Album Review: Mutemath, “Vitals”

Mutemath has released their fourth full length album, “Vitals”. It’s probably their riskiest, but most authentic album yet.

It’s quite an accomplishment for a band to have a musical tenure as advanced as theirs–especially in today’s world of alternative music. From their 2006 debut eponymous album all the way to Odd Soul‘s release in 2011, the band has gained traction instead of exhausting it. This time around, Mutemath recognized that “Vitals” had to be more than just a new record. Mutemath produced “Vitals” all on their own, without a major label, manager, or producer to steer their direction. “Vitals” embodies the essence of Mutemath in a raw way we haven’t experienced before.

An independent album gave lead singer Paul Meany the freedom to write some of his most transparent songwriting yet. His talents shine brightest in the following tracks:

  • “All I See”: finding beauty in the wonder of the world, both big and small
  • “Composed”: being afflicted with panic attacks and finding ways to cope
  • “Used To”: following up from “Composed” and cutting out a dangerous relationship
  • “Remain”: a soft anthem about never giving up, featuring Meany’s incredible falsetto.

Throughout the album, there’s hints of the old Mutemath than fans have grown fond of. Synthesizers and swelling hooks remain throughout the album. “Vitals” carries an optimistic vibe throughout its entirety despite some of its darker material. In a statement to Consequence of Sound, “Hope is vital. It happens from finding a way to believe something great still lies ahead.”