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Another great band you haven't heard!
John A. Boynton | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's really too bad TFA never made it into the mainstream, as many people won't hear ( in my opinion ) one of the greatest bands of the 90s. Broadcaster is a fine album for any collection. It starts out with Aerosmith, which although is a decent enough start, it pales in comparison to the rest of this outstanding album. Anna ( Get your gun ) is likely my least favorite TFA song, I just don't think it's much of anything special, it's very average. Following it though is one of my favorite TFA songs - Revved up. It's catchy for one, and any upbeat song with the chorus : "I hate you!" in a shrill women's voice is just awesome. The next track; Bird Again is not one of my favorites either, not a bad song, but lack-luster, also somewhat average. After it though, there is not another "average" ( so to speak ) song on the album. Japanese, which is a shorter and less electric version of the last song is not a stand-out, but good nonetheless. Next is Don't Tell - which in my opinion has some of the finest ( and strangest ) lyrics on the album. American City World follows, a catchy poppy tune with a great chorus. Followed be Cheery, another great song, which although the lyrics are simple, they're damn good. Next ( another favorite TFA song of mine, and my favorite of the album ) is Rest my Head, which in my opinion has the best lyrics of the album. "Hate me to say if I'll hate back..." "And smile to see if I'll smile back..." Beautiful. Never Ever Care is also a favorite of the album, a bit faster and harder song, but where as Anna ( Get your Gun ) is somewhat average, this song is a stand-out. Then is my second favorite of the album; Sally Tree. Although the lyrics don't stand up again Rest my Head they're matched well with the guitars. And despite their simplicity, I love the lyrics. "My Sally Tree.. Is for me." Next is Paris. A softer song; and a pretty good one. Then the album ends with a bang with Superstar, ( Japanese, only more eletric and longer ) a powerful finish for an amazing album. One of Alternative rock's finest bands."
Broadcaster [vs] Cattlemen Don't
wellwellwell | bog | 02/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have made several listmania lists in which I've had to include Triplefastaction. For some of them I've used Broadcaster, and for some: Cattlemen Don't. And I've come to the conclusion that both of their CDs are about the same. What makes them slightly different is the fact that Cattlemen Don't was more of a mixture of older and newer songs; whereas Broadcaster is just a debut release. Although as of now Triplefastaction is no longer together, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy their music. This CD has so many great songs that I can't understand how it (or they) never became popular.The first song on the CD, "Aerosmith", uses seemingly simple lyrics to make a brilliant song. The words 'I don't want some/I want it all' indicate where the song's trying to go. It's certainly one of the best on the CD. "Anna (Get Your Gun)" is a change from the first song, but the change is good. It's more of the rock song style that TFA is used to. On "Revved Up", Veruca Salt singer Nina Gordon chips in with some background lyrics: 'I hate you', the main purpose of the song. It's another great standout song. Yet it's not as good as the magnificent "Bird Again", my personal favorite. The song may be short, but it lacks nothing. The lyrics are great and it just sounds so cool. Listen to a small part of it, you'll see. As these first four songs may cover the best stretch of the CD, the best is yet to come.After the Japanese-named intro to "Superstar", you'll find two good songs, "Don't Tell" and "American City World", both of which are faster paced and a bit longer than the rest. Then "Cheery", which has a lack of lyrics (but not lyrical value), really turns the issue into an anti-social matter. In citing 'I don't want the ____ to know', it's a good song. "Rest My Head" is a classic TFA song, and "Never Ever Care" is probably the best song on the CD. And besides "Bearer Of Bad News" (Cattlemen Don't) and "Bird Again", it's my favorite. If there's a weak point of the CD, it's the next two songs. "Sally Tree" and "Paris" are both decent songs, but they lack a difference from what the rest of the CD already possesses. Between the two, "Sally Tree" is slightly better. And then for the epic. "Superstar" is a song that makes this CD worth buying in itself. Well, almost. It's a 9 minute song that takes track five and makes it look foolish. It's definitely a great song; and you'll find a gap between the Listen links of "Bird Again" and "Superstar" (above). And that's for good reason.All in all, Broadcaster is a nearly perfect CD that should've put Triplefastaction on the map. And even though it didn't, it only makes this CD better. As you'll be part of something few have even heard of. I gave Broadcaster 5 stars because it deserves exactly that. You always hear people saying '...if I could give it 10 stars I would'. And that holds true here, no doubt. Every song is worth listening to. Buy this release, and if you like it; buy their other CD (Cattlemen Don't), and check out Local H. Former TFA drummer Brian St. Clair now plays in that band (my favorite band of all-time) along with Scott Lucas. You won't be disappointed."