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  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spin Art
  • ASIN: B00000K2CF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Build
2. Almost Arms
3. Chatty Patty
4. Paper Plane
5. Sally
6. Big Machine
7. Rocket 58
8. Better Things
9. Weigh The Anchor
10. Now I Can Smile
11. Black Balloon
12. Bicycle
13. Step Right Up
14. As Good As You Are
15. Waterlooville
16. Time Vs. Length
17. Untitled

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Casey on December 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While I was disappointed with their recent "Down In Fall" EP, this collection is a great pop record through-and-through. "Build" kicks it off perfectly with an affected British accent. Most everything on here is fast, short, and eminently hummable. "Almost Arms" is more gentle and bouncy, "Paper Plane" sends me running to my guitar everytime I hear it, and "Now I Can Smile" picks it up when you didn't think things could get any more lively. Yes, this is teeming with 60's influecnes, but it isn't quite as backward looking as the Apples in stereo "Strawberry Fire" or The Essex Green...there's a little more of a turn-of-the-century friskiness to The Minders. "Cul-De-Sacs" is an extremely catchy, energetic collection of songs, and you'll hardly notice the difference between this and a more "proper" album. Pop lovers unite, and rejoice! Here is your salvation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thedevilscoachman on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a strong collection of songs, very much in the Elephant 6 60's-revival style, but still pretty unique. The production sounds both DIY (most songs were recorded on 4 track) and full, with lots of little psychedelic quirks to enjoy on repeated listenings. The melodies often slip someplace you don't hear them going in advance. And the singer's got an excellent rock voice - kind of Lennon-y. It took me a couple of listens to get totally into it (especially a lot of the mid-tempo songs towards the end of the disk) but I unqualifiedly recommend it to other people, who, like me, think the world could always use more good '60's pop.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zach Smolinski on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't wait to hear more from these folks. If you like tuneful, well-crafted pop songs, look no further. This CD got me through a grueling weekend at work--and for that I'll be forever grateful. Among the best collections of less-than-three-minute songs (OK, one's 3:19 or something) since earlier Beatles works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P Gallagher on February 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Normally, when a band puts out a collection of earlier singles you expect it to sound disjointed and choppy. This Minders release however sounds like a well-thought-out preview of their release "Hooray for Tuesday". The collection of singles, carefully strung together, make a fantastic, elastic pop record all its own. Particularly, "Now I Can Smile" and "Build" sound like they could have come off the "Tuesday" release. Note: Hello Editors - The Minders should be listed on Amazon's Essential Artists under Elephant 6.
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