Tides End


Minks


Amoeba Review

08/05/2013

One thing a lot of bands forget when replicating the sounds of the 1980s, specifically those of new-wave and indie-pop bands of the Sarah Records ilk, is that those classic bands had great hooks and often wonderful lyrics. Whereas Minks' debut record was a fine, if murky entry into the reverb-rock canon, their sophomore record is hooky and bold right off the bat, full of gleaming synths and earnest (and audible!) lyrics. "Romans" sounds like OMD at their most crowd-pleasing, unironically gleeful in its plinking synthesizers and playful riffs. "Margot" battles its melancholy minor key and lovelorn lyrics with a brisk programmed beat. But the most noticeable thing Minks do to keep things feeling fresh is pay attention to song structure, with particularly memorable choruses — something of a lost art amongst the too cool. Even when they're dorkily shouting "there's no better place than paradise!" on the chorus of the New Ordery "Doomed and Cool," you can't help getting swept up in their energy.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
Buy
1.
Romans
Minks 03:38
2.
Everything's Fine
Minks 03:29
3.
Margot
Minks 03:37
4.
Playboys of the Western World
Minks 02:57
5.
Weekenders
Minks 04:12
6.
Painted Indian
Minks 03:43
7.
Hold Me Now
Minks 04:18
8.
Doomed and Cool
Minks 04:49
9.
Ark of Life
Minks 03:50
10.
Tide's End
Minks 04:35

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