Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Moneen - Are We Really Happy with Who We are Right Now?
I had this album, but never really paid very much attention to it, as I have 132.58GB of music, and one playlist ("iLikey") which I really listen to. Except for trying to discover and analyze new music (or at least new to me) for this little blog here, I just stick to my "iLikey" playlist. But this album was requested, and I felt like writing up a little review (I've actually been on a roll for the last hour), so here it is. Moneen's second album is pretty much angry. It's even in the name of a track ("Start Angry...End Mad"). The easiest way to describe the sound is by comparing them to other bands, which typically is the case with music reviews, so I'd say the production quality of The Movielife/I Am the Avalanche, though a bit more harmonized than Thrice or the old Thursday. Off-key tonalities and a more aggressive, almost screamo, barrage from Kenny Bridges vocal cords really come through on the title track. They are tempered, however, by a softer melodic side on "I Have Never Done Anything for Anyone that was Not for Me as Well." The album provides a good contrast of what I like to call the sub-screamo-pop-a-thon. I just made it up on the fly, but I think it aptly describes this great album. The only downside to AWRHWWWA? are the excessively long, descriptive song titles (and title). So, for the Standout tracks, I'm just picking the shortest ones (you'll probably download it anyways, so choose your own): "Start Angry...End Mad," and "With this Song, I will Destroy Myself." Rating: 9.5/10
Start Angry...End Mad: