CD Review: Midwest Powerpop from Mooner – Masterpiece
There’s a great deal to like about the new full-length from Mooner entitled Masterpiece. While the title may be a little presumptuous, this is Midwest power pop of the highest order.
When I heard the opening chords of the first song, “Shapeshifter”, I knew this was gonna be a good one. The chiming guitars and angular nature of the song may remind one of another favorite, The Tripwires. “Masterpiece”, the title track, is instantly irresistible with its perfectly placed keyword flourishes and a melody you’ll be humming well after your initial listen. And the best is yet to come.
The chunky guitars in“Dream” carry the listener throughout this incredibly engaging piece. The chiming guitars and killer hook in “Anytime” make this an instant favorite, too. “Alison” is another mid-tempo powerpop gem you won’t be able to ignore. Even the slower tempo numbers like “To Be Held” work well and the alt country (sorta) feel of”I’ll Be a Writer” is a pleasant digression.
Mooner definitely shows their Midwest influences as you’ll hear hints of Cheap Trick, The Raspberries and Shoes. In fact, after listening to Masterpiece, I felt compelled to pull out some of the great powerpop LPs from yesteryear and give them another spin. Albums like 92 Degrees‘ 92 Degrees, The Beatifics’ How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Material Issue’s Freak City Soundtrack. Next time you hear someone complain that no one makes good records anymore, point them toward Mooner’s Masterpiece. Buy it HERE.