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Moneen: The World I Want to Leave BehindThe World I Want to Leave Behind (2009)
Vagrant Records

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Whenever a fan (or critic) of Moneen was asked to describe the band's previous albums, one word always bubbled to the surface: energy. Well, it may be time to find a new word. It's not that the band's new album is thoroughly dull or stagnant -- it isn't. It's just that, compared to The Red Tre.
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Whenever a fan (or critic) of Moneen was asked to describe the band's previous albums, one word always bubbled to the surface: energy.

Well, it may be time to find a new word.

It's not that the band's new album is thoroughly dull or stagnant -- it isn't. It's just that, compared to The Red Tree or Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now, the Brampton, Ontario band's latest full-length is decidedly slower and more deliberate. While this robs it of the immediate satisfaction offered by previous releases and perhaps holds the album back, there's still a lot to enjoy on The World I Want to Leave Behind.

The band has decided to slow things down and, to a certain degree, simplify their approach. This is immediately noticeable just by looking at the song titles. While the Moneen song titles of old featured enough syllables to be haikus, the majority here are one or two words. Similarly, while their last disc opened with a clash of noisy instruments, The World I Want to Leave Behind opens with but one guitar playing delicately, followed by frontman Kenny Bridge's voice softly singing over it. It takes a full minute to get the full band involved, but the track quickly becomes a rocker. The disc then goes into the band's first single, "Hold That Sound," which is a good showcase of the album's dark tone and soaring melodies. This is followed by "Great Escape" and "Believe," two very different yet very catchy tunes that help the disc get off to a strong start.

It's about this point that the problem with the album becomes apparent: There are simply too many slow and mid-tempo tracks on here. The slow songs are not bad; in fact, they're mostly good, albeit a bit too sappy at times. The main problem is that their presence on the album, especially when placed back-to-back, gives too many lulls on the disc and prevents it from ever hitting its stride. There are still plenty of heavy jams throughout, like "The Long Count" or great closing track "The Glass House," but a lot of the album seems like it could use a dose of...well, you know.

Despite my gripes about the pace, The World I Want to Leave Behind is still a fairly strong album that shows a new direction for Moneen. It is not one that they have fully realized at this point, but seems merely promising at this point. Like the rest of the band's catalogue, The World I Want to Leave Behind is well worth a listen. Just don't listen hoping for another Red Tree, because that's not what you'll find.

 

 
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Wesley_Snipes (November 30, 2009)

Nooooooooo PEEEEEETTTTTTTAAAAAAAA

TheMarc (November 30, 2009)

I agree 100% about the energy and if you listen to those old albums right after listening to this, you'll know why almost immediately: they need their old drummer back.

Eelsupinsideya (November 29, 2009)

I love this band but i'm struggling here. The lively stuff is brilliant but it just loses its way and it's too long before it gets going again. I think the problem really is that the Red Tree was so fucking good that this was always going to be a hard album to follow. I guess they tried not to 'follow' it as such, but stray in a different direction. Almost worked for me but one less slow track and one more chaotic one would have improved this no end.

blanktapesemptybottles (November 28, 2009)

definitely different but they were working with new members and stuff, if you read the linear notes they really wanted to do something different, which they did and it's pretty cool

IamtheAvatar (November 28, 2009)

Shit happened to the video for "are we really happy"? I remember a video with a bunch of slow motion shots and water getting thrown in the singers face. Now when I search youtube all I find is a dumb video of some kid skateboarding.

IamtheAvatar (November 28, 2009)

The song and video for "are we really happy with who we are right now" stick out among my memories of early high school. Score reflects that.

robalobadob (November 28, 2009)

When I first heard The Red Tree, I thought it was way too overproduced in comparison to their old material but that album grew on me a lot. I don't see that happening with this album. I haven't yet been able to listen to it straight through, I tend to get bored and move on around track 5 or so.

Blackjaw_ (November 28, 2009)

I never listened to Moneen before but this album's alright. It sounds a bit overproduced or something and the songs drag a bit and lack energy like you said. I'll go look up their old songs on youtube or something and see if their other albums are worthwhile.

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