I JUST NEED SOMEONE TO TELL ME HOW TALL I AM
By Michael Paoletta
This transplanted U.K.-to-L.A. quartet, which released one fine album on
Universal two years ago, steps back into the fray with a tuneful effort.
Minibar is often lumped in with its hometown's country-rock posse, but its
current work owes more to '60s psychedelia than it does to Gram Parsons.
Fronted by principal writers Simon Petty and Sid Jordan, the band displays
solid songcraft, and it plays with a muscularity not heard in its earlier
work. "It Is What It Is," "Unstoppable," "Fragile," and the countrified
"Martha" are among the most propitious tracks for rock and modern rock
radio. The set includes a bonus EP, which features a cover of the Smiths'
"Ask," among other tracks.