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Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8.25
Production 8.5
Creativity 9
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 86%
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MiniBoone - Big Changes EP

Reviewed by: Gregory Robson (04/21/10)
MiniBoone - Big Changes
Record Label: Drug Front Records
Release Date: Jan. 26, 2010


Let's face it. The weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming and everyone needs a good record to accompany them on these sun-drenched days. Those that can relate, need look no further than Brooklyn quintet MiniBoone. Nevermind the horrific name, these boys can play.

Album opener "Summer Jam," is just that, a highly caffeinated, urgent cut of hyper-kinetic guitars and splashy bass. Second track "Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself," is certain to make a dent at college radio and seems tailor-made to be the song to carry this band to CMJ and SXSW in the not-so-distant future. It's a feverishly catchy, full-throttle juggernaut that rips and tears its way to sonic glory. There's moments of hazy distortion and ample vocal stopgaps and an entire vibe that's heavy-handed, headstrong and undeniably bold. To put it succinctly, these boys can pull no punches and never play it safe. That simple fact makes them a prizewinner any day.

Building on the momentum of the first two is the leave-it-all-on-the-table dynamo "Devil in Your Eyes," which marries syrupy-sweet three-part harmonies with an extended guitar solo and outro. "Rosalina Must Dance Alone" is the quintet's attempt at introspection and does not disappoint. Every band needs an opportunity to show their versatility and "Rosalina," is a perfect elucidation of that very sentiment. Wistful, melodic and undeniably infectious, it's easily one of the album's peaks and very proof that this band is a few short steps away from something very promising.

The disc ends with "I Need," and "Funny Money," nervy, frenetic aural assaults that continue to bolster the argument that MiniBoone might very well be New York's best kept secret. Inarguably potent, undeniably frenetic and laden with hooks a plenty, Big Changes is most definitely somersaulting this collective to the forefront of the Brooklyn indie circuit.

Track Listing 1. Summer Jam
2. Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself
3. Devil in Your Eyes
4. Rosalina Must Dance Alone
5. I Need
6. Funny Money


MiniBoone is Craig Barnes (guitar, keys, vocals)
James Keary (guitar, keys vocals)
Doug Schrashun (guitar, keys, vocals)
Sam Rich (bass)
Taylor Gabriels (drums)


Recommended If You Like Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arcade Fire, Devo


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06:48 AM on 04/21/10
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Corey Hoffy
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Very good review. I may just have to give these guys a listen.
09:59 AM on 04/21/10
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brenByah
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I need some new warm weather music, I'll have to check this out.
10:19 AM on 04/21/10
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Summer music sounds good to me, I'll be checking this out. But is their "Summer Jam" as good as SYG's "Summer Jam"?
10:24 AM on 04/21/10
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Summer music sounds good to me, I'll be checking this out. But is their "Summer Jam" as good as SYG's "Summer Jam"?
Being that I find SYG to be derivative, uninspiring and borderline trite, absolutely.
10:31 AM on 04/21/10
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Being that I find SYG to be derivative, uninspiring and borderline trite, absolutely.
Touche. Listening to it on their myspace now...it's different, but I dig it.
10:36 AM on 04/21/10
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Gregory Robson
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Touche. Listening to it on their myspace now...it's different, but I dig it.
If it wasn't different, I wouldn't have written about it. Thank God, this band is doing something different.
10:48 AM on 04/21/10
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If it wasn't different, I wouldn't have written about it. Thank God, this band is doing something different.
Well thank you for the review. You have opened my eyes to a band that I would have otherwise overlooked.
11:05 AM on 04/21/10
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Gregory Robson
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Well thank you for the review. You have opened my eyes to a band that I would have otherwise overlooked.
My pleasure. That's what I'm here for.
11:11 AM on 04/21/10
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enjoyed this!
12:31 PM on 04/21/10
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i saw them 2 weeks ago in Brooklyn, it was fucking terrible....they have a cool music video though
01:01 PM on 04/21/10
Gregory Robson
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i saw them 2 weeks ago in Brooklyn, it was fucking terrible....they have a cool music video though
Well that was blunt.
01:36 PM on 04/21/10
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. . .Sure, let's go with that.
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heard this band is big stuff. . . BIG stuf. . .
01:55 PM on 04/21/10
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haha did they seriously name themselves after the neutrino experiment? now i have to listen.
04:50 PM on 04/21/10
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Being that I find SYG to be derivative, uninspiring and borderline trite, absolutely.
You sound like a SAT prep test.
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