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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • ASIN: B000PC1JJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has a very DIY sounding style.
Hexalon
This won't be long winded... This album is great, it's fun and done very well.
Paul Weiner
You can't stop smiling while listening to / watching this.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Generate on November 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have to chuckle about some of these reviews. Especially the one that states "I can even overlook that Tim is singing with a pop punk teenager..." I'm so glad you can overlook that little fact, you must be so punk rock.

I'm in my mid-30's, I've been listening to punk rock since I was 12 and I listened (and went to the shows)of both Op Ivy and Rancid since the early days. To the tossers who want to somehow question the "punk" of this, give it a rest. This is a return, and homage, to one of the roots of punk. If you don't like it that's okay, just don't put on your punk rock sheriff's badge and presume to decide what passes muster for punk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EJ on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This might be the best Rancid-related project since "Life Won't Wait." "Rancid (2000)" and "Indestructible" were good, and The Transplants were tolerable, but "A Poet's Life" is fantastic. I'm guessing that, deep down, this is the album Tim always wanted to make. I'm glad he did. I'm especially glad he released it on CD instead of merely offering the songs as downloads.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Klopfenstein on June 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've been a big fan of The Aggrolites for a while and a Op Ivy and Rancid fan for much longer. I heard a couple of these tracks on the website before this was an actual album. I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon right away and say this is amazing. The reggae music is awesome and really makes this worthwhile courtesy of The Aggrolites, but Tim as a solo vocalist is pretty disappointing. When he's with Lars and Rancid he can be amazing, but on some of the tracks on this album he sounds a little like he's trying to be raggaetone which is weird (especially on Into Action).

As far as comparisons to Op Ivy, I'm not sure you can even make a comparison. Op Ivy was extremely punky, fast and skacore. Not like this album at all. I would compare this one to Rancid's Life Won't Wait album a lot more easily than Op Ivy.

I'm glad he leaves out the gangster stuff he was getting into with the Transplants. There is definitely some Clash influence on this album. Overall, if you want a good pick-me-up reggae/ska album with some Tim Armstrong spirit pick this up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Nichols on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bravo Tim! Finally someone made an album that continues what two tone British ska started, but abruptly stopped. What the Selecter, English Beat, Madness, the Specials, The Bodysnatchers, and Bad Manners started should have continued well into the 80s, but unfortunately got killed in the flavor of the month atmosphere of the time (new romantic-next week "death rock" a la Specimen). This is true two tone style ska, not punk-throw-some-horns over "ska" or the painstakingly retro Slackers or Hepcat (who I love, by the way). This has the "new-wavey" guitar that is often missing in the revivalist groups around (especially track 5). Of course kudos to the Aggrolites, who I enjoy, but I must say they sound better on this project. Thank you Tim, and may this only be the beginning of many more ska albums. You know you've been wanting to do this for years!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ben Dugan on June 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's been quite a while since a Rancid record (or a Rancid side project record) hasn't dissapointed me. The two Transplants records bored me, the second Lars Frederickson solo record embarassed me and "Indestructible" gave me the sense of deja vu that only having heard "Life Won't Wait" or "...and out come the wolves" could illict.
So when I heard that Tim Armstong was releasing a solo record I merely shrugged it off and went on about my day. Then I heard that he was giving it away for free, one song at a time, on his website(like that was gonna happen). So after hearing the first two tracks, the excellent "Wake Up" and "Hold On", my interest grew a little. And while Armstrong decided not to give the whole thing out on his website(again, not really a big surprise), when I saw it in stores recently I decided to give it a shot.
"A Poet's Life" will surprise anyone who is expecting a record that sounds like Rancid. While Rancid always had a ska/ reggae vibe to many of their songs they always backed them up with a a harder, more '77 vibe that is lacking from this record. This record is straight up reggae/ ska which is actually the smartest move that Armstrong could've made as it gives "A Poet's Life" a laid back, melodic, off the cuff groove that is infectious and impossible to resist. This record sounds like it was a lark, something fun to make while hanging out with one's friends, and that vibe is felt by listener.
Every track on "A Poet's Life" is strong, even if not every song is amazing. The first four songs--- the aforementioned "Wake Up" and "Hold On", the nearly perfect "Into Action" and the roots sounding "Translators"--- set the tone a little too well, as the songs that follow fail to keep the same energy and songwritting level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Wain on May 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Tim does it again! Great ska record. Into Action is the best single from any Rancid project ever, but all 10 songs are great. Like the dvd, but the grainy b&w thing is getting a little old.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ClydeNut on May 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I cannot be more glad at Tim Armstrong going to his ska roots and even incorporating roots reggae into this album. When I fist heard that this was going to happen, I thought it was gonna be some crappy rap project. Thank heavens, it wasn't.

THIS is the Tim Armstrong I know and love.
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