|Mission of Burma
by Betsy Ellison
Sometimes bands break up and reform and put out horrible albums, making everyone who hears said album wish that the band had just stayed broken up. The newest release by Mission of Burma, The Obliterati, does the opposite: makes everyone who hears it wish that Mission of Burma had never broken up in the first place. This isn't their first album since reforming in 2002--they put out an album in 2004 to rave reviews. I haven't heard that album, but I doubt that it could be as good as this one. The Obliterati is a near flawless piece of art. It's one of the best albums I've heard all year. It's an album that sounds like it should be coming from a band that has been together for 27 years, not a band that was together for four, and then for another four 19 years or so later. This is the album that a band can make only after growing as people, after living life outside of the band.