I the Mighty
Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go


3.0
good

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
November 25th, 2017 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sparks fading.

For a scene that is slowly starting to regain the momentum it once had, what better upcoming band to best show this than I The Mighty. Starting as an explosive band with plenty to prove, through the course of two albums, they've become a hot act that showed no signs of slowing down. Though they began to reduce their 'explosiveness', it became far more meticulous and resulted in those moments really sticking with the listener. So, with Where the Mind Wants to Go/Where You Let It Go, it feels as if we've ended up with something too reduced. An album that strips away what made them such an exciting act, and all that's left is a performance that lacks the character and charm of their earlier releases.

Leading up to the album, it was exciting to see vocalist/guitarist Brent Walsh (via his Facebook) mention that this was the first album not influenced by a breakup prior to writing. Finally, we were going to have more of 'The Fox and the Hound' or 'Cutting Room Floor'. Sadly, it seems we've just ended up with more girl-centric songs. Tracks like 'Pet Names' ("Use to call me baby/Now you never call me back") and 'The Sound of Breathing' ("If you can't see yourself with me than what/Is left to say/We're falling apart") stumble back on the idea of relationships, and three (four if you count 'We Speak') albums in it wouldn't go unnoticed if the lyricism shifted elsewhere. It's a shame, too, as Where the Mind... finds Walsh giving a fantastic performance. His higher register is both soothing and gripping, carrying the otherwise wayward lyricism. Lead single 'Silver Tongues' is perhaps one of the best songs the band has written, a perfect mix of social commentary and band interaction, which includes a fantastic feature from Tillian of Dance Gavin Dance, and the track 'Where the Mind Wants to Go' is as close as the album gets to their past work, and is far better for it, with a perfect mix of their new sound and the older, more fast-paced implementation.

And that's what hurts even more; the band sound better than ever, but feel far more reserved than they should be. 'Escapism' is a fun track that opens with a genuinely Muse-esque riff and rides it for a majority of the track, but doesn't really evolve much further from that. The song also includes the line "I think I'll eat this whole pizza to myself". Charming. When the band strays away from its typical formula, such as on 'Chaos in Motion', it uncharacteristically stumbles, struggling to get off the stadium-rock backdrop they enforce on the track, lacking the power as both a single and an album track. It also includes another lyrical gem in the form of "I told my boss to *** himself". And throughout Where the Mind, the problem persists. Songs either lack the gut punch of their earlier releases, particularly in the openers (try comparing 'Speak to Me' & 'Lady of Death' with 'Degenerates') and closers ('The Quick Fix' & 'The Frame I' with 'Where You Let it Go'). The power of each instrument is there; Chris' bass is prominent and always provides a catchy backbone, both Brent and Ian add flair to their dual-guitar arsenal, and Blake, although far from his earlier work, adds enough percussion elements to still be a force to be reckoned with, but the reduction of their post-hardcore elements, in combination with the slower pace of much of the album, results in these elements going both unnoticed and unwarranted.

As a result, Where the Mind... really struggles to get off the ground, and when it does, it's far too late to save the album from failing as both a post-hardcore album and as a meaningful progression from their past work. Despite containing some great tracks, particularly 'Silver Tongues', the shedding of their post-hardcore skin leads to a listen that is missing the fire that was raging earlier in their career. Although the album is still enjoyable, it pales in comparison to their earlier work, and finds the spark in I The Mighty's eyes beginning to fade.

3/5

Recommended tracks: Silver Tongues, Where the Mind Wants to Go



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Drubbi
November 25th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

May have been a bit too negative for a 3, idk. It's just such a huge letdown compared to their past work.



Silver Tongues is still one of the singles of the year for me though.

sempiturtle
November 25th 2017


1530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is my AOTY and my favorite album by these guys, but I completely understand why people don't like it.



Escapism is probably my least favorite here. 111 Winchester, first T/T, and Silver Tongues are big highlights. These are also Brent's best vocals yet.

GreyShadow
November 25th 2017


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Something I do applaud the album for is Brent's believable performance. It is very relationship/breakup-centric but I appreciate him coming from a relatable position. They aren't the most elegant/colorful lyrics but they are honest and I like the majority of them.



But yeah, this is no Connector but I think it comes together much nicer as a package than Satori. I hope they don't completely give up the post-hardcore sound though. Good songs like Degenerates and Escapism could have definitely been great songs if they had more of these elements.



Album is musically a 3.5 but songs like The Sound of Breathing and Where You Let It Go make me tear up like a sadboi so I may settle on a 4.



Also 111 Winchester and Where You Let It Go are amazing, and Chaos In Motion surprisingly grew on me a lot

Digging: La Dispute - Panorama

sempiturtle
November 25th 2017


1530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah a lot of people have issues with the lyrics and how cheesy they are (admittedly, they kind of are) but they're also very honest and relatable and I admire that.

Drubbi
November 25th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mean, I still think the lyrics are honest and all that, but it was just done so much better on Satori (Ivy, Four Letter Words) and Connector (Andrew's Song, Playing Catch With .22), and the fact the music just isn't as interesting on these songs as they are those really makes it not worthwhile.

dmp3131
November 25th 2017


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This wasn't awful, but compared to their other releases it definitely wasn't good. Silver Tongues is by far the best on here.

Toondude10
November 25th 2017


13827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I honestly kinda like this a bit more than their last album

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po0ty
November 25th 2017


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kinda disappointing for me. Connector seemed full of catchy bangers but this is full of sappy ballads.

NorwichScene
November 26th 2017


2831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agree with review. Slightly let down after Connector

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


8880 Comments


Saw these guys live a couple of weeks ago. Pretty damn tight and hooky as fuck. But those lyrics are soooooo earnest.

DinosaurJones
November 26th 2017


10038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Connector was amazing. This one... slightly less so. Still good, but I was hoping for more.

JesperL
December 3rd 2017


371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pet names is creepy as fuck but so catchy, and sleepwalker alone warrants a 4/5

JohnFire
December 6th 2017


633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Review could be: Band goes even further into pop direction, thus playing hard against their strengths, resulting in a boring listen.

Lefondre
December 8th 2017


169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually enjoyed that they embraced their more pop-centric side on this album. Its their best work for mine.

NorwichScene
December 9th 2017


2831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Degenerates is probably their best song

GreyShadow
December 9th 2017


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After the second chorus, Degenerates nosedives hard. it's such a boring conclusion

sempiturtle
December 9th 2017


1530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

There's a dude in my vinyl discord server who said Degenerates is the worst song he's heard this year lmao. Dude said it sounded like Imagine Dragons.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2017


16107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the best song on this is easily escapism anyways

GreyShadow
December 9th 2017


3000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean...it's not even close to that bad

sempiturtle
December 9th 2017


1530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Escapism is actually my least favorite on here... the chorus feels kinda off to me and the song doesn't flow like the others.



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