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Album Review: I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time by Moose Blood

UK emo punks Moose Blood released their debut album I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time last week and with it they lived up to the hype and produced one of 2014s best debut albums.

They may have a hardcore background, but this album shows none of that genre. Assured and composed, it’s an affecting album from the start – punchy and heartfelt lyrics make you fall in love instantly. There are big hooks in abundance and the melodies – especially in ‘I Hope You’re Missing Me’ are simply superb.

Opener ‘Cherry’ is a slow burner; the vocals suck you in with their frankness and emotional attachment. You get an early feeling that this is going to be something special. The big churning guitars, give way to some lovely melodies in ‘Anyway’ before ‘I Hope You’re Missing Me’ marks an early high point of the album. You’ll want to listen to it on repeat. The vocal is wrought with angst and emotion, some excellent guitars lead you into the chorus and after one listen you’ll have your fist in the air belting it out at the top of your lungs.

Both ‘Chin Up’ and ‘Boston’ are wonderfully accessible punk tracks. It takes much of the sound from the American emo scene without going into dangerous Fall Out Boy territory. ‘Gum’ is an exceptional track. Instantaneously rooting itself into your head, it’s ridiculously catchy and lyrically it will strike a chord with any sensitive soul.

There are no weak tracks within I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time. Every single track contains meaty hooks and emotive lyrics. It’s emo done with aplomb. ‘Pups’ has the catchy guitar licks, while ‘Swim Down’ has the perfect build ups and explosive chorus that demonstrate why it’s already such a fan favourite. ‘Bukowski’ and ‘Kelly Kapowski’ lead the album in fine style towards the fantastic album closer ‘I Hope You’re Miserable’ – it encapsulates the whole mood of the album perfectly while adding a kind of 90s feel to proceedings.

I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time shows Moose Blood as being one of the UKs hottest exports (as recent their recent tour with Balance & Composure and Sea Haven would testify to). It’s a superb debut album full of big hooks, fantastic melodies and emotionally charged lyrics. It packs a serious punch and you’d be fool not to jump on the Moose Blood bandwagon before it takes off in 2015.

AD rating 8.5/10

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