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Mines

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Queen Black Acid
4:47  
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Taos
5:00  
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Killemall
4:06  
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Dirty Cartoons
4:53  
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Tithe
4:53  
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Bote
5:52  
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Lunchmeat
3:30  
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Oh Pretty Boy, You're Such A Big Boy
5:19  
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Five Little Rooms
4:57  
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Sleeping Beauty
5:18  
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INTIL
5:47  
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 54:22

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When he's not filing news stories, shooting a live show or contributing the occasional feature for Wondering Sound, Andrew Parks edits and publishes self-titled...more »

08.01.10
A tense-but-cohesive descent into darkness
2010 | Label: City Slang / Republic Of Music

Truth be told, it's amazing this album's even out. As Menomena's drummer/singer (Danny Seim, last heard fronting Lackthereof) admits in the band's bio, "brutal disagreements, unrelenting grudges and failed marriages" threatened to tear the trio apart in the three-and-a-half years since Friend and Foe. The tension's clear on every single cut — the group is pulled in countless creative directions, from the skittish drums that cut across "Tithe" to the defeat-and-despair that drives "Dirty… read more »

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Their best album yet

topknacker

by a country mile.

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Several excellent tracks - worth a listen

cynicalpete

Had only limited exposure to Menomena previously (Wet and rusting) but would certainly recommend this. Try tracks :- INTIL, Dirty Cartoons, Killemall and Queen Black Acid for starters.

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Great Follow up to Friend and Foe

rich.regen

It's been three years since Menomena's previous offering, Friend and Foe, and it's been worth the wait. Great tunes, well produced, and interesting song structures make this one of my albums of the year. Will happily wait three years again if the result is anything on a par with this.

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Whole album, has a download error....!

phillipsmarkmcmp

Help, I want this one now...! PS. I want my credits back...

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Drifting between order and disarray, Menomena’s fourth album is like an exercise in controlled chaos. While Menomena are still working in layers of fractured harmony, Mines feels like one of their more focused efforts to date. Given the density of the songs here, reining themselves in couldn’t have been a small feat, and the album probably owes a lot to its relatively downtempo feeling. The careful, plodding pace of songs like “Lunchmeat” and “Tithe” gives Menomena plenty of time to find their way around the songs, patiently adding and removing layer upon layer to the songs until listeners suddenly find themselves amidst a swirling maelstrom of melody. This kind of control gives Mines a roller coaster feeling, with slow buildups leading to a frenzy of activity, with the whole thing giving the impression that it could go off the rails at any time when in reality you’re safe and secure, with the album only offering the promise of danger when in reality the chances of things getting out of control are slim. It’s that slight promise of danger, however, that makes Mines an exciting listen. Track after track, Menomena perform this kind of complicated juggling act, adding more and more balls to the mix, and just when it seems that things are about to drop, the band reels it all back in, takes a bow, and does the whole thing over again. What’s surprising, though, is that despite its density, Mines is a thoroughly accessible album from start to finish, meaning fans both old and new will have no trouble diving into its easygoing rhythms, and if they stick around to fully explore its depths, they’ll find that there’s plenty to like. – Gregory Heaney

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