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Portland, OR art-rock trio Menomena is among the leaders of the new school of indie rock musically complex, melodically and lyrically riveting, and unlike anything that has come before. Their breakthrough album Friend & Foe epitomized
the artistry required to balance a modern band's storm of ideas, and it was anointed Best New Music by indie tastemaker Pitchfork.

The band's newest work comes after a period of significant upheaval that has left them with no shortage of new ideas, and Mines is as good or better than anything they've done to-date. In the wake of brutal disagreements, unrelenting grudges and failed marriages (not to mention a world full of modern terrorism, natural disasters and economic collapse) Menomena is still standing, and has made an album that many are already saying defines the state of intelligent pop music one decade into the millenium.

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B003P5AJCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on July 27, 2010
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Menomena's particular method of songwriting is typically discussed in equal measure with the music itself in any review of a Menomena work. Essentially, they use some custom software to loop tracks while they improvise small pieces of music together until they edit together a full song. On previous releases, discussion of this technique was warranted because those albums sounded like they had been pieced together from tiny fragments, with all the unpredictability and excitement that this method implies. On Mines, the band sounds a little more traditional than their previous releases, though no less creative. Though Dealer was used to construct this album, it sounds like the product of more traditional writing and recording. Regardless of how the band put together the record, it's a strong collection of songs, showcasing the band's ability to shift gears frequently and efficiently within songs, with each one showing a number of styles and techniques fleshed out to create a meaningful work. Mines showcases some of Menomena's best songs, such as the pounding Queen Black Acid or the foreboding Tithe, both of which sound like a distillation of the songs Menomena has been working on since their debut in 2003. Less eccentric and random than its predecessors, Mines is a taut and efficient work, though it loses none of the creativity the band is known for. Another great album for 2010, and something old and new fans alike are sure to dig.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on July 27, 2010
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Formed in Portland, Oregon, Menomena consists of Justin Harris, Brent Knopf, and Danny Seim. Their first record, I Am the Fun Blame Monster!, was built using a looping software program called DLR or "Deeler," short for Digital Loop Recorder, as the cornerstone of the project. Deeler was created by Knopf, the band's keyboard player and guitarist. After a tempo is set, Deeler starts recording one of the members of the band in a loop. Once that track is set, the recording is then passed to the next player who records an additional part to the same track. This process continues until each member has contributed to the track and any extra desired instrumentation has been added.

Now, three albums later, Menomena is still using their trademark looping technique as the cornerstone of their creative process. Opening with "Queen Black Acid," a simple strumming of the guitar leads into a calm drum beat which paves the way for the vocals. Additional instruments including keys and sleigh bells are occasionally added into the mix as the song progresses, but the original guitar loop continues throughout the track. Although it might seem as though this could get boring quickly, the detailed layers Menomena uses to expand their original idea are more than enough to keep the listener interested.

There is no greater example of how Menomena's looping song structure can build into some of the most fascinating stratified tracks than "Tithe." A xylophone intro fades into the distance as a melancholy piano begins the true loop of the song. Suddenly, a distorted guitar gets pressed into the mix standing out like a sore thumb.
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Menomena has never seemed as though it had a "leader". The three members share singing responsibilities. The share writing credits. No one instrument can take credits for their sound. They truly are a band of musicians, a band you can listen to over and over and over again. There always seems to be some little sounds or nuances that you didn't seem to hear before. While drummer Danny Seim sticks to his percussion (if you could drum like him, who would ask you to stop), Brent Knopf bounces from guitar to keyboard to glockenspiel and Justin Harris switches between saxophone and bass. Mines may not be the most instantly catchy Menomena album. Its more layered and sonically dense. There are still hook-a-plenty and plenty of experimentation, but the songwriting seems more mature. The parts are more integrated and and the styles and strengths of each member seem to compliment each song.
Definitely give this album a listen, then listen to it again! It wasn't my favorite Menomena album the first time I heard it, but it may be now.

SIDENOTE: I highly recommend seeing Menomena perform live if the opportunity presents itself!
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I can't believe there are so few reviews and ratings of this incredible album.

I discovered Menomena through their album Friend & Foe, but it took me years to make it past the first track (which is, sadly, the weakest on that album). One day I finally made it to the third track, "Wet and Rusting," and the keyboard melody at 1:40 hooked me. Finally, I gave the rest of the album a serious listen... I was ashamed when I realized how many years I'd wasted--how many Menomena concerts I must have missed!--by not discovering the album sooner. I fell more and more in love with Friend & Foe every time I played it. (Humorously, when I listen to that same part of "Wet and Rusting," it's now the bass that stands out to me.) Months after I fell in love with Friend & Foe, I realized that I really needed to check out Menomena's other albums.

I've enjoyed all four of Menomena's traditional albums so far (I Am the Fun Blame Monster, Friend & Foe, Mines, and Moms), but Mines is hands-down my favorite. It took me a few listens to really appreciate it, but that's always been the case with me for albums that have the most staying power. If I like something instantly, I tend to tire of it quickly. More complex songs take longer to appreciate, but they just keep getting better and better with every listen.

There isn't a single bad song on this album. I certainly have my favorites (I love "Taos" for its high energy, "Killemall" for its spookiness, "Dirty Cartoons" for its heart, and "Lunchmeat" for whatever it is that makes it such a ridiculously good and haunting song. "Lunchmeat" is my favorite on the album), but every track is strong.
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