Menos el Oso - Minus the Bear
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Seattle band returns with a fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. There's a constant sense of forward motion to Menos El Oso that suits the whole metaphor of growing up and growing out. [Oct 2005, p.156]
  2. Their trademark wit is still present but less forced; instead it is more intelligent and reflective, and as the band produced this album themselves, the reward is apparent: they sound more self-assured and strong than they ever have.
  3. The potential and promise that was spoken of so fervently when Minus The Bear arrived is slowly being fulfilled.
  4. Menos el Oso ultimately stumbles on its own self-conscious maturity.
  5. What's really preventing Minus the Bear from making a breakthrough with El Oso is the band's unwillingness to head in new directions.
  6. While not all of the songs on Menos el Oso are winners, the album as a whole holds up much better than any of their previous efforts.
  7. Menos el Oso takes the act of melodizing the banal to dizzyingly silly new heights.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. BrandonC
    Nov 22, 2006
    10
    One of the greatest CD's I've listened to in a long time. Simply AMAZING!!!
  2. AlexanderM
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    Breath taking... Saw them play this album live and it was remarkable. The guitarist really knows what hes doing as he creates these beats.
  3. amanda
    Mar 4, 2006
    10
    melodic mesmerizing harmonic vocals mixed with insanly sporadic rifts=minus the bears-menos el oso
  4. ag
    Aug 25, 2005
    9
    come on...it's fun, it's rock, it's interesting. lighten up and roll out some menos.
  5. Brian
    Nov 7, 2006
    9
    This band deserves credit, I always come back to their LP's and find myself diggin them more as time goes by. Listen to Minus the Bear and you too will see how inventive rock...rocks. Expand
  6. ChrisM
    Jul 23, 2006
    9
    Minus the bear is probably one of the most intelligent rock bands out right now. Math rock at it's best. Though i don't believe this to be there best album, you really do sense a bit of machurity, and growth in it. And with each album Jake Snyders lyrics seem to be more personal meaningfull. Expand
  7. DrunkenMaster
    Aug 25, 2005
    8
    This really should be an 8.5. This is a fine album that slides and skitters across the indie rock melody pantheon with wit and style. Well worth your time and money. Expand

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