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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the band led by Ian Svenonius was recorded in Oregon and mixed by Brendan Canty in DC.
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  • Record Label: Radical Elite
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Experimental Rock
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I'm a Choice (Not a Child)
Verse 1: Well, I'm a choice I'm not a child You've got a choice to drive me wild Make a choice to stay With me a little while I'll make you choose... See the rest of the song lyrics

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 15, 2014
    Minimum Rock N Roll is a dynamic and vibrant good-time screed; it's not anti-consumption but it is out to have people consume discerningly.
  2. May 7, 2014
    Chain & The Gang are a band riven with appetites and desires--and, boy, do they let you know that--but on this record they vaunt a particular kind of self-discipline, and choices made with great care. Austerity can be hot.
  3. 70
    For all its high-mindedness, it’s garage-rock primalism is just as easily enjoyed with your brain switched off. Perhaps that’s the point.
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    The entire album takes a couple of listens to fully digest – the immediacy of Minimum Rock N Roll entirely depends on your level of excitement about this peculiar type of post-punk.
  5. The Wire
    Apr 16, 2014
    Minimal Rock N Roll is at its best when hinting at former glories. [Apr 2014, p.63]
  6. 65
    It’s not as thrilling or elemental as his earlier work, but Minimum Rock N Roll is a hell of a lot of fun.
  7. Uncut
    Apr 14, 2014
    Those who adored The Make-Up may find the skeletal drum machine thunk of "Stuck In A Box" a little demo quality. But Svenonius' charisma is unflagging, and his commitment to the theme can thrill. [May 2014, p.71]

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