ALBUM REVIEW: Mt. Joy – Rearrange Us | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Dualtone Records

Released: 05.06.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second album from US indie rockers Mt. Joy, who are masters of weaving musical narratives that move, inspire and vibrate. Strangers is the cream of the crop; Matt Quinn’s vocals are particularly delicate and pure in a twinkling opening, transitioning into a tone substantially more brassy. Waitress is truthful to Mt. Joy’s most organic sound, with silky strings, delicate drums and power piano solos blended with poetic lyrics and a bold chorus, creating a satisfying blend of rock and folk.

Disappointingly, some tracks fall short of Mt. Joy’s established instrumental intricacy and spirited cadence: Let Loose feels somewhat flat, lacking tempo and texture. Although Rearrange Us has some real diamonds, the lengthy album lacks consistency, interrupting its flow and limiting its potential.

 

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