Review by Greg Cutler for ArtsEarth
It’s been quite a while since I sat down and listened to an entire album in its entirety. Usually, I get distracted or I get bored and distract myself with something else. Michael Mazochi’s new album, The Cold War was not like that. When I got to the end, I was sorry it was over.
The lyrics are powerful, Michael’s singing is enchanting, but what really got me was the arrangements and extra nuances of sound that were introduced in each song. This is not a hard rocking album, but it is definitely rock. I’m sure I’m not the first to liken Michael’s voice to the great Tom Petty. I heard some Roy Orbison (he’ll probably be thrilled to hear this), David Bowie, and even a little Sonic Youth and The Pixies in there. The lyrics convey a longing for home, but also the need to keep rambling on. There is a push and pull. His guitar work is fantastic. The subtle addition of Maxwell Butler’s organ and piano are superbly integrated.
There are a few songs about going blind. We can all relate to the feelings of anxiety it conjures. This is an age of anxiety, but what age isn’t? We are doomed, but there is hope. There is some heartache, some politics, and some sadness. Right when you want to crawl into a hole and die, there a few upbeat jams that get your pulse pumping again. Right after “If I go Blind” is “Because It’s Love”. You’ll see. The whole thing has a solidly produced, but not overly so.