Mantles, The / Long Enough To Leave
Album: Long Enough To Leave   Collection:General
Artist:Mantles, The   Added:Jun 2013
Label:Slumberland Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-07-01 Pull Date: 2013-09-02
Week Ending: Sep 1 Aug 25 Aug 18 Aug 4 Jul 28 Jul 21 Jul 14 Jul 7
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 25, 2013: Meow After Midnight: The Best Of Summer 2013
Marbled Birds
4. Aug 15, 2013: Home Free
Don't Cross Town
2. Aug 28, 2013: Meow After Midnight
Marbled Birds
5. Aug 14, 2013: Meow After Midnight
3. Aug 23, 2013: Meow: The Big Takeover
Raspberry Thighs
6. Aug 03, 2013: Meow
Marbled Birds

Album Review
Grumpy Sean
Reviewed 2013-06-28
Second full-length from this fine Bay Area band channels a healthy dose of paisley (60s San Francisco and 80s Los Angeles) and southwestern influences (country and desert) into well-crafted pop-rock songs. Bits and pieces of the Byrds, Kinks, Guided By Voices, recent records from The Clean and The Bats, and Game Theory -- lots of clean guitar strumming, vocal harmonizing submerged in the mix, melodies and lyrics that are wistful without being maudlin. Although they've added an extra guitar player since recording this record who adds a live lead-solo punch, the album is certainly a success on its own terms. No FCCs detected.

1. ** med(-), almost like an overture that outlines everything to come
2. med(-), faux-brit accents give a Kinks-y flavor to an otherwise subdued rocker
3. builds to med(+), subject to curse of the "title track"
4. * med(+), energetic bass, big gear-shifts from verse to chorus
5. * med, feels like the Sundays ("Here's Where The Story Ends") but male vox
6. med, chorus/bridge tries to get snotty but then settles back down
7. * med, organ finally mixed to where it can be heard, reminiscent of Blue Orchids' "Bad Education"
8. med(-), slightly more folksy/western shuffle mixed with faint synth washes
9. med(+), peppy, simple, faux-glockenspiel at end isn't needed
10. dn(+), sparse, mellow, brings the album to a logical end (and encourages me to start over from the top!)

Track Listing
1. Marbled Birds   6. Brown Balloon
2. Hello   7. Bad Design
3. Long Enough To Leave   8. Don't Cross Town
4. Reason's Run   9. More That I Pay
5. Raspberry Thighs   10. Shadow Of Your Step