Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin – Seeker (album review)

by Woody on November 11, 2019

Photo Credit: Max Mendelsohn

Mikal Cronin holed up in a Southern California cabin for a month, “seeking” an album and came out with a fantastic LP. Cronin continues to put together a wide-ranging collection of tunes that work in garage, power-pop and psych rock. The fourth track, Fire, is a wonderful encapsulation of all this. It is such a big tune; a yearning track that looks for a new beginning. It is mournful at parts but the finish is the payoff you want and need.

Another tune that it is just a big proper rock tune is Guardian Well. The 45 second intro comes complete with harmonica before an understated Cronin delivers the first verse. The track is sprawling; reminds me of one of those epic Phosphorescent tunes.

Sometimes you listen to an album and you can just tell – this person is a pro. They get it. Cronin gets it. This is a rock album for people that appreciate music.

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Mikal Cronin – MCIII [album review]

by Woody on May 1, 2015

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I am a Yes fan. There, I said it. I was mullet-sporting, pimple-popping, sexually frustrated dork that loved Yes. One of things I loved about Yes were their musical suites – a song that lasted 15 to 20 minutes that was comprised of numerous parts. I’d get lost in these wondering why I wasn’t getting laid. Side note before I continue – I took my now-wife to a Yes show at The Riv in the 90s. It was like bringing a girl to a D&D game.

What the hell do my sexual valleys and prog-rock giants Yes have to do with Mikal Cronin. Nothing really but MCIII does have a suite that begs for it be listened on vinyl. After the 5th tune, I want to get up and flip the computer or Ipod over and sink into a papa-san chair. It’s something about seeing i) ii) iii). It’s almost Pavlovian in nature. While most in the power-pop genre would shy away from something that didn’t fit into the expected; Cronin is so frickin’ talented that he finally fought through any doubts. Again, Cronin plays all the instruments. He even arranges the parts for a string quartet on some songs.

Cronin has enough talent to just cruise through albums without really challenging himself. But the great thing about Cronin is that he keeps pushing himself on every album. With every subsequent roman numeral, Cronin seems to up the ante. MC III doesn’t depend on the that garage punch as much as MCII but yet is a bigger and grander sound. There’s an excellent cover below of Big Star’s Ballad of El Good below. Big Star are the poster children for power pop so that cover is more than apt as MCIII is about as good a collection of power pop that you’ll find this year.

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