Built on Squares Import
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|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|
Starlight Mints ~ Built On Squares
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
With that said the expectations were certainly high for Built on Squares. I was not disappointed but it was missing a certain edgy feel that The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of was chaulk full of.
Some of the songs on the album have been on The Mints' setlists over the past few years so if you have ever seen them in the past 2 years then most likely you have already heard Black Cat (stand-out song with loads of vitality), brass digger (more reminiscant of the "feel" of their first album), rinky dinky (delves into the realm of obscurity), and jimmy cricket (formerly known as Spy Song which has all the makings of a breezy, bahama-laden track which is probably the most lively on the album).
"Pages" is my current favorite with a hopeful but melancholic feel to it.
Whereas Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of contained songs that were all memorable and poignant Built on Squares contains one or two that are forgettable. Nonetheless, the album is a good follow-up and the wait between albums was well worth it. If you are a Starlight Mints fan then you will like this album, if you are new to the band you may want to start off with Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of as I find it to be a tad more approachable.
Most recent customer reviews
This albums is not for everyone. It's certainly not very straightforward. It's got a mix of skittish beats, electronic blips, and acoustic rock. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Sandy DeSantis
i'm so happy i discovered the starlight mints. i bought their cd on a whim and it's been in my stereo ever since. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by NomiShoKa
I saw this band open for the Polyphonic Spree in Dallas and was blown away with how much I enjoyed this band. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Sarah Nejdl
Bowie Meets The Talking Heads And 4 A Little Spice Throw Some Better Than Ezra In The MixPublished on Oct. 6 2003 by Kai D. Kates
This is the greatest thing since Pavement, The Pixies, Tom Waits, and Joe Henry. Buy this CD immediately. It's cinematic. It's the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Truckin' In Texas
I loved the mints first album.
I waited and waited to see them live- I bought this at their show that opened the new tour. Read more
On the first listen, my anticipation for this album hardly seemed appropriate by the middle of the fourth track. By the end of the disc, nothing but disappointment. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Ted Gloun
I bought both of their CD's after listening to some random songs on kazaa. The Starlight Mints are everything the flaming lips should be, and I LIKE that band. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Spiffy
Holy Shazam, I absolutely cannot stop listening to this one. I find it is especially useful when stalled in rush hour traffic, or when it seems that everyone around you wants to... Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by Amazon Customer