Review: The Elect's 'Minutes In Between' 

click to enlarge The Elect released their new album this weekend at a show with Gene Deer at the Rathskeller. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Elect released their new album this weekend at a show with Gene Deer at the Rathskeller.
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The Elect
Minutes In Between
Desa Records

The Elect occupies an easy-going and unassuming patch of the jam band universe.

They will never be the hippest kids in the room, as they offer up a stew of classic sounds and passionate performances that audiences really respond to, but jaded writers like me tend to dismiss. My first reaction to their new CD, Minutes In Between, was mild indifference. I gave it a shot, though, when I saw Paul Mahern's production credit.

It would seem that the front man of punk legends The Zero Boys would have better things to do than produce a hippie project. But, Mahern uses his time in the Datura Seeds and behind Mellencamp's recording console to make Minutes In Between a bit more clearer and punchier than the band's previous efforts. The highs are dizzying and the lows are ponderous. The band took advantage of the opportunity to rerecord several of their older songs. The result is a surprisingly solid album that will keep their fans happy and make them a few new ones.

Newer material like “Wasted and Gone” and “Don't Let Your Memories...” sit comfortably next to older warhorses like “It's About Love” and “You've been looking at me Funny.” Three tracks seal the deal, including the swirling, keyboard-driven feel good anthem “Bring it Home” and the bluesy stompers “Ain't Gonna Be A Fool” and “Don't Stop Bringing Love My Way.” Granted, this stuff isn't breaking any new ground, but it's easy to listen to and you can shake your ass to it. And that still appeals to a lot of people.

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