A great album
Ayelen | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 12/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fast Times at Barrington High is a great album. I love every song on this CD and that's great. There's just a few artists who can make you love every song on a CD and I think TAI has done just that in a brilliant way.
The songs are catchy and fun. They are really "a celebration of youth", I agree with Beckett on that.
Now the thing is, if you are an "Almost Here" & "Santi" lover this album goes in an absolute different direction so you may find it not as good as them.
Track by track:
About a girl: A very good song with good lyrics, but I'm not sure I could listen to this song all day if you know what I mean.
Summer Hair = Forever Young: For some reason, I think this song is different from the other on the album. Of course, it doesn't mean it is not good, I really like it.
His Girl Friday: Catchy. That's all I can say.
The Test: One of my favourite songs on the album. Good lyrics. "You're a stranger I know well and not at all". I love it.
Rumored Nights: Another one of my favourite songs on the album. Great vocals and lyrics.
Automatic Eyes: I can't really say much of this song. It's good but after listening to this song for a while I feel like something it's missing.
Crowded Room: Great song. It's the one that most reminds me of TAI previous work. I can definitely hear some things from Almost Here and Santi here.
Coppertone: "But the charade is never going to last... So pick the poison and pour yourself a glass." This song is one of the best songs on the album, another one of my favourite ones. Besides, this song is just starting with the best part of the album to me.
After The Last Midtown Show: McMahon can't do anything wrong. He's a great piano player. This song would be as great as it is even without his collaboration but that collaboration earns it an extra point.
Beware! Cougar!: Catchy. Good lyrics. I think this song is great and right before Paper Chase is the best place for it.
Paper Chase: The best song in the album. When I'm listening to this song I see the celebration of youth Beckett talks about. This song is catchy and fun.
Beckett has done a great work, his vocals are brilliant.
One More Weekend: After Paper Chase it's hard to think of a better song because Paper Chase is THE song. It is even hard to think of a good song to come after Paper Chase but One More Weekend is really good. I think it was a great choice to make this one be the last song and the one after Paper Chase. Even when every song on the album is great, I don't think any other song would do as well as One More Weekend to finish it.
Different effort, but love it
L. Brown | California, USA | 12/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is by far the most engineered sound that TAI has come out with, and quite different from the moodier, more introspective albums preceding, BUT, that having been said, I still love this album. Catchy, upbeat and great showcasing of William Beckett's vocals."