Make Do and Mend
Don't Be Long


3.0
good

Review

by iswimfast USER (31 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2015 | 31 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything you ever sorta enjoyed.

When your contemporaries are La Dispute and Touche Amore you have quite a large amount of emotional resonance to live up to. Comparisons across the like-sounding spectrum have stilted Make Do and Mends’ growth from the get go, leaving them squirming in the shadows of their slightly more unique bedfellows. Regardless, they've always done a respectable job at it doing things their way, with the top half of Everything You Ever Loved and most of End Measured Mile bringing a certain rawness along for the pop-punk ride. This mix was a categorically different approach from the nu-punk ethos that has been the prevailing ideal in the genre, but they just couldn’t nail it down consistently. Now while searching for a more far reaching sound Make Do and Mend find themselves just as erratic as ever, dragging their feet where they should stand tall and phoning in gruffness unbecoming of a band entering their third LP.

Don’t Be Long’s exhibit A would be the callously coarse title track, with its pre-chorus yelp and head-smashingly simple melody providing an unceremonious beginning to the uneven affair. “Bluff” is more of the same, trading harmony for some desperate need to sound edgy. The faux-anger isn’t all that’s offered fortunately, with “Ever Since” sounding sincere in its desperation and “I Don’t Wonder At All”s acoustic honesty ringing high among the bands’ back catalog. Then there’s the microcosm “Sanctimony” which opens with a horrific a cappella pre-chorus that eventually transforms into the most infectious sing-a-long on the album. It’s hard to separate the two sides of the band without the bad spilling onto the good. We’ve gotten these ups-and-downs from Make Do and Mend for years now (for every “St. Anne” there had to be a “Drown in It”), and it’s disheartening to see that even as veterans they can’t string together a series of good tracks as an individual release. Lovers of emotionally charged alternative will find quite a bit to love on Don't Be Long, but the front to back cohesion is still missing as Make Do and Mend try desperately to live up to expectations.



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iswimfast
February 23rd 2015


1454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stream is over here: https://soundcloud.com/riserecords/sets/mdam-private



Disappointing.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2015


23656 Comments


glad this got a review. I agree this album definitely has some issues with consistency overall, but there are still some excellent tracks. the whole thing keeps growing on me though

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indigonowhere
Emeritus
February 23rd 2015


10727 Comments


I often confuse these guys with Do Make Say Think, and then get disappointed when I realize I probably wouldn't like this band near as much

iswimfast
February 23rd 2015


1454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't even like the lyrics as much on this as the past stuff, and that was a huge selling point. There's definitely some great tracks though.

F0RBES
February 23rd 2015


279 Comments


Disregarded the review after the first sentence. I wonder how many HWM fans are La Dispute fans.

iswimfast
February 23rd 2015


1454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mean, the notion that a band can only have two comparables is kinda silly.



let alone the fact that the (albeit frowned upon to say it) "wave" is a thing people have heard about.

YakNips
February 23rd 2015


19214 Comments


these vocals are...nah

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NoSons
February 23rd 2015


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Back half of this album is pretty decent, after Sin Amor... otherwise I was fairly bored by it.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 23rd 2015


6356 Comments


reviews like a sprint to the finish, i dig

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ShadowRemains
February 24th 2015


24980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

end measured mile >

iswimfast
February 24th 2015


1454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks ponton

henryChinaski
February 24th 2015


4073 Comments


I was afraid this would be rather mediocre after listening to the singles they had put out beforehand. Will give this a spin. Nice review!

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ConsumerOfNut
February 24th 2015


325 Comments


Album is average but I have a special place in my heart for them so I'll still love this

TooLateToGoBack
February 26th 2015


1962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Closing track is absolutely wonderful.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2015


23656 Comments


i love this band so much. been binging on all their material the last few days

DurzoBlint
February 26th 2015


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't like this so much.

Lefondre
March 19th 2015


164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have a lot of time for this band.

Artuma
March 19th 2015


29577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the music is kinda uninspired on here and the vox seriously don't fit at all

SonofSnow
March 21st 2015


1724 Comments


I don't wonder at all is definitely best song on here.

Snake.
May 4th 2015


20789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band sucks

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