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Odd Soul
Mutemath
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Reviewed: 10/25/2011 by Ryan


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Mutemath’s follow up album to “Armistice” is “Odd Soul.” “Armistice” was an album that didn’t focus on hooks or melodies. If they were in a song, it almost sounded like it was by coincidence. “Odd Soul” is a fitting title for this record, its soul music, but Mutemath style. So yes, it’s a tad odd. I liked “Armistice” but it’s not anything that I frequently listened to, I’m sure that can be said for a number of people. I’ll circle back to “Odd Soul” several times. Not just because it’s Mutemath and the sounds are original and fascinating, but because the hooks and the melodies resonate. They resonate because Paul Meany’s vocals are terrific and because the sounds come off like Stevie Wonder being influenced by techno and industrial music. Odd Soul hits a mark that Mutemath hasn’t ever approached before. This is the record that this band was meant to make. It’s likable and it’s original. Some fans of “Armistice” and things past might say the band sold out, but in this instance they progressed.

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