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Nines And Sixes

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Growing Crooked
We Work
Does It Show
Window Shopping
All You Have
Poster Child
Drinking Song
Goodnight Raddick
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 32:22

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math rock meets emo


This album is a perfect blend of two of my favorite genres of rock music: emo and math rock. There are up-beat punky songs on here as well as intricate guitar riffs and technical drum beats ... a must have for fans of old Get Up Kids, Moneen, or Self-Evident.

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These guys rule


I used to listen to this band religiously. Their amazing. If you don't check them out and u love rock or music in that case...... ur missing out.. a lot. Rock. To the max.

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Takes me back to when I could still rock


It appears that I, just like Mock Orange, have become somewhat of a pussy. Honestly, that's not an insult. I am a fan of all of their albums. However I do think that Mind is Not Brain has some of their best and worse material on it. This album takes me back to a day when I was angst ridden. This is a monstrous record. Pummeling drums, blistering guitar battles, and an energy and emotion that gave emo it's popularity before it became a bad word. These guys are great musicians. These songs are an A.D.D. stricken college boys wet dream, packed with hooks, time changes, and ever changing vocal melodies. Do yourselves a favor and get this record. I assure you will at the very least be blown away by their drummer.

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The third album by Indiana’s Mock Orange shows a rather dramatic leap in accomplishment from their previous two. “Emo,” whatever that tag actually means, is the genre into which Nines & Sixes is placed, but what that tag has traditionally meant is music thick with youthful passion and an uncanny knack for inspiring introspection as well as an intensity that is equal parts lushness and driving. And Mock Orange certainly embrace those qualities with moxie. Sunny Day Real Estate is the obvious primary template here, and the assimilation is complete, yet avoids sounding used, and, in fact, is entirely scintillating in many of the same ways that band is. The playing is aggressively beautiful and propulsive while somehow seeming fragile, able to intricately penetrate small crevices as well as scale mountains. The soundscape aches and seethes and envelopes. Of course, Jeremy Enigk’s vocals are impossible to copy, and Mock Orange doesn’t try, but the band members do come up with their own emotionally drenched, melodically scaling harmonies that at least equal their influence. The trick of this is that Mock Orange doesn’t traffic in lyrics and sentiments that are too painfully emotional/personal to listen to (another general quality of emo), and that allows the listener more access into the music and more leeway once inside it while still retaining the feeling that something delicate is being touched internally, even when the lyrics are obscured. In fact, you could ignore the lyrics and still take a sense of passionate yearning from the music. Songs such as “Does It Show,” “Window Shopping,” and “Paper” are expressive without having to nudge the listener too much with words, to the point that the vocals simply sound like another instrument contributing to rather than conveying the emotional meat of the songs. By the end, the album is so relentless that it runs the risk of exhausting a listener. Even the slower, prettier moments, such as “Goodnight Raddick” with its chiming guitar and cello, is an intense experience. So although the album is wholly, unconditionally beautiful, it may be necessary to take in by the spoonful. – Stanton Swihart

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