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Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders | Album Review

We take a listen to the latest release from Mini Mansions!

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Mini Mansions are a band from Los Angeles founded by Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford, and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman. They have been making music since 2009 and their latest album, The Great Pretenders, is their first L.P since their self titled album in 2010 and shows they have come along way from their previous psychedelic hippie vibes to an album with much greater depth and meaning.

Michael Shuman brings a heavier rock sound to what at first seems a fairly soft alternative group, and this is most prominent on the track ‘Mirror Mountain‘ which finishes up with some intense instrumentals. The bands are best known for ‘Vertigo‘ with a guest appearance from Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, whose voice fits so naturally in to their music. Alex’s husky tones compliment the rocky alternative nature of the group and his presence on the album is one of many clear signs of their potential and harbored sound. ‘The End, Again‘ rounds off the album with some dreamy synth and a slower tempo after a whirlwind of indie, rock and some heavy bass guitar.

The lyrics and song names, such as ‘Any Emotions‘, ‘Heart of Stone‘ and ‘Death Is a Girl‘, would steer you to think the music might have been provoked by heart-break, but the album makes you feel anything but. ‘Life no more miss me, death the final high, Life is just one way to die, Honey come home.’ The sadness that comes through in the lyrics is compensated by the uplifting instrumentals and vocals which maybe indicates the music was recorded in hindsight. With this said The Great Pretenders is a definite for your summer soundtrack, the perfect mix of relaxation and rock and the background to a hazy afternoon in the sun.

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