Menomena – Mines [Album Review]

by Woody on August 12, 2010

Four years ago, we tried to catch Menomena at SxSW at a 2am set. After a never-ending sound check and many technical mishaps on stage, we bailed before they went on. We were drunk and bitter, so we split. I’ve since regretted leaving because I’ve become fairly obsessed with Meonomena in the ensuing years.

After what seemed like an interminable wait, Menomena has delivered a much anticipated follow up to Friend and Foe and, my Lord, was it worth the wait. Much like when I listened to The Morning Benders’ Big Echo for the first time, I was left grasping for words on how to best express my appreciation of this album. The threesome are less reliant on their production techniques this time around which makes the music less jarring and more accessible.

After a warm -up of sorts with the opening track, Menomena jolts you with the jumper cables on “TAOS.” Full of tempo changes, spastic chords and a chugging horn, it embodies the features that first drew me to the band on their previous album. “Dirty Cartoons” alternates between a folk and prog-rock,  going back and forth without much fanfare and ending in lovely harmonies.

I could continue to break down every tune on the album but that would set get tiring for both of us. I would urge you to delve into this album and enjoy it as a complete meal – sort of like a degustation menu. You might feel overwhelmed and bloated at the end, but you’ll definitely be satisfied.

Menomena – TAOS

Menomena – Five Little Rooms

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

DRoberts August 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Yeah this album is really good. I didn’t know if you would review this though. It is a nice changeup from the music I normally listen too. It is uncanny how much I always agree with Hearya on albums. Keep up the great work.

Sir Indie August 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

Took me till 1:09 on “Five Little Rooms” to catch on to their style and direction (bc at first I wasn’t feeling the interest). But now I’m can see this as new music that I’d give a chance.

Would have to listen to a few more songs first though, before deeming myself a fan…


Sir Indie August 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

I identified with “TAOS” a little more (and faster) than “Five Little Rooms”. Gave me more of an old school Rock feel. Gave me more of an old Ozzy and Hendrix ambiance. =)


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