Minutemen   What Makes a Man Start Fires?
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Ranking: #30 for 1983

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4.0 excellentBedex | February 23rd 21

Prod is a bit thin on this, and it's also a slow starter (well in terms of number of tracks anyway, as always with Minutemen these songs are all very short ), as 1-3 are fun but quite straightforward punk tracks that really aren't all that memorable. 4 displays more of the interesting side of the band's palette, and the run from there is quite good, with 6 being a great track too, 8 and 10 being super fun, 11 having an elegant groove, and other tracks being rejam-worthy that I lost track of because the tracks are all like 50 seconds long to a couple minutes at most. I did find that, apart from 15 which is quite fun, the rest of the album beyond that point was a bit less engaging, and furthermore there is a strong feeling of stylistic inconsistency/compilation here that I find perhaps a bit more problematic in this one compared to the debut because it is a little less adventurous stylistically. So cool and good tracks to keep, but not their strongest by any stretch. 3.8

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4.0 excellentErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | April 30th 20

Hey some songs are longer than 2 minutes here!!!!! At the time, it was their most focused release yet (ever heard of Double Nickels? I heard it's p gud), as the longer songs are the best here. While before they would wallow in their raw energy, here the dudes' skills are at the service of songwriting. So ofc Hurley is still a beast at the drums (he could have played in a 60s jazz band if he was alive during that period), Watt slowly becomes one of my favourite punk bassists, and D. Boon gives some of his best solis here. I'd however say that although this is their most consistent release yet, no track here is as great as any song on Joy or that late run on Buzz. So yeah it's almost their best record. 3.8

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