The M's The M's

Standing out in the Chicago music scene is quite an achievement and that’s exactly what the M’s managed to do with their debut EP. Now looking to take on the world, that EP has been expanded to a full-length album and the M’s are a band who wear their influences on their sleeves, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who they might be. It would be great if they had the good sense to worship at the altar of the Kinks and T-Rex, but at times it feels more like they are trying their utmost to mimic Blur circa-Parklife and some generic glam rock band instead, and that isn’t quite so impressive. With four songwriters, however, there is just enough variety to make the anticipation for each subsequent song high enough to keep listeners interested until the end. Unfortunately, more often than not, they just don’t deliver. Perhaps it has something to do with some members’ previous stints in jam bands, but many songs lack the precision needed to write a good pop song. Considering the material was supposed to be released as a series of EPs, there is too much filler to make this the sparkling debut album that the band sometimes suggest they are capable of making. The first half is much stronger than the second, almost as if they just ran out of ideas. Hopefully they’ll get a few new ones before they head back into the studio again. (Brilliante)