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A jittery, relentless mood animates the tracks on Armistice, MuteMath’s sophomore album. If the Christian-rooted quartet’s debut album displayed an unusual degree of rhythmic sophistication, this release pushes the grooves into almost avant garde territory, inviting comparisons with the Talking Heads’ Remain In Light for sheer boldness. Armistice veers from the spongy, dub-like throb of “Backfire” to the ominous military trudge of “Burden” and the choppy, high-gloss funk of the title tune, embellishing its beats with pulsating synths and stabbing guitar lines. Singer Paul Meany fully embraces his role as a dance-floor prophet, probing at modern spiritual maladies in “The Nerve” and “No Response.” The softer moments here are surprisingly effective; “Pins and Needles” has a languid jazz feel, while “Lost Year” dispenses with electronica trappings in favor of piano balladry. The kinetic “Spotlight” — used to telling effect on the Twilight film soundtrack — sums up the barrier-challenging spirit of the album.

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It's the sum of the noise... MUTE MATH's ARMISTICE!

So this album does pretty much rock even though it introduces some pretty cool new stuff (string instruments on some tunes, New Orleans jazz elements) to it. With Paul Meany's excellent vocals and Darren King's precision drumming, you cannot doubt this is a Mute Math production that was definitely worth the three years wait. And now for the song by song breakdown... 1. The Nerve = 4.5/5 - An experimental opening that when it was first released probably had some fans a bit worried. Different from the norm, but still good. 2. Backfire = 4/5 - Vocals are a little too shouty, but great beat to bop your head to. 3. Clipping = 4.5/5 - Piano makes the tune feel like your floating around, but the 6/8 time makes it work well. 4. Spotlight = 5/5 - Devoted MM fans have had it since November, but it still doesn't get old. 5. No Response = 3.5/5 - Sounds a bit too much like elevator music, but I wouldn't mind riding this elevator. 6. Pins and Needles = 4/5 - This song could easily be played in a jazz lounge somewhere. Pure bass, minimal drums and piano. 7. Goodbye = 4.5/5 - Very nice tune with very philosophical lyrics 8. Odds = 4/5 - Drum beat sounds like you're marching to it, otherwise, nothing too special about it. 9. Electrify = 7/5 - Yes, it's an absurdly high score, but this is definitely the best track on the album; fast-paced, high-energy Mute Math at its best as you sing your lungs out and jump up and down with excitement. 10. Armistice = 6/5 - It's a shame they didn't put jazz elements in some of their earlier music. Featuring some trombone/trumpet riffs as if they were straight from the French Quarter. Excellent tune. 11. Lost Year = 5/5 - Beautiful tune as the vocals sounds like they're straight from the soul. 12. Burden = 4.5/5 - This 9 minute piece will probably be a better crowd pleaser at their shows with its musical interludes and potential for drum solo/jam session opportunities. 13. Architecture = 5/5 - Great building tune to close the album off. Everything gels very well here... piano, bass, guitar, drums, vocals... definite bliss at the end.

empty songs

Dear Mutemath, your songs are empty what happenned? So now you sing about getting girls into bed(electrify)? I was hoping that you were different, a musically excellent band that praises God,you could have changed music, but I guess I was wrong. We need a change in CCM but not by bands that talk the talk but dont walk the walk. srry

Not what you're used to...

This is a very different MuteMath than the one that wrote high energy, fun songs like Typical, Plan B, and Chaos. The music on Armistice is very interesting, at times peculiar, and hints ever so subliminally at Meany's roots in the band Earthsuit. There's a lot of post-production on this album, along with electronic beats, and other things that seem difficult to reproduce in concert like MuteMath did on its previous album. More notably than anything, this album is uncharacteristically melancholy in rhythm, verse, and melody. It is difficult to imagine such music on their album, especially since Spotlight and its many remixes gave a sense of the same work as the first album. Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with this album; half of the songs sound like what you'd hear on a car commercial. It is without a doubt, not what you're used to...

Biography

Formed: 2001 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking cues from several decades of alternative rock, Mute Math (also known as MUTEMATH 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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