Monster Monster, The Almost's sophomore project, certainly shows Gillespie's incredible musical talent, but still has lyrics that are "lacking." With Southern Weather, I found most of the lyrics to be somewhat poor (I am still a huge fan of "Amazing Because It Is," but I honestly don't like the verse lyrics). On the new project, Gillespie's lyrics are, sadly, still only mediocre. I think one of the biggest problems with the lyrics is the extreme use of repetition. "Monster Monster" has a double of almost every line in the chorus. (Just think of the titles: “Monster Monster,” “Summer Summer,” “Books and Books,” etc.)
On the other hand, the music itself is excellent. Gillespie's vocals make it possible to ignore the questionable lyrics. He has such a phenomenal voice. Some songs that showcase his skill (the best) are "No I Don’t," "Want To," and "Summer Summer." The drumming is very good (it turns out Aaron did the drumming - the band didn't have a drummer while recording) and the album has sporadic guitar solos.
Gillespie's second attempt at writing his own music is not bad. The lyrics certainly need improvement, but the music makes up for them. If you enjoyed Southern Weather, or like rock with talented vocals, you will probably enjoy Monster Monster.
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