Mallory Knox
Wired


3.5
great

Review

by LoLifant USER (5 Reviews)
March 14th, 2017 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not as cohesive as its title may imply, but a great album nonetheless, making you look forward to hear what else Mallory Knox has up their sleeves.

Coming out of nowhere with their critically acclaimed debut Signals, British quintet Mallory Knox compellingly demonstrated, that they unite enough talent to strive for a bright future as a band. Further proving this point by releasing the equally convincing sophomore Asymmetry, the groups popularity seems to remain covered in shadows of their contemporaries within genre and country. This might finally change with the 3rd record, Wired.

One thing listeners immediately notice is a shift in tone compared to their earlier releases. Looking at the punching and slick style of Asymmetry in particular - but also Signals to a certain extent - we get an overall upbeat feel throughout Wired, leading to a much more radiofriendly sound, which, as already mentioned, might grant them the long deserved boost in popularity. Despite the more frequent use of some rough guitar riffs and solos as on previously debuted single "Better Off Without You" or title track "Wired", everything feels a little bit less rocking and a tad pop(-punk)ish. On some occasions this deviations result in a lack of cohesiveness, with "For You" being a prime example, feeling rather out of place due to its beachsong vibe. Overall the production tends to sound polished in most instances ("California", "Lucky Me"), throwing in some rawer elements here and there ("Wired", "Better Off Without You") or even being a mixture of both ("Giving Up", "Saviour").

An huge improvement involves the vocal delivery by lead vocalist Mikey Chapman. Whether it's due to well executed studio trickery or in fact a lack of the latter, he never sounded so raw and stripped down, yet deeply emotional and perfectly on tune. Ballad "Falling In Love", as well as singles "Saviour" and "Better Off Without You" are shining examples, resulting in some of the albums best moments. He is accompanied by the backing vocals of bassist Sam Douglas, who gets a really great deal of exposure time compared to past records, which may feel unfitting at a few points, but overall adds a nice smoothness to complement Mikeys rough sound. It's Chapmans performance and the interplay of those two, that lifts up the album to something more noteworthy than you might expect from a switch to radiofriendlier style.
Also worth noting for that matter, is closer "Mother". While the lyrics on Wired range from various but more or less typical themes like love, god or sex, it's the aforementioned delivery, that makes them shine. On this final song, instead of Chapman singing the chorus on his own, we get to hear gang vocals. And whether or not it was intentional, it appears like the band chose this way of execution to address all of their parents and thank them together, instead of letting just the lead vocalist do it . As a result, these rather simple lyrics convey a very heartwarming feeling.

Wired may fall short of following up qualitywise to the bands previous outings by just a tad, but thanks to heavily improved vocals and several standout tracks, remains a fun and thrilling listen!


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LoLifant
March 13th 2017


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed a review.





NorwichScene
March 14th 2017


2873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It did indeed. I nearly wrote one, would have been very similar to yours. Falling in love is my favourite song

Digging: Mol - I/II

LoLifant
March 14th 2017


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the pos. Didn't like Falling In Love as much first but it grew on me. My favourite is probably Saviour. Mikey's vocal performance is the shit and I like the overall feel of it, being sorta apocalyptic.

nononsense
March 14th 2017


3512 Comments


Favorite song is Midnight. Easily the most pop punk song they've done.

LoLifant
March 15th 2017


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So does anyone else think For You feels totally out of place compared to the rest?

schoonda
March 15th 2017


1693 Comments


used to love these guys.

Digging: Karnivool - Sound Awake

nononsense
March 16th 2017


3512 Comments


I really like For You. But it does feel a bit out of place.

DafterWainwright
March 16th 2017


24 Comments


Man this album artwork sucks balls. Makes me think of Google Chrome.

LoLifant
March 16th 2017


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think that's the point of its look and title.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2017


16168 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review loli, have a pos.



We are all google indeed. These guys are good but holy hell the album is just the same of the same of the same.

LoLifant
May 19th 2017


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. Yeah I can understand if people can't get too much into this record since it deviates noticeably from their past outings.

NorwichScene
December 1st 2017


2873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Falling in love my song of the year. Album didn’t make my AOTY list though

djentist8
February 6th 2018


4 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The archetypal average, by the numbers UK alternative rock band, devoid of any semblance of personality, and with little to offer in the way of excitement or vigour. Perfectly ordinary inoffensive album built for ordinary people who live nice ordinary 9-5 lives and drive Rover 200's.

NorwichScene
February 6th 2018


2873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bit harsh. Hope they smash it next album

schoonda
February 6th 2018


1693 Comments


eh they've gotten a tad boring, I really enjoyed their EP, but their first LP really grew off me after a year or so

LoLifant
February 14th 2018


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mikey left the band. Gonna be interesting to hear how Sam manages lead vocals now.

NorwichScene
February 14th 2018


2873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was shocked to hear the news this morning. I’m friends with him on PSN and he’s online a lot

schoonda
February 14th 2018


1693 Comments


wonder what the reasons were for parting ways, mildly curious to see what they do

LoLifant
February 14th 2018


1535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"wonder what the reasons were for parting ways" -> "I’m friends with him on PSN and he’s online a lot"



solved

schoonda
February 14th 2018


1693 Comments


Too much fortnite



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