Favorite

CD Review: Mission of Burma 

The Sound, the Speed, the Light (Matador)

Is it possible for a band to have a sophomore slump halfway through the third album its second time around? That seems to be the case with Mission of Burma. But the concept of a slump may be relative, since this album merely falls short of brilliance. But The Sound, the Speed, the Light is still amazingly solid; it just doesn't quite measure up to the rest of the band's legacy. The punchy immediacy of "1, 2, 3, Partyy!" starts the album with an insistent cadence that ratchets up and then throttles back — like it's trying to throw listeners out of their headphones.

"Possession" features a trippingly syncopated beat and sinewy bass line, with a slippery lead guitar twisting around everything but a melody (which is carried in the vocal harmony). "Blunder" sounds like its title, its beat staggering around like a guy who's taken way too many hits to the head, with chunky vocals to match. But then, Sound's spark flickers, yielding to songs that could be Burma b-sides — perfectly executed but lacking in intensity. Still, many of these songs are full of crunch, power and the all-time classic Burma combo: sharp wit and sonic bombast. — Nicholas Hall

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program @ Cleveland Museum of Art

    • First Wednesday of every month. Continues through May 3
  • DeRay Davis @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Dec. 8
  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A CJO Christmas @ Hanna Theatre

    • Fri., Dec. 9

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation