Must – Andryogynous Jesus

Release Date: April 9, 2002
Reviewed by Vin Cherubino

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from newcomer Must out of Wind-up Records. I’ve never been disappointed in a wind-up band before and wasn’t about to be disappointed this time either. I popped the CD in to my stereo, and got a nice little surprise that put a smile on my face. One of my favorite bands of all time is Soundgarden, and when I heard the song “Heartbreaker” I couldn’t believe how much Must sounded like them. Must puts out a solid rock sound while throwing some great acoustic work into the mix. Singer Dave Ireland sounds like Chris Cornell at some points, but he has his own character and style which is unique and welcome to all rock fans out there. The lighter guitar work on the album is very soothing and very well orchestrated. Having members from different parts of the world adds to the exceptional sound that they attain (it actually sounds somewhat English, and somewhat like U2).

The highlights of the CD are “Rust”, “Freechild”, “One Night Stand”, “Odyssey” and “Heartbreaker”. Actually, the highlight of the CD is the whole CD itself. I found myself listening all the way through intently waiting for another song. As a fan of much heavier music, I must say that the CD caught me completely off guard. It takes that extra something for me to be interested in a lighter rock sound, and Must was able to pull it off. I highly recommend this CD to anyone. Not only is it radio friendly, but it has that type of sound that just about anyone can tolerate, regardless of favorite genres.

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