Cronin has always known his way around a melody, but on MCIII, he's refined it to a needle's point and woven that skill throughout a collection of immaculately written songs. Opener "Turn Around" swoops beautifully into its longing pre-chorus, "Feel Like" hops around innovative chord structures with ease and "I've Been Loved" beguiles with a melody that feels simple despite its dynamism and relative complexity. This is all amplified on the record's second side, a miniature concept LP that tells the tale of Cronin's musical turning point a decade ago, in which the lyrics, moods and music all complement the narrative.
It's a feat of musical arrangement and of lyricism, sure, but in essence, it's the songwriting on MCIII that really makes it such an achievement. (Merge)