Fly Below the Radar

This transplanted U.K.-to-L.A. quartet, which released one fine album on Universal two years ago, steps back into the fray with a tuneful effort.

This transplanted U.K.-to-L.A. quartet, which released one fine album on Universal two years ago, steps back into the fray with a tuneful effort. Minibar is often lumped in with its hometown's country-rock posse, but its current work owes more to '60s psychedelia than it does to Gram Parsons. Fronted by principal writers Simon Perry and Sid Jordan, the band displays solid songcraft, and it plays with a muscularity not heard in its earlier work. "It Is What It Is," "Unstoppable," "Fragile," and the countrified "Martha" are among the most propitious tracks for rock and modern rock radio. The set includes a bonus EP, which features a cover of the Smiths' "Ask," among other tracks.—CM