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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Model Citizen
  • ASIN: B0051Z78KE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Marcata - The Minutes [CD]

BBC Review

Marcata has taken The Minutes six years to make, and yet from the outset appears to be something of a loose and tossed-together affair. Throwaway opener Monster almost dares us to keep listening – weaker listeners are likely to be left behind here. Those who make it further are treated to the gloriously melodic Black Keys: a garage-rock anthem in the making, it soaks its audience in a sea of horns as nasty guitars etch their name into skin, like keys against glass.

Gulp follows, but is easily skipped as its all-too-familiar chord sequences do nothing to ignite the soul – one has to wonder why the Dublin trio didn’t skip immediately into Fleetwood, a song so huge with ideas that it would sit comfortably in a Kasabian live show. Suddenly it becomes clear why this album has taken so long to get right, as the band’s vision has begun to stretch free of their garage roots. Long-term admirers will feel comfortable with Believer and Secret History, though, as each nods back to the DIY ethics that moulded the band; they’ll also have you checking the settings on your stereo, as the distortion is so sharp.

Black & Blue (A Letter) kicks off what’d be side two if this arrived on decidedly scratched vinyl. It’s an awkward love song performed from an almost embarrassed viewpoint, mumbled sensitive emotions masked by that now signature guitar sound. But The Minutes don’t wallow for long: Heartbreaker spits and struts its way through a perfect two minutes, its makers’ penchant for producing perfect pop-rock (complete with handclaps!) shining through whatever their tendency to reach out on new tangents. Guilt Quilt showcases their mature side again – hitting the garage wall with groove and forceful ambition, it’s a wonderful illustration of how far these musicians have come since they first wrote together.

Penultimate number I.M.T.O.O. is as enjoyably dirty as anything else on the record, which in many ways is the problem with Marcata. The singles, including Black Keys and Fleetwood, are huge and magnificent, and the album tracks are as intentionally messy as they are fun. But apart from the odd soulful moment and some clever production, there is nothing here that sets them apart from their obvious influences.

--Rory McConnell

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Ireland sure rocks. But we knew that already. Didn't Rory Gallagher paved the way with his bluesrock and heavy bluesrock from the end of the seventies. The Minutes even have a subtle hommage to the late seventies Rory Gallagher. One of the videoclips start with a picture of the late great Rory.

But let's get back to The Minutes. Their debut is a powerful rock record, not for those with a weak heart. Maybe it's like the band Taste, but then transported to the year 2012. Heavy drums, strong bass lines, heavy and strong guitar with a touch of blues. It's full garagerock that delivered through your speakers.

Strong "Black Keys", fluent rockriff and underrated rock song "Fleetwood" that quickly works it's way to small eruption to get back into the basic groove again, pumping "Believer": the stongest songs are on the first part of the record.

Marcata: an energy kick for your soul!
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I caught these guys by chance at the Isle of Wight festival this year. I wasn't too bothered about seeing anyone that Sunday as I was there primarily for Bruce Springsteen. Sat having a beer these guys came on and got me on my feet and up front. They've got energy, they believe in what they're doing and the songs are rockin'.

If there's any justice these guys will go far so get in before the cool kids catch on!
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I saw The Minutes supporting The Hives last month and they were nothing short of PHENOMENAL. It's been a long time since a support band had that impression on me. I was worried that the album would not capture their live sound, however i was not disappointed. If you are a fan of some good loud stonking rock then stop reading this review and buy/download/steal (no definitely DO NOT do that last one) album immediately. You won't be disappointed!
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Black Keys, AC/DC and the White Stripes. Those three bands share something in common. They're all awesome. So are these guys, so buy their album if you'd like to hear the result of the Black Keys, AC/DC and the White Stripes being fed into a blender to create the world's tastiest Rock and Roll smoothie.

Sidenote: Hipsters - your friends don't know who these guys are either, so they "must" be cool.
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love this album
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