Unlike the debut album, which is composed of a variety of songs that drift back and forth between tones and moods, Mouthful Of Graffiti seems to be grouped into something of an A-Side and B-Side. The A-Side is filled with heavier tracks full of powerful drumming, thick guitar riffs, and insanely catchy choruses. Songs such as the opener, “Fits Of Rage”, “This Is A Warning”, and the behemoth of “Come, Destroyer!” lay waste to the unsuspecting listener. The use of synthesized guitars and keys add a sinister atmosphere and depth to that final mention, making me feel as though it would be a perfect fit for end of the world movie soundtracks. The B-Side of the album cuts back the heaviness in favor of flavor. The beginning of the second half consists of great moody songs before going into the final two tracks entitled “Take Me” and “Eclipse”. The former harnesses the feel of a bluesy 1950's tune, drawing the vocals back in the mix and compressing them. Throw in an obvious punk-rock attitude and style with risque lyrics and you have a pleasantly unique song. The final song of the album begins with a meaty riff before it slides into a jazzy, lounge music vibe. It relaxes the listener wonderfully, allowing them to wind down from the musical adventure they've embarked upon and simply be carried by the soaring harmonized vocal melodies and horns.
It would be too hasty for me to say which album I think is better, but I must admit that the freshness in listening to the new album gives it the edge for me at the moment. Both records are filled with great songs, fantastic melodies and hooks, and a great deal of diversity – though the recent release groups that diversity into tighter clumps than the debut chose to do. Brad Cox continues to impress me with his songwriting abilities and the intensity he instills in each moment that's been captured, such that even the more relaxed moments are filled with emotion. We Love The Underground is undoubtedly one of the best hard rock bands to emerge in the last few years and Mouthful Of Graffiti showcases exactly why that is.