Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Seven More Minutes
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Get off Matt's back. This album rocks.
Kevin | 10/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since when were artists not allowed to release albums that sound different than previous records? Seven More Minutes is definitely a departure from "Return of the Rentals." That doesn't make it a bad album. If you're going to label this album as "bad," give a reason besides "not enough moog," or "that damn fake British accent." (Which, for the record, I've never noticed.) I've been listening to this album since last March. (I got a copy from a radio station. But don't worry, I bought it when it came out.) Even before that, I knew that Matt was going to give us something he put his entire heart behind. I didn't have expectations, because I knew they would be wrong. I feel sorry for those of you who didn't find what you were looking for in "Seven More Minutes." It's a beautifully constructed masterpiece. If you ever read this, Matt, I want you to know that you have had a wonderful influence over my life since late 1995. I just hope to see you and The Rentals live someday. Come play Knox College!"
Matt paints a good picture of fun and its aftermath.....
Kevin | 05/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Rentals - Seven More MinutesMatt Sharp, ex-Weezer bassist, makes a strong case for living it up on the new Rentals album, "Seven More Minutes". Tracks like "Barcelona", "Getting By", "The Cruise", rock while maintaing catchy hooks. "My Head is in the Sun" ( co written by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo ), "Overlee", "Hello, Hello" are so melancholy that they paint you different shades of blue.Matt Sharp, according to interviews, spent a year in Barcelona living life the European way and then went to London to record this masterpiece. The vocals are great with cutting harmonies and excellent support from Petra Haden, Maya Rudolph and others. A special guest appearance is put in by Blur's Damon Albarn on the jumping "Big Daddy C." with a chorus reminiscent of Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Horray".Overall, the music is full of familiar chord structures and typical rock drumming and guitar strumming with the added color of the Moog synthesizer. The arrangements though, take those structures and furnish them unique sound twists and dynamics which weren't present in the first Rentals album, "The Return of the Rentals". Although some lyrics get a little corny, they convey a certain mood, urge and unease that fill out the whole picture. Looking at it from with out, as a whole, you see a work that expresses the freedom of irresponsibility and the sadness of instability, the futile search to reconcile the need for fun, with the need to settle down and the reality of growing old.I can truly say that I love this album. Congratulations Matt Sharp on this picture of life.The Rentals - Seven More Minutes MaverickGetting by /Hello, Hello / She Says its alright/ The Cruise/ Barcelona / Say goodbye Forever/ Overlee / Big daddy C. / Keep Sleeping / The Man With Two Brains / Must Be Wrong / Insomnia/ It's Alright (reprise) / My Head is in the Sun / Jumping Around"
The Rentals...more than a retro throwback!
Kevin | Duluth, Georgia-United States | 01/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I got this disc, I had VERY high expectations. I was expecting to hear more of that hard-edged new-wave sound that made me fall in love with The Rentals. Five minutes into the disc, I was thinking to myself "What the h*ll is this?" I was barely hearing any synthesizers and violins. And not one, but TWO acoustic songs? Surely, this was a sacrilege. I promptly took the CD out of my player after it had gone through what I considered a whole album of garbage and set it aside, all the while mumbling to myself angrily. Two months later, I was in the mood for music and I couldn't find anything that I wanted to listen to. I don't know what compelled me to pick up the Seven More Minutes album, but I must thank that unseen force. What I was welcomed to was wonderfully crafted hooks in the brit-pop fashion, a soothing vocal style of Matt Sharp, and wonderful synthesizers. This album spans all sonic possibilities from the classic "Return Of..." style (Getting By), groove-laden goodness (Big Daddy C.), acoustic pop (My Head Is In The Sun/She Says It's Alright), even a punk sounding song (Insomnia), and the rest are just simple, triumphant tunes that make you wanna leave wherever you are and go to Spain and see why Matt Sharp digs the place so much. I don't know why I initially thought this album was trash, but I sure am glad that I listened to it a second time. Overall, this album proves that The Rentals are here to stay and would like to say "Hello.""