Moose Blood – ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore’ (Album Review)
In music, authenticity is synonymous with honesty – and Moose Blood are the real deal. Although emo is rarely my thing, these guys are an exception. A good song is a good song, no matter what genre you might choose to sort it into.
I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore is, naturally, packed with solid songs inspired by a period during which Moose Blood were collectively tested to their professional limits. Have I Told You Enough showcases the kind of confidence that can only be earned, not faked. It’s a strong single, and a clear indication of better things to come.
“If there’s any justice in the world, this will not be Moose Blood’s swan song”
Earliest advance cut Talk In Your Sleep addresses a perennial musician issue – tour-induced absence and related relationship problems – and latest A-side Just Outside gets a boost thanks to some cathartic backing vocals and on point harmonies. From here until closing track and fourth single It’s Too Much, we’re in B-side territory. This is where albums either come into their own, or prove to be filler-laden and ripe for cherry-picking.
With mournful, regretful, struggle-fuelled vibes already set up in advance, You Left In The Worst Way continues Moose Blood’s winning streak. Despite some great hooks, All The Time feels like it could have done with some extra aggression, but in a live environment it’ll doubtless get the extra energy it needs. Can We Stay Like This boasts some standout drumming; Pull Me From The Floor sees bassist Kyle Todd summon up some meaty tones; and Walk All Day With You demands you listen to it on headphones, tuning into the deepest subtleties and repeating a few times just to re-experience them.
By the time Such A Shame and Promise Me come around, I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore starts to feel predictable – but the end is near anyway, and Promise Me does contain an epic tremolo-picked solo section. Then It’s Too Much brings Moose Blood’s difficult third album to an end with, for my money, their best song ever.
Saving the best for last feels appropriate – and if there’s any justice in the world, this will not be Moose Blood’s swan song.
LTK RATING: 83%
I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore drops March 9; pre-order it on iTunes here.
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