ALBUM REVIEW: Muncie Girls – Fixed Ideals | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 31.08.18

 

 

 

 

 

This long, hot summer of 2018 (this writer’s last of his twenties) has felt oddly reminiscent of simpler, kinder times. Appropriately, Fixed Ideals is an album brimming with youthfulness in its quiet optimism, insecurities and concerns. Opener Jeremy showcases what Muncie Girls do pretty well; it’s snotty, bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny. Isn’t Life So Funny is a similarly sweet and irreverent song about friendship.

Musically, Muncie Girls are relentlessly melodic. Admirably, a lot of the songs on this record talk about mental health openly, candidly and wisely, and this is perhaps the jewel in the band’s crown. Like youth itself, it’s an album that can be energetic, neurotic, despondent and hopeful at the same time.

 

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