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MenomenaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B008NCW8A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Moms explores a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a band that's taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth. It's tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes (''Baton''), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat (''Capsule''), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release (''Tantalus''). Opener ''Plumage'' couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while ''Pique'' turns the same sort of seemingly impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was worried... September 21, 2012
By John C
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I have been a Menomena fan for years. They have been a consistently great band, and one that I believe has been underappreciated. So, when I had heard that Brent Knopf had left the band, I assumed that Menomena was gone for good. However, then came the announcement that the two remaining members were releasing a new album. I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing this news, but quite frankly I was skeptical. The reality is that none of us could really know what would be lost when one third of the band left. The good news is that it appears that nothing was lost, there is just some change. This album is fantastic - it is the tighest and most cohesive album Menomena has put out. Now, I will admit that some of what made a Menomena album great was that there were always surprises from song to song. The difference now is that the songs are thematically tied together, and they just flow from beginning to end. Also, there are still complex song structures that allow you to find new twists upon multiple listens. Bottom line is that Menomena is still alive and well, just a little different, and in some ways maybe a little better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow up to 'mines' November 2, 2012
By James
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After losing a member, I was worried how Menomena would sound. But on 'Moms' they are as rich and fresh as ever. There are no weak songs to here, and 'Heavy...' and 'One Horse' are emotional journeys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting October 21, 2012
By Eric
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After stumbling upon the music video for "Evil Bee" from their album "Friend and Foe", I have been a big fan of Menomena for years. "Moms" is not my favorite album of theirs, but it's on par if not better than "Mines" which is good considering the recent departure of Brent Knopf. Rather than giving the finger to Brent or being upset about the matter, Justin and Danny have crafted a very personal album about their parents, the struggles of being a decent man and other topics.

"Pique" is a sobering track at heart. Behind its distorted guitars and resounding horns are lyrics about being a huge disappointment to your loved ones. "Heavy Is As Heavy Does" wastes no time sending a message when a simple piano melody accompanies lyrics such as "Proud my father never was of me" or "I don't believe in second chances". "Skintercourse" explores the inevitable pains of romance and arguments, spouting words like "my overarching need to pry under your skin".

A few songs come off as filler at first listen, but every track on the album is solid in its own right. Grows on you, especially if you find common ground with the stories Justin and Danny are putting on the table. Highly recommend listening to the album with good headphones to catch every element, particularly for the quieter moments on the closing track "One Horse".

Looking forward to more of Menomena's consistently good releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Different, Differently Wonderful September 24, 2012
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When I heard Brent Knopf left the band, I figured that was it, done, finito'. Well no mas finito' in my brain anymore as Justin and Danny's dramatic duo creation 'Moms' has proven that thought wrong in a big way. I wonder if this is how those two originally saw their music before Brent graduated from Dartmouth, joined in and began collaborating with them. The songs are different in 'Moms' as they don't have the radical jumps and textural randomness that the other albums presented. These are individual songs that move from point A to B in an less surprising but yet still very scenic Menomena laid path. There are no bumps in the road so-to-speak, it has been repaved. 'Moms' is a great Menomena album and is highly recommended. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I like this new road and look forward to my next vacation there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little is nice, but a lot get's a bit... March 1, 2013
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... monotonous. It's nice mellow, moody music, but after a while, it get's a bit boring. I will get their next 1 or 2 albums, but unless they get a little more depth, I may stop there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Knopf Is a Very Big Loss October 18, 2012
By TomP_AZ
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After giving "Moms" a few listens, I went back to "Mines" to hear the big difference. This is still an above average album by indie rock standards, but the music is lacking, and it's obvious that losing Brent Knopf is the reason. I'm sure that music critics who dwell on how personal the lyrics have become will love it, but the music just isn't nearly as interesting. A couple exceptions are "Skintercourse" and "Pique", which may actually remain on my iPod.
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Was really happy to finally get this on vinyl, but I was disappointed when I heard the last song in the middle of the album as it was playing. They add a 10 minute ambient track on side 4 as a bonus, but it throws off the flow of the album if you are used to it the other way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Menomena March 27, 2013
By zjp
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Menomena is amazing. VERY artsy and creative musicians here! I love this whole album, I also like how all the tracks are different yet equally outstanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Menomena at their best
I never would have thought a "theme" album about a band's mothers would rock so hard. Creative, rhythmic, energetic, this is one I listen to from start to finish every... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Daniel T. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Menomena, but great.
This cd features only two of the three guys from Menomena. It is more straight-forward than past Menomena cds but it is still really good.
Published 21 months ago by Shea Sublett
5.0 out of 5 stars I dig it
Really enjoy the sounds of this album. No weak tracks. Great background music for me throughout the day. Glad I purchased it!
Published 22 months ago by Pete Abbate
5.0 out of 5 stars best album yet
I think this is their best work yet. Can't really pick any favorites because each song has it's place in the album but if I had to pick favorites I'd go with One Horse and Heavy is... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Seth Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great quality CD!! Absolutely love this cd item. I listen to it all the time.....great quality....great item.....thanks! Would buy again.
Published 22 months ago by Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Menomena
Not their best album but some great tracks on this. One of my favorite bands and love all of their work.
Published 23 months ago by Alex Hanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Glad I got this CD on Amazon for so cheap. I just wanted to check out their music and although it is
really good, it's not my favorite. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Chandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Seriously the best indie rock record I have heard in years. Buy this album you will not regret doing so.
Published on October 21, 2012 by Joel
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