Mudvayne
Lost and Found


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (65 Reviews)
February 25th, 2014 | 88 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mainstream Mudvayne: Not as bad as you'd think

Contrary to popular belief, Mudvayne did release more albums after L.D. 50. Mudvayne is unfairly treated as a one-album-wonder band, but as fantastically groundbreaking as L.D. 50 was, their subsequent releases have almost as much ferocity and replay value if given the light of day.

Lost and Found is infamous for being the period when Mudvayne dropped their face-paint shtick and went mainstream, which isn’t entirely inaccurate. Lead single ‘Happy?’ is undeniably catchy and managed to reach number 1 on the U.S. mainstream rock charts. ‘Fall into Sleep’ and ‘Forget to Remember’ are just as infectious, charting at 4 and 8 respectively, melding together guitarist Greg Tribbett’s newfound love for melodic clean passages with heavy, memorable choruses.

Despite these “sell out” tracks, Mudvayne still have some angst within, shown right off the bat with opener ‘Determined’ – it’s two-and-a-half minutes of relentless, abrasive riffs and fierce screams, not unlike ‘Dig’ from L.D. 50. ‘IMN’ is another hard-hitter about suicide. After an ambient intro, it proceeds to kick you in the face repeatedly with angry riffs and vocals, a brutal chorus, and the most impressive bass work on the album, before fading out with some meaty math metal-y chugs, including a lovely call-and-response between the guitar and double bass pedals. The 8-minute long ‘Choices’ is an undeniable highlight, featuring some of Chad Gray’s best singing on the album, with its only drawback being the pointless chipmunk-sounding “eenie meanie minie mo”s repeated throughout the verses. As soon as the hypnotic bridge comes in, though, the song more than redeems itself. For a slight change of pace, the penultimate track ‘All That You Are’ is essentially a metal ballad – soothing yet angsty in all the right ways – smartly juxtaposed between two of the album’s most aggressive cuts, ‘Just’ and ‘Pulling the String’. ‘Just’ at its core is a standard “fuck this, fuck you” Mudvayne song, but Ryan Martinie’s bass pops give it enough flair to make it stand out from the rest, and ‘Pulling the String’ contains some of the loudest, tastefully discordant riffs on the album, serving as an effective closer.

When Mudvayne try to experiment, unfortunately, is when things go horribly wrong. ‘TV Radio’ begins with three contrasting ideas within the first 10 seconds alone. It tries to coalesce a melodic passage with a dissonant one; unfortunately, they don’t gel together, creating a disjointed mess of a song before it even gets going. Furthermore, the almost-decent chorus is ruined by Chad’s nasally yelling: “I don’t wanna be, wanna wanna be, I don’t wanna be here, wanna wanna be here so let’s go!” Mudvayne have never been known for poignant lyrical content, but there’s no excuse for repeating the word “wanna” six times in each chorus, for a grand total of 45 times in the entire song. ‘Rain. Sun. Gone.’ is similar in that it contains far too many ideas for its own good. Despite the final riff leading flawlessly into the album centerpiece ‘Choices’, it’s a weak and forgettable standalone track that fails to go anywhere until about halfway through, and by then it’s sadly too little too late.

Lost and Found is very much a rhythmic album, as one would expect from Mudvayne. Drummer Matt McDonough and bassist Ryan Martinie are still the bread and butter of the band, although their talents are far more subdued here than on previous releases. Instead, all members are given a chance to shine in their own respective ways. Tribbett’s guitar playing is becoming noticeably more versatile as shown by his contrast of soothing melody and sharp dissonance, and Gray hadn’t lost his edge yet so there are plenty of vocal highlights to be found. It’s hard to deny that Lost and Found was the album that pushed Mudvayne into mainstream territory. Even though the album has its questionable (and flat out bad) moments, Lost and Found shows that streamlining their sound wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Recommended Tracks:
Determined
IMN
Fall into Sleep
Choices
Just



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first review in a while so i did something im familiar with. special thanks to jom for the proofread and helpful tips

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

Green Baron
February 24th 2014


20000 Comments


Are any of their albums past L.D. 50 worth jamming?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TEOATTC definitely. their s/t and this are very solid too

XingKing
February 24th 2014


10600 Comments


^ The follow up to LD50 is good and this has a few good tracks here and there

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what do you think of their s/t xing?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2014


10207 Comments


nice work contributing reviewer

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

XingKing
February 24th 2014


10600 Comments


Their self-titled definitely has some redeeming songs that they should be proud of, but overall it fell flat for me. I would say their ratings on Sput are pretty accurate though

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you mr staff reviewer

i think the ends avg should be a bit higher but other than that i agree

XingKing
February 24th 2014


10600 Comments


I agree with that. Jamming S/T right now and thoroughly not enjoying myself. I remember this being better

FadedSun
February 25th 2014


1270 Comments


I think End Of All Things was a more consistent album than LD 50.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

beyond the pale and i can't wait are sweet jams imo but there are some really mediocre tracks on there

faded i actually agree completely. ld50 had much better moments but as a whole the end is an easier listen

Kris.
February 25th 2014


12345 Comments


end of all things was my jam in jr high

FadedSun
February 25th 2014


1270 Comments


Yeah, that's a good way of putting it, Insurrection.

This review made me do some revisiting for Mudvayne. Ryan Martinie has been busy. He filled in for Fieldy during a few shows on their world tour, which was pretty cool. Not really into Korn, but fun seeing him playing with them. Also learned that there was some bad blood between him and Mudvayne currently.

Also, Mudvayne's drummer, Matt is in a metal band that is being produced by Ryan. Some good stuff here. The band is called On The Shoulders Of Giants.

http://ontsog.com/

titanslayer
February 25th 2014


1739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to think this album was the best thing ever lol

skoopy48
February 25th 2014


1501 Comments


I always liked the production on this album more than the music.

Digging: Let It Happen - Cause Effect

DrGonzo1937
February 25th 2014


5694 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review man.

RogueNine
February 25th 2014


1283 Comments


I didn't know you were a contrib now, Ins. Good stuff and good review.

renegadestrings
February 25th 2014


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's weird how much i agree with this review... especially the fact that rain.sun.gone exists only to introduce 'Choices'. jammed this a lot in college. it still baffles me how Chad Grey seemed to transform into a purposefully stupid redneck

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2014


21101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks guys.

I used to think this album was the best thing ever lol


this was actually a grower for me weirdly enough. thought it was mediocre at first but now a good amount of tracks stick out to me. and i really like happy, specially that outro

DrGonzo1937
February 25th 2014


5694 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I never left the mediocrity stage. ha To straight edge for my liking.



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