Mother Mother - O My Heart
Almost entirely unknown in this part of the world, if there's any justice in the world the tides will turn for Vancouver based five piece Mother Mother with the belated European release of their second studio album. With full bodied harmonies and instantly captivating melodies, it'll take all your bodily willpower to keep from bopping on the spot where you stand. Though grounded by a conventional guitar/bass/keyboard setup, the Canadians introduce soft brass to slow, reflective number 'Try To Change', frantic, stabbing strings to the self-loathing 'Body', and a saloon style breakdown to bouncy ode to destruction 'Wrecking Ball'. Key changes are executed with natural flair and ease, helped along by the pair of contrasting yet complimentary female voices (one a cutesy, nasal wisp of a voice, the other a pop diva bawl worthy of X Factor stardom) that back Ryan Guldemond's lead vocals.
One of the best things about Mother Mother is their nonsensical sense of humour. With lyrics often tongue in cheek or just plain silly; they range from the sublime to the ridiculous. On 'Wisdom' they proclaim, "I wanna trade my dimwits in for tits", while 'Hayloft' takes on the character of a girl warning her lover to run from her gun wielding father. If the music weren't so damn good, it might all seem like some sort of farcical novelty act. As it stands, 'O My Heart' is a hugely enjoyable, light-hearted and strangely enduring listen. There are very few records in the world this shamelessly addictive. Buy it, and then try and turn it off. Just try.
Review by Jenny Mulligan | 09:00 | Friday 28th May 2010 | Album Review
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