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The Life and Times: Suburban Hymns The Life and Times
Suburban Hymns
2005, TH49: iTUNES ONLY

The Boys are Back in Town

Allen and friends have - no surprise - outdone themselves once again. I can't articulate what I was expecting from Allen's post-Shiner endeavors; maybe a little more of the introspective, quasi-orchestral mood-rock that Shiner began exploring on The Egg; maybe a touch of his Radiohead meets Floyd explorations. What I wasn't expecting was a freaking 5-course-meal of rock, spanning delicate amuses bouches to meaty main course to sweet and fatty dessert, and everything in between (including some excellent bread, but perhaps mercifully for this metaphor, lacking a cheese course). This is mature music, recapitulating many of the heavy rock moments that brought Shiner so close to us in the first place, but exploring uncharted waters in compositional elegance and emotional gravity. Dig this.

» More about The Life and Times

  1. My Last Hostage [Watch]
  2. Coat of Arms
  3. Charlotte St.
  4. Muscle Cars
  5. Skateland
  6. Thrill Ride
  7. Running Redlights
  8. Shift Your Gaze
  9. Mea Culpa
  10. A Chorus of Crickets

Recorded in beautiful Tolono, Il. at Great Western Record Recorders by Paul Malinowski. GWRR is ownded by former HUM lead singer Matt Talbot. REO Speedwagon used to practice and flop around in this building back in their pre-heyday.

Tolono is 5 miles from REO's hometown of Champaign, IL. That's why. Mea Culpa is being produced by The Life and Times and Paul Malinowski. Paul used to play bass in Shiner, Allen's old band.

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