Album 0246: Murder By Death – Red Of Tooth And Claw

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Release Date: 2008
Genre: Indie Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Comin’ Home (03:36)
2. Ball & Chain (03:02)
3. Rum Brave (03:06)
4. Fuego! (04:11)
5. Theme (For Ennio Morricone) (02:49)
6. A Second Opinion (03:19)
7. Steal Away (02:05)
8. Ash (03:33)
9. The Black Spot (03:21)
10. ’52 Ford (02:25)
11. Spring Break 1899 (05:56)

Total Length: 37:24

Comin’ Home is an astoundingly good song. It’s got all the fixings of modern indie rock with the added bonus of very distinctive vocals and a cool use of strings, especially cello. It’s an amazing first track. Ball & Chain is a great song as well, and its bridge is so insane that it pushes the song over the top. Rum Brave has a cool intro and the rest of the song holds up well also. Fuego! has some neat vocal moments but it otherwise definitely less interesting than the first few songs.

Theme (For Ennio Morricone) is sort of the band’s take on a western film soundtrack. I’m not too familiar with Morricone’s scores, but I appreciate the notion of this track. A Second Opinion is fairly good. It’s kind of boring but again I have to highlight the vocals. Steal Away is a return to form for me after the past few songs. Lots of cool rhythms in it, I really like it. Ash is great as well, I love the slight buildups and climaxes in it. As usual, the vocals really bring it all together.

The Black Spot has a nice chorus I suppose, but otherwise it’s forgettable. ’52 Ford has a bunch of cool things in it but kind of ends suddenly. Spring Break 1899 is very doo-wop, and remains a really interesting song. The two minute fade out/instrumental is forgiven being the end of the album. This is simply a great indie record, exploring things in a somewhat unique way. There are a few duds on here, but the fantastic songs make up for those pretty well.

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