To begin with, In Black and White, has a very different feel and sound to previous Mustard Plug records. I feel as if previous records were much more simplistic and In Black and White seems as if it took more thought, deeper in context. As well, the sounds are very diverse, skipping between traditional, 3rd wave and almost hardcore ska, very reminiscent of older Suicide Machines albums.
I must be honest though, when I first put the record on I was a little skeptical because the first two tracks were a lot heavier and harder sounding than the previous albums. But once I reached Hit Me! Hit Me! I heard the same dance-tunes I heard in previous albums such as Evil Doers Beware. I like the diversity between tracks, as well, the middle of the album is where the heart is.
On and On is probably my favourite track. Something about the vocals stands out to me, they sound very sincere and almost angelic. As well, on Real Rat Bastard I love the gang vocals, I'm a real sucker for those. I feel as if they make the fans feel like their a part of the band, as well as help in the overall vibe by bringing the audience to participate, to sing a long in a crowd or through their headphones.
I'm still getting use to the newer sounds, I've always been a sucker for more traditional and 3rd wave ska. But the new sounds from In Black and White are something I'm definitely going to keep listening to. Overall this record has more diversity than the previous ones, which gives a little something for every taste. In Black and White seems more sophisticated, which in the ska world might not be the greatest compliment, but it sounds as if there was more thought-process and time put into this record. It not only shows through the songs, but also through the album art, which is probably one of my most favourite album designs in my collection to date.