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Anthem

Less Than JakeAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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It's been a wild and crazy ride for Gainesville's Less Than Jake, who first met at the University Of Florida over a decade and a half ago. But instead of kicking their feet up and resting on their laurels, the ever-busy quintet have been working hard on the next chapter of Less Than Jake. Successfully extricating themselves from their major label contract (even though they still owed ... Read more in Amazon's Less Than Jake Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000093U1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome To The New South
2. Ghosts Of You & Me
3. Look What Happened (The Last Time)
4. The Science Of Selling Yourself Short
5. Short Fuse Burning
6. Motown Never Sounded So Good
7. The Upwards War & Downwards Cycle
8. Escape From The Bomb House
9. Best Wishes To Your Black Lung
10. She's Gonna Break Soon
11. That's Why They Call It A Union
12. Plastic Cup Politics
13. The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out
14. Surrender

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The firecrackers on the sleeve give a good idea of what to expect on this Florida ska-punk group's third major-label album after a brief sojourn back in the indie world. Horns, chugging guitars, and crashing rhythms mesh to create a high-energy racket that refuses to subside until the band has rolled out its raucous closing cover version of Cheap Trick's "Surrender." The label turbulence does little to affect its angular wit, as focus returns to the heady party vibes of the group's hugely successful major label debut, Losing Streak: pogo-driven "Best Wishes to Your Black Lungs" and "That's Why They Call It a Union" are standard-issue Less Than Jake. As with the band's other releases, the music inspires clear feelings of love and hate. --Aidin Vaziri

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Less Than Jake has been one of punk's favorite bands for a decade. Thanks to incessant touring (200-plus dates annually, including with Green Day, No Doubt, Blink 182, and A.F.I.) and multiple record releases, the punk'n'horns group has built a phenomenal cult following. Voted Indie Band of the Year by Kerrang! Gainsville, Florida's Less Than Jake flies the banner of the New Punk South with it's debut Sire album Anthem.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age October 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Less Than Jake has grown up. Never thought I'd hear that. In fact, I'm sure a few people even dreaded this day. I am definitely a fan of the old LTJ albums and style, so when I first heard "Anthem", I was a little surprised. But not disappointed. Anthem is definitely one of their best offerings to date.

1. "Welcome to the New South" - This song really sums up everything. After hearing this, it's not a question of whether thay have matured or not; it's an obvious statement they have.

2. "Ghost of Me and You" - Very "poppy" song, but still an enjoyable one. Easy to hum along to.

3. "Look What Happened" - Now, many other people have said how good this song is. I, personally, do not care for it. It's not really a bad song, just not one of my favorites. Again, kind of poppy.

4. "The Science of Selling Yourself Short" - Slow groover about self-deprication. I absolutely love this one. The tune is catchy and the lyrics are excellent.

5. "Short-Fuse Burning" - Quick guitar work on this one. Faster than the previous few songs. Not a bad offering.

6. "Motown Never Sounded So Good" - I had actually heard this song before I got the CD, and I must say I enjoy it. Again, a little more pop-like than a lot of their other classics, but a good song nonetheless.

7. "The Upwards War and Down Turned Cycle" - Another song that really shows you LTJ has grown up. Hell, the song is ABOUT growing up.

8. "Escape From the A-Bomb House" - Didn't like this one at first, but it really grew on me. Solemn number about getting in arguments with your parents and leaving home.

9. "Best Wishes to Your Black Lung" - More lke what you've come to expect from the guys. A faster, horn-laden song that is very catchy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The spirit shines through June 18, 2003
By JiggyT
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Less Than Jake for almost two years, and they have steadily become my favorite band. I first got Hello Rockview, then Losing Streak, then Borders and Boundaries, then Pezcore, and just recently I picked up Anthem. I have never in my life bought an album without first hearing at least one song from it, but there is no other band that I trust more completely with my money than LTJ. I put it in the CD player and let it run all the way through. The first thing that struck me as different from their other albums is that the songs really do each sound like "anthems". They don't seem to sing the lyrics as much as they "proclaim" them...if that makes sense. The songs are (mostly) all heavy with guitars, fast, and energetic. There are a few exceptions, such as The Science of Selling Yourself Short and The Brightest Bulb. The most obvious difference with this album and the others is the lack of horns and ska. A few songs, like Motown and Plastic Cup Politics, have some decent ska riffs inbetween choruses. If you only liked LTJ for the ska part of their "ska punk" sound, you will be disappointed. They have definitely strayed from their old sound in this way. BUT, if you just thrive off their infectious energy and spirit, you'll be satisfied with the album as a whole, especially with songs like Welcome to the New South and Plastic Cup Politics, which are clearly classic LTJ material. I would consider New South one of their best works to date. The "single", She's Gonna Break Soon, is mediocre in LTJ standards. It's very similiar to the pop punk songs on radio and I'm sad that they are even considering trying to fit in by lowering their standards to that level. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LTJ album yet May 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have long been a fan of Less Than Jake (hello, I'm from Gainesville) and have enjoyed watching them grow. I was a little skeptical about how this album would turn out, being that "She's Gonna Break Soon" was on TRL and the band was overpromoting the album a tad via fanclub emails and such, but I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it for the first time. Less Than Jake isn't even close to selling out in any way, shape, or form. This album is incredible! It has the same energetic, happy spirit of "Hello, Rockview", which was also an amazing album. The band has finally started to branch out a little more with both their sound and lyrics, completely doing away with repetitive drinking songs and unncessesary "F" words in random places. The lyrics are very contemplative and expressive, and the album flows very well from song to song. Personally, I thought "Losing Streak" sounded like virtually the same song tracked 16 times. It was extremely repetitive, and this album completely dispells that habit by incorporating different sounds into each song and balancing the mix of skanking, jumping, relaxing, and just plain moshpit fuel. The album is very energetic in a lot of parts, and the reggae tendencies of "The Science of Selling Yourself Short" is a refreshing newsflash that the band is still reinventing themselves. "Short Fuse Burning" is evidence of the aforementioned moshpit fuel formula. Chris' Van Halen-esque guitar riff mixed with the insanely fast tempo makes for a steady whiplash-inducing headbang and a big smile across the face. Oh, and don't worry about the whole Warner Bros. thing. This album is proof to the world that fame does not necessarily equal selling out and crossing into Blink-182 Land. After all, the band has been living on rice and beans for the last 10 years. Let's let them have the attention and recognition they deserve. Only complaint: not enough horns on this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ska album
Really good album. Has some really good lyrics and horn parts. Overall, a very good Ska album. I'm glad with this purchase.
Published 16 days ago by Stephen Juza
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
I never would have known this was a used cd judging by the condition it's in. If you are into ska/punk, this album is definitely one you don't want to miss.
Published 10 months ago by Erik Dyreng
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ska CD
Awesome CD. I cant think of a song on it I DONT enjoy. This was the CD that got me hooked onto Less Than Jake.
Published on December 2, 2010 by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Punk Music & T shirt
Didn't know this group before, but was pleasantly surprised! Really some good tunes.
Published on February 7, 2010 by Char K. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason they called it ANTHEM
If you know someone who is not familiar with LTJ, give this to them as a gift. You'll make a huge fan out of them. You can't possibly listen to this CD without wanting more LTJ. Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by J. Pop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music no matter what others may say.
Who wants to listen to the exact same music over and over. LTJ may have veered a little from their norm but that doesn't change the fact that this CD has some great songs on it. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by B. Baldauf
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LTJ CD yet.
Alright, I know I'm gonna piss off a few so-called "true LTJ fans". First off, if you're a true fan, you'll understand the way they went with the CD. Read more
Published on March 28, 2008 by Sean O'Donnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning if you're a fan of the genre.
This is vintage Less Than Jake. Fun, slightly homogenous, but fun enough to make up for that for the most part. Read more
Published on October 9, 2006 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet
Their maturity as songrwriters gets better and better with every album... None of their other albums quite compare to the songwriting talent displayed in this.
Published on May 4, 2006 by Geaux Tigers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Good Music!
Just because of this album, Less Than Jake goes to #2 on my list of favorites(No one can kick Sublime out of my #1)
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