Boston’s own Mpathy lights up the current independent musician charts with his passionate and honest album The Golden Boy. An album that aims at showcasing the heartfelt thoughts and emotions that run deep throughout the band. The lead singer sounds in many ways like a cross between Geddy Lee of RUSH and Davey Havok of AFI. The music has a very 80’s synthetic pop sound meets punk sound, and it is very catchy right from the start.
The opening track Verity sums up what this band is all about with its roots so deep in electronica. The vocals are stripped down and meaningful, and the lyrics are straight and to the point.
Moving on throughout the album the songs range from slower ballads to faster ballads, there doesn’t seem to be much in between the idea of heartbreak and tough times, which I am sure many people can relate to.
The current single The Golden Boy is the best choice for a song to be showcased. It is a combination of interesting story telling, catchy drum beats and nice production. It carries on with the now expected emotional outpouring of a man with some regrets about some of life’s harder choices.
The album as a whole is a bit too stripped down at some points and bit too self-indulgent in its lyrics song after song. It feels more like an album meant to be heard by a specific someone rather than everyone. I think if you are feeling introspective, a bit melancholy and are enjoying a morning coffee, this might be the album for you. That being said, this won’t be the album you run to when you wake up in love and feeling as if the world is not pushing you around.
A solid emotional effort and worth a listen though.
Written By: Ryan Donnelly