Minus the Bear   Infinity Overhead
3.3 Release Date: 2012
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3.0 goodMark Campbell | August 18th 12

It's slightly better than OMNI, but comes
across to me as an amalgam of POI + bits of Menos +
the better parts of OMNI. Aside from some
really contrived lyrics in some spots
(Listing and Heaven Is A Ghost Town being
particularly cheesy), this is pretty much the same
MTB with a few new tricks up their sleeve, while
silencing some of the bitchy old-schoolers; Toska in
particular should satisfy anyone who thought Dave
Knudson forgot how to play guitar, Diamond Lightning
competes with their very best material, and Cold
Company ranks with Lotus and 5 Guitar Band as one of
their all-time best epic closers. The hooks are
more refined and catchier than ever, and MTB seems
to have nailed that sweet spot between pop and
proggy indie rock experimentation that eluded them
on OMNI. The main criticism however is that the
band's simply not writing songs of Pachuca
Sunrise/Monkey!Knife!Fight/Drilling caliber like
they used to and the songs kind of just exist and
don't really go hard enough in either direction,
much like its predecessor. Not to mention that
Jake's lyrics and vocals are stuck on autopilot and
Erin Tate basically died/fell asleep during the
recording. Minus The Energy/Songs/Fun lawl


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0.0 Jacob R. STAFF | August 18th 12

Still can't believe that one dude in this band is from Botch.

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3.0 goodProdigal | August 18th 12

As someone who preordered I am disappointed that I did after hearing this leak. Its Omni
part 2. Oh well back to listening to electric rainbow over and over.
The problem with this album is there really isn't any song that I can't hear a better
version of on Planet of Ice or Highly refined pirates. Its just worse versions of older
songs, even Cold Company.


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4.5 superbfox..x.f.cuy fuck | August 18th 12

rules

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3.0 goodSam Feldman's Rating | August 18th 12

finally finally finally a worthy follow-up to Planet of Ice.

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4.5 superbJeetCrease | June 19th 13

Minus The Bear is not the young, playful band they once were. While Omni threatened senility to some, Infinity Overhead proves they've found their groove as a mature band, and it's awesome.

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3.0 goodiGuter | January 22nd 13

Infinity Overhead keep a persistent groove that has an undeniable charm while not having the poignancy they obtained so well on their last albums. Minus the Bear isn't breaking any new ground, but they sure as hell sound like they are having fun trying.

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0.0 Steoandnoodles | August 28th 12

I didn't find anything in the album overall stood out. A few twinkles of some nice synth sounds sprinkled out helped diverse this from being a pretty generic sounding rock record with some really bland vocal recording in my opinion. I felt the piano and keyboards stood out to me most but nothing else really did anything. There are beautiful moments like the track 'Listing', 'Lonely Gun' and 'Empty Party Rooms' but for me, there was nothing that ignited a grin on my face. 'Lonely Gun' is definitely worth hearing.

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0.0 Matthew D. French | August 24th 12

Biggest disappointment of 2012 thus far.

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2.5 averageTheJunkhead | August 23rd 12

Omni Pt. 2... yes, it's a little better but not by much. I just can't get over how much potential they have yet they choose to write pop songs with no substance.

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5.0 classicSeraph | August 18th 12

Take some time off, smoke something and then listen to Toska on repeat. You wont notice how one single song fades to one magnificent opus and how five minutes become fifty. Before you are finally able to close the player or your eyes, you're on Mars. Lost in space. Literally.

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2.5 averageStagnantwords | August 18th 12

A step up from omni, but overall very bland with minimal memorable moments. RIP minus the bear

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