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Odd Soul

MuteMath

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A tension of opposites runs through MuteMath’s third album, Odd Soul. Serene vocals float above churning grooves while spiky guitar riffs stab at candyfloss melodies. The album’s musical complexity is reflected in multilayered lyrics, many of which touch on the band’s Christian roots. In the process, MuteMath achieves an unlikely fusion of ‘70s funk, ‘80s new wave, and classic prog-rock that propels its sound into challenging experimental territory. Drummer Darren King plays a particularly crucial role here, laying down ferocious, cymbal-bashing percussion on “Quarantine,” “Allies,” and similar tunes. Paul Meany’s lead vocals weave around the quivering keyboards and molten bass, rising to an effortless falsetto that conveys hipster cool with a hint of prophetic vision. The jittery boogie beat of “Blood Pressure” helps deliver a message against narrow-minded believers. Odd Soul ends with the luminous “In No Time,” a quietly passionate reaffirmation of faith that reconciles the jarring elements in this intoxicating album.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful

Mutemath steps in the right direction with this album. For those loyal fans who felt let down by their sophomore album "Armistice" (myself included), "Odd Soul" overall brings a new style into focus for the band, and most of all proceeds with a confidence and soulfulness that is beautiful. I am a diehard lover of their debut album, and be warned: "Odd Soul" is quite different from it. But, don't let that discourage you. This is a wonderful album.

"Armistice" was composed at a time where the band was confused and on the brink of dissolution.

"Odd Soul" busts through the front door with a battering ram and reminds us that they can still rock and inspire us in ways that other bands can't quite capture.

Here's what you should do. Buy "Odd Soul". Do it.

Disappointing but respectable I guess

Let me first off say that MuteMath is by far my favorite band on the planet. And as others have said, they are very talented musicians. I am just really not feeling this album so much, not to say that for others it won't be great. I feel like a lot of what I liked about the other albums and the journeys they took me on are gone though. Instead, it feels like I'm listening to an album that was recorded in the 70's and is entirely too reliant on excessive amounts of reverb, which for me makes this album feel pretty impersonal.
Yes they are on their own musical journey and "progressing" in their own way, but really only a few songs of this journey are really enjoyable for me. C'est la vie

Anyone have a Tylenol?

3 or 4 good songs.The rest just give me a headache.

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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