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on June 21, 2012
It's been nearly 8 years since their last release, Lit's latest release THE VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM is surprising. After the death of drummer Allen Shellenberger, the band found itself in a place of transition. Switching management, record labels, and prodcuers, Lit took their time to work on this album before releasing it. THE VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM feels rejuvenated -- it feels like the members of the band have been reinvigorated. They have been out of the spotlight for a while, and this album welcomingly accepts that status. Instead of trying to rewrite "My Own Worst Enemy," the band pushed forward to new musical areas.
THE VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM is a straightforward rock album; it may be their heaviest to date. Many of the lyrics here deal with dead-end relationships, but there's also a hint of optimism in many of the tracks. The introduction sets the tone of the album with it's opening chant: "It's all about right here and right now." Lit doesn't revel in its past.
For new listeners, I would recommend starting with Lit's A PLACE IN THE SUN album. For pre-existing fans of Lit, THE VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM will be a welcome return for a band that has grown in many ways. Fans of Lostprophets, the Exies, or Eve 6 (or anyone who really misses mainstream rock from the late 90's) will find a lot here to like. Highlight tracks to sample: "C'Mon," "You Tonight," and "You Did It."