As someone who has enjoyed the odd release from Moose Blood in the past, I was excited to really delve into a full album of theirs for review purposes. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore dropped on the 9th but since my first listen, I’ve pretty much listened to it non stop.
I’m a big fan of pop punk so to be welcomed by some typical pop punk traits in the first track (Haven’t I Told You Enough) of the album – Haven’t I Told You Enough – is the telltale sign that this album is a winner. Eddy Brewerton has the vocals most modern bands pray for – though there’s a lot of talent on the scene right now, quite few voices really live up to the same level as legends like Tom Delonge or Patrick Stump. Though Eddy’s voice is fresh and new, it doesn’t have the distinctive twang or the typical American vocals often found on such releases. Yet, it still stands out.
What’s great about this album is that no matter what your mood – sad, heartbroken, happy, in love etc – there’s always a song that’s going to relate to you and there’s always a time to give this release a listen.
Talk In Your Sleep is subtly romantic with lyrics like ‘I miss hearing you talk in your sleep’ and ‘no one took my eyes off you girl’ which I love, although many of the songs are related to heartache and heartbreak.
Brewerton spoke about what the album was for fans, commenting that “We want people to take what they need for their lives from this record,” which I think sums up the album nicely. I could relate to songs like You Left In The Worst Way when I was sad, Can We Stay Like This made me feel positive for the future (which is essentially what the album is about also, the band coming to terms and pulling through the struggles that come with such a career choice), and Promise Me just made me feel really happy as I sung along to it.
The final track of the album, It’s Too Much is emotional and driven, making sure to wrath that final bit of emotion from the listener before the release is over. It’s the final opportunity for this band to really prove their worth and boy do they deliver. It’s almost heartbreaking and I couldn’t have picked a better final track.
With melodic guitar riffs and stand out beats, this album has typical pop punk written all over it. Yet it doesn’t blend into other releases of the same genre without much to say for itself. It stands out, and that’s not easy to do with the state of rock music currently.
As a whole though I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore is a complex but fun release that showcases the talent of the band. It has something for everyone, ensuring that one listen is bound to turn any listeners into fans.
Moose Blood are sure to draw in new fans with this release that offers something for everyone.