Record Review: Mister Heavenly

Mister Heavenly
Out of Love
Philadelphia, PA

“Love is torture with a splash of heaven”

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Mister Heavenly’s album, Out of Love, is one that will lift the heart and then smash it to pieces.  Indie veterans Nick Thorburn (Islands/The Unicorns), Ryan Kattner (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), came together to create a collaboration of music that reflects the bands fascination with forbidden romances.

The opening track, “Bronx Sniper,“ sounds different than the rest of the songs that follow it, but that’s not to say the track doesn’t blend with the central theme of the album.  “I shot you down/You never had a chance in hell/I shot you down and I felt no remorse.”  A broken heart resembles wounds that will slowly or instantaneously kill a person.

On the other hand, there is that up-beat doo-wop influenced song, which happens to be the band’s new single, “Pineapple Girl.”  The meaning behind song is dark in contrast to the pleasant sound of the track, and is a reflection of the ill-fated romance of two forbidden lovers.

The instrumental arrangements on the album are somewhat ironic in the sense that the songs leave the listener with a sense of romanticism, rather than the morbid reality of a doomed relationship. The tracks sound heavenly, but in reality, almost every song is about the tortured soul of a man in love. (Sub Pop)

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