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Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved

Maryland Matt   (180 reviews)

Posted: 06/17/2012 | Comments: 16 | Rate:

Everything You Ever Loved is a record that many of us have been anxiously waiting for its release for quite some time. It is Make Do and Mend's follow up to the highly regarded 2010 full length End Measured Mile (a record I personally have placed in the upper echelon of modern underground indie rock releases).

The two years that have passed since the previous album have been kind to Make Do and Mend. They have toured the world several times over and were vaulted into the forefront as one of the heavyweights of underground rock music... and deservedly so. They released a split, several EP's and a full length... all brimming with not only memorable, but truly meaningful songs. These emotionally fueled songs all carried the weight of the world in heart both lyrically and via stellar musicianship. I was absolutely certain that Everything You Ever Loved would not only fall in line, but take a massive step forward... and I wish I could say that I was right.

Everything You Ever Loved is a good record and in using this word "good" as a baseline, there are aspects that fall above and below. If you have come to expect End Measured Mile 2.0, stop now. This record has a vibe completely different than that of its predecessor. The raw emotion urgency of previous offerings is mostly subdued and replaced with a much more safe approach to songwriting and orchestration. I'm not at all saying that this is taking away from the quality of the record, but it is taking way from the experience that I was anticipating.

There are many high points on this album. The quality of instrumentation has not diminished at all since the previous works and in fact, I'd even say that they've stepped up their game in this regard. There are much more interesting things going on with the rhythm section on this album. The drumming is exceptional as always, but there is far more risk taking going on here. The same can be said for the bass playing in this regard. These two musicians seem to have found a groove and are really accenting one another while carving their path through the record. Another high point of the record is that of the vocals. As one of my close friends stated, "I really hope he doesn't try to do too much on this record"... and he hasn't. In the past, vocalist James Carroll would push the limits of his lungs ability to project, but not his range. He has made it his business to write incredibly introspective songs and present them to you in an easily digestible, yet poetic package. All of these things are still intact on this record, however I feel that a lot of the lyrical content is coming from already well-tread ground. I would really like to see him reach out a little more and open up with some different emotions that maybe he hasn't touched on already.

I will never slight a band for taking a change in direction, but I think my biggest gripe with this record is that it feels to me as a half-stepped change. Some of the record follows suit with work that they've done previously... but the songs that are "different" don't feel as evolved or possibly as complete as they needed to be to really take root and grab an audience. It is in these songs that the record loses my attention and that is certainly nothing I have experienced while listening to a Make Do and Mend record. Trust me, I wanted nothing more than for this record to blow me away, forcing my hands to these keys I type on to write a glowing review about how they are the second coming of the Beatles... but that just isn't the case.

The bottom line is that this is a good record... and at times, it is REALLY good. For most bands that would be enough to squeak by my filter and find its way into a fairly regular rotation. I can't say that I will go to this record much more beyond the 5 or 6 times that I've listened to it thus far... not with the exceptional library of music that they have already amass

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Comments
old dancing boy
38,265 Posts
34/M/PA
like i said, that lucky song didnt do it for me, but after reading this review, i really want to hear this now. im hoping for the best.
nah im alright
3,871 Posts
34/M/PA
as i said on FB two songs i heard i wasnt too hot on. still looking forward to hearing it. hopefully it does well for them.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
37/M/MD
The more I listened to it, the more I liked it. With that said, at first I didn't like it at all.

I really think it is a good record and some may end up loving it. It's just too unfocused in the attempts it makes to step away from their previously established sound.
sees air
15,543 Posts
65/M/NA
couldn't agree more Matt.
vanilla gorilla
213,465 Posts
39/M/PA
still stoked to listen. i'll give it some time to grow on me.
nah im alright
3,871 Posts
34/M/PA
i like it, dont love it.
i guess i was expecting it to be faster? if that makes sense.

they have a great HWM reference too.
vanilla gorilla
213,465 Posts
39/M/PA
it's growing on me, but it doesn't have the intensity/raw emotion i was expecting. i feel you on that "faster" thing
Stoked,Pumped
11,858 Posts
33/M/PA
I agree with everyone else on the tempo of the record, but I think the more I listen the more I love it. I think St. Anne is my favorite song on the record.
vanilla gorilla
213,465 Posts
39/M/PA
st. anne is a very good song.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
37/M/MD
I've listened to this a few more times and it has grown on my a bit... but I stand by what I said.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
37/M/MD
*me
old dancing boy
38,265 Posts
34/M/PA
OTHER INDIE ROCK REVIEWS

*Borknagar*
vanilla gorilla
213,465 Posts
39/M/PA
it's grown on me even more. "storrow" and "count" are pretty solid.
vanilla gorilla
213,465 Posts
39/M/PA
so after quite a few listens, i like this a lot now. the more i listen the more it reminds me of hot water music as well.
nah im alright
3,871 Posts
34/M/PA
Desert lily is probably my favorite track. Love it.

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