Minuteman are a one-word amalgam for the sound of everything good and bad in rock over the last ten years. Pleasant enough to hear, but nothing you haven't heard before.
Tender vocals and an indistinguishable, plaintive, Piano/chime/sleigh-bell arrangement open the proceedings, which almost predictably, when you get comfortable, launch into heavier guitar arrangements and Placebo come Bon-Jovi-esque vocals. * A long guitar solo arrives towards the end of the song, threatening to go nowhere, just like it's wannabe-Molko-esque 'minus the passion and wit' lyrics*. It's only the closing sentiments that do justice to the band, when all hell brakes loose (think indified rather than rock/metal hell) and they attempt to rock out.
I hope for better with the enhanced CD section, but all I am given is access to download an exclusive track, the live favourite 'Big Boy' (which incidentally doesn't work) and not a lot else. I feel rather cheated - perhaps some information on the band would have gone down well, audio snippets of tracks from their live set and a competition.
4Sajini Wijetilleka's Score