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Tyranny of Distance
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Vinyl, June 19, 2001
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Epitaph will always mass produce skatepunk.
Fat Wreck will always mass produce SoCal punk.
Lookout! will always mass produce pop-punk.
Funny thing is, lately most labels aren't going by their previous moniker. Epitaph's aquirement of artists as diverse as Tricky and Tom Waits [and the rumored signing of The Promise Ring] is dispelling rumors that they're only a skatepunk label. In turn, Fat has signed bands like Sick Of It All and Rise Against, who don't really fit into the NOFX/Lagwagon style. So what does Lookout! do in response? Gives us new releases from bands like Bis and the Alkaline Trio [whle the latter could fit in the label's prior experience, the former most certainly was new ground]. And to keep up the momentum of change, Lookout! puts out, hands down, the best pop album of the year.
Ted Leo is amazing. I should stop there, but for the sake of humoring those of you who haven't picked up the album yet, I'll go on. Ted's whole family is involved in indie music it seems; his brother Danny fronts The Holy Childhood and brother Chris has put in time in the Van Pelt and The Lapse. Ted used to be in a band called Chisel. Some of you may have heard of them; they were a very popular mod-punk hybrid that was around for the majority of the nineties. They disbanded sometime around 1997, and that's when Ted's solo career began.
To be honest with you, the first time I saw and heard Ted Leo I hated him. It was in Bloomington, IL on my 18th birthday when he opened for the Alkaline Trio. At the time I was on crutches with a broken ankle, and hearing this weird guy play just an electric guitar and have a drum machine play generic beats behind him was not on my "things to hear" list.Read more ›
I think that in the past, I've compared him to a cross between Paul Weller of the Jam & The Style Council and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, and that is the most dead-on comparison I can think of. Ted tries to reach the soulful vocal range of Mr. Weller while maintaining the nervous energy of Superchunk, and does it quite well while forging ahead with his own sound.
Unlike Ted's past records that had a small smattering of weak songs thrown in the mix, every song on this disc is a killer. One of my favorite records of 2001, so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An extremely underrated gem in the Indie rock catalogue. Along with shake the sheets this is one of the must haves. Ted Leo always offers a sound that is distinct and authentic.Published 14 months ago by Daniel Martinez
One of my favorite albums of all time, hands down. Ted Leo is an excellent lyricist and musician. Can't get enough.Published on February 16, 2014 by Kyle
Very classy, softened neo-punk sophomore starts energetically and rarely relents, still sincerely standing easily as one of Leo's finest.Published on September 6, 2009 by IRate
What a CD! Ted is certainly a favorite of mine now. Great Guitars and superb Wordplay.Published on February 11, 2008 by teo
Poignant lyrics. I'm a huge fan of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I think this is their best cd as of yet.Published on August 5, 2007 by Ellie K
This album is amazing. Anyone can really like this music. It's upbeat, powerful, and at times can rock out. Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Richard S. Petillo
I absolutely agree with all of the comments made by my fellow reviewers, and I probably won't have anything new to offer hear in my review, but this album, it moves me so much that... Read morePublished on September 1, 2004 by Blackberries
There are no combination of intelligent, music-oriented terms that can be used to do this album any justice. Read morePublished on March 23, 2004 by chris packham
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' the Tyranny of Distance simply put is a great CD. Every track features great vocals and music. Read morePublished on December 27, 2003 by Matt Sriram