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For about four or five years now, I've been playing Henning's songs for people and saying they were my own. Please don't tell him that. Brief, romantic and simple, in a why-didn't-I-think-of-that way, his stories and melodies touch people without resorting to attitude or pretense. If his name weren't so hard to pronounce, he'd be Yngwie Malmsteen by now. --Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne)

I liked the last record from this Northampton group, but I'm finding their third album considerably more enjoyable. As before, the band displays a variety of styles and influences, but this time around, it seems as if maybe Henning (the band's leader and songwriter) got most of the slower, more introspective songs out of his system on his last solo record... Not to say that there aren't quiet moments on here, but the emphasis is certainly on the peppier tunes, which remind me quite a bit of the Vehicle Flips</>. and Wimp Factor 14. You'll also hear similarities to Fountains Of Wayne in spots (and I'm not even talking about the songs where Chris Collingwood provides backing vocals!) and They Might Be Giants in other places (the playful-sounding music in Journal Of Lies would've fit perfectly on Lincoln). Though I have to say that a couple of these songs seem to go on just a little too long (Boring Dream, for example), I still think that a number of these songs rank among Henning's best work to date. MTQ=10/11 --IndiePages.com

O início deste A Telephone Built For Two tem uma sequência de 3 canções que logo fazem do álbum um must-listen: Periscope, Feel Like I Should e This Time It Looks Good. Para esse disco, os americanos do School For The Dead reuniram influências como They Might Be Giants, Fountains Of Wayne (um dos integrantes do fountains participa em algumas faixas desse album) e até The Kinks!. A Telephone Built For Two é excelente para começar um domingo, até mesmo para pegar a estrada de manhã, sem preocupações, deixando apenas se levar pelos versos inocentes e pelas melodias juvenis.

Afinal, a gente não vive do jeito que deveria..

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The beginning of The Telephone Built For Two is a sequence of 3 songs that just make the album a must-listen, Periscope, Feel Like I Should, and This Time It Looks Good. For this disc, the Americans of School For The Dead together influences as They Might Be Giants, Fountains Of Wayne (one of the fountains of the members participating in some of the album tracks) and even The Kinks!. A Telephone Built For Two is great to start a Sunday, even to hit the road in the morning without worries, leaving only be carried away by the melodies and verses innocent juveniles.

After all, we do not live the way they should .. --The Crystal Lake, Brazil


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rub Wrongways Records
  • ASIN: B001D741NG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cat Marigold on September 16, 2008
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Man, it took School for the Dead forever to make the follow up to the amazing, "The New You". Hallalulyah, it was worth the wait. Sometimes, a band only has one good album in them it seems. Who would have guessed that these guys had an even BETTER album in them?

From the first energetic few notes of this album, you're taken on a ride through indie pop heaven. The songs are just as catchy and clever and moving as ever. Henning Ohlenbusch's voice seems even friendlier and more real than in the past and the music jangles and swirls around like wind rushing through your open car windows.

Periscope, the opening track has such a human groove pushing it along, you would swear you were there in the room with them when they were playing it. The songs that follow that opening track bounce around from the goofy to the sublime.

With a lot of records there is a defining track. I have yet to find that here. There certainly is no filler but even more so there doesn't seem to be one stand out. Is it possible for all the songs to stand out?

Periscope is a cascading celebration of a perfect moment in time. "There's no better place that I know, than sitting in the car, while you're cleaning off the snow."

Feel Like I Should is a synth-seasoned pop number with optimistic music beneath a lyrics of self-doubt. I can't get the freakin thing out of my head.

This Time It Looks Good is a Lemonheads-like classic with a simple acoustic guitar and harmonica. A natural sounding Jayhawksish story of two folks giving it another chance.

Save My Place is a bizarre track.
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