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Review: Tongue Magazine

By Dee McLaughlin

Los Angeles-by-way-of-England Minibar is a little less alt-country on this, their second full-length record. There are still plenty of swirling three-part harmonies with Simon Petty's insanely husky Peter Gabriel-meets-Sting lead vocals, and the pedal steel guitar is very much in evident ("Martha") but this time, the quartet seems to have entered more into the indie rock realm, albeit still with a folksy feel. "Unstoppable" adds American flavoring to an Anglo pop dish, starting out slow and building up to a soaring guitar line. "Breathe Easy" has a Wallflowers feel, and with Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee producing some of the songs, the shadow of this band is much felt. Nevertheless, it's a gorgeous ballad. There are great acoustic guitars in the Zen-like "It Is What It Is," and "Fly Below The Radar" is the radio hit on the album. The song is a combination of all the influences of the band, The Jam, The Smiths, The Beatles...combined with Petty's haunting lyrics delivered by way of a heartfelt sensitivity and intensity. This well-crafted record will be diced, sliced, and appear on a ton of TV soundtracks, but will it make it to radio? Difficult to say, but, that's missing the point, it should be on your stereo.

From Tongue Magazine, Summer 2003


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