Label: Suicide Squeeze Minus the Bear is all grown up. That is, it has abandoned the silly songs and lyrics that had been characteristic of its songs for more sophisticated songwriting. For those not familiar with Minus the Bear’s sound, imagine the Police, had Stewart Copeland and Sting been from San Diego rather than England. The songs charge forward, built on syncopated rhythms and calculated, rich guitars. However, now it isn’t Minus the Bear’s sound that is most noteworthy. It is the songwriting. Particularly the lyrics. There aren’t any songs here about drinking and girls — at least not in the sense that you would expect from these guys. Lead singer and guitarist Jake Snider has turned inward for this album, making the songs far more rewarding. By exploring some deeper themes as well as employing a broader sonic pallet, is a definite step in the right direction. It is a band on the climb, moving forward both as musicians and songwriters.