Reuben
Racecar Is Racecar Backwards


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Jones is GOD USER (14 Reviews)
January 27th, 2005 | 30 replies | 8,787 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It really is you know. Go on, write it out the other way and see for yourself.

In any case, as witty a title as this is, this album is a serious labour of love by 3 young musicians who have lived out most people’s dream idea. From saving money from their part time weekend jobs, and borrowing off friends, they went out and bought professional recording equipment. They transformed their friend’s house into a semi professional recording studio. Then they went to work one summer to create an album full of heart-felt songs, which had either been around since school, or had just popped into their heads that morning. And this 16-track album is the result.

Its pretty pointless doing a detailed track-by-track run down of this, mainly as most songs are in the same vein, yet it doesn’t make them repetitive (on the whole). But they need some introduction, as each does have their own charm.
Starting track No One Wins The War is a good album starter, which gives you the first taste of the recording quality, considering the source. Some studio albums don’t sound this good. Solid guitar work, and a mixture of mellow and screamed vocals, and a shout out to fellow Brit rockers Hell Is For Heroes all come together to give the introductory Reuben package.
Horrorshow is another solid piece with a steady beat, and some well written vocals, before the main part which is another good section Stuck In My Throat comes flying in like a freight train with its distortion and scream, but turns into a fantastic vocal driven piece, and is probably contender for best track on the album. Oh The Shame fits the bill well as another good mixture of guitar and vocal moments, as does Fall Of The Bastille although the latter is heavier in its conduct, and has some memorable little break down moments.
Freddy Kreuger is the most popish song on the album by far. A instantly catchy riff, and some vocals about teen life….and no, not the ‘girlfriends, going to party, etc’ style, these are a bit more thought out, but still includes the hook of “This girl that Im so sick of..". Brilliant lines at the heart of it must be mentioned.

“My name is Freddy Kreuger, and I’ve got the elm street blues.
I’ve got a hand like a knife rack, and I die in every film"

It’s those clever, but universal lyrics that make Jamie a great vocalist.
Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife is a tempting offer…..and also another solid song, carrying a now familiar Reuben style sound, which has yet to tire and become predictable. Eating Only Apples is more bass orientated in the into, which was overdue, and is also one of the oldest songs in the Reuben catalogue. Our Song seems a bit more attempts-to-be-metalfied, but really doesn’t stand out much.
Lets Stop Hanging Out, another pop song, with a punk attitude behind it, and a sing along moment in it. If you’ve heard a Reuben song, it was probably this, a sit was one of the singles and seemed to be played constantly at some points on MTV2.
Missing Fingers has a live show snippet at the beginning, which is barely audible, maybe as an excuse for you to turn your volume up. For the second you do, Jamie bursts in with the aggressive vocal assault. The most prog-ish piece on the album, it goes through some mellow stages and then back into heavy riff driven verses.
Song For Saturday..awww crap, we got mellow. They do it well though, even if there isn’t a lot special about it apart from the lessening of noise compared to the rest of the album
Moving To Blackwater sounds big, and is one of the newest songs on the album. It’s a great building piece with some strings giving it that extra depth at the end. Wrong And Sorry is a familiar sounding track, the type of song every band has probably wrote and dismissed. Reuben kept it and nursed it into a more respectable song, and it fits well on the album, but as a stand alone track is still a bit lacking.
Parties Break Hearts finally gives evidence of repetition. There are some cool guitar parts, and an ending vocal fade out, but most of the elements have been done before. Dusk makes a good ending track. Slow and melodic, and some mumbling during the piano fade out give the song the job of making the album feel complete.

16 tracks. Just under 50 minutes long. This was a brilliant debut album from a band that seems to have nothing but good things ahead of them. Their older tracks are catchy, the newer ones are getting more and more epic, and no one can question their commitment to what they do.

Pros
Large selection of tracks
Ranges from pop tracks right through to Prog
No real bad patches across the album
Well wrote songs

Cons
Maybe a bit repetitive
Songs are only about 2-3 minutes long

No faulting this album at the end of the day. Brilliant mixture of moods, and ranges from the simple to the complex, and both work well in tandem.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
3rdplanet
February 5th 2005



46 Comments


These guys are quite eclectic.

This album is a fantastic album.

Great review.

vallely2004
February 27th 2005



3 Comments


I love Reuben and their music. I actually bumped into them a couple of weeks ago in Portsmouth at the Soulwax gig and talked to them about their new album.
Supposedly it's going to be alot different, but in a good way. We shall see.

Great review :thumb:

Confessed2005
July 12th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow.

These guys really are great.

twiik
July 6th 2008



30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A friend showed me this album, Stuck In My Throat is amazing.

StickmanSouffle
March 10th 2009



286 Comments


This looks pretty sexy. Must get.

TrojanWhore
August 23rd 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album, I stand by the statement I made as Confessed.

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2009



848 Comments


I need to get this, i'm currently into In Nothing We Trust

Lokudon
January 10th 2010



17 Comments


Good review, but this: "Well wrote songs". >.

Prolapse
September 8th 2010



4370 Comments


this is so good, more people should listen to this

Ponton
Emeritus
January 5th 2011



5784 Comments


yeah this is really really awesome

Buccaneer
January 5th 2011



692 Comments


I've got Very Fast Very Dangerous and In Nothing We Trust, and they both rule...

Still need to hear this

Collis
February 16th 2012



446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good. Heavy parts > Softer parts though.

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



11025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this should have more attention

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

scissorlocked
March 26th 2012



3508 Comments


needs a better review


Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



11025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u thinkin what i am thinkin?

scissorlocked
March 26th 2012



3508 Comments


do it

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



11025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

riffs

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



11025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea I am gonna review this, this is basically like Poison The Well with a rock edge

DoubtGin
March 26th 2012



6748 Comments


whoa it's true

thumbcrusher
December 29th 2012



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dusk is fantastic



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