With Moses Mayfield I'm over the fence. I could jump to one side and say "This band is the next big thing." Or I could go to the other side and say "This band is okay, but they'll never amount to anything. Summarizing "The Inside" is pretty simple. It's a debut, not a breakout album. With most bands, the good bands that prove themselves by going through the ranks, it takes at least a couple of albums for them to take off and reach their full potential. That's where Moses Mayfield sits. I know this band has been around for a few years and has released a couple of indys. But that's just the way it is. I will say this, discarding these guys and not giving them a chance, or even a two would be a mistake. There's a lot of promise here.
Matthew Mayfield can write a tune. There are several on this album that are more than impressive. His passion for his writing comes across in the songs themselves, but also with the passion and conviction he sings them. His voice is the happy medium between Big 10-4's Dan Verduin and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The band behind him is good as well. Will Mason does a great job on the axe, and what makes this music unique, and what makes this kind of music go is a solid rhythm section, Will Drake and Hans Ford do an excellent job on the drums and base. And when he's on Matt Taylor does an equally impressive job on the keys.
There are songs where that show promise, like the single "Far Behind", which if properly promoted could take off. Then there are some songs towards the end of the record that aren't without their charm, they just go on a little too long- the last 5 tracks are roughly five minutes long and those are too long- even for album cuts.
Moses Mayfield is a band on the verge, what they are on the verge of is a mystery. They can be one of today's best pop acts- like The Fray, The Goo Goo Dolls, and other bands like them, or they can fade away and be like countless other bands that took a shot at major label success and faded away. One thing is for show, Moses Mayfield has the talent to become one of today's elite bands, not only with their music, but with their song writing as well. Unfortunately for them, I don't think The Inside does anything to catapult them into the elite, but fortunately it doesn't drop them down into unknown status either.