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Mansions

Mansions: Mr. BoddyMr. Boddy (2008)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: wearestillalivewearestillalive
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Is originality really that important? On a site that mostly listens to bands that sound like Hot Water Music or Jawbreaker, I'd assume that it's not. Mr. Boddy, the four-track free EP by Mansions sounds a hell of a lot like Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, and to be honest it's really hard to car.


Is originality really that important? On a site that mostly listens to bands that sound like Hot Water Music or Jawbreaker, I'd assume that it's not. Mr. Boddy, the four-track free EP by Mansions sounds a hell of a lot like Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, and to be honest it's really hard to care. After all, I like those bands, and neither of them have put out anything substantial this year anyway (Manchester's new EP only has two new songs). Something that sounds familiar, that will tide me over until the next release by either band, is definitely welcomed.

The EP kicks off with "OMG," the intro of which sounds suspiciously like "Soco Amaretto Lime" untill it explodes into wailing, distorted guitar noise and a pounding chorus. The rest of the tracks flow on perfectly, utilizing, among other things, fake drum beats, whirring synths and a hint of piano here and there to give the record a thick and textured feel. The vocals often get swallowed up in crescendoes that build up, and then fade away, over and over, getting a little further each time, and it sounds great.

Christopher Browder sings in a voice that sounds quite a bit like Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull, The intro to the second track reminds me of "Sleeper 1972," and while the lyrics are not quite as deep or subtle as those of the Orchestra or Brand New, they follow the same sort of themes and really do sound like they come from the heart.

The fact that Browder has done everything on this record himself is also worth mentioning; when you bear that fact in mind, listening to Mr. Boddy gives the image of a guy encased in his own little world with his favourite records, the ones that have inspired him to make music of his own.

In short, Mansions has a lot of potential to do something amazing, and I can't wait to hear what he does next. And seeing how this EP is free, there's pretty much no reason why you shouldn't give it a listen.

 

 
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mikexdude (November 25, 2008)

Vagina.

wearestillalive (November 25, 2008)

Thing is though, on a large number of the reviews on this site, the albums reccomended at the bottom tend to be jawbreaker/hot water music/lawrence arms etc. It's not fair to generalise really, but y'know, sometimes it's right.

mikexdude (November 22, 2008)

I hate when people generalize the viewers on this site; it's almost as annoying as the ""I thought this was PUNKnews" comments. There plenty of people on this site who would rather listen to Converge than Hot Water music... or even I Set My Friends on Fire (why else would it have made the top list in October).

Not to mention the many people who visit this site who don't have accounts.

genebuonaccorsi (November 22, 2008)

On a site that mostly listens to bands that sound like Hot Water Music or Jawbreaker

you forgot Nas

MisFit4Me (November 21, 2008)

I picked this up when I saw the link here on punknews. It's definitely a good EP, the songs flow together really well (so well that I thought songs 2 and 3 were the same song before I actually watched the tracks change). It's free, so just download it.

inagreendase (November 21, 2008)

I do agree with the Brand New comparisons, especially with Mike Sapone's production. But I think his voice sounds more like John Nolan than anything, especially at certain moments.

Can't wait for the full-length. All these EPs just tease me more and more.

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