Exit #3 on The Road to I WRITE LOTS ABOUT 2007 ALBUMS

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Ted Leo & The Pharmecists - "Living With The Living"

Post punk is a little bit of a nebulous term. It encompasses so much, as far as music goes, from the uncertainty of Mission of Burma, to the (mostly) joyous They Might Be Giants, and beyond. However, Ted Leo & The Pharmecists, with their latest release, have become my go-to for explaining Post Punk to someone. The music does, very much, have the punk spirit, but musically, it's evolved past what punk rock is supposed to be. There's a swagger to it, but it's not obnoxious. The falsetto does a good job of preventing this, and actually makes a good majority of the music rather uplifting (notable exception being "Bomb, Repeat, Bomb'"s frantic delivery, but it works for that song very well, so it's excused). The best song on the album, though, is actually a straightforward reggae song, entitled "The Unwanted Things." Ted's delivery is soft and perfect for what the song tries to be, and although the lyrics are a mite depressing, the way the music is constructed makes it easy to dance to and easy to get stuck in your head. After that song, the best post punk song on the album is "The World Stops Turning," an anthemic tune about not getting bent out of shape from all of the heavy news going around nowadays. It's a great album, and it's really easy to recommed to anyone who happens to be into modern rock, not just punk.

Exit #4(no, really)

Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion

Standings so far!
1. Arcade Fire - "Neon Bible"
2. Ted Leo & The Pharmecists - "Living With The Living"
3. LCD Soundsystem - "Sound of Silver"

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