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State Your Intention
Roaming Gnome Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Let me start by saying that State Your Intention is hardly a bad record.

But it's not exactly an excellent one either.

Mother have intelligent lyrics (albeit a bit goofy at times) and impressive musicianship to boot. Tim Macauley's vocals are strong and aid in defining Mother's easily identified alt-rock sound. But nothing about this record gives me the warm fuzzies.

That's right. I said warm fuzzies. State Your Intention just doesn't get me. The cold, seemingly futuristic overtones turn me away, seeking comfort. The ability for goodness and greatness is there, Mother just don't pull you in, instead choosing to keep you at arms length. Their sound, despite the name, is as comforting as an angry step-mom instead of the genuine article.

I was also sent a two-track demo disc including "Salutations" and "Powderkeg" and I have to say that these songs are better than most tracks on State Your Intention, "Powderkeg" being the best with it's wailing guitar should be a definite keeper for the band. However despite lyrics from these songs like "This is what humanity is" and business about things "echoing with love," Mother still come off as standoffish. And that may be their un-stated intention, but music's greatest power is it's ability to connect people, and I, for one, can't fathom intentionally putting that to waste.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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