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MUTEMATH - Odd Soul Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9.5
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 9.5
Production 9.5
Creativity 9.5
Lasting Value 9.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 95%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.68
Musicianship 8.27
Lyrics 7.67
Production 8.15
Creativity 8.1
Lasting Value 7.78
Reviewer Tilt 8
Average: 80%
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MUTEMATH - Odd Soul

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (10/04/11)
MUTEMATHOdd Soul
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Record Label: Teleprompt/Warner Bros


You'd never picture the guys in MUTEMATH to be dark wizards, but after listening to Odd Soul numerous times, I'm just not so sure anymore. It's plain as day to see that the band is using horcruxes, as they have divided up their Odd Soul into separate different genres to reach musical immortality.

So while my analogy may have been totally lame, you cannot deny that there has always been some sort of uniqueness about MUTEMATH. From their energetic live show to their fantastic music videos, you rarely hear or see the band to the same thing twice. And that's what makes Odd Soul one of the best albums of 2011 – it's MUTEMATH reinventing themselves while remaining true to their roots throughout the thirteen track LP.

Odd Soul grabs your attention immediately with the foot-stomping swagger of the title track. It's the first instance of bluesy rock (reminiscent of The Black Keys) on the album and it's not the last. First single “Blood Pressure” will rise exactly that, as the infectious chorus is paced by breezy interludes and fantastic guitar work. Vocalist Paul Meany shines behind the mic, stretching his vocals to new boundaries on Odd Soul. He matches the soaring riffs on “Tell Your Heart Heads Up” while Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas' bass thumps along. The upbeat “Prytania” is a funky throwback to 70's rock, while “Allies” is full of soul, thanks to Meany's voice and fuzzy guitar tones. Meany shows off even more skills, this time behind the keyboard, as it provides the backbone to the urgent “Walking Paranoia.”

The electronic aspect of MUTEMATH's sound is more effective than previous albums, whether it's adding subtle tones to the warm-sounding “Equals” or setting the pace to the Radiohead-tinged “All or Nothing.” But the real pièce de résistance is the seven minute “Quarantine.” Balancing spazzy guitar riffs with psychedelic bass lines for the first four or so minutes, it suddenly slows down to showcase Meany's voice some more before drummer Darren King absolutely kills the outro. Every thing you love about MUTEMATH is present in this track.

A delicious variety of sounds appear on Odd Soul, each one guaranteed to satiate your musical soul. Each track has a fresh, distinct personality to it; I can easily see fans having different favorite tracks. This isn't your “Typical” MUTEMATH anymore, rather it sounds like the trio is finally unleashing the kind of music they've always wanted to. It'll be difficult to find many albums that can top the type of creativity Odd Soul contains, making it one of the essential must-have albums of 2011. Now this is the type of dark magic one can really get into.

9.5/10

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Odd Soul
2. Prytania
3. Blood Pressure
4. Tell Your Heart Heads Up
5. All or Nothing
6. Sun Ray
7. Allies
8. Cavalries
9. Walking Paranoia
10. One More
11. Equals
12. Quarantine
13. In No Time
Produced by: MUTEMATH

MUTEMATH is:
Paul Meany - vocals/keyboards
Darren King - drums
Todd Gummerman - guitar
Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas - bass

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02:43 AM on 10/04/11
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Can't wait to listen to it.

Any comment on Meany's lyrics? Very curious about his themes after watching the trajectory of the previous two albums.
04:01 AM on 10/04/11
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great review. theyre a trio tho?
04:02 AM on 10/04/11
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great review. theyre a trio tho?

Currently yes, I don't know if the new guitarist is permanent yet and all their promo pictures only feature the 3
04:50 AM on 10/04/11
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Loved their last album so i'll definitely get this
05:19 AM on 10/04/11
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very good read. I am a huge MUTEMATH fan, and I must say that I enjoy the album at parts, but I feel its too similar to The Black Keys. I know a lot of people who been comparing it as such, but its just got that vibe. Still, in my opinion, it hasn't struck me initially like S/T and Armistice did.
05:57 AM on 10/04/11
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Damn, what a great first line, Drew. I haven't even read the rest yet but that was worth its own comment.


Edit: Really good review. Psyched to hear this. It had fallen off my radar.
05:57 AM on 10/04/11
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very good read. I am a huge MUTEMATH fan, and I must say that I enjoy the album at parts, but I feel its too similar to The Black Keys. I know a lot of people who been comparing it as such, but its just got that vibe. Still, in my opinion, it hasn't struck me initially like S/T and Armistice did.
I like this album a lot but I do feel it's more of a grower than the previous 2 albums.
06:23 AM on 10/04/11
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I like this album a lot but I do feel it's more of a grower than the previous 2 albums.
Agree. It kinda slowed down and dragged in the middle for me a teeny bit, but it picks itself up.
It's such a big step up from Armistice, and I love it.
06:26 AM on 10/04/11
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I'm fully expecting this to compete for AotY since I love blues rock so much and Mutemath. I loved the description for 'Quarantine', can't wait to hear it!
06:30 AM on 10/04/11
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Armistice is a desert island record for me, which sounds like the exact opposite of how the band feels about it, between the interview here on AP.net and seeing as they only played two songs off it on The Odd Soul Introduction Tour stop I saw. The new songs breathe very well live, but it seems like the band had a chip on their shoulder to prove their technical prowess in the studio, and the hooks seem cluttered in the process. That said, I felt the same things about Odd Soul and Blood Pressure when I first heard the singles, and upon the second and third listens I became addicted to them. That will probably prove true for the rest of the record as well. Textbook grower.
06:31 AM on 10/04/11
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I'l have to give it another listen, because my initial response was that it was a letdown. I love their other records, but they did take some time to grow on me and hopefully Odd Soul won't be any different.
06:44 AM on 10/04/11
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I'm so stoked for this.
06:56 AM on 10/04/11
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Very nice. Need to check this out
06:59 AM on 10/04/11
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Currently yes, I don't know if the new guitarist is permanent yet and all their promo pictures only feature the 3
gotcha... saw them a week or 2 ago and they had 4. wasnt sure who wasnt an official member
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