Mutemath - Armistice

Published Saturday 11th December 2010
Mutemath - Armistice
Mutemath - Armistice

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 102521-17358
LABEL: Teleprompt 5197832

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Some critics felt that after the sparkling diversity of 2004's 'Reset' EP, their first pitch at the mainstream market, 2006's 'Mutemath' was simply too generic and threw out too many of their stylistic eccentricities to stand out from the crowd. For this 2009 album Mutemath sharpened their compositions, brought in some chillout influences on the twin tracks "No Response" and "Pins And Needles" while "Spotlight" heard on the Twilight movie soundtrack has a engagingly eerie vibe. One or two of the tracks veer dangerously close to Muse imitations but, on the whole, there is plenty of invention in both production and arrangements while Paul Meany's vocals are exceptionally forceful. The main snag on 'Armistice' are the depressingly defeatist lyrics. "Clipping" contains the chorus "I don't know what is right anymore" (surely not a Christian sentiment) while "No Response" has Meany singing "Tell me what is wrong and right, I don't suppose anyone knows". Although there is powerful rock, one what is left with the impression of a band in spiritual crisis.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Helen @ 12:10 on Aug 8 2013

Nothing un-Christian about honesty - it's important people, including artists, are given space to express their doubts and uncertainties. It's only by wrestling with these that people ever find out what they truly believe, and I don't believe it's helpful when Christian artists just churn out fake-sounding 'Jesus has all the answers and has sorted out all my problems' positivity. It's perfectly possible to be a Christian whilst experiencing uncertainty, and I think people are drawn to Christianity far more by our honesty than by our false positivity.

Posted by AT in York, United Kingdom @ 12:39 on Dec 12 2010

with music featuring on 'Twilight' as well. Hmm...

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