This album was released in August of 2005, over a year ago, but I'm dusting off the disc and giving it a fresh review.
Actually, Minus the Bear is in the "new to me" category -- they're one of those bands that you say, "I've heard OF them" so as to not look completely dweebish while speaking with a fellow rock snob. For me, this album came as a result of a foiled attempt at free eMusic downloads that locked me into a 40 download with $9.99 fee, I followed some RIYL links and ended up listening to one track online..."Good enough for a cheap download," I thought.
Then I imported into iTunes, burned a CD and plunked it in the car on my way to the beach. The first track "The Game Needed Me" (listen) sounded so different from anything I had heard...
Once I got over the initial thrill of listening to something different -- I ran the checklist. Music - solid, lyrics - amusing (and not trite), voice - style AND sincerity, and something I'm always secretly hoping to hear - a little bit of yelling.
I think I'm in love.
Every time the CD would run through I'd reach for the visor CD holder and think..."nah, one more time through." It's been a month...
Here is a sampling of the lyrics that cause either an ironic chuckle or conjure an unmistakable image:
- "Would you ever miss your desk's caress?"
- "The wind on the boat's deck is a cold hand on the neck."
- "That night we laid on the floor of the desert, but I could barely sleep, I had this dream, there was a man in a black car, with a man in the backseat, and I woke up in a cold sweat with her lying next to me."
- "I drive too fast at night, because accidents happen to other men and not me."
Click the listen link and enjoy...my new favorite band.
RIYL: My Morning Jacket (read - Band of Horses), The Mars Volta, Broken Social Scene...etc