Lifetime
Jersey's Best Dancers


4.5
superb

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
February 6th, 2007 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


In any discussion on New Jersey punk, or even melodic hardcore in general, Lifetime is likely to be a main part in it, and if not should be. Since they formed in the early ‘90s they went on to influence many bands alike with their youthful energy and consistent albums that improved with each one. Jersey’s Best Dancers, released in 1997, was Lifetime’s last album in their original run before they broke up with members going on to form Kid Dynamite.

Jersey’s Best Dancers is a fairly short album, clocking in at about 25 minutes, but its presence in that time lasts much longer, and its replay value is top notch. Twelve songs of upbeat punk rock, its packed with some leaning more toward hardcore and others more toward pop punk, even if a number of songs sound a bit similar with a first listen. The overall energy put into the record is only rivaled by their live shows. Ari Katz gives his best vocal outing on record here, with many emotions of various ranges and not an overly harsh deliverance making the album not too difficult to get into. Dan and Pete are stable on guitar with their heavy, catchy and melodic guitar riffs executed perfectly on ‘Bringin’ It Backwards’ and ‘The Truth about Lars’ among others. While the central focus of the album and strong point is on the guitar and vocals, Dave shows some of his finest bass work on the Cut the Tension and ‘The Boy’s No Good’ while Scott is overall solid on drums.

Jersey’s Best Dancers best attribute is probably the amount of memorable songs on it. In the twelve songs here, not one is really sub par. Each having a different melody and pace, the band is really at their peak. As briefly aforementioned, songs tend to lean from their early hardcore roots to a more poppy sound. Bringin’ It Backwards fits in the former and is a clear highlight, just because it rocks harder than just about any song here. On the other hand Young, Loud, And Scotty is a more accessible, poppy tune but all the same just as good and one of the bands more noteworthy songs. 25 Cent Giraffes focuses more on Ari and is another well composed song and actually fairly long for the album at 2:20. Other tracks include Hey Catrine which possesses a heavy riff contrasted with Ari’s softer vocals and a catchy chorus. The Boy’s No Good is a notable song with a more punk toned feel and backing vocals.

Theme Song for a New Brunswick Basement Show is another standout on the album, if not for the actual song itself then the lyrics which capture the NJ punk scene in less than two minutes. The band does great at reaching on a personal level with their lyrics. Most of the songs are about relationships (Francie Nolan, 25 Cent Giraffes, Hey Catrine) but they do it better than most. While other songs tell about events of shows and other personal topics.

Short, emotional, fast, energetic, and fun, Lifetime’s Jersey’s Best Dancer is a superb punk album, simply put. Its blend of hardcore with the newer pop punk sound is done perfectly and the music is addictive as ever. An album as inspiring as it is influential; it’s one of the best albums to come out its background and can be enjoyed by virtually any remote fan of punk.



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Geography
February 6th 2007


29 Comments


Are they anything like the Bouncing Souls?


Two-Headed Boy
February 6th 2007


4527 Comments


Great work, you and short reviews work well. I'll have to get this.

/pos LOL

irtehmitchell
February 6th 2007


15 Comments


this albums a classic.
and no, they aren't anything like the bouncing souls. they are lifetime check them out...

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 6th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been meaning to check Lifetime out, especially since they are from Jersey (yeah, you got beef punk!?!?). I guess songs off this album would be a start.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
February 6th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=geo]Are they anything like the Bouncing Souls?[/quote]

They're less anthemic, poppier, and overall better.


Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They are similar to the Bouncing Souls in terms of songwriting and energy, but not really in sound.

Great review, I was going to do a review of this, but you encompassed everything I had to say in a much better way.

Cadaveric
February 6th 2007


152 Comments


I don't know about Lifetime being better than Bouncing Souls. Definitely different sounds though, hard to compare. They're both great bands though.

slep
February 6th 2007


1604 Comments


Great CD, great band, great review.

Full Collapse299
February 9th 2007


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album. Amazing band. Saw these guys live with Thursday about 2, 3 months ago. They were really good.

doctorsscriptsand666
April 14th 2007


47 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing Punk rock album, 1990s essential

Intransit
April 14th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This has grown to classic for me. Such an incredible album and one of the most influential out there.

smthng2wrthomeabt
January 10th 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey I think this is a great album, good review too. But i was wondering if i could get some input from people about one of the lyrics on this album. Theme Song For A New Brunswick Basement Show is one of my favorite songs on the album and just in general, my brother and I always argue about one of the best lines on it (and the album). I think the line is "you can't be sly you can't forget her/you don't ask why you can't forget her" and my brother thinks that its: "you can't decide you can't forget her/you don't ask why you can't forget her". So i was just wondering what everybody else thought it was. Thanks.

Serpento
January 10th 2008


2351 Comments


Smickin' awesome.

londoncalling457
January 10th 2008


2607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is amazingly good. I'm glad you noted on the catchiness of Hey Catrine's chorus.

The Jungler
January 10th 2008


4827 Comments


I want this I think.

I don't know why I don't have it yet.This Message Edited On 01.10.08

iarescientists
January 10th 2008


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know why I don't have it yet.

because it's impossible to find

i found a link once but now i lost it :/

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2008


17920 Comments


http://community.livejournal.com/poppunk_forlife/4693.html

iarescientists
January 10th 2008


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SPUTNIKMUSIC DOES NOT CONDONE PIRACY

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2008


17920 Comments


its not a direct link!

iarescientists
January 10th 2008


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SPUTNIKMUSIC DOES NOT CARE!
SPUTNIKMUSIC HAS SPOKEN




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