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Mines [Digipak]
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Album: Mines [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Queen Black Acid
2)    Taos
3)    Killemall
4)    Dirty Cartoons
5)    Tithe
6)    Bote
7)    Lunchmeat
8)    Oh Pretty Boy, You're Such a Big Boy
9)    Five Little Rooms
10)    Sleeping Beauty
11)    Intil
 

Album: Mines [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Queen Black Acid
2)    Taos
3)    Killemall
4)    Dirty Cartoons
5)    Tithe
6)    Bote
7)    Lunchmeat
8)    Oh Pretty Boy, You're Such a Big Boy
9)    Five Little Rooms
10)    Sleeping Beauty
11)    Intil
 
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  • Audio Mixers: Jeff Stuart Saltzman; Menomena.
  • Illustrator: Tyler Stout.
  • Photographer: Ben Moon.
  • Drifting between order and disarray, Menomena's fourth album is like an exercise in controlled chaos. While Menomena are still working in layers of fractured harmony, Mines feels like one of their more focused efforts to date. Given the density of the songs here, reining themselves in couldn't have been a small feat, and the album probably owes a lot to its relatively downtempo feeling. The careful, plodding pace of songs like "Lunchmeat" and "Tithe" gives Menomena plenty of time to find their way around the songs, patiently adding and removing layer upon layer to the songs until listeners suddenly find themselves amidst a swirling maelstrom of melody. This kind of control gives Mines a roller coaster feeling, with slow buildups leading to a frenzy of activity, with the whole thing giving the impression that it could go off the rails at any time when in reality you're safe and secure, with the album only offering the promise of danger when in reality the chances of things getting out of control are slim. It's that slight promise of danger, however, that makes Mines an exciting listen. Track after track, Menomena perform this kind of complicated juggling act, adding more and more balls to the mix, and just when it seems that things are about to drop, the band reels it all back in, takes a bow, and does the whole thing over again. What's surprising, though, is that despite its density, Mines is a thoroughly accessible album from start to finish, meaning fans both old and new will have no trouble diving into its easygoing rhythms, and if they stick around to fully explore its depths, they'll find that there's plenty to like. ~ Gregory Heaney
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (p.150) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Menomena hit their most triumphant stride on 'Dirty Cartoons,' a stunningly successful amalgamation of gospel and stoner rock..."

CMJ - "Menomena shows that experimental rock can hum like pop on MINES."

Billboard (p.28) - "The set's laid-back rock feel with a punchy beat is embodied on the track 'Tithe,' where Menomena also captures soulful, ethereal vocals reminiscent of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "MINES dips and twists on spindly, telescopic guitar lines, taut coils of rhythm and controlled electronic pulses."

Paste (magazine) - "MINES is Menomena at its best -- mentally relentless and physically ruthless."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]hey've applied the modular approach they use for their instruments to the voices, finding a multitude of ways to harmonize, combine and recombine..."
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