10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Murder by Death make a difference largely because their singer, Adam Turla, commands a song as only a few vocalists ever do. The power and authority he brings to songs such as “Solitary One” and “Last Thing” help them stand out in a world of roots-rock and alt.country troubadours. It also helps that this Bloomington, Ind.–based group venture beyond the territorial trappings of genres until their music hits a cinematic free space where elegant pop hooks, mandolins, cello, horns, and harmonies combine for pure magic. “It Will Never Die” captures an ominous austerity that bursts into full color as the harmonies climb in desperation. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Murder by Death make a difference largely because their singer, Adam Turla, commands a song as only a few vocalists ever do. The power and authority he brings to songs such as “Solitary One” and “Last Thing” help them stand out in a world of roots-rock and alt.country troubadours. It also helps that this Bloomington, Ind.–based group venture beyond the territorial trappings of genres until their music hits a cinematic free space where elegant pop hooks, mandolins, cello, horns, and harmonies combine for pure magic. “It Will Never Die” captures an ominous austerity that bursts into full color as the harmonies climb in desperation. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings
33 Ratings
Goron936 ,

Murder By Death does it again

A fantastic album from a fantastic band. Hunted is my drug right now, the chorus is just so powerful (plus, it gives me Red of Tooth and Claw vibes). The whole album is great and is a worthy addition to MBD's discography (which you should also buy if you haven't already).

idandfei ,

It's awesome

They done did it again.

ValiantMammoth ,

Musically decent, but...

I'll just start by saying it's a good album. It's not great, it's certainly not their best, but it's not bad either, it's just a solid work that they added to their repertoire. The big problem I have with this album, however, that puts it decidely below most of their others, is the way it was mixed and produced. Whoever mixed or mastered this album fell into the trap that many engineers nowadays fall into, which is that they seemed to mix the drums/rhythm section first, and was a touch too heavy-handed with the compressor. The result is that the rest of the instruments have trouble fitting around the drums and behind the vocals, and on top of that, the drums at times have a noticable pumping effect from the over-compression. And like I said in the title, the music is definitely good, decent music that could've been done more justice if it was mixed better, but I think part of the issue comparing this album with what some of us old school MBD fans love about them, is that whoever produced this one didn't do as good of a job capitalizing on the breadth of instruments that MBD has proven time and time again that they can successfully implement. It has the MBD feel more or less, vocals, lyrics, and attitude, but if you listen to In Boca al Lupo, for example (my favorite album of theirs at the moment), you can tell that this one lacks some of the richness and instrumental diversity and interestingness that previous albums incorporated really really well.

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