Moose Blood

I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore

Written by: PP on 20/12/2018 05:15:13

Moose Blood burst out to the scene in a surprisingly meteoric fashion. Debut album "I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time" was a depth-laden piece of emo/post-hardcore with an intense emotional charge paralleling that of Have Mercy on their groundbreaking album, "The Earth Pushed Back", which brought the UK band to the lips of everyone following the scene closely. However, it was the more melodic alternative rock approach on sophomore album "Blush" that really opened doors for the band. By reducing complexity and focusing on simpler sing-along songs about emotions, teenagers were driven to them in droves and today you'll find Moose Blood much higher on festival billings than you might imagine considering how much weaker the record was compared to the debut.

Enter third album "I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore", where the band appears to have learned lessons from its predecessor without changing the sound all too much. It's their brightest and most ambitious record yet, still featuring the mouthwateringly emotional lyricism about heartbreak and relationships as before, but this time the songwriting is leaps and bounds better than it was on "Blush". In that sense, it's a very similar evolution to what Have Mercy completed: drop post-hardcore in favour of sappy emo ballads and alternative rock songs with indie-flavored emo vibes, and success is pretty much guaranteed. But only this time, the songs are catchy and memorable enough to pick up some of the fans that fell off the bandwagon after "Blush".

Yes, you can argue that Moose Blood still doesn't have the same level of depth as they did on their debut. But the songs toy with atmosphere and emotion much in the same manner as The Dangerous Summer or Strange Vacation did, therefore resulting in enjoyable songs, if somewhat cliché when it comes to the emotional lyricism. But then again, that has always been one of the key draws of Moose Blood in the first place.

In the end, "I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore" is a little like "Blush" version two, just with much better songs. It's light, emotional, indie-flavored, and catchy. That's enough to warrant a recommendation from the undersigned, even if we still miss the rough edges and crackling vocals of the debut.

Download: All The Time, Promise Me, Have I Told You Enough, Just Outside
For the fans of: Have Mercy, The Dangerous Summer, Strange Vacation
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Release date 09.03.2018
Hopeless Records

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