THE MIN­UTES Live Well, Change Of­ten Ruby­works

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

It’s been well more than 60 sec­onds since The Min­utes re­leased their de­but al­bum (Mar­cata), but it doesn’t sound as if the three-year gap was ex­actly spent fine-tun­ing the Dublin trio’s sound. De­spite a ti­tle al­lud­ing to change, Live Well, Change Of­ten is a per­pet­u­a­tion of their scuzzy rock’n’roll sound, as heard on the high-oc­tane rock of Seven Seas and slouchy shuf­fle of Cherry Bomb, the lat­ter more than a cheeky nod to BRMC. Beefy gui­tar riffs, fran­tic drum beats, gur­gling basslines and a stri­dent, self-as­sured swag­ger abound through­out, but their at­tempts to soften the griz­zled edges on the strummed Lo and Be­hold and the al­most poppy 1,2,3,4 come off as in­ef­fec­tual. Most of all, Live Well, Change Of­ten sim­ply sounds like mu­sic that’s all been done be­fore – not least by The Min­utes them­selves. theminutes­mu­

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