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CD Review- Mynt – Still Not Sorry

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Do you remember the anticipation of a birthday morning when you were a kid? There was always some toy or video game you hinted at wanting all year and today you’d find out if anyone was listening. But you’d be disappointed. Your pragmatic parents bought you a new pair of slacks you’d never wear in public. And there was always some odd gift from an aunt or uncle you didn’t see often, usually a CD of a group that wasn’t cool at all.

Mynt’s Still Not Sorry is that totally unhip CD. The group itself is part disco-crazed and part ‘80’s bubblegum. It’s got a peppy, preppy, beat with an extremely light Latin groove. The positive messages abound here- it’s mostly about love, teasing, sex, love – with a little bit of feminist revenge when the idealistic romances go sour. Here’s an example of the deep, scintillating lyrical content from the albums first track “How Did You Know”:

I’m in a spin, I’m giving in, I’m living in a daydream.
When I saw you, your smile shone through and touched me like a sunbeam.
I’m inside out; I’m crazy about, the way you make my heart feel
I’m head over heels; I’m falling more each day.

I guess there’s nothing wrong with that if you happen to still harbor an adolescent crush for Richard Grieco of 21 Jump Street fame. But this kind of Disneyland candy cane schmaltz wouldn’t make it past a lot of sixth graders I know without at least a few groans.

The folks at Ultra Records, who are promoting this album, had a lot of money to put into it considering the heavyweight synth-pop production team of Albert Castillo and Rich “DJ Riddler” Pangilinan. Ultra must expect this product to have the same appeal as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilar, Kelly Clarkson, and Justin Timberlake and so on. And if Amazon sales are any indication, they seem to be raking in the cash from this one.

So what the $%&* do I know? For people who are into this kind of stuff (sorry, I refuse to call this music), it probably is right near the top of dance genre-driven rhythm and beats that seem to be the commercial rage these days. But for me, this genre continually hits me like bad Chinese food. It’s not very satisfactory in the first place, and then it leaves me hungry an hour later. After years of studying the musical complexity of the Doors, the towering metaphors of Ian Anderson’s lyrics in Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick”, and watching performers like Lou Reed and Kurt Cobain writhe onstage in emotional agony like the rock and roll animals they were, the sweet, fluffy wet dreams of Mynt just isn’t captivating.

Or maybe they just piss me off because I was that kid who was disappointed too many times on his birthday, getting an album like Mynt rather then something that could bend my brain into all kinds of twisted directions.

Editor’s note – This has been syndicated to, a site affiliated with about 10 newspapers around the country.

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  • Guppusmaximus

    Sad enough that this is what people like these days…. My biggest gripe is that the real talent doesn’t get noticed because of this “secret recipe” brand of cheese. I mean,come on, Alanis Morrisette did a cover of Seal’s,”Crazy”….Where’s the integrity today?

  • DJ Steve

    Hi guyz… well for “Still Not Sorry” by Mynt , I’m afraid I’ll have to immensely disagree with you there. I think this is actually one of the more creative house-albums to come out of the US this year. Mynt have been one of the most appreciated new acts on the club scene this year, especially in NYC. I think this album wraps up their greatest hits so far plus also shows a new and really freash side of the band with the track Still Not Sorry which is bound to be a massive hit for them. I’m already starting to hear it everytime I go out… so all those DJ’s can’t be wrong right?

    Peace – Steve from NYC

  • Larry A. Sakin

    DJ Steve- I believe the popularity of the album was acknowledged in the review. But because something is popular and receives a lot of play doesn’t necessarily make it good.

  • DJ Steve

    …and you think that you (with all respect) a middle aged man who’s probably not been in a night club for the past 20 years, are better suited than the DJ’s and the club community to decide what’s good house music or not? really… 😉

    …I think you’re just trying to find a scapegoat here for the fact that there is music out there these days that you just don’t understand …and even though I’m a huge Nirvana fan myself I can still regognize the fact that good music doesn’t always have to be about “emotional agony” to be good…
    Peace – Steve

  • Larry A. Sakin

    It’s just a crummy record review, Steve. Sheesh! Get over it.

  • Nivea84

    *Niv loggin in* …Just wanted to say that I tend to agree with Steven. I read reviews a lot and I’m always perplexed by the fact that a lot of the times the magazines let critics review music that they’d never like in the first place. I mean, is it right to have a heavy metal or folk music fan judge/critique pop music or maybe even opera? /Nivea *out*

  • Larry A. Sakin

    Nivea- It strikes me as a bit naive to expect magazine editors to parse out review material based on the particular tastes of the critics. For what its worth, most editors don’t have the time to read the press releases attached to the hundreds of submissions they receive for review, and likely don’t have a working knowledge of the groups (unless that group is extremely well known).

    Having said that, a critic must depend more on his experience with music than with his or her specific tastes. That is why you’ll find critics making inevitable comparisons between groups, sometimes within the genre, sometimes not.

    Please remember that my opinion of Mynt won’t deter anyone interested in their disc from buying it or enjoying it. And also keep in mind that my opinion is not the final word. It fascinates me that people take bad reviews so personally. It occurs to me that this happens more because the consumer of the critique may be afraid the critique is right rather than off base, and perhaps says something about the consumer they don’t want to recognize.