Album Review: Goodnight Monday Night - The Monday Nights
Written By: Jordan Coaker
The latest release from The Monday Nights, titled Goodnight Monday Night, is beautifully crafted and methodic. The 9 tracks have a sense of familiarity with catchy hooks, acoustic grooves, and nitty gritty guitar solos, but somehow with every listen you can hear something entirely new. Generally in order to create something familiar to everyone you've got to follow a tried and tested equation. I think what's so special about The Monday Nights, especially this album, is that they manage to achieve this familiarity while throwing everything tried and tested out the window.
Purposely out of key guitar solos and out of time percussion are just some of the non-conventional methods used by the guys. Each member of The Monday Nights has the musical prowess to show off at any time but the simplicity of many of the songs makes the individual moments shine. The almost two minute solo in Map in my Hands stands out as one of the highlights of the album, where the guys really show off, growing in complexity until it's almost bottom falling out ending.
Lead singer Kalem Mahoney's distinct vocals are both soothing and powerful so that each individual song, whether rocking or ballad, is served with the right approach. The songwriting itself delves into metaphors of changing seasons and relationship difficulties. The line "Like a train leaving the station delays hang ups and complications sometimes..." is just one of the many parallels drawn about human interaction. The songwriting is reminiscent of work by Bob Segar and the Silver Bullets, and is enhanced through their live show. Overall, this album is an excellent piece of art and the perfect company for all your summer driving.