Album Review – Minor Soul, Tiger

A few days earlier I wrote about Indie-Pop group Minor Soul, whose second album Tiger just released yesterday. The album is full of soothing melodies filled with acoustic sound. The brothers follow up their first album with some beautiful tracks in Tiger. Let’s break down the album track-by-track:

1. Nothing At All – One of the group’s singles for the album was Nothing At All, which ends up being my favorite of the album. It is upbeat and catchy, though it does not give a great idea of what the album will sound like. The song is pop-y and contradicts the calm sound of most of the other tracks. I still like the song a lot, just don’t expect the other songs to be similar. 9.5/10

2. Summer Nights – I am amazed by the vocals on this song, and would not be surprised if this became the most popular song on Tiger. While I like listening to Nothing At All the most because of its upbeat tone, this one is a beautiful acoustic masterpiece. Without a doubt the best song on the album. 9.75/10

3. Charlie Chaplin – Another single, and one of the most popular Minor Soul songs, is Charlie Chaplin. It’s a catchy track that picks up pace at the hook. The deep harmonies aren’t as impressive as the proceeding tracks, but it is an enjoyable song. 9/10

4. Running Home – I was truly impressed by the complexity of this song, and it was close to being my favorite on the album. The verses between the hook are not as exciting as the chorus though, except for the brothers’ harmonies together. I could see this also being a big hit song though. 9.5/10

5. Scissor Fingers – I can feel a change of pace for the LP in this song. The acoustic sound is more apparent and the vocals show heavy influence from Soft Rock. The pitch gets a bit too high sometimes in the verses, but the hook is smooth and cute. It is definitely one of the catchiest tracks on Tiger. 8.5/10

6. Old Shoes – Guitar dominates this song, similar to the rate of the previous song. There is a lot of passion before the hook, which is interesting to hear from the smooth vocals of Minor Soul. The bridge sounds a lot like Owl City, not sure why but it reminds me of them. It’s slow but very enjoyable. 9.25/10

7. Cards – From what I hear, this song is pretty popular already. It’s no surprise either. Despite the almost Country-sound of the first stanza, the song picks up pace and leads into an almost Alternative hook. It has a similar complex chorus to Running Home, but with a more consistent pace. 9.5/10

8. Walls and Ceillings – I was surprised by the beat to this song, which is much different from the rest of the album. It does prove, however, that this group knows how to change their sound up a bit every album. That says a lot about a group, and the Pop-sound of Walls and Ceillings, though not exactly my favorite, stands out as different and initiative. 9.25/10

9. High and Low – Right away this song leads to a slow love ballad. If you like a slower Indie sound, this track will be up there in your favorites. The long notes on the hook is incredibly soothing and the calm nature of this song is definitely achieved and consistently carried out. 9.25/10

10. Babylon – Similar to High and Low, Babylon first appears to be a slow ballad. However the hook picks up quickly and transitions into a passionate piece. The next stanza is a bit higher paced and the change is pulled off well to make the song still enjoyable without being too exciting or too calm. The music is similar to a Bastille or One Direction song, who I have praised since the beginning. I could see a track like this being a good model for newer songs from Minor Soul for its band-like sound. The bridge is fun and catchy and works well with the complex song. 9.5/10

11. Tiger – The final song is named after the album itself. The song is a slow and smooth track, explaining their inability to change a woman into what they want, just like they could not make a tiger change its stripes. I like the message, but the sound is basically just vocals with little instrumental. The voices sound great but just feels a bit like an empty shell. 8.25/10

So, that averages to about 9.25/10. The album has some very good songs on it and it is currently one of my favorites. Minor Soul deserves way more recognition and I think the top-rated songs in this review at least deserve a listen. No matter what music you like, it will be easy to find a song you like on here. You can buy their album on iTunes now, and find them on several social media outlets. So enjoy Tiger and if you like it, go back and listen to their debut album, Home Is Where You Are:

-Austin Heath

EDIT: I had forgotten Cards was produced by Ajr, so I’m sure that has something to do with it being a good song.

Artist Recommendation – Minor Soul

It’s time for another artist recommendation! Here we have Minor Soul, a duo of British brothers who make acoustic-pop Indie-type music. Jake and Max have a soothing sound working together, especially in their upcoming album, Tiger. This year they are even going on tour with I’m Ready creators AJR.

The music features plenty of slow acoustic melodies, several of which are love songs. The tracks are very calm and pleasant to listen to. If you like Indie music this group will definitely be in your favorites soon.

I really like their songs overall, but my favorites are definitely That’s Just Love and Ocean Eyes from their Home Is Where You Are album, along with Nothing At All (my favorite of the three). Their music reminds me an Indie Red Hot Chili Peppers in their prime. I’m not good at comparisons but you can make out of that what you want.

Overall, if I had to give any feedback on their music or give you something to look out for, the albums have a similar sound in each song. If you like one of the songs, you will like them all, and vice-versa. With all of that said, my rating for the group is 9.5/10. They provide a great acoustic-pop/Indie sound that they seem to be going for, and the vocals are only improving through each album.

I recommend at the very least a listen to my favorites, and if you like these you can find most of their music for cheap on iTunes, or on their official YouTube channel. And if you really like them you can see them in concert opening for AJR at a steal of a price (if you ask me, Silver Springs near me is only $16 per person!). I’m personally considering it for myself.

So try out their music below and see what you think, this is only a sample of what they have to offer:

-Austin Heath