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Mineral - The Power of Failing. (Cover Artwork)

Mineral

Mineral: The Power of Failing.The Power of Failing. (1995)
Crank Records

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It's always nice when you discover a band (or album) that hits you in a way much like a breath of fresh air after a long night in a crowded bar. When I first listened to The Power of Failing. by Mineral, I was really impressed with them musically, just the way they sounded so cohesive and how at any.
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It's always nice when you discover a band (or album) that hits you in a way much like a breath of fresh air after a long night in a crowded bar. When I first listened to The Power of Failing. by Mineral, I was really impressed with them musically, just the way they sounded so cohesive and how at any point in time I could find myself humming some of the bass or guitar parts in my head. Too bad they only lasted through the `90s; they still made an impact however on how indie and emotional music would be made afterwards.

If you are into this type of music, this is definitely one of the best indie/emotional rock albums that I've ever heard and I hold it in high regard, much like Sunny Day Real Estate's album Diary. The only defect (if you could even call it that) on this album would have to be the length of the songs; however, all the songs are pretty amazing all the way through. The shortest track falls around the 3:15 minute mark while the rest usually push over five minutes.

The music itself is quite moving: beautiful guitars, well-placed bass lines, and great drums charge the engine of this band. The vocals are emotional and energetic as vocalist Chris Simpson pours every amount of feeling and vigor into the mic. The songs are slow, melodic, and the instrumentation will baffle you. The best track on this album (in my opinion) titled "Slower" holds lyrics like "I scream into the wind and laugh / As the words slap me in the face / I would gladly trade a lifetime of convenience / For an honest day or two" are alone powerful but the way that Simpson's haunting voice delivers them are unforgettable. Whether it's on top of noisy distorted guitars, clean and subtle picking or strumming, his voice really completes the sound of this band and makes a distinct mark on first listen.

This album is very enjoyable, and any fan of brilliant and moving music will be impressed. If you are into bands such as the Gloria Record, Sunny Day Real Estate or even American Football than I highly recommend picking this up along with their last release titled EndSerenading; you won't be disappointed at all.

Standout tracks:

  • Slower
  • Parking Lot
  • Five Eight, And Ten
  • July
  • Take the Picture

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
steveman (March 5, 2007)

Definitely a great album, but EndingSerenade just hits me so much more.

branden (March 5, 2007)

totally not into sappy ass bands like this. thats just me though

nocigar (March 5, 2007)

sorry, but i don't think any of these "contemporaries" were even close to Mineral

Anonymous (March 5, 2007)

I love the music, but Simpsons vocals annoy the shit out of me. There were much better contemporaries in the mid-90's midwestern explosion: Christie front drive leading that group obviously.

Anonymous (March 5, 2007)

why do you think "end serendading" is better? can't just be because the productions better.

wearestillalive (March 4, 2007)

this album is great, but endserenading beats the shit out of it.

Anonymous (March 3, 2007)

for anyone that didn't pick up on the whole religious vibe, have you never listened to Dolorosa ?

kenjamin (March 3, 2007)

Finding out that the some of the lyrics were Christian was devastating.

Scruffy (March 3, 2007)

"this album has nothing to do w/ jesus."

Please, read the lyrics.

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

4 pizza boys gone rock (or whatever the liner notes say), and it doesn't get much better. "If I Could" is my gem.

-Icapped2pacisonvacation

givemeamuseumandillfillit (March 2, 2007)

Feeding5000: No, it means that your music snobbery has hit another high.

SloaneDaley (March 2, 2007)

yeah they liked jesus but so did Sense Field and I dig that pussy shit too.

nocigar (March 2, 2007)

it's about time someone reviewed this record, it's absolutely beautiful. but how can you leave "if i could" off of the highlight list? every time i hear that song i'm stopped in my tracks. hauntingly gorgeous.

Yeah man, I fucked up not putting that on..I totally agree its amazing

ramo (March 2, 2007)

I like EndSerenading more but this still is one solid album. Heck I'll travel if Mineral ever does a reunion tour.

Ramo

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

I think I like emo now...haven't heard this, but I'm into like, early screamo (Heroin, Saetia). Does that mean I'm no longer punker-then-thou?
-feeeding5000

Booker_Pee (March 2, 2007)

both of their records are insanely perfect and contrast brilliantly with one another. the length of the songs is perfect, consistently allowing for one of those nearly-hypnotic grooves to set in.

not a hippy groove of course, a rock groove.

ConsolationPrizefighter (March 2, 2007)

Terribly surprised `this wasn't reviewed already. Incredible album

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

this album has nothing to do w/ jesus.

Scruffy (March 2, 2007)

Wow. I didn't think it was possible for a band that liked Jesus to get nothing but good comments here.

Anyway, "Five, Eight and Ten" is one of the best songs ever written, ever.

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

are these guys jesus jumpers? i haven't listened to this album in years but maybe i will now.

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

Holy crap do I miss this band, they are so good. I couldnt imagine how big they would be now if they were still around. This album is great, everything Chris Simpson' touches is gold.

insinceredave (March 2, 2007)

Absolute steller album, like scott said a reunion would be awesome.

Bring on the EndSerenading review!

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

4 stars ? wrong!

colin (March 2, 2007)

this album has "slower" on it, which guarantees it five stars. i mean that's a song that says, "this record is perfect, but here's a song that makes you want to redefine what perfection can be, just because it's that fucking good."

this album defies explanation and sets a standard of what emotion can be when recorded. modern acts take note, if you can be 1/10th of what this record is, you'll be alright in my book. however i see most bands these days that follow any sort of "emo" tag to their name couldn't live up to the paper the cover to this album is printed on.

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

one of my favorite albums ever. i think i may have listened to it more than Diary.

danperrone (March 2, 2007)

absolutely perfect...one of the best ever

Anonymous (March 2, 2007)

One of the greatest albums of all time.

kman1224 (March 2, 2007)

With all the recent talk of emo and how it's bad, I bet none of those kids, parents or police officers have heard this record.

shot_in_the_dark (March 2, 2007)

forgive the last score.

shot_in_the_dark (March 2, 2007)

it's about time someone reviewed this record, it's absolutely beautiful. but how can you leave "if i could" off of the highlight list? every time i hear that song i'm stopped in my tracks. hauntingly gorgeous.

maverick (March 2, 2007)

I like EndSerenading a little more than this because it has better production, but this record's still great. This is one band reunion I'd kill for, since I never got to see them in the '90s.

-Scott

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