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Mandala

July 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

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By Justin Immerman on July 15, 2009
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This band never ceases to amaze me !

I've been a long time bandit fan and I became a little skeptical at first when I heard they were ditching the horns. I wasn't sure how this band could top their last album "...And the Battle Begun" without some sort of horn in the mix. After my first listen of this album in its entirety, I must say they have done the impossible in every facet of the definition. They continue to push the envelope, album after album after album. Upon finishing the first song, I knew this album was going somewhere and I was kept on the edge of my seat to the very last note that was played. These guys know music, in and out, and I just prey that everyone is blessed with listening to this masterpiece !
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If you appreciate a good album that flows from beginning to end you will love Mandala.

As a whole this album is as cohesive as Dark Side of the Moon. The songs are perfectly ordered and seamlessly blend together from track to track.

What really makes this album great however is the production. This is not a click track band, everything you hear in terms of the basic song framework was recorded live to analog tape. Even if they just added the vocals and a few overdubs on top of the live recorded guitar, bass, drums and keyboard this album would be amazing... but they didn't... they kept going.

This album is filled with so much ambiance that it creates a world of it's own, you can listen to 100 times and you'll hear something new every time.

If you are a music junkie you will love this, and if you're a REAL music junkie you'll want to pick it up on vinyl to enjoy the full effect of this masterpiece.

And since this band is doing things on their own without a major record label, almost all of the money you spend on their music will go directly to putting food in their mouths... You can't beat that!
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This has quickly become one of my favorite albums of the year. I hadn't heard much from RX Bandits, and always thought they they were more of a ska band but to much surprise, Mandala is anything but Ska. The album starts with a building song that sets the tone for the rest of the album. My favorite songs have to be My Lonesome Only Friend, March Of The Caterpillar, and Breakfast Cat. In a year of absolutely great albums from bands like Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Manchester Orchestra and Silversun Pickups, RX Bandits join the list of bands that surprise with beautiful and thought-provoking music. We all need to support music like this more, so that the world knows that it matters. My biggest fear is that in the near future, it will be harder to find such great records amongst the american idol contestant albums that fill so much space.

Mandala is a fantastic rock record that i hope the world will appreciate. if you believe in promoting art and music with integrity, pick up this album and spread the word on one of the best bands so few people know about.
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Fans have been anticipating this album ever since we first heard 2006's ...And The Battle Begun. After that masterpiece of an album, we all wondered "where can they possibly go from here?" or "how can they possibly top this album?"....well Mandala is where they went, as well as how they topped it. Mandala is an absolute genius piece of work, from beginning to end. There is nothing forced with this band, everything comes naturally and organically. The RxBandits are truly one of the most talented bands making music today and there is NO reason why their music shouldn't touch the ears of everyone living. Think their albums are good? catch them live....you've never seen or heard anything like it. Mandala stands as their greatest composition yet, and I am truly excited for the future of this band!
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I got this CD and listened to it in my car on the way to work and was less than impressed, to me it sounded like some run of the mill pop rock nonsense. Tonight, I thought to give it another listen on the home stero and it plays really well and sounds great. I have to say that the sound of each song isn't terribly varied back that on the whole the album sounds very well recorded and clean. So I guess I would suggest to listen to the album loud on a good stero.
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OK, I'm writing this cause I used to play with these guys when I was in The Decapitones. Those were the good ol' days...us, Channel 6 and Jeffries Fan Club. But, alas, those days are over and Rx has kept going. I'm glad they've changed...the last few albums felt like they were trying too hard to hold on to the past. This one feels different, more experimental. #1 Alternative Album on Amazon! Good job, guys. Your voice is still one of the strongest I've heard...but you've ventured a bit away from Sublime...into your own style. White lies has a great vibe.
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Despite the fact that I've only listened to RX Bandits for a few years, I am in love with everyone of their albums--and Mandala has quickly joined that love list. I got a little nervous when they first released two of the songs online--they were definitely unique, and how would they fit into the CD? Was this going to be a dramatic step from And the Battle Begun, which I consider one of my favorite CDs of all time? I can honestly say that it is (although not as much of a change from between any two of their older albums), but in a great way. Many bands claim to "develop", which really just means that they've gotten more poppy so they can appeal to a larger audience who is content with listening to the same four power chords used over and over. Mandala is the complete opposite of this. The songs flow together beautifully, and each is an incredible piece of work. You can tell they put a lot of thought and passion into this CD, and I know it is already destined to become another one of my favorite CDs of all time (which is hard to do because I play guitar and drums, so you better be creative and original to get on that list).

I HIGHLY recommend that everyone buy this album and support RXB so that they continue making amazing music. I also encourage everyone to attend one of their shows--they're usually inexpensive, and they put on a spectacular performance. How can you say no to either of those things?

My favorites so far from the CD are My Lonesome Only Friend, It's Only Another Parsec?, Mientras La Veo Sonar, March of the Caterpillar, and Bled to Be Free.
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