Menos el Oso - Minus the Bear
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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