Sunday, July 11, 2010

defiance, ohio - midwestern minutes

defiance, ohio return with their fourth full length album - midwestern minutes released on no idea records. this seems like a step forward from their previous effort the fear, the fear, the fear. with eleven songs in less then 28 minutes my biggest complaint with the album is the length; i wish it was longer. two of the songs: "cigarettes" and "diamonds theme song" are both under a minute. the center piece of the album is definitely "hairpool" which holds the entire record together. it's already a fan favorite at shows. "the reason" highlights the addition of piano to the bands ensemble. other highlights include "her majesty's midwestern islands," one of the better songs on the album. as a whole, midwestern minutes, is one of the better albums to come out this year, but unlike defiance, ohio's first two albums, this one took me a little longer to fall in love with. it didn't happen on the first listen, but maybe it wasn't supposed to. i really recommend this album for old and new fans of the band. i think it's a great record, and bears repeated listening.

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