Mister And Mississippi
We Only Part To Meet Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pangea USER (7 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dutch indie rockers avoid sophomore slump with We Only Part to Meet Again

Even though Mister and Mississippi was created for a school project at the Herman Brood Academie in Utrecht, before they really knew each other, the band always showed a great chemistry in their music. It’s an important strength in their music, together they create a certain atmosphere that just works. This atmosphere was already a bit shown in Mister and Mississippi’s breakthrough single “Northern Sky”, and now they improve it further in We Only Part To Meet Again.

A very noticeable difference from Mister and Mississippi, their self titled debut, is that Maxime Barlag and Samgar Lemuёl Jacobs are not really a co-singers anymore (Jacobs only sings lead on “For Us To Remember”), something they definitely were on their debut. This isn’t necessary a bad thing though, Barlag’s voice is perfectly suited for the sound of this album. Another difference is that in We Only Part to Meer Again Mister and Mississippi somewhat stray off from the folk influence from their debut. With an addition of strings and horns they go for a bit more bombastic sound.

Highlight is easily the penultimate track “For Us to Remember”, which is a gorgeously structured epic with a patient build-up and a satisfying climax. During the climax, violins raise, while Samgar beautifully sings “learn how to breathe”, over and over, it is without a doubt the most magical moment on the album, the moment where Mister and Mississippi reach for the stars and succeed. Not to say that the rest of the album isn’t good, in fact: We Only Part to Meet Again is extremely solid. From the catchy lead single “Meet Me at the Lighthouse”, the heartfelt ballad about Maxime Barlag’s mom’s death in the titletrack and the lovely closer “A Song for the Quiet Ones”(which serves as a nice aftermath from “For Us to Remember”) everywhere the album has a sort of relaxing atmosphere that never fails. The album loses a bit of its steam in the middle section, though, none of the tracks are bad, but they don’t really hold the attention either. Especially “Where the Wild Things Grow” springs to mind; the song remains mostly uninteresting with its boring chorus.

In the end, We Only Part to Meet Again feels like a more matured version of Mister and Mississippi, the lyrics and instrumentation are more varied and interesting. It isn’t better per se (I actually think the debut is a bit better), but it definitely feels like the band put more thought into this album. As a whole We Only Part to Meet Again is a excellent indie rock album with strong instrumentation and vocals with a cool atmosphere, and is worth checking out for every fan of the genre.



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Pangea
May 23rd 2015


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shoutout to Gameofmetal for proofreading this



a few tracks to listen too:



We Only Part to meet Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G41R-KnQKx0



For Us To Remember https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ3rJcZNvgY



any feedback is welcome

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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
May 23rd 2015


10974 Comments


My head feels a little bit akin to split open right now so I'm not much up to nitpicking atm. Looks good though overall, especially for just being your second review. Pos'd.

Pangea
May 23rd 2015


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man

bakkermaarten007
May 23rd 2015


5285 Comments


Nice review overall. Though a few things could be changed for the better:
- "co-singer duo": this should either be co-singers or singer duo. Otherwise it is what is known as a tautology.
- "the moment where Mister and Mississippi try to reach the stars and succeed": the more generally accepted phrasing is 'reach for the stars' instead of try to reach. (reaching for the stars doesn't mean that they succeeded in touching/ having reached them =) )

Aside from those, have a pos

Pangea
May 23rd 2015


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks will fix them in a minute

Pangea
July 29th 2015


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For Us To Remember is so good

LotusFlower
February 7th 2016


12000 Comments


Gotta check more of this out later

Pangea
February 7th 2016


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah you should. This is really solid

Pangea
March 18th 2021


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i just love the atmosphere on this album

Pangea
March 18th 2021


6763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the climax of for us to remember is godly



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