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Miniature Tigers / Cruel Runnings
Album:Cruel Runnings Collection:General
Artist:Miniature Tigers Added:07/2014
Label:Yebo Music 

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Album Review
Alejandra Salazar
Reviewed 2014-07-22 
Miniature Tigers
Cruel Runnings
Yebo Music, 2014

Miniature Tigers have always been so much fun to listen to. This album takes that to a new level of synth-filled, indie-pop goodness. Makes you think of the colors in their album cover; somehow, they’ve managed to capture the essence of bubblegum pink, seafoam green and highlighter yellow in a series of ten summer-ready songs. Influences from 60s, 70s, 80s pop (light guitar, heavy bass, electronic noise, a touch of lo-fi).

FCCs: 2, 3, 9

**1. (3:28) Aptly named “Swimming Pool Blues”, as the light synth and strumming guitar is reminiscent of beach trips and summer-themed movie montages.
2. (3:30) Driven by groovy keys, bumpin’ bass and dreamy “oooh”s and “aaaah”s. Unfortunate FCC: “shit” (as seen in track name).
3. (3:18) Electronic, video game-esque melody. Having quite a bit of mid-tempo fun with the keys here. Unfortunate FCC no. 2: “fuck”, in opening verse and subsequent harmonies.
**4. (3:50) A bit of everything! Reverbed vox, groovy bass, some heavy synth on keys, tropical island-y beat and sound bites scattered throughout. Makes you want to sway/sing along.
*5. (3:39) Really liking the guitar here—another toe-tapping beach-ready melody, topped with more synth and solid instrumental solos. Amusing lyrics.
6. (3:04) Almost sounds like you’re inside a video game (keys, chimes). The chorus is a bit more energetic, breaks you out of the electronic trance. Feels a bit repetitive by the end.
7. (3:30) A solid track, with dreamy keys and strings (!) for emphasis. The slight scatting/doo-wopping in the chorus is very sing-along-able.
*8. (3:14) Slower tempo, simpler composition with more emphasis on lead vox. The highlight of the song: the little synth noises/drum beats that serve as a break between reverbed vox and driving bass.
9. (2:56) Back to the summer-ready tunes! Most lo-fi-ed track on the album, extremely catchy guitar strumming and humming. Unfortunate FCC no. 3: “fuck”.
***10. (3:20) Slower, psychedelic pacing/vibe. Nice touch: the backing harmonies (“ooooh”)/strings and the high-pitched sound bite that opens the track/keeps it going (“ah-la-la-la”). Great synth-driven chorus, great groovy bass. Excellent track.

Track Listing
1.Swimming Pool Blues 6.Better Apart
2.Utbts 7.I Cant Stop
3.Oblivious 8.Give It Up To Guru
4.Dream Girl 9.Selfish Girl
5.Sadistic Kisses 10.Frazier Ave