Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another Mutemath note

As some of you are no doubt aware, Mutemath originally released their self-titled debut album independently. This version of the album is pretty much perfect, as far as I'm concerned, but when it came time to re-release it on Warner Bros., they messed with it. They truncated some of the longer songs (most notably "You Are Mine," which went from seven minutes to four), added a few inferior tracks from the Reset EP, and removed one song altogether.

It's still a great record, but not as good as the original version. The thing that bugged me the most is the song they removed - "Without It" is just tremendous, and belonged on the record. I wondered aloud at the time whether it would find a home on Mutemath's second album.

Well, the tracklist for Armistice, Mutemath's sophomore effort, was released last week, and "Without It" isn't there. On the one hand, I'm glad. This means the band has grown beyond its old sound, beyond recycling old songs. But on the other hand, this means those who missed the independent release of Mutemath will be, well, without it.

Just to let you know what you're missing, here's a Youtube audio-only clip of "Without It." Such a good song. I hope they give it a wide release someday.

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