03 December 2008

Mineral - The Power of Failing (1997)

An essential album to have for any real emo fan. Mineral were together for only four years releasing two full length albums in that time. The Power of Failing being their first and their best. The album is full of driving melodies and "heart-penetrating lyrics." The explore the gambit of volume vocals that go from hushed to pure power and instrumentals that can go from calm to almost violent in an instant. Anyone who claims to know what "emo" is doesn't know shit if they haven't heard this album.

Here's part of a real review from punknews.org
"It’s always nice when you discover a band (or album) that hits you in a way much like a breath of fresh air after a long night in a crowded bar. When I first listened to The Power of Failing. by Mineral, I was really impressed with them musically, just the way they sounded so cohesive and how at any point in time I could find myself humming some of the bass or guitar parts in my head. Too bad they only lasted through the `90s; they still made an impact however on how indie and emotional music would be made afterwards. 

If you are into this type of music, this is definitely one of the best indie/emotional rock albums that I’ve ever heard and I hold it in high regard, much like Sunny Day Real Estate’s album Diary. The only defect (if you could even call it that) on this album would have to be the length of the songs; however, all the songs are pretty amazing all the way through. The shortest track falls around the 3:15 minute mark while the rest usually push over five minutes.

The music itself is quite moving: beautiful guitars, well-placed bass lines, and great drums charge the engine of this band. The vocals are emotional and energetic as vocalist Chris Simpson pours every amount of feeling and vigor into the mic. The songs are slow, melodic, and the instrumentation will baffle you. The best track on this album (in my opinion) titled “Slower” holds lyrics like "I scream into the wind and laugh / As the words slap me in the face / I would gladly trade a lifetime of convenience / For an honest day or two" are alone powerful but the way that Simpson’s haunting voice delivers them are unforgettable. Whether it’s on top of noisy distorted guitars, clean and subtle picking or strumming, his voice really completes the sound of this band and makes a distinct mark on first listen."

Track Listing:
1. Five, Eight, and Ten- 5:26*
2. Gloria- 3:42*
3. Slower- 5:47
4. Dolorosa- 5:10*
5. 80-37- 4:33
6. If I could- 5:59
7. July- 4:24
8. Silver- 6:56
9. Take the Picture Now- 3:16
10. Parking Lot- 3:52*

*My personal favorite tracks

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yep. This one rocks!