Generals - The Mynabirds
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  • Summary: Produced by Richard Swift, the second release for the music project led by Laura Burhenn is said to be both a concept and protest album.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Jun 5, 2012
    85
    Where Bright Eyes lyrics lumber, The Mynabirds are aflight.
  2. 80
    Generals replaces Fire's starched chamber-pop pretentions with airy vibrancy and eclecticism that continually surprises and entices. [Jul 2012, p.100]
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Working again with her loyal producer Richard Swift, they master what many think is impossible and maybe even contradictory; they create a serious and intellectual pop album.
  4. Jun 4, 2012
    75
    Yet past all the stylistic flourishes, Generals is openhearted, politically engaged, feminist pop that, miraculously, never veers into schmaltz (or worse, didacticism).
  5. Jun 4, 2012
    70
    Generals is, to a certain degree, an album in two parts: a vicious, vengeful-sounding beast and a final four songs of more hopeful, soulful pop.
  6. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    Generals has some gems of its own, but take a bit more digging to find.
  7. Jun 14, 2012
    70
    These songs are every bit as spiritually urgent as those on What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood, but the motivation is as political as it is personal. [#87, p.57]

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  1. Jun 14, 2012
    8
    I have been looking forward to this album since hearing the Generals single, and it doesn't disappoint. At 36 minutes it is a little shorter than most these days, but there is so much packed in there both musically and lyrically that it begs repeat listening. Laura is gifted with a beautiful voice and songwriting ability, and for me this is a different and stronger album than Fire-Flood. Best tracks are the stomping and kicking title track, Mightier than the sword is just wonderful, and disarm and body of work are wonderfully retro in their production. Overall a very strong effort, and on my top albums so far this year. Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2012
    8
    From the song "Karma Debt" Laura Burhenns's vocals attracts attention, which along with indie-pop, minimalist arrangement made a specific climate. Each instrumental part of the album is so clear, that with no problem you can always specify individual parties. Undoubtedly, this album is much more mature than the previous one, debut "What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood". Certainly, what increases the value of release is its essential dimension - "Generals" because it;s largely a protest song material. Expand