Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?
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||Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?||Moneen||3:44||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Start Angry...End Mad||Moneen||4:42||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||To Say Something That Means Nothing To Anyone At All||Moneen||5:19||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||With This Song I Will Destroy Myself||Moneen||5:02||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Closing My Eyes Won't Help Me Leave||Moneen||4:31||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Have Never Done Anything For Anyone That Was Not For Me As Well||Moneen||3:55||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||How To Live With The Thought That Sometimes Life Ends||Moneen||4:43||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Life's Just Too Short Little Ndugu||Moneen||4:14||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Thoughts Weigh Heavy...Don't Get Drowned In The Weight Of It All||Moneen||4:31||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Last Song I Will Ever Want To Sing||Moneen||9:04||£0.99||View In iTunes|
On its Vagrant debut, the Toronto quartet Moneen more fully indulges its mixture of emo dynamics with ambitious math rock songscapes. Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? is as musically grandiose as its lengthy title, die-cut packaging, and involved song titles and lyrics would suggest. Songs like "To Say Something That Means Nothing to Anyone at All" begin as a typical emo rocker, only to dissolve into an extended period of instrumental noodling. But the passage essentially becomes an extended bridge setting up a final, furious chorus. This is the drawback to Moneen's larger-than-life sound: Though the band succeeds at expanding emo's borders, it usually returns to the genre's hallmarks before too long. Sweeping choruses; high-pitched, interlocking vocals; and crashing guitars abound on Are We Really Happy, even if most songs take a few minutes to slow things down, drop in piano, and generally pad the proceedings with melodrama. The quartet's songs, voices, and playing are as tight as anything from veterans like the Get Up Kids or fellow newcomers such as hardcore/emo fusionists Silverstein. But in its zeal to reach great new heights in emo, Moneen ends up stalling out in simply good territory. The searching, often acerbic lyricisms; rousing melodies; and most of the album's extended instrumental experiments should appeal to fans eager for something more than the same old heartbreak-married-to-ringing-guitars formula. But for Moneen itself, Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? might represent another few steps toward something truly exceptional.
Formed: 1999 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: '00s