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Artist:

Mink

Album:

Mink

Year: 2007
Format: CD
Label: Spitfire
Genre: [Punk/Rock/Powerpop/Psychedelic]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.0


Mink's self-titled debut delivers a fistful of attitude coupled with infectious grooves and hooks. The band's strengths are in simplistic stomping rhythms and their dynamic heartfelt performance. Actually the first thing that grabbed my attention while listening to this record was how tight the drummer Stella Mozgawa and bassist Grant Fitzpatrick played together.

Unlike most bands, Mink's members don't all share the same home country... while Neal Carson hails from New York, rest of the group is based at Australia. This doesn't seem to hinder them at all, instead the band is fused with energy, which is clearly audible on this release. The material is of steady quality, although some tracks stand out from the rest. In the beginning I was going to list the highlights, but the more I listen to this album the more I start to appreciate every song on it... during this musical journey the band explores everywhere in between the high energy of Pills and slower tracks such as Sweeter, and they do it with success. Perhaps the album closing 'Will Not Let You Down' along with the hidden bonus track 'Look Into Each Other' crown this release, in spite of other quality songs such as Crazy World.

Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Chris Shaw (Dylan, Wilco) produced this album, hence it's no surprise the sounds are rather apt for a retroish punk rock album. The design for the album cover, on the other hand, is celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D's handiwork. All in all, I was favourably surprised by Mink, and look forward to hearing further releases by them.

Release date: August 28th, 2007

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- MAGE (August 27th, 2007)



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LINE-UP:
Carlson, Neal: Vocals
Maybury, Nick: Lead Guitar
Lowy, David: Rhythm Guitar
Fitzpatrick, Grant: Bass
Mozgawa, Stella: Drums
Producer: Massy, Sylvia & Shaw, Chris
Mixing by: Massy, Sylvia
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Mink - Mink  CD  Cover Image
01. Get It Right
02. Madame Chung
03. Talk to Me
04. Dematerialize
05. Pressure Pressure
06. Jodi
07. Crazy World
08. Untouchable
09. Sweeter
10. New York Summer
11. Pills
12. Will Not Let You Down
  + Look Into Each Other

Length: 43:37
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