Live Review: Mona
Union Pool, Brooklyn, January 16
Perhaps inevitably, this blitzkrieg of brilliance isn’t sustainable. Nick’s wide-eyed energy and rock-star shapes disappear as they plod through the soft-rock filler ‘Say You Will’ and by the time the unveil the U2-by-numbers ‘Cloak And Dagger’, it seems like all four of them can’t wait to get it over with so they can go onto something better.
And they do exactly that with epic closer ‘Lean Into The Fall’, which takes their debt to Kings Of Leon to wonderfully dramatic heights and wins over Brooklyn’s indie sceptics. But Bono is a rock star all of the time and if they ever hope to surpass him, Mona will have to figure out a way to do the same.
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