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By 2006, it pretty much goes without saying that Less Than Jake have seasoned-veteran status within the third wave of ska-punk revivalists. Over the years, they've done it smarter and catchier than most, which is presumably why they've succeeded in staying so relevant in a here today, gone tomorrow music scene. In with the Out Crowd comes as their proper follow-up to 2003's Anthem (B Is for B-Sides just consisted of extra songs that didn't make Anthem's final cut), and though it's not the strongest album they've ever released, it's still another enjoyable release to add to their notable back catalog. "Soundtrack of My Life" and "A Still Life Franchise" kick things off on the right foot, the latter scampering to light ska upbeats before culminating in an exuberant dose of brass-lined pop-punk. Sonically, the record is more of the same ska-punk-pop blend fans have come to expect with singalong choruses, bouncing guitars, and rhythms that bump and drive. Lyrically, however, while Less Than Jake have always delved into sentiments about both looking ahead and looking back, In with the Out Crowd finds the band generally taking a much more sober and introspective stance. Anthem offered advice to listeners via the band's own weathered experiences; this album is devoted more to the guys reflecting on personal doubts, regrets, and sentiments drawn from life and being in a band together for almost 15 years. Things never get overly serious or somber, as the music remains upbeat and catchy throughout. "The Rest of My Life" brings in some synths for a smooth dose of regret-fueled self-examination, "Mostly Memories" utilizes playful horns, and "Let Her Go" is about the closest LTJ have come in the 2000s to their early material. Though the mall punk of "Overrated (Everything Is)" -- which sounds like a better version of Anthem's "She's Gonna Break Soon" -- could be done without, the record proves to be another satisfying listen from a band that consistently delivers.
|Label:||Sire / London/Rhino|
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In with the Out Crowd based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I'll start off by saying this cd is not bad. It's just not the Less Than Jake that we're used to. Let's face it, all bands have to evolve, and after all the titles they've put out, we knew they wern't going to keep playing the same stuff over and over. Though it IS my least favorite Less Than Jake cd (except maybe borders and boundaries), I still like it alot. Though it is dangerously close to being classified as pop, there are still some songs on here that rock hard. My personal favorite is Don't Fall Asleep on the Subway," a catchy song that makes you want to jump up and down. Another one of my favorites was "Let Her Go," because it is reminicient of the calssic ska punk that was Less Than Jake. I say, if you're a fan, get this cd. Their musical direction may have taken a downward turn, but at least they're not near bottom yet.
I love Less Than Jake and I was not dissappointed with this album. Listen to it and love it as you would Less Than Jake.
Less Than Jake has managed to impress me again with this album. This album is not my favorite by Less Than Jake, but, never the less, IT ROCKS!
Man, this is album is so bad, which is a shame considering their early releases were SO good. But their new stuff is just plain awful...there's no other way to say it. They used to be so good. It's sad that Less Than Jake has become just another sell-out band playing mindless, bland, radio-ready pop.