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New album - first in 7 years - from highly rated & influential KC act, who have sold in excess of 700k albums of previous releases in this country. Still a band - touring extensively in 2011.

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quality Hill Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rwiggum on January 25, 2011
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For some reason, every time The Get Up Kids release a new album, people are surprised that it doesn't sound like Something to Write Home About. Maybe that was understandable in 2002, back when On a Wire made the shift from energetic power pop to a more alternative sound, but now more than ten years on from the release of the band's seminal 90's album, there isn't really an excuse. Now five albums in, no two Get Up Kids records have sounded the same, while at the same time always sounding like a "Get Up Kids album."

So when I say that There Are Rules is likely the best thing the band has put out to this point, don't take that to mean that it's any kind of return to Something to Write Home About. I never imagined I'd be thankful for the band's dissolution in 2005, but clearly the three years apart working on vastly different musical projects (Spoon, The New Amsterdams, Blackpool Lights, Reggie and the Full Effect) has grown each of them as musicians. The result is a band that sounds like it's having fun again, in a way that hasn't come through this loudly since Four Minute Mile. It's wildly experimental at times, but it never stops being a Get Up Kids album.

In all reality, the Get Up Kids are the best of the "high school bands," because they're the one that grows with you. It's depressing to see bands like the Ataris making a desperate return to their old sound after fans rejected the wildly different (but promising) "Welcome the Night." Nobody wants to see guys in their late-30's trying desperately to sound like they did in their early twenties so kids in high school will like them again.

Thankfully, there's nothing desperate about "There Are Rules." If anything, it's openly defiant. The album closer, "Rememorable," reads as pre-written response to their detractors, ending with a simple decree: "You've got it all so wrong/Why don't you go away?"
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff C. NY on January 25, 2011
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The Get Up Kids have been one of my favorite bands of the past ten years and I was very excited to hear they had re-united after not putting out an album since 2004. While each of their previous albums is different and unique in its own way, they still all maintain a certain cohesive sound that has a similarity and made their sound recognizable. While all being different, I greatly enjoyed each of them.....and I must add that On A Wire did take some getting used to, but it did become one of my favs.

Fast forward 7 years to There Are Rules. The only recognizable aspect on this album is Matt Pryor's distinct voice. Other than that all other signs of the Get Up Kids are absent. The music itself is almost all electronic sounding. Even the vocals feature a muffled, somewhat distorted aspect. Gone are any catchy hooks, guitar riffs, or anything resembling a classic TGUK ballad such as I'll Catch You. I want to like this album so bad that I keep playing it and playing it but I can't listen for more than a few minutes without having to pop in one of their older releases. I tried dozens of times but this album just doesn't do it for me. It sounds like a 90's Industrial album and really doesn't feature any rock or emo stylings.

I bet alot of people will love this album and enjoy the new direction the band is taking. Thats fine by me. I can see how you could like this, but its just not for me. I'm all for bands trying new things but this is too far out there for my liking. I don't need them to recreate a previous work to like it but I would have enjoyed at least something with a more rock/pop feel to it. Comparing this album to Something To Write Home About, is like comparing apples to hamburgers.

If you are all about getting into a new (electronic) sound, then go for it and check this out. If you want to hear the get up kids from last decade, your best bet is to pop in your old cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trunkshow on February 12, 2011
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The Get Up Kids are back, and apparently they are ready to get on with their musical lives. There are Rules is definitely a new sound for them, with some 80s pop and electronic elements thrown in. At times reminiscent of Radiohead, at times reminiscent of the Strokes, it is nonetheless a sound all their own, and it's a good one at that. The album opener "Tithe" is the perfect song to start this one off. It hits you hard, and hits you fast, while at the same time giving that darker, more non-melodic sound that is found throughout the album.

The Good:
It's new, it's fresh - Easily their most mature album (they are older after all), this album feels like the Get Up Kids growing up with their audience. It's darker, more bass-heavy, and has more interesting guitar work than any of their previous albums. They have proved throughout their career that they aren't willing to re-hash old stuff, and this is definitely like nothing they've ever done before.

It's still a Get Up Kids Album - Though it is most certainly a new sound, you can still tell it's a TGUK album. Musically, it seems drastically different, but there is something so familiar about Matt Pryor's unpretentious vocals that he could probably take anything and make it a Get Up Kids song. The guys continue to prove that they are excellent songwriters, and they bring a lot of energy to this album that seemed just a little bit missing in The Guilt Show.

Jim Suptic sings 2 songs - This is something I was excited about. Though Pryor is the better singer, Suptic voice has a great "rough around the edges" quality that helps break up the album. His 2 songs are probably the most experimental on the album, but definitely fit in with the theme and I am more than happy to see him singing.
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