- Audio CD (May 20 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Select Distributions
- ASIN: B000093BDW
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
|1. Black Cat|
|2. Brass Digger|
|5. Buena Vista|
|7. Rinky Dinky|
|8. Zillion Eyes|
|9. Jack In The Squares|
|10. San Diego|
|11. Jimmy Cricket|
I will have to go out and buy my own copy because I am tired of waiting my turn to borrow hers. And I am going to have to buy several copies because I keep thinking of friends who would love this but might not hear about it through their regular sources. I am even sending one to a friend in France. We have the advantage of having them be from our area, although that doesn't mean they play here often. I'd not even heard of them until recently. And now I can't get them out of my head.
I don't know the names of all the songs to write in much detail, but "Pages" is one of my favorites. I always have to get up and move when it comes on. Now I have to go out and buy their first cd and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with. A great band, with an outstanding cd and a potentially phenomenal future.
I waited and waited to see them live- I bought this at their show that opened the new tour. First listen, it just didn't seem to live up to the first album.
I was a bit disapointed, but with it in the car cd player for a bit it just kept growing on me and leaving the quirky, poppy songs in my head.
If you liked the first album, definately check this one out as well.
So Built on Squares comes out just as I had forgotten about the Mints. I listened to the samples on Amazon.com, and much to my surprise, I wasn't impressed enough to pay for the album. Then they come to San Diego to play (this time as the headliners) and so I go. They sounded good, but there's been some personnel changes. And I'm just not getting into the new songs. The songs from the first album still sound great live, though, so it's not like the band isn't up to snuff anymore. Maybe they're just in a songwriting slump.
But I buy Built on Squares at the show, still hoping that it'll grow on me after a few spins at home. Unfortunately, it hasn't. There are a few flashes of brilliance (Brass Digger, Buena Vista), but mostly the songwriting sound forced. The abrupt changes that sounded so inspired on the first album don't work as well here; they usually interrupt the flow of the songs in a distracting and annoying way.
And then there's a song called "San Diego". Of course, I really wanted to like this one. It turns out to be the weakest track on the album. Bummer.
But that's just my opinion.