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4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

DJ Daddy B ,

Fantastic!

Mr. Gnome's latest is a gem. It's dark. It's playful. It's whimsy. It's apocalyptic. They continue to build an impressive catalog by adding their own twists to Pink Floyd's psychadelic approach and Led Zeppelin's hard-soft philosophy. Nicole Barille (vocals, guitar) is easily the most exciting female rock vocalist since Karen O and you drum aficionados better add Sam Meister to your list of greats. It's just a shame that more people don't know about them. I saw them live in a club in 2011 for $7. I would have paid somewhat more. I recommend the whole album, but I'm particularly fond of "Bit of Tongue," "Wolf Girls'" and "Ate the Sun."

Buttsoup ,

WOW!!!

I put this album on for the first time and instantly fell in love with it. Nine months from now, we will be having a weird surreal baby. I love this music.

Samuel Flaxman ,

Best Rock Album of 2011

I'll be honest: I've listened to Mr. Gnome's previous albums and while they were interesting and impressive, a number of the songs on those previous albums have a somewhat disjointed feel that gets repetitive after a while (loud soft loud soft loud soft ...). But with Madness in Miniature, they've kept all their former strengths and prowess, and added some seriously inspired new elements. They've also come up with ways to use the loud-soft motif extremely effectively and in ways that do not feel repetitive. None of the songs on this album feels disjointed, and in fact, not only does each song work on its own, but they all just flow, one into the next, perfectly.

Simply put, this album is a masterpiece of composition and execution. I could not stop listening to it from the moment I heard the first big guitar riff on "Ate the Sun". The album is so rich and interesting that it's hard to go back and listen to anything mellow (that's the worst part about finding something SO good; it kind of spoils other stuff for you). I started telling every music lover I know: "Have you heard Mr. Gnome's latest? No? Get it. Now." A number of them subsequently told me: "Wow! Why didn't I know about this before?"

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