‘Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum’ is marvel in Musicianship

Kaiden Shuey

By far, the band that has had the most profound impact upon my musical taste, work ethic, understanding of music itself, and my life as a whole, is without a doubt, the early 2000’s band Tally Hall. If you’re done geeking about “Hidden in the Sand” or “The Bidding”, allow me to explain why those songs are just the tip of a marvelous musical iceberg from the greatest band I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. This band and album changed my life, for the better of course, but first, some background so it may change yours.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum was Tally Hall’s first officially pressed album, having made “Complete Demos”, and the “Welcome to Tally Hall EP” before their masterpiece. Most of the songs in “Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum” are best enjoyed with a childlike sense of wonder, as if a new experience is to be enjoyed, and your curiosity only helps you through the wonderful composition of songs. 

Tally Hall draws many elements from the early 2000’s style, with unique beats that each stand out among the modern-day drab, and a harmony between each band member that strung the songs together like fine silk. The band is made up of five musicians, and though they are separated, three of the members continue to make music, this includes Joe Hawley (Notable works outside Tally Hall are: Joe Hawley Joe Hawley, and Hawaii Part II) along with the infamous Rob Cantor (The guy who made the cannibal Shia Labeouf song, as well as a little-known album called “Not a Trampoline”), and Andrew Horowitz who has continues his career outside Tally Hall with his own solo albums called “Sketches”, the reprise “Sketches 3D”, and “Etudes II”. The other two members, Zubin Sedghi and Ross Federman both continued in college and became a doctor and immunologist respectively. 

These five composed together the greatest, weirdest, and most marvelous album I have heard in decades. As a unique style of music with many early 2000’s elements, it stands out even in its own time, but not as much as it does now. Being so unique, it is a breath of fresh air for those who are bogged down by society’s drab and general unhappiness. Marvin’s, for me, pulled me out of a dark time, and it has been somewhat of a guiding light in bad times and good. Simply put, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, is a life-changingly good album. It isn’t extreme like AC/DC or Metallica, and certainly is not repetitive like rap or most boy bands. Good music can change lives, I am living proof of such, and having the chance to actually like a band instead of pretending to, has been an experience I hope everyone, no matter how small the amount is, can enjoy.