Minus the Bear
Into the Mirror


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
November 6th, 2009 | 43 replies | 12,498 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This short and sweet EP, while only two songs long, shows the boys from Seattle at the top of their game. The new album should be great.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Minus the Bear have always been sexy. Ever since their debut in 2001, Jake Snider and co. have been churning out solid album after solid album. Their stoner indie rock gives off a great vibe, one with wailing guitars, some soulful vocals, and a somewhat playful attitude (some song titles off of Highly Refined Pirates were quotes from Starship Troopers). Planet Of Ice showed a slightly more progressive approach, leaning towards some unconventional songwriting ('Lotus') while still maintaing a catchy, seductive energy, thus making their strongest release to date. Their new EP, Into The Mirror shows the band expanding upon what made Planet Of Ice so great with catchy synths, awesome guitar parts, and ethereal lyrics. A stoner rock epic is not beyond them.

Both songs on "Into The Mirror" are a great addition to Minus the Bear's library. The title track starts smooth and never hits a bump in the road. The guitars are top notch again, with Dave Knudson's bluesy wails that sounds almost all over the place at first, but eventually becomes the focal point of the song. Snider's singing is fine, even if a little repetitive at times. The female vocal interlude (sung by Rachel Flotard of Visqueen) in the middle is a nice touch and adds a little variety to Minus the Bear's weakest attribute. The lyrics, while not exactly poetic, fit with the music well with lines like "the man on the couch in the blue room, with everyone stoned and talking at once". Everything here points to a night on the town, looking up into the sky with your lover and soaking it all in.

As solid as 'Into the Mirror' is, the song that shows further progression of their sound from Planet Of Ice has to be 'Broken China'. Everything Minus the Bear does well is amplified in this song, ending with an odd outro similar to 'Lotus' in structure. This is the song that is probably most representative of the new album. The change in guitar in the beginning verse is fantastic, and the chorus is about as close as you're going to get to headbanging to a Minus the Bear song.

All in all, this short and sweet EP doesn't offer much new, but it is a great middle ground between what is sure to be their two best albums. It has this great energy to it and shows these boys from Seattle are willing to explore, which is always a great thing. The vocals aren't too interesting (void Flotard's part) but the music more than makes up for it. Anybody looking for a slice of top notch Minus the Bear and absolutely can't wait for the new album, check this out.


3.8/5



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EVedder27
November 6th 2009



6088 Comments


very good for your first review. Try out a full-length now that you've got the idea.

SeaAnemone
November 7th 2009



19743 Comments


Nice- short review fits the EP length, this new album is gonna be fucking amazing.

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Waior
November 7th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty good first review, I need to hear the other song off this.

cirq
November 7th 2009



9263 Comments


Can you really call 2 songs that add up to ~10min an EP?

Prophet178
November 7th 2009



6397 Comments


It's a single. Good job doing a review for two songs, I couldn't come up with that much for two songs haha.

cirq
November 7th 2009



9263 Comments


Ah, makes a bit more sense

tombits
November 7th 2009



3469 Comments


Sick review, need to check this out. Never really thought of them as stoner rock though.

johnnyblaze
November 7th 2009



2595 Comments


Jake sings about smokin bongs and being high, but ionno, Stoner Rock has a QOTSA connotation that doesnt fit with MtB.
good review, these songs rule.

StrizzMatik
November 7th 2009



3176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'd put them more in a progressive/indie rock than anything

Yeah EP rules

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MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 7th 2009



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Minus the Bear have always been sexy.

nuff said

WesCrap
November 7th 2009



54 Comments


These make me excited for the new CD

Beauville88
November 7th 2009



217 Comments


I never like to hype myself up for releases...but their next album will be RIDICULOUS!!!

Nice first review!

PatchworkNeurology
November 7th 2009



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

feav233
November 7th 2009



1411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

digging both of these songs

MichaelTheos
November 7th 2009



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So excited for the new cd, both of the songs own.

March_Of_Sand
November 12th 2009



784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When is the new cd scheduled to be released? Anyone know?

HallucinogeNick
November 14th 2009



755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wont be released till 2010, but even though it's a long wait, it will be well worth it. It's safe to say that the next album will be nothing short of amazing. Hell, these guys can play better drunk than half of the bands out there today.

Klekticist
November 22nd 2009



1259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

next album will be pretty sweet. diggin these songs.

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Waior
November 22nd 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So good.

cirq
November 22nd 2009



9263 Comments


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