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Minor Alps Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ye Olde Records
  • ASIN: B00EVSADDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Buried Plans
2. I Dont Know What To Do With My Hands
3. Far From The Roses
4. If I Wanted Trouble
5. Maxon
6. Wish You Were Upstairs
7. Mixed Feelings
8. Radio Static
9. Lonely Low
10. Waiting For You
11. Away Again

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Over the last two decades, both Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws have carved out long-lasting and strikingly independent careers. Caws with his now 20-year-old New York City group Nada Surf, and Hatfield with the Boston-reared Blake Babies, the Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, as well as a number of releases under her own name. They first worked together in 2008 when he added vocals to the song Such a Beautiful Girl from her album How to Walk Away. She quickly returned the favor, singing on the Nada Surf b-side I Wanna Take You Home. Hatfield and Caws not only share lead vocals and co-writing credit on each of the eleven songs that comprise Get There, but the pair also play every instrument and conjures every sound, aside from some drumming and programming by Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons) and Chris Egan (Solange, Computer Magic). Following the tradition of Iron Butterfly or Led Zeppelin, band names that contain contradictions, they chose Minor Alps " humble mountains.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Alps - There and back 20 Nov 2013
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album by the Minor Alps is garnering attention from many quarters and took the prize of this weeks Sunday Times album of the week. It brings together a collaborative studio release from long-serving US indie rock pairing comprising singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield who formerly worked with the Lemonheads and Matthew Caws of the excellent band Nada Surf. This is by no means a gritty album but it packed full of enough solid melodies to draw you back for further listens and celebrate a very interesting musical partnership. The best way to describe the music is to employ the old fashioned term "power pop". This is music that is not heavy rock yet still packs a punch. Listen to the pounding "I don't know hat to do with my hands" and you get the perfect feel for the album vibe. Punchy melodies layered upon intelligent lyrics and melodic flair are the order of the day. In terms of "Mixed Feelings" you detect a punky classic screaming for wider recognition while the lovely "Lonely Low" recalls Hatfield's former partner Evan Dando at his best. The dreamy electronica of "I wish you were upstairs" also impresses and is the type of song that insidiously infiltrates your brain.

The album gets better and better on repeated listens although it does at time lack variation and variety hence the dropped star. Indeed if all the songs were like the opener "Buried Plans" a sort of Fleetwood Mac driven track with a twist then five stars would follow. As it stands a quick listen on Spotify may convince you that this album could well be a nice stocking filler for those family members not in search of the latest "One Direction" for a present.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Competent, pretty, but a little too comfortable 16 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
I’m not really familiar with Julianna Hatfield’s music, but came to Minor Alps through Matthew Caw’s band Nada Surf. It’s interesting to hear his voice in a different context, and one where he sounds quite at home. Their two voices combine beautifully on a set of songs co-written between them and sung together throughout.

To me the high point is ‘I don’t know what to do with my hands’, a nicely observed song about not being able to read another person. “I could sit here all night, our knees almost touching, but not ever quite”. I’m not sure who wrote that one, but the “tiny victories and bursts of speed” on ‘Far from the Roses’ is a classic Caws form of words.

There’s a greater use of programmed beats here, but the guitar sound is pretty much the same as Nada Surf. ‘Maxon’ stands out for its finger-picked acoustic and woodwind, and ‘Mixed feelings’ brings a welcome burst of energy and a little lyrical bite. Otherwise there’s not a whole lot of sonic variety, with Caws and Hatfield mostly sticking to electric guitars, drums and bass. For all their songwriting talent, it made me wonder if we'd have got something more exciting if Minor Alps was a full band rather than a duo.

Overall, Get There is a grown-up album from two musicians comfortable in their own skin and with nothing to prove. It makes for a competent but unassuming album, and perhaps an unambitious one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a nice end of year surprise. 25 Dec 2013
By graeme
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best albums I've heard all year.Well written songs performed brilliant with a minimum of fuss. Great, great album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there. 22 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
A collaboration between Matthew Caws of the excellent band Nada Surf and Julianna Hatfield who has had a long and varied career most notably with Blake Babies, The Julianna Hatfield 3 & also occasional member of The Lemonheads.
Both individually have lovely voices and share the vocal duties throughout although Julianna's voice does seem to be at the fore on most tracks. When Matthew does get a clear lead vocal the sound is very reminiscent of his old band e.g on 'far from the roses' but this is perhaps understandable as he has such a distinctive voice?
But the overriding beauty of this album is how well their voices blend & harmonize together.
Most of the songs are fairly melodic and restrained (but in a good way) and there's even bits of woodwind (?) on 'maxon' & 'away again' but when they do rock out e.g on the oh so catchy 'i don't know what to do with my hands' they're equally at home.
A couple of average tracks mean it's not perfect but when they're good it doesn't get any better than this.
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