Review: Gob, “Muertos Vivos”

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A huge departure from the sound that got them to where they were. Very polar in nature; the first half and second half sound like they’re part of two albums. The first is a heavy affair where all of the songs can sort of blend together, and doesn’t produce much memorable fare outside of “We’re All Dying.” The second half of this album, though, is a huge step forward, both in lyrical quality and musical maturity. There’s an emotional depth here that didn’t exist on “Foot in Mouth Disease.” If that album was Gob’s “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket,” this one is their untitled blink-182 album—the lead single is a call to action, there are familiar elements buried in new musical territory, and the back end offers the most interesting work.

Recommended: “Banshee Song,” “18,” “Wake Up”

Rating: 3.5/5

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