It’s time for another Mini Music Review post! Today I’ll be doing flash reviews on three very different bands/artists. And yet, they all make perfect sense as bands/artists I enjoy. My tastes are very broad, yet very specific.
Anyway, today I’m reviewing new projects by MUNA, grandson, and The Faim. What’s that? You haven’t heard of any of these bands artists? Well, that’s because they’re very underrated and deserve much better. Let this post be the catalyst that leads to them blowing up.
My Thoughts: Okay, I have a confession to make: I don’t love this album the way I’d hoped to. I still really like it, but it’s not as good as About U. The main problem is that the bulk of this record is slow songs. I love me a good ballad, but there needs to be a balance. Their sophomore record is missing that.
But, to be fair, there’s not a single song on this album that’s bad. It’s just that they don’t stand out as well because of that lack of balance. And maybe part of the problem is me and my preference for more energetic tracks. I just don’t see myself playing this album on repeat the way I did (and still do) its predecessor.
You should still absolutely give this record a listen. I’m always here to support fellow queer women. Who knows? Maybe it’ll save your world.
Highlights: Number One Fan, Stayaway, Who, Pink Light, Good News (Ya-Ya Song), & It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby
My Thoughts: I’ve been following grandson for about two years now and have enjoyed almost every song he’s released. Some I like more than others, but I’ve always been excited when a new volume in this EP series gets dropped. Volume 3 is comparable to Volume 1 in quality (I found Volume 2 a tad repetitive). In fact, it may even be slightly better.
Out of all grandon’s projects, this one is the most experimental. He actually drops some of the EDM aspect on a track or two. Additionally, grandson returns to his biting political commentary. He comes for a certain person in the White House and his ilk and grabs them by the throat. It’s awesome. So yeah, this is definitely his best EP so far.
Highlights: Oh No!!!, Destroy Me, and Die Young
My Thoughts: The Faim is essentially the lovechild of Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. That’s not to say they’re a copy, but that they clearly emulate those former kings of emo. While I feel The Faim is more reminiscent of recent FOB and Panic, the point still remains.
Given this, I am both obsessed and underwhelmed with this record. It reminds me of better days, but also falls a bit to monotony. I prefer the tracks that are either the most rock or the most vulnerable. All in all, State of Mind is definitely worth giving a chance.
Highlights: Tongue Tied, Summer is a Curse, Buying Time, When the River Runs, and State of Mind
Have you listened to any of these albums/EPs? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments!