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Monday, May 3, 2010

Album Review - Minus the Bear - Omni

These Seattle stalwarts have come a LONG way from Highly Refined Pirates.  In my book, it still may stand as their seminal work.  Since then, however, they have delved deep through glitchy samples, electronic gadgetry, math-rock guitar noodlery, and most recently on Omni, all out dance grooves.  I doubt they aimed to make a dance album, and I don't think I would actually call this a dance album . . . but . . . you cannot help but bob your head as it plays.  Hook after hook, funky basslines, and irresistible grooves.  Amazingly, as has been the case with each reinvention of Minus the Bear, this album (for all its uniqueness) is still thoroughly Minus the Bear.  Through out their career, this band has done a masterful job of evolving and expanding their sonic palette while holding to some discernible core ethos and texture.  I don't know how they do it, but I love it.  Favorite Tracks include My Time, Into the Mirror, and Broken China [a b-side].

Release Date:
May 4

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