Album Review: Old Theatrics by The Minor White

Album Name: Old Theatrics
Artist: The Minor White
Year/Label: 2008 / Prairie Queen Records

Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Gosh, this is kind of hard to categorize. Piano pop? Cabaret? Rock? Whatever you want to call it, it’s really interesting.

The Minor White is Roy Williams (Piano, Guitar, Vocals), Kyle Wall (Guitar, Keyboards). Shane O’Hara (Drums). Ian O’Hara (Bass), and Kevin Williams (Keyboards, Vocals). Other than that, I know little about the band since their website is sparse.

The opener, Old Fashioned Drinker is fun and frolicky. Then the next track, Go to Hell is really messy and noisy in a good way.

Vaudeville begins almost orchestral, then the banjoes come in. Seriously! Cool song.

I particularly like Roy Williams’ voice on Pale Ideas.

I also enjoy I’ve Burned Down Every House, it’s more cabaret -ish what with the jangly piano. This is probably my favorite track, today anyway.

This is a great record. It’s melodic and dramatic, fun and energetic.

Track Listing
1. Old Fashion Drinker (In a River of Glue)
2. Go to Hell
3. Money for Puppets
4. Vaudeville
5. Sanctuary
6. Pale Ideas
7. I’ve Burned Down Every House
8. Fever Scene
9. Most Things
10. Easy Elastic Girls

[The Minor White Official Site]


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