Moose Blood – Blush

And the way you died, did it hurt at all?
I think of you that way, or not at all.

8. 5. 16

Sometimes there is a certain aspect of the band that draws you to them. And when that thing is gone at some point later in their career (regardless of whether a band is objectively better or worse than before), you lose some interest in that band with their new album/direction.

I am kinda in that predicament with Moose Blood’s second full-length Blush (which may contain explicit content). Although it took a little time to catch on, I fell in love with Moose Blood’s debut record I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time (which may contain explicit content) because of the killer instrumentals within most of the songs coupled with the extremely personal and detailed lyrics. But both of those are missing on this new record. There are barely any instrumentals, and the ones that do exist feel flat and lack any kind of dynamic punch besides the one in Freckle. The lyrics are still well-written, more concise, and remain interesting, but dwindle as more ambiguous and less intimate compared to the first record.

Essentially, if I were to make an objective and unbiased statement about the album, I would say it is a smooth and likable album with a lot of great singalong moments. And despite these changes, I still really like the record; however, solely based on my personal preferences, the band changed their strategy and became a bit less appealing than I believe they could have been.

For Fans Of: Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far
Favorite Songs: Knuckles, Shimmer, Spring, Freckle
Top 10 Potential: Most likely not but maybe I will change and it will catch on.
Album Cover: 8.5/10

Moose Blood – Knuckles

P.S. – I think album covers can be a great reflection of what an artist is trying to do with their album or the sound they are trying to convey. I think comparing the album covers of I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time and Blush is a good example of this. I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time was darker with flickers of light stylistically seen by night sky and flames. The record also told a story like album cover did. There were a lot of details which sparked my curiousity. With Blush, it is a much more polished, simple, and bright record, like the cover. There is much less details in the story. It is far more straightforward without many unknowns or questions to keep you wanting more from a lyrical standpoint. Anyways, that’s my rant.

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