Make Do And Mend – Part and Parcel
I don’t have to tell you some folks at SWNK love Make Do And Mend’s End Measured Mile a whole lot. So expectations were high for any new MDAM release. Maybe too high.
Part and Parcel is a six song accoustic ep featuring some of the best tracks of End Measured Mile as well as a cover of Touche Amore’s Home Away From Here. In itself none of the songs aren’t really all that bad but compared with the versions we all know (and came to love) they just lack a whole lot of intensity.
When you compare Part and Parcel with the accoustic tracks on Defeater’s Empty Days And Sleepless Nights the difference in quality is way too big. Where the Defeater tracks actually add something to the band, the accoustic songs by MDAM come off ass lesser efforts.
Make Do And Mend stripped down their songs to the bare essentials and in the end that just doesn’t seems to be good enough. The only exception here is Coats, the song that was also on the Mixed Signals compilation. Coats features more instruments and percussion, making it a lively accoustic track. Closing song Untitled isn’t bad either, but I think the song would get more recognisition in a non-accoustic version.
Ofcourse Part and Parcel is a must have for real Make Do And Mend fans, and the artwork alone is reason enough to give this ep a place on your shelf. The question however remains if you will listen to it a lot or decide to go for End Measured Mile again. For me it would be that second choice.
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I’m in doubt if I will check this out… I really like MDAM, but with reviews like this… I always feel that acoustic albums are hit or miss albums (and unfortunately usually it’s a miss…).
Most of the tracks are available for listening on the MDAM facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/makedoandmendband?sk=app_178091127385
Personally, i really enjoyed listening to these songs. Especially the vocals sound way better to me than many of the million punk bands jumping on the acoustic wagon.
Leaves me wondering: why compare this to Defeater?
Riekus I compared it to Defeater because both bands share a member, both bands are part of ‘The Wave’ and both bands have released really good full lengths the past year(s) as well as accoustic songs.
I don’t like it at all. Maybe I should give it another chance (and I will, since I preordered and will receive the record shortly) but when I hear Ghostal, Unknowlingly Strong or Transparant Seas, I really miss the feeling the End Measured Mile versions give me.
They changed the rythm, flow, vibe and pace of the songs so much they hardly qualify as accoustic versions of album tracks. They are basicly new songs with lyrics of songs you love and know by heart.
Would this have been an e.p. with all new original songs, I probably would be a lot more forgiving. But this just doesn’t do it for me.
I do agree that Untitled and Coats are by far the best songs on the e.p.
But I guess were alone in this Rold, I’ve only read raving reviews so far.
I don’t like it at all. It sounds to me they’ve raped their tracks (although maybe a bit harsh) and I don’t think the vocals sound good.