Elliot Baker finds himself surrounded by the multi-faceted talent of Queen Moo as he indulges in their album, Mean Well.

I think that Aristotle would have liked Mean Well by Queen Moo.

When Aristotle wrote his lynchpin of dramatic writing, Poetics, he stipulated that the core of drama was the plot, and everything else was subservient. Simply – we don’t care about characters, we care about what HAPPENS to them.

I can’t think of a better description for Mean Well. While the emotional narrative of the album may not always be entirely clear, something is most definitely ALWAYS happening.

To explain – Queen Moo’s music sounds like what the cover of their album looks like. Posted above, we have a cowboy, an angel, a greaser, and a mummified man all situated within a few inches of each other. It’s not so much the differences between the songs that stand out on this work, but rather the differences within the songs. On What It Comes To, we experience roughly five different tempo changes over the course of 1:47.

Ultimately, what we’re concerned with will be: does it work?
Absolutely.

Make no mistake, these are musicians with a remarkable amount of control. Whenever it feels like the melodies are careening towards the cacophonous you can trust them to get the songs back on track. While often through a change in tempo, they also aren’t afraid to employ radical stylistic shifts. This simple device gives the album astonishing replay value – it feels new every single time. Even the tracks where they keep it simple and mellow it all out such as album namesake Mean Well feel fresh and invigorating.

It’s hard not to be charmed by these fellows. While I doubt the word “Aristotelian” has been used to compliment a group of musicians before, I think that makes it all the more appropriate for the pioneering Queen Moo.

★★★★☆

Mean Well by Queen Moo will be available from August 25th.