His presence is thoroughly felt throughout the album's ten tracks, especially on "Kept Down" and "Shout If You Know," on which Brown produces material that could easily find itself on a Metric album, making their sound stadium-ready by adding multiple levels of pop-rock sheen. First single and album opener "Get Out The Way" makes a strong declaration of the direction the band has decided to take, and its accompanying video betrays the fact that the five-piece clearly has its eyes set on a higher level of stardom than they've experienced thus far. Songs like "Modern Love" and the album's titular track are obvious bids at becoming a "big Canadian band."
While this new polished sound may not be to everyone's liking, and sometimes distracts from some interesting material — such as the stripped-back album closer "Alone And Sublime" — Very Good Bad Thing will almost certainly help Mother Mother's steadily rising profile. (Universal)