CD REVIEW: Mouthful of Daisy - Twice Renewed
By Cyrus Rhodes - 10/03/2012 - 11:24 PM EDT
Artist: Mouthful of Daisy
Album: Twice Renewed
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alt Pop/Rock
Sounds Like: No Doubt, KT Tunstall, Liz Phair
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Girl in Need of a Lullaby, Surf Song, After Party
Weakness: Winded Songs, More solos please, Repetitive Catalog
Like a lot of indie bands whose sound is too vibrant and explosive for the generic club scene it emerges from, the female fronted Vancouver, BC based Mouthful of Daisy found some local success in its early incarnations but later hit some temporary roadblocks. The expansive musical vision of founding members J’ace Franklin (guitars, keys) and Sean Barry (drums)--who launched the group back in 2005--began to reach its fuller potential when an opportunity came up to head East and record in New York City. Produced by Anthony Santos, Vice President of Chamberlain Records, at NYC’s Killingworth Studios, Twice Renewed (MOD’s second full length collection) is a powerhouse indie/alternative pop/rock burst of inspiration that delivers big time on the band’s early promise. Band members include: J’ace Franklin (guitars, keys) and Sean Barry (drums), Alix Matusak (Bass) and vocalist Michella Dobrosavljevic
The CD kicks things off with “Girl in Need of A lullaby” an impressive intro piece that dishes out methodical guitar intro quickly evolving into a solid low end groove, with driving rock rhythms against mean sounding guitar, Infectious vocal hooks and well placed harmonies from Dobrosavljevic . Track 2 “Lost Love” serves-up another strong piece combining hooky R&B guitar with dynamic vocal passion and flowing rock rhythm that methodically flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “After Party” dishes out a heartfelt ditty with mesmerizing guitar rhythms and dynamic vocal delivery that leads you head first into a grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic No Doubt, KT Tunstall, and even Liz Phair. The music has everything you would expect from a 3 piece standard – great low end rock grooves, driving distorted guitar rhythms with a few impressive solo’s, catchy melodic vocals and a few well-placed harmonies layered along the way. This band really clicks and delivers many tight grooves – testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to Dobrosavljevic: as for her vocal style and delivery is world class. She takes many vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. Her falsetto is to die for and her vocal phrasing is extremely melodic, creative and entertaining. Mouthful of Daisy is an accomplished 4 piece (writing and playing).They also bring to the table a lot of musical variety via this impressive 10 song catalogue. From hypnotic “Shadow on the Night” to rocking “Masterpiece to Perfection” and “Surf Song” to dynamic “X-Caliber” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “Taken Away” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I would recommend Mouthful of Daisy trim up the songs about 20% - do this and you got yourself a winner. I also wish I heard more ripping solo guitars throughout. Catalog is guilty of being a tad bit repetitive overall.
Mouthful of Daisy’s second release Twice Renewed clearly proves this 4 piece is a force to be reckoned with in Vancouver, BC. The guitar has bite, the bass an drum rhythms have serious low end groove, the songs are all short and sweet musical experiences, and the overall production is solid. All in all it makes for a deadly combination.
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