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From the Archives 6/6/08: Minus Story - You Were On My Side

 

Minus Story - "You Were On My Side" from The Captain is Dead, Let the Drum Corpse Dance

This album always seems to creep back up on me. Usually, the urge to listen to a great album is ignited by something that reminds me about it. That is, a memory cue will reach me, maybe through an announcement of the band's new album or tour dates, and it will inspire me to listen to something older. Recently, I went back to Weezer's Blue Album because the present Red Album craze reminded me of it. However, there are some bands that don't get current press and thus, my memory of their greatness is not jogged. Conversely, there are bands or, more specifically, albums that are so good that they'll always come back to me. Minus Story is a band that I'm not reminded of too often, but 2004's The Captain is Dead, Let the Drum Corpse Dance still comes back to me. The vocal harmonies are heavenly and, overall, it's not your average indie-pop-rock. It's much, much more. It's ethereal and organic but, at the same time, quite driving and synthetic. Give "You Were On My Side" a listen and catch on to that thin line between contradiction that Minus Story treads.

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