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5.0 out of 5 stars This wasn't supposed to happen, 13 May 2004
This review is from: Onoffon (Audio CD)
This album defies all logic. The band's last album, Vs, was released 21 years ago and them the band just disappeared. They were virtually unknown in their lifetime but they went on to be one of the most influential American post-punk band ever influencing the likes of Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr, Minutemen, Black Flag, Bda Religion, REM, Meat Puppets and so on.... after just one album!! That alone is quite a feat. But now, after 22 years they have returned with an album which is just as good. This future classic sounds like it could have been made any time in the last 20 years or in the next 30 years (MOB were always very ahead of their time) and it returns the band to the height of their league. It is not just Vs rehashed for the new millenium however, the band members have been paying attention in their absence from making records, there are some new sounds in this album like the mellow, thoughtful What We Really Were or the lighthearted, jaunty Nicotine Bomb but just as many tracks are classic Burma. Lead single Dirt was actually recorded 20 years ago and has been revamped for this album... and it rocks.
Mission Of Burma are back and they've made an album as if they were never away. The mainstream still has not caught up with Mission Of Burma's sound, and now they will have to reach even further
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great NEW Record - Don't be put off by the history, 8 Dec 2004
This review is from: Onoffon (Audio CD)
In many ways, Mission of Burma have spent the last 20-odd years as the ultimate band for the obscure music fan: one full LP release, which nobody bought, then total silence and a supposed vicarious influence over almost all alternative American music since. Now they return with a new album and, it would seem a completely unmanageable reputation...
I think the best comment to make on OnOffOn is that if this was the debut record of some brand new group, I'd be incredibly excited. I'd think it had great imagination, originality, confidence and was a fascinating new voice on the rock landscape. Terrific musicmanship, a great blend of three voices, wry commentry on modern life, self-deprecating self awareness and they really play it like they mean it. In some ways, the brilliance of this gives the lie to how influencial M.O.B. really were - nobody else is making music like this...
But the key thing is, this sounds so contemporary - you don't need to be into obscure early '80's stuff to like this. If you like the Strokes, or the Hives, or even Radiohead you'll find lots of interest here. It's great to have M.O.B. back on the radar, and I hope we don't have to wait another 20 years for the next record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars attractive, 6 Dec 2012
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A great collection of noisy classics (for those who know MOB).
For others an evening with a superb American post-punk band formed in Boston in 1979.
In early years the band's recordings were all released on Ace of Hearts. Despite initial success, Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due to Miller's development of tinnitus caused by the volume of the band's live performances. The band released only one album in its original lineup, Vs.

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