Less Than Jake
B Is For B-sides


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chelsea Brinda USER (10 Reviews)
March 18th, 2006 | 12 replies | 3,992 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Same band, new album. Some people would call it just the average olí CD. Some people would consider it great, poor, or horrific. If you ask me, I donít think that is great, poor, horrific, or your average CD. I think itís a great work of art done by Less Than Jake. This was a great step up after their step down (Anthem), or so people say. I bought this cd in late December, but didnít care to listen to it until the other day. I have been listening to it non-stop ever since. So, what makes this album so great? Well, keep reading, and Iíll tell you.

Vocals/Lyrics!
This CD once again, has lyrics about stress, depression, and how your life can really suck. Actually, thatís pretty much every CD theyíve made. But thatís not the point. The point is, no matter how many songs talk about stuff like that, Vinnie always makes it creative so they never sound the same. Take Portrait of A Cigarette Smoker at19 and listen to the song. This song talks about how everyone these days are just messed up, and are just losers and how he used to be one of those ďpeople." A.S.A.O.K. is pretty much the same.
Quote:
Originally Posted by A.S.A.O.K.
This song is for everyone that said I was programed, hardwired, that I'd self-destruct. They'd say I was destined to always be desperate, they'd say I was destined to always *** up. And I was voted the first one to crumble and break, I'd never have a chance, the biggest waste.
Also, same with Nine-One-One To Anyone. AND, also, same with National Anthem. Iím not going to post all these songs, but Iím just telling you which ones have good, solid lyrics. Onto vocals. As I said in my other LTJ review, Chris and Roger do good dual vocals. I really shouldnít need to explain this again, though they also show in this album again. You guys should already know that, I mean, like, WTF. So, with that said and done, I now give youÖInstruments. Wooooo.

Instruments and stuff.
And, I also donít need to do the band line-up again. You guys should already know that. One of my FAVORITE songs on here is Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The guitar part is so cool, and is so fun to play. I almost got it down. :cool: Same with the bass part. Its fun, its awesome, and I almost got that down, too. :cool: x100. Portrait of a Cigarette SmokeÖ is also a really cool and fun song to play. Especially on bass. Now, that song, I have down already. I even have it tabbed on Mxtabs. Ahem, Iím sorry. I shall stop at this moment. There arenít too many other ďcreative" songs on here, though I do like Jay Frenzal. Cool song, very cool. I really canít go into detail or anything about their playing, because its perfect, it really is. Iíve told you all their creative stuff, and thatís what I really look at/really like. So, I declare the Instrument part done.

Overall Thoughts, Opinions, and Rating
It seems as though every ***iní review I do, I always give it a 4 or a 5. Itís impossible for me to give a CD lower than a 3 unless I REALLY hate it. Which ainít too many CDís. This one, I give a 4. This was a fantastic step up from Anthem, and Iím proud of LTJ. (Though, Iíve heard some songs off of their new CD. I donít like them. Booo!)

Songs that grab my attention and ones that YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO.
Portrait of a Cigarette Smoker at 19
Bridge and Tunnel Authority
A.S.A.O.K.
Nine-One-One to Anyone
National Anthem



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Concubine
March 18th 2006



333 Comments


Hey, good review chillbee... short and sweet...This Message Edited On 03.18.06

Zebra
Moderator
March 18th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review was good, except the instruments and stuff section. All you did is say how everything was really cool but never described anything without using the word "cool." Your review was also short, which isn't a bad thing yet I didn't think you went into enough detail about songs vocals and lyrics.
This album didnt do much for me. ASAOK is an excellent song, but everything else feels very watered down.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
March 18th 2006



344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I kind of rushed this review, since I was baby-sitting. But, there's always room for better reviews.

Neoteric
March 19th 2006



3243 Comments


Yay, chillbee! Nice review but the band don't interest me one bit.

Two-Headed Boy
March 19th 2006



4527 Comments


I don't know. I agree with Zebra, about describing things better, but good overall effort.
From what I've heard by these guys, they sound like a very good band.

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
March 19th 2006



39 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A poor release from LTJ I thought. Better than Anthem but nowhere near any of their other records in my opinion.

smokersdieyounger
May 10th 2006



672 Comments


Well cant expect much from a B-Sides album,except in some rare cases.

Still want thins one though.

smokersdieyounger
May 10th 2006



672 Comments


Well cant expect much from a B-Sides album,except in some rare cases.

Still want thins one though.

spoon_of_grimbo
May 24th 2006



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i still don't understand how the band thought that "bridge and tunnel authority" wasn't good enough to go on anthem... ah well, maybe they'd planned this one all along, and needed a killer ska track for it to revolve around.

either way, great album, and a great review as always chillbee!

Chilly-Bean-Bop
May 25th 2006



344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, thank you.

The Nu-Spawn
June 16th 2006



97 Comments


LTJ kick ass!!!This was an great review for an awesome album.

Goku
August 7th 2007



253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is one of those albums a fan of the older material should stay clear of.



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