Instantly forgettable but great fun while it lasts, it'd be pushing it to say that Mona's eponymous debut album fully delivers on their potential, although it does lays solid foundations for future efforts. One thing they won't have to do is widen their ambition as Mona is chock full of stadium-sized rock and your tolerance for big riffs and even bigger choruses is going to be the main barometer of whether you'll like it or not. (We can already hear the sing alongs and smell the sweat for the likes of 'Teenager' and 'Shooting The Moon', especially for the former's excellent end refrain.) Mona's secret weapon is frontman Nick Brown; his powerfully passionate vocals imbue every track with emotion, especially effective on 'Pavement' and 'Lean Into The Fall'. The lack of variation jars, with only the album closer 'Alibis' toning it down a notch and even then to not very successful results. This lack of depth means it'll remain in your head for about as long as the brisk 35-minute running time but as debuts go, it's remarkably assured and as long as Mona branch out for the follow up, big things should be expected.



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