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The Mantles

Long Enough To Leave

The Mantles
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San Franciscan band the Mantles aren't reinventing the wheel, but they aren't content spinning theirs either. They've continued to move further away from their early, muddier days with their second album. Long Enough To Leave is their most polished recording to date — the guitars chime and sparkle, while the vocals no longer sound like they've been recorded in the next room. It's definitely a step in the right direction and there's a great deal to like here. Long Enough To Leave could be best described as "gently psychedelic," with its jangly guitars and hazy harmonies, and there's more than just a nod to the Dunedin Sound of Flying Nun Records, especially the Bats, and that's never a bad thing. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but unfortunately it gives up most of its best moments by the halfway point. The Mantles are still retro in all the right ways though. (Slumberland)
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