Label: Tooth and Nail Release date: 19/05/09 Website: Buy: Amazon Anyone who was a fan of mewithoutYou’s last release Brothers! Sisters! Which saw the band holding back a little when it came to the frenetic post-hardcore of their previous two albums will be pleased to hear that It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream It's Alright, named after parable 518 in the book The Golden Words of a Sufi Sheikh by Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, it follows on from the new sound they were trying to capture. Doing away with the frenzied guitars and shrieked vocals the new album is mostly lead by acoustic guitar and piano. The band have also roped in all manor of other musicians, including a full orchestra and choir on Goodbye I! . I can see that long time fans may find this news a little disturbing, I was shocked when I first pressed play, but once you get used to the new pace you will see that this is on par with [A->B] life. Vocalist Aaron Weiss is no longer the ranting preacher, he has toned down the screaming/shouting from previous albums completely. Each song is sung with his usual passion but this time every word is crystal clear. The reason for the change in vocal style will become clear when you listen to the lyrics. While mewithoutYou have always been a band that are about telling stories, mostly about God, this time they actually want you to spend the time to listen and digest what they have to say. A lot of the tracks on the album tell stories about animals, on The Fox, The Crow, and The Cookie we hear about a crafty crow and fox who work together in order to steal food from a mean baker, and The King Beetle On A Coconut Estate is all about a Beetle who is also a Dr. When written down these sound a little absurd, but Weiss’ turn of phrase and passion in delivering lines such as “Through mostly vacant streets a baker from the outskirts of this town made his living peddling sweets from a ragged cart he dragged around” really sell the songs. By the final track Allah, Allah, Allah, a song about finding God in everything down to the smallest blade of grass, I found the music so uplifting that I almost started singing along to the chorus as I waked about in the glorious sunshine we are enjoying at the moment. The music is as interesting as ever, and with the addition of violin, horns, piano and orchestra the band have a full, meaty sound which perfectly compliments the tales that are being told. The references to God are still contained within the songs, but they’re never done in a way that is preachy or in your face. They are simply a band who are deeply devoted to their religion, which inspires them to write the music that they do, and thank God. Rating: 8/10 MP3: mewithoutYou - The King Beetle On A Coconut Estate