May 23, 2014
So, with the release of The Righteous and the Butterfly and my lackluster response to it has inspired me to revisit founding member and frontman Jeffrey Nothing's solo release, The New Psychodalia. Granted, it may take some time for he new Mushroomhead to grow on me, but I am really not so sure. On the other hand, Nothing's solo release is a solid album that is worth a few spins on its own.
Jeffrey Nothing has a very distinctive vocal style and is one of the reasons I fell in love with Mushroomhead in the first place. With a solo album, it had to be a challenge for hi to craft songs that were different enough from his main band to warrant the artistic excursion, but not go to far as to turn away the built in fan base. The end result is an album that definitely fits the bill.
The New Psychodalia is a solid album, one that puts Nothing's voice at he forefront. Where he splits vocal duties with either J-Mann or Waylon on the Mushroomhead albums, here the weight rests fully on his shoulders. His odd style steps up and takes control from the opening tracks "Dear Departed" and "Sin 'O Cism" through odd excursions like "Mnemerator" on through slower tunes such as "Psychodalia" and "Time."
It really is a good album that covers a lot of different ground. It showcases the considerable skills of Nothing, allowing him to stretch and show off some more of his personality and unique style. It is a good alternative to The Righteous and the Butterfly. This solo album is not quite the letting loose of the darkness inside of Mushroomhead that it could have been, but it remains a solid experimental journey into the more bizarre and incoherent elements that make Mushroomhead so enjoyable. There is no one more suited to embark on such am exercise than this esteemed member of the band's vocal tandem.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 5/23/2014 10:24:00 AM
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.