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Album Review: LOSER - Mindless Joy

11 February 2020 | 5:01 pm | Taylor Marshall

"[A] great starting point."

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LOSER’s debut release, Mindless Joy, is a great starting point for the Melbourne band but it’s still far from what they can achieve. 

It begins as a beautiful cross of Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins, mixing melancholic guitars with powerfully adamant vocals, and the first two songs, the title track and Get It All Out, are an excellent introduction. Along with lyrics tackling issues of sobriety, Erase Me's instrumentation is beautifully balanced.

The next few tracks, however, feel slightly repetitive, but the tonality shouldn’t be ignored as this album is excellent within its field. Gone feels like a track A Day To Remember would’ve written if they hailed from Australia. Middle Of Nowhere continues the energy with more of vocalist Tim Maxwell's drawn-out notes, which are prominent throughout the whole album, before Dopamine finishes off the 12 tracks with that same energy.

It’s a fair release, but a little more variation throughout the album would go a considerably long way.