I knew that Speechless was a mostly instrumental record when I bought it but listening to it was still a little sad. Josh Dooley and Map had been one of my favorite indie pop bands and had written a ton of great songs. And although the sound is in tack without Josh’s lyrics of heartbreak, friendship, and love Map seems to be lacking a huge element.
Speechless is still full of great Map songs and is a wonderful soundtrack, without Dooley’s vocals the album seems weaker then previous efforts. Songs like Issues and Subscriptions, All the Wrong Reasons, Killing People on the Television, and Souvenirs From a Dead Empire are all winners. The album ends with More to Life Then Money and is a tease into what this record could’ve been with Josh singing another great Map song. It’s a good record but doesn’t have the same feel as the Map of old.