Planet of Ice - Minus the Bear
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  • Summary: The band's third album is the first to feature its new keyboardist Alex Rose, who replaced Matt Bayles.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. While not a huge sonic leap forward for Minus The Bear, Planet shows the band eager--and more than able--to take a deep breath and explore its emerging maturity and depth.
  2. It is easily one the band’s best album and possibly the best album of the year.
  3. Most songs keep well away from a standard verse-chorus structure, with lyric and instrumental passages stitched together like some indie rock Frankenstein, but Minus the Bear keeps the melodies potent and the emotion high enough to prevent Planet of Ice from drifting into impenetrable shoe-gazer territory.
  4. This is headphone indie rock, but with plenty of wondrous aural attractions to keep your wandering mind from straying too far.
  5. 70
    The band's latest is sublimely elegant and more maturely conceived.
  6. Some songs lack raw emotion but have sombre vocal melodies and engaging lyrics.
  7. The most egregious offender is Planet of Ice's last song, 'Lotus,' which clocks in at close to nine minutes, thanks to clumsy feedback inserted somewhat inappropriately between the beginning and end of what must have started out as a fairly straightforward rock song.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. ShapingM.
    Sep 20, 2007
    The best MTB album yet. Took a couple of listens through before i 'got' it, but once it clicks into place, the whole album sounds glorious from start to finish. Less immediate than El Oso, but rewards the listener with more finely crafted songs, less standards verse/chorus arrangements, and some truly great guitar playing. Best indie / rock album of the year so far. Expand
  2. JackN.
    Oct 27, 2007
    Planet of Ice is amazing. Really catchy hooks, amazing guitar solos, interesting sonic textures. The band kind of lost me with Menos El Oso, which seemed to be catering to MTV emo kids with short attention spans. But Planet of Ice stands up nicely against Highly Refined Pirates, and shows that a band can evolve and grow up without becoming a cliche. Expand
  3. Alex
    Sep 25, 2007
    If you liked El Oso, you will like this. It's more of the same great sound with a more funk. I love Tiny Mixed Tape's review saying the songs were too long. So what if the songs average 5 minutes? Like every good song in the history of music has been under 5 minutes long. Bad review. Not the best album of the year or anything, but very very good. Expand
  4. ER.
    Nov 17, 2007
    Very good actually, flaw is the songs aren't arranged in proper order.
  5. Mark
    Sep 27, 2007
    That Tiny Mix Tape review is, in fact, pretty unfair. This isn't a life-changing album, by any means, but it's still pretty solid, and a listenable effort all the way through. Expand
  6. Tony
    Nov 5, 2007
    I've been a bear fan for a while but really didn't care too much for this one. I feel like there are fewer WOW moments than before. The lyrics are kinda bland too. Expand