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Minus The Bear: Menos El OsoMenos El Oso (2005)
Suicide Squeeze Records
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: danperroneDan Perrone
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For some reason, every time I listen to Menos El Oso, Minus The Bear's second full-length album, I feel as if this will be the album to make or break them. Speculating that this eleven-track collection would propel them into the limelight wouldn't be such a far-fetched idea; the band has got tremend.
For some reason, every time I listen to Menos El Oso, Minus The Bear's second full-length album, I feel as if this will be the album to make or break them. Speculating that this eleven-track collection would propel them into the limelight wouldn't be such a far-fetched idea; the band has got tremendous airplay potential (especially here, which will be detailed later), a great "we all used to be in bands with credibility" platform (Botch, Sharks Keep Moving, Kill Sadie, etc.), and tongue-in-cheek yet intelligent lyrics. However, on the other hand, the skeptics will have a field day with Menos El Oso; it's a major change in the band's sound, replacing upbeat, almost spastic guitar work for a more refined, smoother, and a tad more boring sound. It seems to me like this will end up being an album people will either like or hate; I would put myself on the like side of the fence, for it's a nice -- if anything -- slightly flawed effort, but far from the band's best work.
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