by Brian Dubin
The Mantles are somewhat reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and I think it's the lo-fi sound, simple song structures and mid-tempo paced songs. Though a few songs are a bit more upbeat. However, the songs are quite catchy and very well written. I don't really know how to categorize this album, but if you like the Velvet Underground at all, you will probably enjoy this record.
All in all, this is a great lo-fi pop record. There are a lot of bands that attempt to play this kind of music and it just doesn't sound right, or is too contrived. The Mantles have done a great job of making a sound that could be boring and contrived, unique and of their own.