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After a handful of albums exploring various shades of what could be tagged psych-pop, Arizona's Miniature Tigers here make a two-footed leap and land squarely in an arena of cotton-candy pop. Borrowing from the '60s (The Beatles, The Beach Boys) and '80s synth/club pop, Mia Pharaoh is also sprinkled with a mist of chillwave. Yet it's relentlessly bright. Charlie Brand's voice is appealingly breathy and cheery, and at times he comes off like a less naughty Mark Bolan (of T. Rex, for you young'uns). His Bolan-esque lower register on "Afternoons with David Hockney" is quite alluring. Brand's airy falsetto is perfect on tender songs like "Husbands and Wives" and the sweet and breezy "Easy As All That," but most of Mia Pharaoh is so effervescent it threatens to evaporate. The production cries out for more muscle. It's a tightly constructed work and well-written (though lyrically you won't get much more than simple declarations of lust and love). Just a wisp of dark edge or a hint of a T. Rex–ish stomp could help the Tigers get a little growl on. And that could be a very good thing.

Customer Reviews

Purely awesome!!

Oh my god! These people know how to make music! They should be more popular!!!

What is this?

This doesn't even sound like Miniature Tigers. I hope they're just testing out a new sound. I hope it's just one mistake they'll look back on in a few years and laugh about. The only thing I can compare this to (in its uncharacteristic crappiness) is Tegan and Sara's newest album, which is also trying out a mainstream, pop vibe. To all of the bands I love…please stop.

The man

Good to have you guys back!!!


Formed: Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although declared "one of the 25 best bands on MySpace" by Rolling Stone in late 2006, Miniature Tigers rose to wider attention with the release of their 2008 debut, Tell It to the Volcano. The band was founded by songwriter Charlie Brand, an Arizona native who avoided his state's sky-high temperatures by writing songs in his bedroom. The resulting material paired Brand's acoustic guitar with a wide range of pop influences -- the Cars' strut, Weezer's snark, Phil Spector's polish -- and Miniature...
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