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The fourth full-length from this Raleigh, NC band is a return to more organic territory, barely a year after releasing the synth-heavy dance pop of 2007's "Night Of The Furies". Guest appearances by Portastatic's Matthew McCaughan, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and Ashley Stove's Jim Brantley. 180 gram LP comes with free MP3 download coupon.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B001EN46CU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The last Rosebuds release, "Night Of The Furies," seemed like such a departure, and "Life Like" seems an even further departure from "Furies." It would be tempting to label "Life Like" a "return to form" or "back to basics" record, and indeed the most obvious change from their last album is that virtually all the electronic drums, beats and atmospheres have been trimmed away.

In purely sonic terms, it listens like their tweener EP ("Unwind") that followed up "The Rosebuds Makeout," three whole albums ago. But, that assessment would be a bit inaccurate. One of the things that made "Night Of The Furies" stand out, and get more attention from music press, indie radio, and even clothing retailers (I heard "Hold On To This Coat" while shopping for some pants at J. Crew) was not so much the New Order-esque sheen as the quantum leap of lyrical maturity and effortlessly on-point vocal delivery by both Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp -- certainly two of the best vocalists on the continually amazing Merge label. "Life Like" has those same qualities in its fabric, minus the dance-y arrangements.

"Furies" was an album that announced, on no certain terms, that the Rosebuds had arrived as an indie-pop force to be reckoned with. That confidence and strong songwriting carries through to the more organic guitars, drums, and keys of "Life Like," which bears an unenviable burden: that it will be inevitably compared to their past dalliance with electronica. The apparent stylistic reversal, however, manages the neat trick of making "Life Like" seem just as fresh and surprising as the last album was. It's a mature follow-up with none of the dryness or stiffness that phrases like "mature follow-up" usually conjure.
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"Low Planes Fly Low" was my introduction to The Rosebuds. "Waiting for You" spent weeks in my personal top ten and "Woods" is an amazing track off that disc. Liked it so much, I dropped back to pick an earlier disc. "Life Like" went in my queue -- quite frankly -- because I loved Shaun Richard's artwork of the pink elephant on the cover. Sometimes with bands, I can tend to imprint on the first release I bond with and the ones that come to me later seem less so. "Life Like" seems a bit like that for me, but it's certainly got some strong music. "Nice Fox" is the track from this set that pops out for me. The song tells the tale of fox that inhabited the neighborhood, died, and was buried, "And it don't mean nothing at all." "Life Like" for me was good but not stunning. Enjoy!
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Yeah, this album has its highs & lows. I find there to be a few weaker tracks towards the end, but the killer tracks such as Nice Fox, Cape Fear, Life Like make up for this. These melodies are similar to the ones on Night of the Furies as well as the chords & progressions. Ah well. I think this is a killer cd & you wouldn't be disappointed if this is your first introduction to the Rosebuds. They do have some other killer tracks on their myspace page.
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Life Like is The Rosebuds' wonderful new album, but then I like all they do. Best cuts to try are Life Like and Bow to the Middle. Give em a try.
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With most albums I enjoy there are usually a few tracks I could live without or simply skip. I actually enjoy every track on Life Like. I come upon it in my catalog about once a year, and I usually keep it in the rotation for several weeks once I come across it again. It's a keeper.
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