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Album Review

The farewell release from A Minor Forest, So, Were They in Some Sort of Fight? compiles B-sides, compilation tracks, other rarities, and unreleased material from throughout the band's career over the course of two nearly full compact discs. The sheer length makes it a bit of a daunting listen, particularly knowing that this sort of material rarely produces a consistent listen. And the collection is erratic: some of the experiments simply don't work, while others drag on too long or are poorly recorded. But sandwiched in between are songs ("pieces" might be a better word in some cases) that rank with the best of the group's output; so, for fans, this is definitely worth exploring, especially since — unfortunately — there won't be any more material forthcoming.

Customer Reviews

no this is not the best collection...that would be....

Yeah, I'm not sure who's writing their bio info, but since they've omitted what was really their first album, "Flemish Altruism (Constituent Parts 1993-1996)" (1996, Thrill Jockey) I'll step in, because fans should really search it out.

To sum it up briefly, "...So They Were In Some Sort Of Fight" is a collection of old 7" singles/compilation tracks and other miscellaneous recordings/experiments that didn't work well enough to be on proper records, so it is what it is....some leftovers for the fans and/or completists. Over the course of 2 CDs worth of material, there are hits and misses.

Also, I'd like to point out to the person below who claimed that "...So They Were In Some Sort Of Fight" "completely rips off" the intro to a Wolfmother song that Wolfmother were probably still in grade school when this A Minor Forest record came out.
Do the math before you make accusations.

yeah yeah! Wut! okay!

it sucked major balls

Pretty Good

Not the best possible collection of their songs but there are definatly some good ones on here. If you like any of the other A Minor Forest stuff you would probably like this as well.


Formed: 1992 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Indie Rock

Years Active: '90s

Math-rock trio A Minor Forest formed in San Francisco in 1992, and comprised guitarist/vocalist Erik Hoversten, bassist John Trevor Benson and drummer Andee Connors. Forging a noisy, melancholy sound closer in spirit to midwestern post-rock than the dominant punk aesthetic of the Bay Area, the band struggled to build a local following, and when an offer to record an LP finally arrived, it came courtesy of Chicago-based Thrill Jockey. Recorded by Steve Albini, A Minor Forest's debut LP Flemish Altruism...
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