Early Listening: Miniature Tigers - Fortress
Fortress kicks off with the sublime "Mansion of Misery," a perfect way to set the album's rather toned down, calm-ish feel. I can say that, without hesitation, lead singer Charlie Brand carries this album. He is the lifeblood of the band and his singing craftily dodges the oft-banal pitfalls of the painfully whiny/nasally/outright boring indie rock singing style. Don't get me wrong, however, as there is plenty of innovation and unique instrumentation present on Fortress, as well. Antoine Batiste would be so proud of Mini Ts on Fortress -- the band really played for their money this time around.
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