Neil Cicerega - Mouth Moods (review)
Neil Cicierega is a content creator on YouTube, Tumblr and Soundcloud. Mouth Moods is his third mashup album under his name, Mouth Moods is the third and final album in the Mouth trilogy, being a prequel to Mouth Silence, and a sequel to Mouth Sounds. Needlessly complicated. Yes. Why? Because it’s funny.
Those familiar with memes are aware of Soundclowns. This album is a collection of those. Mashups that shouldn’t work, but they do. They work hilariously well. For Neil, this album is different. There’s a lot more samples. Such as the opening track, ‘The Starting Line’. Hilarious choices of samples from Foo Fighters, Smash Mouth, Barenaked Ladies make a great introduction to as rollercoaster of emotions. The track ‘Dear Dinosaur’ is a mashup of The Beatles’ ‘Dear Prudence’ and Was (Not Was) ‘Walk The Dinosaur’, featuring a sample of the opening narration from Super Mario Bros. The film. Not any of the games. The awful film. Nightmare fuel.
The following track though is perhaps Neil Cicierega’s magnum opus. ‘Annoyed Grunt’ is centred around the theme song (and grunts) from Tim Allen’s Home Improvement. It’s mashed up with the following: Disturbed’s ‘Down With The Sickness’, Annie Lennox’s ‘No More I Love You’s’, Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’, Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summer Time’, M.I.A’s ‘Paper Planes’, Korn’s ‘Freak on a Leash’, Third Eye Blind’s ‘Semi-Charmed Life’, Rammstein’s ‘Du hast’, Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ and Van Halen’s ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’. Other samples include, Larry King Live, The Simpsons, Austin Powers, Mario Paint and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. It sounds a mess but I can guarantee you that it’s ingenious.
Neil Cicerega has started restructuring songs. For example, ‘Bustin’ is a complete reconstruction of Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters. Changing the lyrical meaning from catching ghosts to being a song about… well… “Bustin’ makes me feel good”. ‘Tiger’ is another example, where Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ is rewritten to be about Tigers. Featuring samples of Tony the Tiger.
Another highlight is ‘T.I.M.E’, a mashup of ‘Time’ by Hanz Zimmer and ‘Y.M.C.A’ by Village People. It turns the wedding dance anthem to a powerful, emotional monologue from gay man to another, recommending he gets support from the local Y.M.C.A. It’s not just that it’s funny, but it’s incredible.
Fans of the ‘Mouth’ Albums will be ecstatic to learn that there’s another Will Smith reconstruction on this album, and yes, the bees are back.
Surprisingly, there’s only one Smash Mouth mashup on this entire album. That’s not to say that Smash Mouth doesn’t appear elsewhere, because they do. The mashup is ‘Mouth Pressure’. A mashup of Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’ and Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’. It’s not the strongest mashup, but at least it’s there.
Ultimately, this album is the smartest soundclown ever created. It’s complex but accessible. Wild and simple. Funny and disturbing. What else could you want on the internet?