Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Mysteries of Life|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
On their second album, the Mysteries of Life accomplish a remarkable feat: every song sounds instantly familiar and immediately hummable. It's almost as if Jake Smith were channeling some ancient pop tunes from the collect... more »
On their second album, the Mysteries of Life accomplish a remarkable feat: every song sounds instantly familiar and immediately hummable. It's almost as if Jake Smith were channeling some ancient pop tunes from the collective unconscious, and what makes the whole thing doubly special is that, even after repeated listens, the songs still sound fresh. Though individual songs are a little less memorable than on the band's debut, Keep a Secret, there are still plenty of winners here: the earnest pleading of "Kiss Me Goodnight," the sweetly rendered heartache of "Wish You Well," the revenge-minded "Your Face Betrays You," even the haunting, Howard Jones-ish ballad "That's How Strong My Love Is." It's not just the melodies that make the Mysteries of Life one of the best pure pop bands around--it's their ability to convey a full spectrum of emotion while keeping your head nodding. --Randy Silver
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Not Quite a "Secret"
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 11/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Indiana-based The Mysteries of Life followed up their amazing Vulgar Boatmen-esque debut album "Keep a Secret" with a sophomore effort, "Come Clean," which is not quite a strong but still has some very fine moments. The Mysteries are a pure guitar pop rockers unfortunately laboring in a era dominated by grunge, boy bands and shock rappers. Nevertheless, few artists are able to produce songwriting hooks so effectively.The albums high point is "Kiss Me Goodnight," which is a dead ringer for The Vulgar Boatmen. Other standouts include "Let it Slip," "Year Ago Today," and "Tell Me." Though there are not as many standouts as on the debut album, there are no outright clunkers either. Overall, a strong sophomore effert from an overlooked band that deserves a much wider audience."
Come Clean/Mysteries of Lide
Steve Renard | Seattle, WA | 06/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD immediately gets your attention! Their unmistakable melodramatic sound is such a fresh change. The songs are well thought out and nicely done. I especially like "Your face betrays you" as it easily relates to everyone that has been there/felt that. Come Clean, the opening and title track is a great opener. This is the type of CD that you would want to put on, open the windows and just take in that lazy sunny weekend. You won't be disappointed."
Why on Earth arn't they famous?
Steve Renard | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually I know why. They're music isn't a fast as some would like it. Even so, Downhill, Tell Me, Let It Slip and Fingerprint are incredibly good. All the songs grow on you after repeated listenings. It is only a matter of time before they break it big."