Rx Bandits
Gemini, Her Majesty


3.5
great

Review

by Beauville88 USER (84 Reviews)
July 30th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A return to form...sort of.

I felt like I was the only one who skeptical about RX Bandits reforming and writing a new album, to be honest. While ‘06’s (it’s cool to drop the “20” when referencing last decade, right") And The Battle Begun showcased the band at their very best, weaving energy and creativity into their catchy and progressive take on rock and ska, I was let down by their more straight-forward follow-up Mandala, which seemed overly bland and lacking catchiness in comparison. After a 5 year hiatus, the band is back with their 7th album, Gemini, Her Majesty, but does the band make the comeback worthwhile"

While Mandala was as tight and focused as the band’s ever been musically, the biggest flaw of the album was the gigantic lack of hooks to keep the listener coming back for more; one could marvel at the showcase of talent displayed by the band, but their attempts and lack of any meaningful hook dampened the experience. Gemini, Her Majesty sees the band returning to their straight-forward musical approach, but thankfully, also puts an emphasis on catchy choruses, something the album has in spades. “Wide Open”, one of the album’s shorter cuts, “Fire To The Ocean” and “Meow! Meow! Space Tiger” features funky off-kilter guitars and memorable choruses, “Stargazer” is more aggressive with great falsetto-laden vocals, and “1995” and “Future, Buddy” harkens Bandits of old, with more rock-driven riffs and complex mathy sections (the ending of “1995” in particular is easily one of the album’s highlights). While I do miss the progressive, creative side of the band’s middle years that is general absent from this album, there are still are plenty of successful and worthwhile tracks to be found.

Everything is not a total success, however. Songs such as “Ruby Cumulous” and “Will You Be Tomorrow” suffer due to the lack of climax or meaningful hook, harkening back to the fatal flaw of Mandala, and float aimlessly during their longer runtimes. And there’s songs like “G2G”, which start out terrifically and is carried by one of the album’s best chorus hooks, but slowly fades away during the last two minutes of the track without anything of interest happening. Gemini, Her Majesty in a way seems to be personified by the problems of “G2G”: while the band has clearly found their spark again and is creating catchy music once more, their new-found laid-back approach keeps any sections of assertive, popping musical complexity firmly at bay, which is something that some songs are sorely needing to bring them to the next level.

Was it worth it to dust themselves off and come back for another go" Absolutely. With RX Bandits being solid, dedicated musicians through and through, I took their “break-up” with a grain of salt anyhow, and bouncing back from their creative low-point of Mandala puts the icing on the cake. It’s great and refreshing to see these guys make music again, and hopefully they keep churning out tunes in the future. Now, fellas, cough how about some new Sounds Of Animals Fighting, hmm"



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Beauville88
July 30th 2014


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shitting on Mandala might not be too popular around here...but what can you do?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2014


24778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I feel like I'm the only one who likes Ruby Cumulous

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indigonowhere
Emeritus
July 30th 2014


10727 Comments


i like it tooo

YoYoMancuso
July 30th 2014


12742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeeeahh 3.8 that's what i'm talkin bout

deathschool
July 30th 2014


23259 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. Pos. I need to check this band.

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IronGiant
July 30th 2014


1610 Comments


Yeah Mandala didn't have hooks except for My Lonesome Only Friend, Parsec, Hope Is A Butterfly.., White Lies, Bled To Be Free, and Bring Our Children Home

WatchItExplode
July 30th 2014


6350 Comments


I felt that Mandala was lacking a bit personally. After reading this excellent review I'm not so sure I'm going to enjoy this much. Resignation/Progress era is my fave by far.

BigPleb
July 30th 2014


57014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules hard.

Athom
Emeritus
July 30th 2014


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3 | Sound Off

Shoulda stayed broken up.

BigPleb
July 30th 2014


57014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit Adam.

XingKing
July 30th 2014


14419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is so much wrong with this review that I just want to hate you

hiyabootchie
July 31st 2014


410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How about that guitar riff beginning of Ruby Cumulous though?



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