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January 25, 2019
There were a few reasons I decided to buy "Mint", the debut album by German-born, 25 year old Alice Merton. The first, and main one, was her song "No Roots", which my wife played for me about 6-8 months ago. When I first heard it, it reminded me of White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" (2003), and I like the White Stripes, so I downloaded "No Roots" and checked out some other songs from Merton's EPs. I noticed she had not yet released a full-length album.
Then I saw that "Mint" was going to be released January 18th, 2019, so I thought I'd download it. The second reason for expressing interest in Merton is that she is a new artist (though she's been around for the past four years), and I like to keep up on some new artists and not just listen to old music. Plus, I like punk/new wave/synthpop/indie/alternative or whatever else you'd like to label Merton's brand of music.
As far as her debut goes, it is much like many artist's first albums--promising, but not quite fully formed. There are songs here that sound good such as "Learn to Live", "No Roots", "Funny Business", "Homesick", "Lash Out" and "Why So Serious", but then there are the iffy tracks like "2 Kids", "Speak Your Mind", "Honeymoon Heartbreak", and the worst offense of them all? Copying "No Roots" and trying to pass it off in different forms in other songs on the album such as "I Don't Hold a Grudge" and "Trouble in Paradise" which are knockoffs of "No Roots".
"Mint" is a three and a half star album. Almost good, not a classic, but not plain and mediocre either. It elevates itself above mediocrity. However, Merton, thought showing promise here, will need to rethink her gameplan for her sophomore album. In my opinion, she did not go the distance to separate herself from other genre artists such as: Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Imogen Heap, Florence + the Machine, etc., etc., etc.
That being said, I look forward to a new album in the future.