Gone is the sound of raw bedroom recordings for Mikal Cronin. On MCII, he slips into a sound not far from Americana. Of course, across the whole album he can be picked apart as being a man of many influences and that is his downfall; a slight absence of originality.
The buzzing guitars remain and The Beach Boys’ sense of melody hinted at on his debut is carried over straight away into ‘Weight’. With better production comes the satisfying sound of things clicking into place for a clearly talented young man (you might have heard of his friend Ty Segall?). ‘Shout It Out’ has the indie feel of a Darwin Deez track but he goes one better by adding a surf guitar solo.