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Highly Refined Pirates

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suicide Squeeze
  • ASIN: B00006NSFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MINUS THE BEAR - Highly Refined Pirates

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Like many, my introduction to this band was because I heard this guitarist Dave Knudson's new band. (Dave was formerly in a little ol' hardcore band called: Botch)

My initial reaction was shock... Wait! Stop the Presses! This isn't Heavy!

Then I got a grip on myself and actually listened to the CD.... AMAZING!!!

-Honestly if radio stations played music like this I would actually appreciate Pop-Music.

Minus the Bear is filled with amazingly catchy, and skillful, guitar riffs, funktastic bass lines, complex drumming, nice elemental prog-inspired keyboards and a great singer who is also is an amazing lyricist. (See, Get Me Naked: Part II)

They have oodles of talent and are beyond catchy... I ponder my brain everyday wondering why bands like this and Porcupine Tree aren't at the forefront of Mainstream music... and then I remember... Sometimes it is better we keep these gems to real music fans and not companies that will just exploit and ruin them.

Favorite Songs: Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo, Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister, and Women We Haven't Met Yet

-4.5 Stars

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Yowza this band is good...I saw them with Cursive and they managed to steal the show...no small feat. So anyways...onto the CD. Supercool angular, two hand tapped (but not in metalcore gross style), clean melodic riffing complemented by incredible incredible drum and bass work (sounds heavily influenced by electronica music of all things) with cool lyrics sung by a cooler voice. And a guy that makes ambient noise effects/produces the records. There is no weak point to this band that i can think of. Recommended to fans of indie, pop, hardcore...anything really. Listen to this CD in your car with the windows down!
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Great album! Every song is catchy and that is what I want in an album. Check out their other albums they are all pretty good and have the same standard sound. I am not sure what press it is but it is a great sound and the album does not disappoint.
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As there debut length this length is increadible. From start to end. What knocks it out having 5 stars were the "Radio edit" versions of Get me naked 2 and Spritz! Spritz! At the end of the album which are track 15 and 16. There was no need to add these versions on there as well since the songs are already there it just sounds like its on repeat for those 2 songs. They could've added instead the last track from there second EP which wasnt on any of the other releases besides the promo. Other than that this length is a really really good one.
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This would have been a 5-star review if it wasn't for the sound quality of the vinyl, especially compared to the Menos El Oso vinyl release. It sounds muffled and quiet in comparison. The packaging and white vinyl are beautiful though, and the songs are fantastic.
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While it's hard to look back on the past decade and find a lot of music one could define as ground-breaking and inspiring, one could always point to Seattle's chronically and criminally under-rated Minus The Bear as a beacon of hope. While never quite breaking through into the mainstream, the group has toiled away producing a wealth of material that is every bit as tuneful as it is unique. Nowhere is this truer than on the band's mind-blowing debut, 2002's "Highly Refined Pirates."

You wouldn't know the album is ten years old to listen to it. Perhaps part of that is due to the fact that the world has yet to really discover Minus The Bear and therefore, there hasn't been a wave of copycats in their wake. The pros and cons of the band's relative obscurity means that as of this writing, the band's style and unique approach to music remains fresh and pure with each and every listen. Even for the uninitiated listener, "Highly Refined Pirates" is an instant hit. Don't be fooled by the silly song-titles (some of which are inspired by Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi cult-classic "Starship Troopers"), as the songs don't reflect the goofiness of "Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo" or "Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister."

The overall sound of "Highly Refined Pirates" could be described as nothing short of groovy. From the two-handed tapping of guitarist David Knudson to the atmospheric flourishes of producer/keyboardist Matt Bayles, Minus The Bear's sound remains unclassifiable and yet toe-tappingly catchy and refreshing.
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and it's only gotten better.

happy to say this album has been a part of my life since then.
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By Chris on September 2, 2003
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every once in a while, i hear a band that changes my outlook on music. these guys are one of those bands. they make me feel like music can be something more than it seems. the only band i can think to compare them to at all is braid in their later years, but with crazy tap solos. no, not metal tap solos. imagine if you took a crazy metallica solo and kept the guitars clean and played the tap solo at half-speed during the entire song as melodic accompaniement. it's completely nuts. they sound like a disco-influenced indie rock band. i've not heard anyone that really sounds like them.
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