Monday, January 12, 2015

@apartofhim's Top 20 of 2014 - #9 The Rentals "Lost In Alphaville"

The Rentals, a  band that will always be held so close to my heart, that they should probably be banned from all of my desert island top lists, but it's my list, so eat a dick. This is mostly a collection of Matt Sharp's work he's been doing over the past decade, and it's the same melodic synth-pop-rock that I fell in love with back in the fall of 1995.

NME's Mark Beaumont had this to say:
Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp has played silly buggers with his inspired alt-synth solo project The Rentals ever since roping in Damon Albarn, Tim Wheeler and Miki Berenyi from Lush to guest on their majestic second album ‘Seven More Minutes’ in 1999. Lengthy splits, a solo album and a year-long audiovisual art project called ‘Songs About Time’ have delayed the LP, but it's a worthy comeback. With sumptuous synths and space-siren backing vocals, Sharpe brings his mighty melodies to bear on songs of nostalgia (‘Song Of Remembering’, ‘Irrational Things’), the ennui of aging (‘Traces Of Our Tears’, ‘Seven Years’) and dystopian visions of abandoned subterranean cities (‘The Future’). Warm and welcoming, Alphaville sounds a great place to lose yourself.

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