Menomena - Mines
Portland’s Menomena have always been the kind of band that reward repeated listens. Unfortunately, Mines, their fourth release, lacks the immediacy that drew listeners into the whirlpool ingenuity of 2007’s Friend And Foe. With three alternating vocalists, skillful production and a huge variety of instrumentation, Menomena still rarely give you the chance to get too bored.
Mines’ quieter moments (‘Killemall’, ‘Dirty Cartoons’) are its best; where all the nuances of the arrangements, spun around subtle but compelling melodies, can be appreciated. It works less well on the more bombastic numbers, where Menomena cross the intangible boundary between inventive art rock into ambitious but underwhelming indie.