by Jenny Harris
The Mowgli’s are best known for producing indie pop music that usually includes both a tambourine and a clap-backing track. Basically this band makes very, very, very happy music, and their third album, Where’d Your Weekend Go, did not stray from this overly optimistic path. Fittingly, the majority of the album is super upbeat and danceable, but there are also two slower songs thrown into the mix. These slower songs, “Arms & Legs” and “Open Energy,” showcase some of The Mowgli’s better songwriting with more nuanced and original lyrics, but also break up the general flow of the album in an awkward way. The rest of the songs revert to the Mowgli’s usual repetitive song structure. These songs are so repetitive and catchy that you know approximately 70% of the lyrics after the first listen. Despite, or perhaps in spite of, a lack of songwriting prowess, these songs are all just plain fun to listen to or to sing at the top of your lungs. The best tracks off the album are “So What,” “Bad Thing,” “Spiderweb,” “Freakin’ Me Out,” and “Monster.” “Spacin Out” is a highlight track that has a jazzy sound and includes a brass section, which is relatively new territory for the band. This album is the Mowgli’s next step in trying to make the world, or at least the world that is made up of indie music listeners, a happier place. Listening to it will certainty put you in a better mood, so in that way, this album is a success.