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5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise 1 July 2003
By blurge - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Reigning Sound is the first Memphis band since Big Star that has made a great set of albums that are soulful and steeped in the essence of real immediate instinctive organic rock and roll. Break Up Break Down is a mellower album than their follow-up, Time Bomb High School.
When I was first told to check them out, I was directed to Break Up Break Down as the stronger of the two. Initiailly, I shared that feeling and found myself wearing out Break Up Break Down with dozens of plays without bothering to pull anything out from the rest of my collection. Then I decided to put Time Bomb High School on repeat for a few spins and fell in love with it, too. While it has some fine lower key tracks, the album has a harder raw feel.
Just as Big Star's #1 Record is a more inward feeling record and Radio City is more assertive, so is Break Up Break Down to Time Bomb High School.
The harder rocking numbers on Time Bomb recall great Memphis Mid-South garage rock bands of the 60's. They even cover The Guilloteens lost classic "I Don't Believe" and deliver it like they own it. These albums are not lo-fi productions, like The Oblivians. But while they are well recorded and produced, there isn't a moment that sounds over-thought. Everything feels like it is serving the tone and emotion of the material and performances, as it should.
There is one thing that I value in these recordings ..... they sound like a real Memphis band. They wear their regionalism proudly in a city whose majority of bands have spent the last thirty years desperately trying to sound like everything on MTV and the radio.
Finally, I never bother to write "reviews" - and I hate the idea of sounding like I'm hyping a release - but these are the kind of albums that get better with each listen and I find myself listening with almost the same thrill that I got when I got my first Yardbirds, Kinks, Big Star and Animanls albums years ago - and that is really saying something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nothing wrong with doing something different. 17 Feb. 2007
By fluffy, the human being. - Published on
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quite a surprise here. is this the same greg cartwright/greg oblivian who tried to blow my stereo spearkers apart with his music in the "oblivians?" is this the same reigning sound that made such loud garage classics as "time bomb high school," and "too much guitar?" this is sooo very different. but who cares? not me. this is a fantastic cd. it opens with a mid-tempo song colored by alt-country overtones that lets you know right off that things will be different this time. it moves on to the purely catchy hook of "i don't care." then comes the soft pop of "you don't hear the music," which is tasteful and perfect. "goodbye" is all gentle beauty. then along comes "as long," more alt-country done like a hip urban cowboy. "want you," is more soft pop, more gentle beauty, more impeccable taste on display. "so goes love," is an intense power pop number. "take a ride," displays fantastic vocals & a great guitar solo done with a perfect sense of restraint. "waiting for the day," is more heavenly pop, a bouncy melody that rides a beam of sunshine. "so sad," breaking up is bad, yes; but great songs often rise from the ashes of such an experience, and this is one of them (paul westerberg influence i hear in this like i'm at a wine sampling). the album ends with "i'm so thankful," a mid-tempo song that's got the only garage rock feel to it out of the whole set. this closer would blend right in on the classic "nuggets" box set. nothing wrong with doing something different mr cartwright. in fact i'm glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic! 12 July 2002
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Wow, what a surprise this is. After an amazing track record fronting The Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers (two of the very best garage/punk bands of the last ten years) I'm blown away that Greg Cartwright's new band has turned in one of the most heart-felt, sombre and tasteful batches of songs I've ever heard. Hints of Dylan, Gram Parsons, Roy Orbison and Arthur Lee - yet completely original and in it's own league. Truly beautiful without being sappy. I really can't get over how good this is. This record proves that there is an amazing new singer/song writer on the block and if this album is any indication he will be around for a very long time. I'm simply astounded that the man behind "Static Party" is responsible for this.
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure 7 Jun. 2012
By Justin Pruitt - Published on
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Greg Cartwright's vocals are a virtue that any band would kill for, with a cathartic yet powerful timbre that is best displayed on Reigning Sound's Break Up Break Down, more so than on any other Cartwright album. With the following releases Reigning Sound got gradually more fast-paced and harsher. My Morning Jacket would kill to have released this beautiful gem of an album. If you like introspective lyrics and swaying melodies accompanied by a beautiful male voice you have found a great album. Perfect for lazy rainy days.
4.0 out of 5 stars culmination of talent (phase I 2000) 16 Jan. 2011
By raja kappa - Published on
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here be the first Reigning Sound record with a line up that no longer exists. consisting of a few covers and more originals this disc has the sad, ineffable feel of love not quite realized/not quite confirmed. doubt and measured hope permeate the proceedings with a few manic moments of deluded optimism - waiting for the day - and oppressive fulfillment - i'm so thankful. don't misunderstand .... no joy division 'send a rope through the rafters' feel...just a low key americana (country/rock/pop/garage x 1) buoyed by melody, effective performance, understated vocals (i.e. just the right touch). a bunch of songs that remind me of that tight rope we walk anytime we want to trust someone, but can never really know for sure.
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