Mikal Cronin // MCIII

Category:  Music Reviews
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 9:37 AM
Mikal Cronin // MCIII by Alex Bieler

Mikal Cronin

MCIII

Merge

4/5 stars

Back in 2013, Mikal Cronin released one of the Reader’s top albums of that year. Of course, heavy praise leads to high expectations, but Cronin’s latest album MCIII mostly lives up to them. The layered, melodic glory that made MCII a joy to listen to immediately makes its presence known on opening track “Turn Around,” a gem of a song that’s just made for summer drives with the windows down. Much of MCIII follows the same path, pumping out sonically-pleasing nuggets one after the other, similar to the album’s predecessor. Really, the biggest issue with MCIII is that it doesn’t carry quite the same weight as MCII, although that’s mainly because the MCII was really good and not because MCIII is a sonic slouch. Cronin’s latest album may not reach the same soaring heights as his 2013 offering, but it still has plenty of sunny, pop-rock punch to make it a success. — Alex Bieler

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