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Planet of Ice
     

Planet of Ice

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by Minus the Bear
 

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As evidenced on Planet of Ice, Minus the Bear's corner of the indie rock universe is much like that of Death Cab for Cutie's: smoothly melodic and tinged with all kinds of forward-thinking ephemera. "Knights" is dotted with electronic traces but driven primarily

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As evidenced on Planet of Ice, Minus the Bear's corner of the indie rock universe is much like that of Death Cab for Cutie's: smoothly melodic and tinged with all kinds of forward-thinking ephemera. "Knights" is dotted with electronic traces but driven primarily by spiky prog guitar leads and a driving pop hook. Nevertheless, there's also a grandiose side to Minus the Bear that strives for the arena and some kind of Incubus-like world of proggy, expansive guitar enchantment; it's indicated by the wheeling psychedelic accents on "Throwin' Shapes" and the slicing riffs of "Buryin' Luck." "Ice Monster" and "When We Escape" find the band hunkered down into spacy love grooves, while the icy plinks of "Lotus" locate even dreamier musical spaces. This is an album full of interesting harmonics, polished melodies, and singular arrangements, and overall a strong, hypnotic effort from the Seattle band.

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Release Date:
08/21/2007
Label:
Suicide Squeeze
UPC:
0803238006529
catalogNumber:
65
Rank:
84276

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Planet of Ice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
opinionminion More than 1 year ago
...but different isn't always a bad thing. A new sound is introduced in this album that is absent from previous ones. A softer and almost psychedelic melody is present in many of the songs, and the vision is mysterious. While sunshine and youth are connoted in their previous albums, there is an older, darker, surreal, and mystical vibe present among the songs. This is an album for the reflective rather than the reminiscing, better for a dinner party than a backyard rager. But no worries, there is still the Minus the Bear unique sound and originality coursing through the entire album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago