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Menomena | Mines

3 Comments 16 | July | 2010

With 5 ½ months remaining in 2010 Menomena have dropped what I declare will be atop the mountain of “best albums” come the 31st of December, 2010.  Slated for release on July 27th, Mines drops bombs. Unmistakably Menomena, Danny Seim, Brent Knopf and Justin Harris continue their tradition of mic-sharing, each contributing lead vocals as well as gorgeous harmonies.  The trio of Portlandians Portlandish Portlanders once again delivers an eclectic collection of lushly layered landscapes that will delight and add to its growing fan base.

Despite the instantly recognizable vocals, this album comes in a slightly different package than its predecessor, Friend or Foe.  Perhaps, Knopf’s recent release with Ramona Falls swayed the studio synergy, steering it towards less overwhelming waters.  I’m not suggesting that Menomena has become a Ramona Falls Knopf-off, but there are striking compositional similarities in songs like “Dirty Cartoons” [Menomena] vs. “Going Once, Going Twice” [Ramona Falls].

Although the album’s original release was projected for January, 2009, the additional 18-month wait seems to have been worth it.  These 11 tracks, spanning 54 minutes, drive the bar even higher for music in the new decade.  Start to finish, Mines will blow yours.

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  • “Friend or Foe” is definitely a classic. “Rotten Hell” gets stuck in my head every third day! Thanks for the heads up on “The Insulation.” Winter is just around the corner. Gonna get me some.
    Here's a link to the song for those who are interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • “Friend or Foe” is definitely a classic. “Rotten Hell” gets stuck in my head every third day! Thanks for the heads up on “The Insulation.” Winter is just around the corner. Gonna get me some.

  • JayPee

    I've really been digging this album. Sadly I think it's a bit of a weaker effort in comparison to Friend or Foe, but still a great listen.

    Surprisingly my favorite track on the album is The Insulation, which technically is not on the album. It is only available to fans as a bonus track on iTunes. I recommend the download to anyone that's a fan of this album.

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