Fly Below the Radar

Fly Below the Radar

by MinibarMinibar


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Minibar continue to stake out their niche of respectable, but not astounding, roots rock on their second release Fly Below the Radar. Much was made of the group's faux-Americana feel in its initial press coverage, but although this does have definite folk-rock, country, and West Coast harmony influences, it's not as simple as a British band trying to play American. They play tuneful rock that has pop appeal without selling out, Simon Petty's breathy, slightly scratchy vocals projecting an inviting, world-weary, reflective warmth. Echoes of bands like R.E.M. and, reaching further back, the Byrds and late-'60s/early-'70s Brit-pop can be heard in addition to the more contemporary alt-folk-rock factors. There are varied accents like the brooding Spanish melodics in "New Mexico," the fairground instruments on the fade of the lilting "Unstoppable," and the ethereal country tinge of "Breathe Easy" and "Martha." There's an even-keeled feel of containment to the proceedings, though, that makes this more modestly likable than striking.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Foodchain Records
UPC: 0644847000825
catalogNumber: 8

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Minibar   Primary Artist
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards
Tim Walker   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Malcolm Cross   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Tack Piano
Simon Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sid Jordan   Bass,Accordion,Harmonium,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rami Jaffee   Producer
Bob Salcedo   Engineer
Dusty Wakeman   Producer
Greg Richling   Producer
Marc Dauer   Engineer
Malcolm Cross   Engineer,Cover Printing
Minibar   Arranger
Simon Petty   Engineer
Sid Jordan   Producer,Engineer
Terry Southern   Engineer
Jon DeBaun   Engineer
Brett Bolander   Graphic Design,Cover Printing
Ariana Morgenstern   Producer
Ray Guarna   Engineer

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Fly Below the Radar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's what Pete Yorn and members of the Wallflowers have to say about Minibar and Fly Below the Radar. The new CD is even better than their first, Road Movies. Influenced by The Jam, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, Squeeze, Billy Bragg, Evan Dando and many other great british and american artists. The bonus disc cover of Ask by the Smiths has a garage feel to it. Not a big Smiths fan ? If you dig Wilco, the Jayhawks, Old 97's, Rhett Miller, you'll surely groove on this CD too.