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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 16 February 2003
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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on 30 July 2001
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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