I should probably start off saying I am really not trying to deliberately be a bitch here and I’m being as polite as possible. True Moon‘s self titled album just fails to grab me. It’s not that bad, but it’s not that good. It’s just a bit… Meh. I can see what they’re trying to do but to me, it’s nothing special. I listened to it once and had absolutely no desire to listen to it again. It’s happened to me before where I’ve not dug a bands album on my first listen so I tried and tried again but still, nadda. No goosebumps, no foot tapping, no finger drumming, nothing.
However credit where credit is due. Karolina Engdahl‘s voice is eerily beautiful and I would probably hire her to sing my toddler to sleep if that was a service she’d provide. While the megaphone effect on her vocals overstays it’s welcome (literally every song) and makes me wonder what she’s hiding, I still think she’s wasting her talent on what could be something really special.
I can here inspiration from 80/90s English rock bands like Joy Division and The Cure, and while they’re perhaps two of my favourite all time bands, I emphasise: It’s. Nothing. New. I’ve heard it before and I’ll no doubt hear it again. The best song on the album is the first track Voodoo, then it’s just a steady flow of thorough averageness. It’s probably just the metal head in me that has no interest in True Moon. Perhaps if I was more into “dark pop” (aka pop) I’d feel different. But it’s just so pretentious (the band is called True Moon, the album is called True Moon and they have a song called True Moon for fucks sake) and I instantly lose interest in anything that thinks it’s bigger than it is.
I’ll say it again, True Moon isn’t what I’d call bad but I won’t be listening to it again any time soon and I won’t be going out of my way to listen to True Moon (am I talking about the band, the album or the song? You decide). But the last thing I’d want to do is discourage. If they love what they do and have a solid fan base then who am I to say it’s shit?