Author: Whitney Weiss
5/6/2002 | Movement | www.movementmagazine.com | Album Review
On Mayday's Old Blood, Ted Stephens of Lullaby for the Working Class and two other Lullaby members, Mike and A.J. Mogis, blend organic string instruments such as banjo and guitar with percussive instruments like timpani and vibraphone. The resulting songs, laden with accents of piano and organ, as well as guest vocals, evoke a melancholy feel at times ("Come Home"), while moving in a way all of their own. An interpretation of "Silent Night", with echoing guitar tones which build into distorted guitars and crash cymbals, "Lullaby for the Sleeping Elephant", leaves you wishing that Mayday would stick to a course more like the opener, "Cinquefoils", with perfectly balanced vocals and instrumentation, or the plunked banjos and guitars of "Pilot", which builds as strings are added, resulting in a song that moves slowly, but does not lose the listener or become muddled. An interesting album, but one not without its shortcomings. Old Blood definitely has its moments.