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Sonically spacey and lyrically spiritual, Mute Math borrows from a host of pop/rock influences on its 2006 self-titled debut album. You can hear elements of the Police, Peter Gabriel, and Radiohead simmering in this New Orleans-based band’s atmospheric musical blend, united by a Christian sensibility that insinuates more than it preaches. Singer/keyboardist Paul Meany floats upon drummer Darren King’s slippery grooves with the air of an enraptured pilgrim, seeking answers amidst the snares of earthly life. Tunes like “Typical,” “Chaos,” and “Stall Out” wrestle with matters of life and faith against woozy rhythms and liquid synthesizer lines. Mute Math can churn up waves of ominous sound, as the roiling “Collapse” and the angular “Reset” demonstrate. And they can unleash crisp pop shots like “Noticed” or slide into hypnotic shuffles like “Obsolete” without stumbling. The band’s songs seem more about striving for a glimpse of Truth than resting in the arms of the angels, and this sense of restlessness adds drama to the album, elevating it above the typical output of Christian rock combos. Mute Math may prefer the dreamy to the definite, but there’s no mistaking the eloquence of its music in these tracks.

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This album is simply fantastic. A real throwback to mid-eighties rock that still manages to keep its sense of time with some of the popular alternative bands of today. While the music might not be too incredibly compicated, most of the songs are perfect for what the band seems to be trying to accomplish: music that is a mix of popular styles and experimental styles that won't scare away Top-40 listeners. -Collapse and Typical, which feed off of one another, open the album. Collapse only builds up to the power of Typical, which is one of the best tracks of the album. -After We Have Left Our Homes is a great song, in all of its 1:14 glory. Read the title and then listen to the lyrics. "After we have left our homes, when can we start over?" If you put two and two together (the fact that MuteMath is from New Orleans), you'll find that it is a song about the Katrina victims. -Which is why it's so perfect to lead into Chaos, which is a song based around being able to find a solid source of power when all else seems to fall apart in chaos. No surprise here in that the band members are Christian. Fantastic song. -Noticed has a fun little guitar riff and is just a real simple song. Paul really shows off his vocals here. Best part about the song is the drumming. -Plan B starts out in the same fashion as Noticed. Fast drums with Paul's beatiful vocals. But as soon as you get used to this style, it explodes into a catchy chorus. -Stare at the Sun is probably one of the more experimental songs on the record. But it's also one of the strongest. Fantastic melody. -Obsolete is an instrumental that branches off of Stare at the Sun. Roy-Mitchell's fretless bass riff is extremely catchy, and while this song might be a little long for a simple instrumental, it works out to be a beautifully put together song. -Break the Same is more of a heavy song, but doesn't lose any of the momentum of the previous songs. -You are Mine is a softer song with a beautiful melody. Very simple. -Control is one of their older songs and is very similiar to Plan B and Chaos -Picture has a wonderful beat and is a strong song on the album. -Stall Out is one of the weaker songs on the album, as it is just not as cohesive as the other songs. It drones on for much too long and just does not have much going for it. -Reset is another experimental song, but instrumental. With a strong hip-hop feel, it incorporates weird guitar riffs and odd sound effects to really brand it as a MuteMath song. In the middle of the song, sampled drum beats looped over real drums add to the overall "coolness" of the song. A great way to close out the record. While the album might not be seen as too terribly complicated musically, it's a fantastic album overall with very few weak points. Well worth the $9.90. But I would recommend buying it at a store to get the Live EP. This band completely overshadows everything and anything they've done musically with their presence and energy during live shows, and the Live EP is just a small peek into the greatness of their live shows.


I have been listening to Mute Math for over 2 years, since purchasing their EP in the summer of 2004. I have been hooked on this astonishing band ever since. Mute Math combines my two favorite genres, alternative rock and electronic with positive heartfelt lyrics. Theses are true musicians that the music industry needs. It brings fresh air to know that there are bands out there that do not want to be the norm by bringing their own sound to the music scene. Mute Math exemplifies that and does it successfully. My personal favorite tracks are Noticed, Break the Same and You Are Mine. Do yourself a favor and openly give Mute Math a try.

TBTR: Track by Track Review of Mute Math

Back in 2004, Mute Math quietly released an EP called Reset. I only briefly took notice of it then and didn't really hear from them until last year when this LP came out. Incredible band to see live. Whatever the price, it is more than worth your money. *NOTE: I typically rate instrumental tracks a neutral 3 stars, but seeing as how instrumental pieces are a huge part of Mute Math, I feel I have to rate the following tracks differently than I normally do. 1.) Collapse - Instrumental intro to "Typical." This is usually how they start their live shows off. Instrumentally, it's genius, and like I said, it makes for a nice !instrumental! intro. (5 stars) 2.) Typical - Amazing single. Beautiful melodies, flawless production and performance. Original in every way. Catchy without being "poppy." If you need to hear a little bit first before deciding on the whole LP, this is the song you want to get. (5 stars) 3.) After We Have Left Our Homes - It's basically the !instrumental! outro piece to "Typical." This track to me sounds a lot like filler material. It's still cool in order of the cd, but it doesn't really hold much on its own. (3 stars) 4.) Choas - Mesmorizing. It's a brilliant track, beautifully written and produced. Every band member's performance on this track is perfect. Again, it's catchy without being too cliche. All-around decent lyrics, incredible arrangement. Get this song. (5 stars) 5.) Noticed - Another amazing song. Drums are especially notable here (as they always are. If you've seen them live, you understand the genius that is Darren King). Catchy, original, etc, etc. Buy. (5 stars) 6.) Plan B - The verses here are slightly lacking due to somewhat cheesy lyrics. The production, melody, and chorus (lyrics) are all excellent. (4 stars) 7.) Stare At the Sun - The lyrics are the obvious high-point of this song. Don't get me wrong; the music is fantastic too. This song might take a listener one or two listens to get into, but once you're in, you're IN. (5 stars) 8.) Obsolete - Bascially an instrumental outro to the previous track. Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas's bass playing is solid and funky. Paul Meany's piano playing is jazzy and slick, appropriately complimenting this track. It doesn't make much sense without its predicessor though, and it's also !instrumental!. I wouldn't recommend buying it separately. In the order of the album, it is (5 stars). 9.) Break the Same - Unbelievably original melodically, instrumentally, and even lyrically. Greg Hill is a very inventive guitar player, and it shows here. Even though the chorus lyrics and melody are simple, they are still both great. (5 stars) 10.) You Are Mine - A swing-y jazzy track with a nice drag feel. The overall progression here is soothing. The lyrics are mainly simple, but they convey beautiful meaning. The arrangement and melody are again well-composed. A passionate Mute Math ballad. (5 stars) 11.) Control - Again amazing. Everything here is original, thought-out, and instantly likable. Even though it's long, it's still great. Definite buy. (5 stars) 12.) Picture - A more up-beat ballad. The melody is fitting and heavy. It is a little simple, but it can so very easily grow on the listener. Great arrangement, songwriting, melody, etc. (5 stars) 13.) Stall Out - Haunting and heavy. Played live, it is quiet but so emotional. Lyrics blow your mind. The melody is perfect, the performance is flawless. Just listen and you'll understand. (5 stars) 14.) Reset - Again, played live, you will understand this track better. A fully-arranged !instrumental! track. With not much else to say, it is a solid way to end an inventive album. (5 stars) Final: 4.79 (rounded to 5 stars). This cd is everything that a listener wants - originality, creativity, instant likability (which probably isn't even a word) and a seamless flow. It's all these things, but it's also oh so memorable and classic. Get this cd and then go see them live. Mute Math isn't just music - It's an experience. And as cliche as that sounds, it's still true, and if you take my word and get this album, you will agree. Total: 4.79 -> 5 stars


Formed: 2001 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking cues from several decades of alternative rock, MUTEMATH (also known as Mute Math and MuteMath) fuse together New Order's synth-dance epics, the Stone Roses' shambling shuffle, Radiohead's chilliness, Air's ambient pop, and the booming vocals of mainstream pop/rock. Singer Paul Meany, formerly of the Christian rock group Earthsuit, was working in New Orleans when he began a long-distance musical correspondence with drummer/programmer Darren King, who was based in Springfield, Missouri. The...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Oct 09, 2006

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