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Minuit - 'I Felt Like a Fight, Alright?' Ruth Carr Book Review

02 Apr 2011 // A review by Miss_Jukebox

This book comes presented to you straight from the mind of Ruth Carr. “I Felt Like a Fight, Alright?” is a book of ‘one-liners, poems lyrics and tales’ written by the intoxicating front-woman of Minuit. Her work is impulsive, intuitive and incandescent in its explorations of humanity. This is a chance to get to know this lyrically dexterous and insightful artist and understand the depths of Carr’s immaculate charm and wit.

The book has an auto-biographical function, but without the retrospective altering of the past that often occurs. The poems, lyrics and anecdotes are an archive of Carr’s journey, not just as a musician but more essentially as a woman who has simply lived. These are not stories or memories, but pages of lived experience as if they are happening right in front of you.

It is divided into three parts or stages if you like; a section on life, a section on death, and a section on life AND death. Within these stages are pages inscribed with the mind wanderings of Carr. For fans of Minuit you can understand where the inspiration for some of Carr’s lyrics emerge from. The use of handwritten scrawls throughout the book add a sincerity that goes beyond a mechanised typeface. She summons life into her musings. Carr invites the reader into the exact moment when the ink converged with the paper and these beautiful moments in her life were recorded. You are there with her, and cannot help but marvel at this genius raconteur who stands before you recounting her wisdom. Yet this book is not her voice, her voice comes through in her musical work. Rather, this book is the clandestine clockwork of her mind.

She speaks of topics that are not abstract; she touches upon events in her life that have affected her. And in her candour you become affected too. It is vulnerable in its honesty. Carr strips down and exposes the fragile nerves of melancholy in the tenderest way. Its frankness is invigorating.

But what makes this book so compelling is the way in which her words and her illustrations not only tell her story, but your story as well. There will be plenty of moments where you will reach a page and find that it reflects something within yourself or relates so closely to something that has happened to you. This book is not just a window into the world of Ruth Carr, but a mirror that reflects us all. Whether it is her tales of heartbreak or triumph, of anguish or the sweetness of life, Carr seems to encapsulate a million dimensions of an experience into a few  fine lines and dashes of words and illustrations.



About Minuit

Minuit has a heart. And it beats loud. Real loud.

Having toured their synths and samplers from Hanoi to Helsinki on the live circuit for over a decade, this trio have crafted their own energetic sound – and it's refreshingly different.

Out front, the enigmatic Ruth Carr mixes sinister with salvation in a jubilant cascade of lyrics, while bandmates Ryan Beehre and Paul Dodge forge their rib-rattling, hip-shaking beats around her.

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