Review: Moose Blood – ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’

Moose Blood, originating from England, is hitting it big in the U.S. with their upcoming release I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, out via No Sleep Records. We’ve all learned over the years that the U.K. produces some great rock bands of all types and Moose Blood is no exception. This album is a perfect fall album that will having you feeling all kinds of emotions.

The first track, “Cherry,” begins with a fairly slow tempo and heavy lyrics. “I was young and irresponsible” is a line we can all relate to at one point or another. In some cases that might bring back some good memories, but in this song, it doesn’t. The solemn vibe will pretty much immediately have you feeling sad. However, “Anyway” comes on next and really picks up the tempo. You can bob your head more easily to this song, and I found it to be one of the catchier songs on the album. From these first two songs alone, you can feel the angst, which continues throughout the album.

Even if the situations in the songs aren’t exactly what you’ve experienced, chances are there is something for everyone to relate to on this album. With this being the bands first full length, I was overwhelmingly impressed. The band only formed in 2012, but I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time makes it sound like these guys have been around for a decade. There’s a high intensity with the album and it’s brutally honest. Honesty seems to make some of the best lyrics come out.

“Swim Down” might be the catchiest song on the album. The melody, lyrically and musically, is fantastic. Out of all of the songs on the album, this one just stuck with me. It seems like every time I hear a great debut full-length, another one comes out that just blows my mind and that’s exactly what Moose Blood accomplished with this album. It closes with “I Hope You’re Miserable,” which is quite the blunt title, isn’t it? It’s not quite as much of a ballad as “Cherry” is, but it hits hard. I don’t think they could have picked a better song to close out the album. No question, I’ll be having this album on play a whole lot during the fall and would highly suggest you give it a listen, too.

~Deanna Chapman