A collaboration between Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman and Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes, Mini Mansions are devoid of the bombast that has long been part and parcel to the Queens’ output. Instead, the trio deals in vocal harmonies and classic pop song structures, lacing their self-titled debut with enough hooks and melodies to sink a ship. With the album centered around three vignettes, each of the other nine tracks seems to fit into a larger framework while at the same time standing firmly on its own. Songs like “Crime of the Season,” “Monk” and “Kiddie Hypnogogia” point to bands like The Wrens and The New Pornographers, while also forging the Mansions’ identity as talented song-smiths. This record proves that if Shuman ever tires of providing the lows to Josh Homme’s highs, he has another avenue available creating highs of his own.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog