Angels”. “Angels” is the band playing to their absolute limit. Nothing resembles the artistic value the song has to offer on the entire album. The lyrics are top notch and the violin smoothly singing in the background adds a tone of emotion and elegance which is heavenly deep compared to the rest. The band clearly saved the best for last, and it’s the last five or six song’s on the album which ascend the music into the clouds.

Monsters in the Closet is a well-rounded experience that treads into a familiar territory, but with some minor changes that help the album stand perfectly on its feet. After six long years since A Lesson in Romantics, Mayday Parade still shows the listener that they are capable of still making astounding music for a pop-punk band. Though the album does have its negative aspects in the form of the dull beginning and Derek's mixed vocal performance, the band follows it up with an excellent second half. “Angels” shows there is hope for critical success in the future, and Jake’s voice couldn’t sound any better. Mayday Parade shows they still have it, even six years after their infectious debut.



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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A solid 3.3 if I could actually rate it that, but whatever. Was a huge fan of their debut, just felt like everyone compares their current stuff to it so heavily.

nononsense
October 12th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jake is actually credited as drums/co-lead vocals. Was on their self-titled too. Jeremy does the backup vocals


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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually saw that on the Wiki page, but does like 3 lines in each song actually count as co-lead vocals?

nononsense
October 12th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He had a lot more vocal parts on their last album. He sings half of Angels and Nothing You Can live Without.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember liking Jason Lancaster's voice better then Derek's on A Lesson in Romantics too, lol but thats a reason I probably like both those songs a lot.

nononsense
October 12th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The more Jake sings the better the band is imo

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Couldn't agree anymore.

Ecnalzen
October 12th 2013



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can dig this band from an instrumental standpoint, but I am not fond of their main vocalist.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Instrumental they sound great, Derek isn't the best though. Lol

Ecnalzen
October 12th 2013



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Like every so often he does some cool stuff, and then he just immediately fucking ruins it. The back up guy(s?) is/are
better. There are a couple great guitar solos on here. I was a bit surprised by that.

Crawl
October 12th 2013



1377 Comments


What are you talking about, Sanders is a really good singer for a pop-punk band.

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He has his moments I think, both good and bad.

Ecnalzen
October 12th 2013



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sanders is a really good singer for a pop-punk band...

...for a pop punk band...

I don't understand why this is a thing. Is pop punk just the place where vocalists go because they can't make it in any other genre? You know, except for maybe post hardcore; it has it's share of bad singers, too, but it seems pop punk is just kind of known for having shitty singers.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol pop-punk has some talent in it in the vocalist department, just not a lot.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



18570 Comments


Opening track is good

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh, I guess it's alright.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The next two songs are pretty bad though.

nononsense
October 12th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What? Last Night For a Table of Two is awesome.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2013



1330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's alright I guess, the closing 4 songs are by far my favs.

dmp3131
October 12th 2013



506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listened to Angels, it was pretty solid. I'll have to check this out...



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