Mines - Menomena
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  • Summary: Based out of Portland, the experimental rock trio's latest album delivers more of its unconventional instrumentation and showcases its genre-defying capabilities.
  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Each track on their fourth boasting a captivating blend of experimentalism and depth.
  2. The starburst drum-fills, the jackknife stabs of guitar, the vocal melodies bronzed with catchiness-all of it soars, nodding at vitality, as though the aesthetics of joy might, if stressed enough, smother sadness until it's finally gone for good.
  3. As usual, band members pile multiple textures onto one another in baroque, overpopulated juxtapositions.
  4. Mines is thoroughly what one has come to expect from Menomena: an album that is titanic in scope, filled with offbeat wordplay, and entangled instruments.
  5. Maturity suits Menomena's Mines just fine. [Summer 2010, p.79]
  6. Drama aside, space is Menomena's final frontier, and they use it to great effect.
  7. They seem ground down by arguments. [Oct 2010, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    I've just checked my last.fm account that this is my most listened to album, ever, Wow. Not supprised though. I think this is there best, although I'm sure people would disagree. Slow burning, complex conically interesting, yet still melodic. Dense with references and hidden gems if you care to listen. Can only be enjoyed by a full listen. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2010
    Another solid release from one of my favorite bands (who happen to be exceptionally excellent live). If you haven't heard these guys before, I'd highly suggest their past releases. This is probably the only band of whom I can listen to every album front to back. Expand

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