Anti-Tiger [EP] Review

artist: The Mint Chicks date: 09/24/2007 category: compact discs
The Mint Chicks: Anti-Tiger [EP]
Release Date: Jul 16, 2004
Label: Flying Nun
Genres: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 6
If you want a fourteen minute energy release then Anti-Tiger is for you.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 7.7
Anti-Tiger [EP] Reviewed by: Fouxdafafa, on september 24, 2007
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Sound: New Zealand powerpop band The Mint Chicks present one hell of a package with Anti-Tiger, and even the bright, alternative cover art (done by Guitarist Ruban Neilson) won't set you up for the shock wave of energy contained within the fourteen minutes of sound on the EP. This is a refreshing EP, with the Mint Chicks attempting to show off their live energy whilst also presenting their experimental and commercially viable sides too. The first track ('Prelude') sounds like a recording of 80s arcade games taking amphetamines, and is followed by 'Blue Team Go! ' which is as good as powerpop can get (this is one example of that on stage energy presented through Anti-Tiger). The title track presents a better impression of the true potential possessed by the lads from Auckland providing a catchy bass-line and a chorus rattling off syllables and drumbeats like a 1940s machine gun. 'Opium for the People', my personal favourite from Anti-Tiger - shows what was, at the time of recording, their best work (however I believe this has been surpassed by some tracks off the 2006 album "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"). The penultimate track, 'Fake Up' is, like 'Blue Team Go!' an energetic number destined to fling any audience into a spontaneous, arms-and-legs-flailing mosh pit. 'The Perfect Machine' was a little less than perfect for me, and although it showed immense potential (I initially thought of it as sounding like a long lost 1980s Kiwi-classic from either Th' Dudes or The Exponents) but the let-down was the vocals, possibly played backwards over the track. If they had written some more meaningful lyrics to 'The Perfect Machine' (or not messed around with those they did write) I could see it going far. // 8

Lyrics: The majority of lyrics on Anti-Tiger are good, but it seems that half of the time the band either don't try, or try whilst comatose after a bottle of Bacardi each. The (only) lyrics to 'Blue Team Go!' are the title repeated over and over again, and 'Fake Up', although musically good, provides the listener with no more than screams and grunts which assemble some form of order in time with the other members of the band. However, as implied above, what these two tracks lack in lyrical ability and execution is made up tenfold with energy. It's nice to know that in more recent releases the Mint Chicks can harness the energy of 'Fake Up' and their live performances and combine it with more meaningful (and understandable) lyrics such as those found in 'Opium for the People'. // 7

Overall Impression: If you want a fourteen minute energy release then Anti-Tiger is for you. Good songs and screeds of raw, passionate energy fling themselves headlong at anyone within earshot of this EP. It does appear to be a 'love it or hate it' release though, with very little middle ground and if you don't think it's going to be for you I'd suggest getting The Mint Chicks' First LP "F--k The Golden Youth," it has 'Opium for the People' and more tracks like it with less of the (dare I say it) 'silly' stuff like 'Fake Up'. For Mint Chicks fans who have the two full-length albums, or for those with a spare fifteen bucks in their pocket (and fourteen minutes of their time), it's definitely worth a listen. // 8

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