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Review: Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders


The LA Trio return with a much darker, fine-tuned sound with influences sprawling from a whole plethora of eras.

Mini Mansions’ original problem was shaking off the ‘Queen’s of the Stone Age side-project’ tag which they struggled with on their self-titled debut, however The Great Pretenders quashes any of these now seemingly foolish claims, delivering a stunning album in its own right. With Pop-Psych melodies and lucid lyrics this is definitely not to be missed.

Opening with single, ‘Freakout!’ that wouldn’t sound out of place next to the likes of Pink Floyd, sets the precedent immediately for what can only be described as a trip into a deep, emotional world of psychedelic-pop. The 70s influence continues throughout with tracks such as ‘Creeps’ drawing upon Ziggy Stardust era Bowie. 

However despite being an album of figurative highs and lows the ultimate climax of The Great Pretenders has to be Alex Turner…

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