Between death and rebirth, there is a liminal state known to the Tibetans as “Bardo.” …
Minus The Bear is a band known for being in a constant state of metamorphosis. Constantly spanning genres and styles. Their latest album is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that were recorded throughout their thirteen-year career. Imagine witnessing eons of evolution in a single moment, and that’s pretty much what we have here.
They have had an amazing ability to transfer seamlessly between different musical flavors while keeping within the realm of their own unique sound—from the jazzy and almost easy-listening sound of “Invented Memory,” to “Cat Calls and Ill Means” (which sounds like a borderline punk rock homage). The band seems to leave no corner of the spectrum unturned. The only thing that is missing from this is lost truck/dead dog country, which personally, I am very okay with.
Minus The Bear has been a band that is full of surprises, and this album is a great display of this. It can be a fun voyage of discovery to search the nooks and crannies of the mind of a very complicated band. The album may not please everyone, but the people that it does please will get to be very pleased. »
– Aaron Mills