The Mowgli's
Waiting for the Dawn

very poor


by Green Baron USER (159 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The tired sound of a band who apparently wants to put out a message, but is doing it with such a lack of substance that no one will care about what they have to say.

As indie music gets more popular, its quality just seems to decline. It feels as if many bands are just jumping onto the indie bandwagon and making their sound more mainstream in hope of airplay and big sales. Unfortunately, many of these groups are incredibly boring. From the bland, overblown Imagine Dragons to the weak lyrics and mediocrity of The Neighbourhood, popular indie bands are mostly devoid of any substance or personality. Sure, there are some decent ones, but a lot of them lack the passion that is needed to make good music.

The Mowgli's are a perfect example of a crap indie band, as they possess all of the aforementioned horrible qualities. Look no further than the album's opening track, the lead single and biggest hit, "San Francisco", which not only is annoyingly upbeat and happy (or maybe that's just my inner cynic talking), but also contains cheesy lyrics like "Do you feel the love? I feel the love / Come on, come on, let's start it up! Let it pour out of your soul". It's also pretty repetitive, and lacks in emotion and sincerity.

Unfortunately, "San Francisco" may as well be the best song on this album. Compared to the rest of the album, it's actually pretty catchy and ear-grabbing, which I can't say about any other track. The fact that the whole band sings on many of the songs exposes one of the octet’s flaws. They need the whole band to sing to make it memorable. Granted, even when the whole band sings it still isn’t that memorable, but if only one member sang, it’d be even worse. Hell, it’s hard to tell any of the guys (and girls) apart when they all sound the same. And on songs like “Time” where only one male sings, he sounds like Lou Reed on Lulu, muttering the lines without any hint of personality or effort at all. Speaking of the lines, they’re also pretty weak too. “When I win the lottery, I’ll tell B of A that they can kiss my ass” is laughably bad.

The lyrics are also incredibly cheesy at times, relying on the "love conquers all" cliché a lot more than necessary. They may be captivating to hippies and pacifists, but for everyone else, they’re annoyingly sappy and incredibly vapid. Songs like “Love is Easy” or “Clean Light” and their inane lyrics would be more effective if they were actually sang with energy or emotion. The album’s feel-good, flashy choruses and inspirational messages are repetitive, and when every song follows the same structure, that's a cause for concern. The album is also too long for its own good, at around fifty minutes, and in return, drags on towards the end.

The Mowgli's main problem is how bland they sound. I probably wouldn't mind the sappy lyrics if the band sang it like they meant it, but instead, they have no personality and are all rather weak vocalists. None of these songs (except maybe "San Francisco") are memorable, and behind all the "doo doo doo"s and "la la la"s is a band whose greatest strength is putting people to sleep. They're supposed to be supporting peace and happiness, so why don't they actually do something instead of recording albums that no one will bother to listen to?

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August 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 1.0

wow you're actually a good reviewer who'd have known. i thought you were just an angry bitch who hates on me.

Green Baron
August 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

that's just cause you suck at reviewing and evrybody hates your shit

Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2013


oh come on san francisco is a great song, i had that shit on repeat for like a full week

will read the rest of the review later

Green Baron
August 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

it's become a guilty pleasure of mine recently, but i still wouldn't call it good. it's infectious, that's what it is.

August 22nd 2013


Good review.

Edit: (Null!)

Green Baron
August 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

alright. will fix. thanks for the feedback

EDIT: i added an extra "and" accidentally in the line "The lyrics are incredibly cheesy and at times,


August 22nd 2013


"They need the whole band to sing to make it memorable." - -This is exactly the suspicion I had when first listening to "San Francisco." I'm so turned off by indie pop gang vocals as it is.

August 22nd 2013


exposed shitty indie pop band for being shitty.


August 22nd 2013


'They got their name from the character Mowgli in The Jungle Book.'

best band description 5/5

Green Baron
August 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

best band name ever amirite

February 3rd 2014


Album Rating: 1.5

Liked the review, except for the last line or so.

August 6th 2015


Album Rating: 3.2

"I've been in love with love" are the telling first lyrics that you hear on The Mowgli's unabashedly joyful 2nd LP 'Waiting For the Dawn'. The Californian octet preach love & harmony via corny lyrics, while giving off a 1960s hippy communal vibe that adds a folk & psychedelic element. Choral vocals are effective in producing smile-inducing harmonies, but the relentless optimism & chirpiness is over-used to the point of exhaustion. There's some instrumental variety, but diversity is otherwise at a premium over its 49 minutes. Ultimately, it's all infectious enough if not examined too closely. Recommended Tracks: San Francisco, Clean Light & Say It Just Say It.

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