Well I got a few new albums a while back, so I shall try to review them all for you guys to enjoy. This one is a bit of an oldie, still great nonetheless though. This album is by The Almost, and is called Monster Monster. It came out back in early October of 2009, but hey. It’s still an awesome album though so I’m going to review it for all of you.
The album opens up with the title track, and although for the first few verses it seems to go along nicely, things start getting repetitive after that. It seems odd compared to all the other songs when it comes to this. I believe the band could have had a much better opening than this and I was disappointed to say the least. The album gets better though with the next track Lonely Wheel, a song about sin. In it Aaron sings “One last night at the lonely wheel / One last taste of the sin we feel / One hope in the fear that drives us on / One last drink just to kill the pain / One last breath before we say your name.” We sin, and we do it again and again saying to ourselves this will be the last time. We continue to deceive ourselves though but eventually we realize we need to give into God. “I’m giving in to You.”
The theme of redemption continues in the next song No I Don’t in which Aaron speaks of turning away from the past in the lines “I’m free because you said so / And I’m learning to grow / Because you held my hand / I’m free because you said / Go, keep walking.” This is one of the best songs on the album, although I must say that the transition between Lonely Wheel and it is a bit odd.
It’s at this point where a clear theme first showed itself in the album, obviously Monster Monster is of being sick of who you are. “I have given in / I have lost respect for me / Can this get any worse?” In Lonely Wheel it talks about the struggles of overcoming sin, and in No I Don’t of turning away from our past. This theme carries on with Hands. In it Aaron sings of recognizing all that God offers us “It’s all free and that’s real / It’s all free you said” and he recognizes that he need God in his life “I am the one who needs you.” Hands is a catchy tune driven by a powerful drum beat and gripping guitar riffs. This is one of the most outstanding tracks on the album in my opinion.
The next track, Young Again, is a decent song. It is however a forgettable one and doesn’t stand out much on the album. The following song though is very-well done and is one of the best on the album. On Summer Summer, Aaron delivers some of his best vocals and the guitar riffs and touches of violin really make this track stand out among the others. On Hand Grenade we have an acoustic driven song where things almost seem to take a country twist. It’s another decent track and definitely it stands out on the album.
Books & Books I think would have made a great opening track. It starts out with a pounding drum beat which slowly leads into an amazing guitar line. It makes for a great mid-album jolt to catch your attention again. This is where things start to go downhill for me. The next song, Souls On Ten lyric-wise seems similar to Anberlin’s Haight St. It’s a bit more poppy than rock as well. It’s a good song, but not one that really stands out.
The main guitar riff in Want To seems to be overdone, and seems like a mix between the one from Monster Monster and Lonely Wheel. The next track, Get Through, in my opinion has a mediocre opening, and the melody quickly becomes tiresome. The lyrics for both songs are great, but the music seems to overpower both of them and it greatly takes away from the tracks overall.
Lastly the album closes with one of the best songs. The acoustic song is titled Monster (not to be confused with the opening and title track, Monster Monster) and is very memorable and one that I enjoy a good deal. The melody is a great one which fits the mood of the song and Aaron’s voice superbly. I couldn’t have thought of any better song to end the album with.
So overall I’m going to give this album three and a half stars out of a total five. Overall I would say this is a great album worth buying, but some songs simply weren’t as appealing as they could have been. The Almost have come a long way though since Southern Weather was released back in 2007. I’m sure that things will only continue to improve when the next album comes around. Be sure to keep your eyes out for part 2 of this review, where we review the Deluxe Edition songs!