“Mines” by Menomena
It would be tough for any band to follow up a classic like 2007’s Friend or Foe with the triumvirate of awesomeness that starts the record: it’s one of the best albums in the last five years.Â When you take three years to follow up the record, the fans and listeners can’t help but to expect Mines to be better, or at least as good.Â “Queen Black Acid” goes a long way toward making that a reality, with its slick, patient baseline. It’s easily one of the best songs the band has done to date, yet second song “TAOS” feels clunky and a little awkward, though there are redeeming moments musically.Â The lyrics are blah, but they are bold enough to sing them clearly.
Mines really gets good with “Dirty Cartoons” featuring Danny Seim on lead vocals. Seim rarely sang on past records, but all three members contribute vocally to this one, adding a communal feel. The album could stand on its own without any vocals like 2005’s Under an Hour. The many layers and thoughtful moments make it almost worth the three year wait.
Download: “Five Little Rooms”