Minus the Bear
Infinity Overhead


3.0
good

Review

by Slex CONTRIBUTOR (46 Reviews)
June 6th, 2016 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Minus the charm or innovation

What exactly is there to say about an album that is both thankfully reassuring and sadly disappointing? Perhaps the best thing to say to sum up exactly what the problem with Infinity Overhead is, is that it is exactly what I expected it to be: Better than Omni and not as good as any of the albums preceding it. It's almost tempting to deride the band and album completely as being all style and no substance; there's Dave Knudson, doing his signature bending and tapping, off-kilter riffs; there's Jake Snider, with the exact same vocal delivery as always, his warm and always just slightly distant sounding croon thickly embedded; there's Cory Murchy doing-actually, where is he? What is promising is that Erin Tate and Alex Rose have both improved: the synths this time around are for the most part much more comfortably unobtrusive, and Erin Tate (who has always been solid and somewhat overlooked) is groovy and energetic. There's songs like "Diamond Lightning" and "Toska" that recall Planet of Ice, with their atmospheric production and digestible guitar noodling (and don't get me wrong here; Dave Knudson has a fantastic showing on this album, especially on closer "Cold Company", where his finger-tapping chromatics reach dizzying heights.)

In short, there's just not much to say about this album because there is simply nothing new on display. While it may be unfair to compare this so much to their previous albums, it is integral to do so to understand the failing of this effort. Where Omni found Minus The Bear losing their way, this album simply sees them finding their way back, but not at all finding a road to forge ahead. It is still a very fun and musically exceptional album, but perhaps the title of track 7 can most successfully describe the inherent flaw; "Empty Party Rooms." Where Planet of Ice saw the band maturing and mostly moving past the admittedly goofy demeanor of their first two efforts, Omni and Infinity Overhead are content to be merely fun and enjoyable, which is most disappointing. Fans know that Minus The Bear are capable of so much more, and while not nearly as much as Omni, Infinity Overhead still comes sadly close to sounding like an Empty Party Room.



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user ratings (343)
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other reviews of this album
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  • Dan H. EMERITUS (3)
    Flashes of brilliance juxtaposed with imperfections....

    Julianna Reed EMERITUS (3)
    Minus the Bear continue the quest for that poignancy they once had in their grasp, and wit...

    SwayzeFaced (4)
    The drums lay a foundation that the rest of the band dances around like some sort of demon...

    Alxander19 (3.5)
    Combine Omni with Minus The Bear's previous albums, with predictable results....

  • greencorn5 (3.5)
    A very good album worth listening to, but by no means a classic....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alright, chose the right album this time lol. anyways, last old review for a few days, gonna be reviewing the new Tegan and Sara album next.

Feedback is always appreciated!

Digging: King Krule - Man Alive!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the first 4-5 songs of this album is killer but once Heaven is a Ghost Town comes on it gets extremely boring. btw we have very similar ratings man haha

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tracks 3 and 4 and the closer are definitely my favorites off of this. And yeah man so i'm starting see haha, great minds and all that

DerElefant
June 6th 2016


57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lies and Eyes and Lonely Gun are great too.

I agree with your review though.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unfortunately I'm not a fan of Lonely Gun at all

Lies and Eyes is good tho

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first three tracks are my fav. Diamond Eyes I still jam

bananatossing
June 6th 2016


1086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure, Omni was a step backwards from POI, but it was much more fun than this, methinks, while still retaining some of their technical guitar melodies and whatnot.



A few fillers halfway but this is still solid. I love all Minus The Bear, anyways.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

omni is the only MTB i can't get fully into tbh. at least this one felt like an overall more solid album

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just can't get into Omni, such a huge disappointment after POI for me

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

POI is hard to top tbh

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hell yeah it is

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

need to give that a listen. havent listened to it in full in awhile

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's probably in my top 20 albums tbh, yeah i should listen to it too

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

same top 20 for sure

bananatossing
June 6th 2016


1086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still dig it a ton, Dayglow Vista and Summer Angel are pretty fun songs, while tracks like Secret Country, Into The Mirror and the b-side Broken China are classic Minus The Bear.



But yeah, POI is amazing, and Pirates isn't too far behind.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


25357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Broken China is great true

greencorn5
June 6th 2016


368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Omni had more staying power than IO for me. Initially I liked IO but it got dull quick. Once I played out Cold Company it was over.

DinosaurJones
June 6th 2016


10228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's some good tracks on here. Lies & Eyes and Cold Company really stand out to me.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


9257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cold Company is the best song here imo

Tyler.
June 7th 2016


17694 Comments


Make this band good again



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