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What Happened To The La Las [Deluxe Edition]

moe.Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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After two decades of writing, recording and touring together, veteran jam band moe. took stock of where they’d been, released a retrospective, then turned the page.
Two years later the Northeast-based five-some has opened a new chapter in the moe. story. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LA LAs is the band’s first completely new collection since 2008, and while creative ... Read more in Amazon's moe. Store

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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sugarhill [Country]
  • ASIN: B006K4XXDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Bones of Lazarus
2. Haze
3. Downward Facing Dog
4. Rainshine
5. Smoke
6. Paper Dragon
7. Chromatic Nightmare
8. Puebla
9. One Way Traffic
10. Suck a Lemon
Disc: 2
1. The Bones of Lazarus
2. Haze
3. Downward Facing Dog
4. Rainshine
5. Smoke
6. Paper Dragon
7. Chromatic Nightmare
8. Puebla
9. One Way Traffic
10. Suck a Lemon

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe two CD edition. 2012 release from the Jam band. After 20 years together and nine studio albums, one might think moe. had pretty much done it all. Yet the famously independent-minded band is reaching for new ground on this latest project. The album features 10 tracks of compact melodies, each textured by moe.'s signature Rock riffs and flourishes, and backed by a roller coaster ride of pulsing drums. It's that pure moe. sound which the band's ardent fans-- affectionately dubbed moe.rons--have come to love over the band's decades of industrious touring.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go With The Deluxe Edition January 24, 2012
By Smitty
Format:Audio CD
Just received this disc(s) in the mail last week. Listening to it throughout the weekend. Great new album from moe. I think this is their 10th studio release and they nail it with both the regular CD and the accompanying acoustic version of the album. Much of what is on here has been played by moe in concert for years. What makes this great is that they actually offer up excellent versions of what were previously known only as live songs in the studio.

The reason to get the deluxe version is that you really get two great albums for the price of one. The acoustic versions, although mellower gives a completely different feel to their plugged in versions of their songs. There is a great Livedownload concert of moe's where they perform the entire show acoustic and the acoustic disc is very reminiscent of that performance.

One thing I have noticed since last summer and on up to the release of this album is the song Haze was written and originally sung by Al. Since moe.down and the recording of this album it looks like the song has permanently been switched over to Rob. Really curious and interesting little tidbit as I thought each songwriter always sang their own tunes. As far as I know, Haze is the first song that has been switched over to a different member of the band.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but uneven, effort that ends too quickly January 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've been a moe.ron for many moons and, like many, I was greatly anticipating this release, especially after the somewhat disappointing "Sticks and Stones".

The CD begins strongly with a studio version of the age-old live fave, "Lazarus" (renamed "The Bones of Lazarus"), and continues with a string of solid tunes in "Haze", the interesting "Downward Facing Dog" and "Rainshine". "Smoke", a decent, poppy Al effort, is followed by the energetic Rob tune, "Paper Dragon". All in all, a strong start to the CD - no complaints thus far.

One of the two low points of the CD occurs next, thanks to the bizarre and somewhat annoying inclusion of the Jim tune, "Chromatic Nightmare". What in the absolute hell were they thinking when they tossed this one in there? Did they run out of music? (No offense, Jim)

Hope is renewed with another solid Al tune, "Puebla" (reminscient of Wormwood-era Al), followed by a nice Rob singalong ("One Way Traffic").

The CD ends with arguably my least favorite song moe. has ever recorded: the embarrassingly bad "Suck a Lemon". Yeah, I know the backstory on this - it is still a terrible song. Chuck is always good for some solid tunes, but this, my friends, ain't one of 'em.

In all, a decent effort, if uneven. The acoustic disc is not as inspired as I would like, to be honest, and the length of the CD is WAY too short.

I saw an interview in which Al mentioned that the producer urged them not to include "George" because he felt the jammy groove would not translate well to the listener in his/her living room. Chalk this up to some really bad advice, boys, because the inclusion of "George" would have made up for the two clunkers as well as the shortage. Next time, go with your instincts. Hell, had you listened to this kind of advice 15 years ago, we would never have been able to enjoy studio versions of "Rebubula" or "Buster".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out strong but gets very bad June 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
ACOUSTIC VERSIONS ARE GENERALLY BETTER THAN THE ELECTRIC ONES.

This is moe.'s nineth studio album, depending upon how you are counting. The delux version comes with two versions of the album, an electric version produced by John Travis and an acoustic version produced by moe. The electric version is 45 minutes long and the accoustic version is 4 minutes shorter. The sound quality is very good.

I don't like the electric version that much. It is the classic case of a producer creating a sound in his image instead of letting the band be the band. So, the album is aimed more at the masses and has that hard pop, middle of the road sound. It is not interesting, like moe. can be interesting. What is it with jam bands? It seems like most of them, Phish, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, moe., etc. put out one or two really good studio albums that represent what the band sounds like and what the band's vision is and then they bring in a producer on the third album who messes everything up. A very good example of this is the "making of" DVD that comes with String Cheese Incident's One Step Closer. The band is shown playing new songs in the studio and they sound very nice. They producer comes along, and says wait till we strip out that stuff. He does on the final album and the songs sound bad.

The first 4 songs on the albums are very good. I prefer the versions on the acoustic album better for the most part, but the electric album does have some interesting parts. For instance, on the third song, Downward Facing Dog, the first 5 minutes are much better on the acoustic version, but the electric version has some very nice guitar runs at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tenth album ranks as one of moe.'s best June 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Despite the rather silly title, moe.'s tenth album ranks as one of their best, thanks to a solid collection of tunes and some simple yet straightforward production. Although many of the songs do not reach the near epic lengths they do when performed in a live concert setting, the songs on "What Happened to the La Las?" nevertheless sound as if they were recorded live. No strings or keys overdubbed; five instruments only, Chuck in one channel, Al in the other. Add some audience noise and stretch out a couple solos, and this sounds like an expertly recorded live show.
The songs, save one, are uniformly strong, each containing at least a tasty guitar solo, if not a trippy, math-rock jam also. "Bones of Lazarus", "Downward Facing Dog", "Paper Dragon", and "Puebla" are four of moe.'s best tunes, and while three of the four clock in at around four minutes, they still contain enough guitar wizardry to satisfy the most jaded of studio album fans. "Smoke" and "One Way Traffic" qualify as more pop sounding numbers, though again, each contains enough of a jam to make the track feel alive. Even the oft-maligned "Suck A Lemon" sounds pretty good, as long as one can ignore the cheesy lyrics and then embrace the album closing la-las!
The only misstep is "Chromatic Nightmare", a circus sounding, percussion led instrumental that does not vibe- at all- with the flow of the album. As a live instrumental sandwiched between two lyric heavy songs- it works (sometimes). On this album, it is the one track that falls victim to frequent skips.
Since the songs are so well written, the acoustic album works. moe. does not lose any live prowess when it loses electricity and the bonus album amounts to another excellent way to enjoy an excellent collection of songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Full of great Moe. jams both seasoned and new. Paper Dragon is a wonderful studio effort of a song they play pretty regularly. Check it out if you like Moe.
Published 11 months ago by K. Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah - lets go...greatest moe CD since Wormwood...
I nearly gave up on one of my fave bands, and that was a hard one for me. I am not exactly a 'moe-ron', one that follows every show like a dead-head... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Bas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement from sticks and stones
Much improved from last album "sticks and stones". This is definitely a moe. lover's album. Check out haze, paper dragon and Puebla.
Published 17 months ago by Hiley s
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Moe's Greatest
....but it'll do until something better comes along. I'm beginning to think Moe studio albums are only properly experienced live. Am I the only one?
Published 18 months ago by LeAnne R Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars love, love, love this!
Best album since Tin Cans and Car Tires, hands down. I was lucky enough to see Moe. 4 times last year and heard a few songs from this album and I was very excited for this to be... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Busy Mom to 5
4.0 out of 5 stars St. Stephen
Following Sticks & Stones, this studio effort is a relative rocker for moe., sometimes bordering on power pop. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by St. Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars New anthems
Haze and Rainshine are destined to be show staples...perhaps they already are since its been the Sticks and Stones tour since I caught Moe. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by bongofury
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I like moe. I catch them whenever they're in town and this album won't change that. This album is decent, nothing spectacular besides Paper Dragon, but no bad apples. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Nathan Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Same album drastically different
Buy the deluxe edition. Same songs on the second disc , all done in an acoustic setting. This gives the same lyrics / melody a totally different vibe and satisfying feel. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by Jim Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Possibly their best album since Tin Cans. Excellent production value on the songs which is something I was always a fan of in jam band albums, but felt moe. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Jacksuhn
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