The Game of Monogamy
MINUS THE BEAR
"Omni" finds quirky Seattle band Minus the Bear acting as the thinking man's Maroon 5. "My Time" opens the record with a sensual, synthy pop number with a bright, retro groove not unlike the kind Beck traffics in; throughout, singer Jake Snider keeps the come-ons coming. Producer Joe Chiccarelli aided My Morning Jacket's trek into soul-influenced, territory on "Evil Urges" and proves a suitable guide here as the band joins disparate influences "into a sweeping collection marked by its slinky and sensual melding of city-stomping rock and deep funk grooves," as stated on the band's website. The band sows its wild R&B and funk oats while maintaining its prog-rock personality.
Kasher's record approximates the often petulant, often profound self-talk of a character not unlike the Peter-Pan types on which director Judd Apatow trains his camera. Yet there's nothing funny about the emotions the Cursive frontman exhibits; he eloquently, viscerally expresses vulnerability, bravado, relational wanderlust and the desire to have the desire to commit.
Musically, he has never been more brilliant; the album is alternately cinematic and intimate with lush arrangements adding flesh to each song's thoughtful skeleton. He rummages through a number of sounds and styles in proposing musical remedies for a heart that finds itself lonely though not alone — orchestral swells, garage rock guitars, marching beats, third-wave ska and new-wave rock all cohabitate here. Although there are big, bombastic moments, the record's standout offers a few of its softest, most subtle ones. "There Must Be Something I've Lost" opens with discordant violin before marrying autumnal folk and acoustic bossa nova. With Kasher delivering a melancholy melody, the song sounds as resonant and aching as similar tunes recorded by The National. Mature content meets a mature sound here.
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