The Great Pretenders
Mini Mansions - The Great Pretenders
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2015 Ratings: #122 / 743
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2015 Ratings: #99
Your Review


‘The Great Pretenders’ is an emotional, emboldened triumph.
Should time-travel ever make the quantum leap from fantasy to reality, California’s Mini Mansions have earned themselves a ticket back to the birth of psychedelic pop with their dreamy second album, ‘The Great Pretenders’.
Drowned in Sound
If they don’t take over pop radio this year it’ll be another sure sign of the lack of justice in Musicworld. With any luck, we’ll all know all of these songs by the end of the year. A great, and fun, album,

The Great Pretenders is compact yet lavish, with melodies that sparkle like a chandelier and production that gleams like newly polished silverware.

There’s no escaping the fact that it borrows liberally from the psychedelia songbook, but it also rarely hesitates to jumble old standards with new ideas – a quality that alludes to the band’s simultaneous reverence for past masters and willingness to invent.
A pleasant listen from start to finish, this melodic and musical album represents a welcome change of pace for pop music fans seeking something just a little different.
May 22, 2015
While Queens of the Stone Age were on hiatus, many of their members went on to make some of the most exciting music of each of their respective catalogs: frontman Josh Homme formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Jon Paul Jones, keyboardist Dean Fertita threw himself into TWO stunning records with The Dead Weather, and bassist Michael Schuman quietly formed Mini Mansions, with LA session musicians Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford. Their self-titled debut (released in 2010) went largely ... read more
Mar 30, 2015
Fun album, great for late night listening. I like that it mixes up-tempo psych-pop songs with som quite dark lyrics.

Faavorite Moments: Death Is A Girl, Fantasy, Vertigo, Heart Of Stone.
Feb 13, 2016
Essential Tracks - Fantasy // Any Emotions // Vertigo
Sep 27, 2015
Multiple listens and I still have no clue why some critics are raving. I'm guessing it's all about the fact that some Queens of the Stone Age members decided to go make some music. [grins]... Anyone of you recall Eagles of Death Metal? [sound of toilet flushing]... This writer is guessing the destiny of Mini Missions will be the Goodwill nearest you.
Sep 1, 2015
This album is brilliant. All of the songs are well written and sound amazing. it is a shame that some of the B-Side tracks haven't made it on to the album.
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Track List
  1. Freakout!
  2. Death Is A Girl
  3. Creeps
  4. Fantasy
  5. Any Emotions
  6. Vertigo
  7. Honey, I m Home
  8. Mirror Mountain
  9. Heart Of Stone
  10. Double Visions
  11. The End, Again
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, andymac

Added on: March 10, 2015