Myssouri - War/Love Blues
This is a much more accessible Myssouri than their debut album and the following EP. This album comes out sounding more like a solid rock album than a shoegaze-tinged, atmospheric rollick. Admittedly, seeing the music video for “Terrible Love,” which is a solid song on the album, made me think that they had the egos of a darker Nickelback. I was not terribly impressed with how their personae were displayed in that instance, but that does not even come close to ruining this album for me. As the title would seem to allude to, there is a lot of blues influence worn on their musical sleeves here. Several blues guitar riffs and shuffles displayed throughout the music, most bluntly displayed on the first track, “Rood Boy Blues.” While the energy of their music picks up on this album, their ability to make the album sound like a cohesive whole is quite impressive. At no point did I think they diverged from the overall tone of the album. I think that shows an increased maturity, to break from what was expected of them and yet still not lose the consistency that was a definite part of their debut album.
Once again, all of the tracks here are solid. My personal highlights for the album, however, were “Rood Boy Blues,” “Terrible Love,” “Orphan Song,” “Down In Flames,” “The Eyes Of Others,” and “I Got It All.” The only weak part of the album, in my opinion, was the concluding track, “Teaser Stallion Blues (Excerpt),” which seemed utterly pointless. Thirty seconds of music and a minute and a half of silence until the very end where the album, strangely, ends with what sounds like a digital audio flaw. This just seemed extraneous and utterly stupid, in the end. Other than that apparent misjudgment, this a solid rock record with nice blues influences and fun rock moments.
Apocalyptic Rating: 7 out of 10 (Now would be the time to get doomsday insurance)
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