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Power of Failing Import

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Crank
  • ASIN: B000005882
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Five, Eight And Ten
  2. Gloria
  3. Slower
  4. Dolorosa
  5. 80-37
  6. If I Could
  7. July
  8. Silver
  9. Take The Picture Now
  10. Parking Lot

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Format: Audio CD
A lot of bands get called 'emo' these days, but if you want to listen to a band that have genuine emotional impact then look no further than mineral. If I had to criticise it at all I would say the vocals lack variety, but you can't question their emotional involvement. Still easily a five star record and a must buy for any fans of emo.
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Format: Audio CD
Power of Failing (1998), the debut album of the stunning Christian rock band 'Mineral'. This record set the path Mineral strode; Emotional Hardcore, of the true nature.
The album starts lightly; 'five, eight and ten', not too deep, slight bright intro to the album's story. This song does express the style of Mineral but i would say it is not their best, however it's not a half bad start! The song proves to many that emo can rock cos as the song progresses you get deeper as the sound expandes and engulfs you and by the end your mind is within the music, this is 'Emo'.
The best tracks in my opinion have to be, 'Five, Eight and Ten', 'Slower', 'If I Could' and 'Silver'.
This album has a lot of quality for a debut; its has utmost consistancy right through the album, and so the music is flowing through you right till the CD stops. 'Power of Failing', when compared to 'End Serending' Mineral's second and last album, is more raw, faster, more upbeat and more rocking, but, i still hold's everything dear to Mineral in it, as can be heard in 'End Serenading'.
Each song is a chapter, not that much variation but that is the sacrfice for consistancy (, and personally i'd choose consistancy in Mineral's case).
As with most if not all bands, their second is more commercail sounding which therfore makes it more acceptable to first time listeners, i do agree as i think a first time listener will prefer End Serenading, but, i'd recomend Power of Failing first just to experience the journey throught and between the 2 albums it will make all the more difference.
As i said in my review of End Serenading, Mineral are the definition of emo. Power of Failing, maybe not as much as End Serenading but still IS Emotion Hardcore. This album was the start of the true and pure.
Highly Recomended for those who know real emo and for those who are looking into it, high album will take hold of you and make you forget the in-significant things about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastically sad record 17 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how the fellow below me thinks that this record comes together without being depressing. I listen to quite a bit of sad music, but this record leaves me more drained than anything else. And I've never been able to pinpoint exactly what aspect of the songs it is that absolutley kill me, but somehow the combination of his almost resigned voice, the pained chords, and the heart-crushing lyrics like
Hey sorrow where are you
Tomorrow just won't be the same
Without you here
I'll wish for shoulders bold and broad to bear
And strength to hold my head above them
It's been so long since I've stood on my two feet
I'd really rather lay here and pretend
But people like you and me never get that peace
It comes from denying that everything is so screwed up
It's so screwed up
I stand on a building and throw up my arms to the sky
I swallow my pride and admit
That it's not always best to understand the reason why
It's just not the same when you wake up in the morning
With a smile on your face
When you know you lied yourself to sleep to make it better
To make it better
Lyrics like this kill me every time. This album is definitely recommended to anyone that, like myself, has an affinity for songs that leave them drained and depressed. But beware, it's hard to avoid feeling like that when these 10 songs are over.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Start.... 16 Jan. 2006
By gonzo muppet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Any respectable critic and music enthusiast will agree that Mineral is one of the most unpopular bands (with regard to the public) that has managed to touch virtually every band within the music industry. They are like the U2 of the underground rock scene, in that everyone has been influenced by them in some way shape or form.

This album here, is their debut album that was most ground breaking with the song "Parking Lot". Most people dont really care for this album because the recording quality wasn't too great. This was because the band had to record the album in a very inconsistent manner. They recorded a few songs here and a few there, not like most bands who sit down in one studio and record the whole thing. Mineral recorded this album, if I am not mistaken, in three different locations with not the greatest recording equipment. I feel this adds character and you can almost feel the music maturing as you go from track to track..... then blowing peoples minds with "Parking Lot" to finish things off.

Mineral was one of those bands that came, recorded some songs, and left just as soon as they appeared. These guys are legends in the music industry. Everyone has heard the songs but very few have seen them live. If you want to own a little piece of history get this album. And experience for yourself the birth of a legend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pizza Boys gone rock... 9 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Who would have known four young guys from Austin, Texas could make such an amazing album in the turbulent mid 90's when music was on its way downhill? Those that hate the music we call "emo" will not like this. Many have accused these guys of being Sunny Day Real Estate clones, but that is completely unfair. This is probably one of the best albums of the last 10 years. The interplay of the two guitars in probably some of the best you're likely to hear in this genre or in many others for that matter. Some of this album sounds like "good time" rock you might have heard in one of those cheesy early 90's teen shows..but that is immediately overpowered by the sheer beauty of the music. Almost every song on this cd will pull you in and stay in your head for days after hearing it. I can't even start to describe it..emotionally charged sound...wonderful vocals that stretch syllables to the point of no return, some of the greatest 2 guitar interplay i've every heard and a solid rhythm section that keeps it all together. The lyrics are incredible and use metaphorical twists that make you start trying to take apart the story that Christopher Simpson is singing in your ears as his guitar magically hums in the background...if you're going through hard emotional times this album will probably make you cry. Even if you're happy you'll probably want to cry. Amazing. The somewhat raw production might bother a few, but I think it only adds to the charm. After listening to this you might want to try their second album, Endserenading, but it can't even come close to matching this one...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and hard 12 Aug. 2000
By chris wildeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
lots of good build-ups on this album, which usually end with a good bit of screaming and some painfully loud guitar work; this is a good album to listen to when you are to the point where you are so emotional that you get angry, because this seems to be the place that the music for this album was written from. the lyrics are very different, however, sensitive and probing, especially on parking lot. you almost get the feeling that they are trying to hide the lyrics on this album, but on the later recording and with the gloria record, they mature to the point where they are ready to expose the lyrics more. even though these later efforts are more polished and lyrically oriented, the power of failing is still a must-buy; no matter how much you like the quiter side of emo, you still need some albums like this that you can play when you aren't in the mood to deal with the subdued nature of the majority of emo.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special 17 Mar. 2004
By Walker Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This may be a strange way of starting a five-star review, but I'm gonna say it: I'm not so hot on this album. I really can't even stand to listen to it all the way through. A lot of the songs are just sloppy and whiney.
BUT...there are three songs on this album that more than make up for what i consider to be at least five songs of nothing more than annoying, forced, overblown filler. These three songs are gloria, if i could, and parking lot. I probably wore my cd player out on these songs. they were like heroin for the first two months I owned this cd. If i wasn't listening to them, I was thinking about or humming one of them.
I first heard parking lot on this compilation that my sister got at warped tour. within thirty seconds of listening, i knew that i had stumbled across something life-changing. While it's not the polished and over-produced rock that's heard on the radio, the song writing (and sometimes shakey vocals) burrows into your heart and takes up permanent residence. And the lyrics paired with the melodies are just so intense it gives me chills.
But that only applies to those three songs. The rest of the album can go to hell for all I care. Just my humble opinion.
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