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Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake: Borders and BoundariesBorders and Boundaries (2000)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: TheEvilMonkeyThe Evil Monkey
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Less Than Jake takes a big risk here. They foray into the genre many call Skeemo. And is it? No. This CD does not get the chance it deserves. Is this CD a Less Than Jake CD in true form? No, and I am not hesitant to say so. Some Less Than Jake fans will be turned off by this CD. But make no mistake .
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Less Than Jake takes a big risk here. They foray into the genre many call Skeemo. And is it? No. This CD does not get the chance it deserves. Is this CD a Less Than Jake CD in true form? No, and I am not hesitant to say so. Some Less Than Jake fans will be turned off by this CD. But make no mistake about it- Less Than Jake has a winner in B&B. While the first couple of songs have that same old Less Than Jake feeling- they probobly won't be favorites. Track four marks the beginning of the Less Than Jake border crossing. And I loved every second of it. Possibly one of the highlights of this CD is on track four, "Look What Happened". Chris delivers a solo, which just blows me away. His rough edgy voice takes on a softness, and it is really worth listening to. Same old lyrics, but good variety on vocals. Tracks 5 and 6 once again give a toned down Less Than Jake feeling, and track 7, "Hello Rockview" is a great song that incorporates Roger's voice more than usual, and uses it well. The track only struggles because of the fact that the whole leaving and missing home thing can get a little tired. And that leads up to the real turning point in this CD- "Malt Liquor Tastes Better When You've Got Problems"- which really strays from the usual Less Than Jake formula. But this track is simply amazing. I can't describe this song, it is really that good. Tracks 9 and 10 are once again pretty much toned down Less Than Jake usuals. Then we get to track 11. "Pete Jackson Is Getting Married" has to be one of the strangest songs I've ever heard. It is a fun song to listen to, but it is strange. My one gripe is the "na na na"s that are thrown in at the end. Just doesn't work. Track 12 is a good song worth listening to, but the real meat of this album is on track number thirteen, "Last Hour Of The Last Day Of Work", and it is a great song having to deal with the father of one of the guys. Amazingly deep song, and the lyrics really make it so- the chorus is very emotional, and makes it one of my favorite songs.

"So when ambition turns into competition I'll never be the better man."

This really makes the whole cd worth the while. That is just a deep statement. Anyway, "Bigger Picture", another amazing song, that just makes a great impression. The closer on this cd, is a song called "Faction", that states, "Sometimes, you just want to belong/at any loss or any cost." It is a great closing song, with a good statement. This CD is a favorite of mine, and I hope you take a good listen. Maybe it's not really the usual Less Than Jake. But it is Less Than Jake with some of it's best work yet.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

i would say this cd holds what their old stuff doesnt however in many cases its lost parts that their old stuff had...so to put it bluntly, you canot just buy this cd without buying 'hello rockview' and perhaps 'losing streak'.

this cd seems quite a leap for LTJ and if you ask me you should suport them on this risk leap and buy the damn cd (i kno thers gona be ppl that moan this isnt the real LTJ but when you think deeply, fuk it...its amazing whatever genre it is)

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

"Hello Rockview" wasn't a song

sheesh

MattHomeslice (December 2, 2003)

Is skunk anything like crunk?

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

naw i hadnt noticed that =)

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

Not sure if you noticed, but Sublime was on a label called "Skunk" which is a clever word for Ska/Punk. By the way, this cd is good. Not very LTJ'ish, but good no less. Josh

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

Whats next? Ska/Punk is gonna be referred to as "Skunk"?

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

Crap...

Come on kiddies better music exists.

TheOneTrueBill (September 14, 2002)

"Fuck you buddy, Less Than Jake rules all."

ha!

he called me buddy

Eddie (September 13, 2002)

This CD ROCKS! One of my favorites.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

uh this cd sucked ass.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

"i've said it before, and i'll sing it till i die fuck Less Than Jake"

Fuck you buddy, Less Than Jake rules all.

Now, onto the cd, while it's not their best cd, it's by no means bad. I don't know what you were thinking when you sadall tracks before "Lok What Happened" wouldn't be favorites, "Suburban Myth" is my favorite on the whole cd, others being "Is This Thing On," "Bigger Picture" and "Faction."
Can't wait for the new cd.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Great album, when is everyone going to stop talking about emo? Fuck its just rock music. Emo is another trendy word for all you fuckin losers to use. This album is amazing. Rock with horns, I think that there is two songs out of 15 that have the chinky chinky guitar in it. When I first got it, I played it untill it disintegrated. Fucking love this album.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Keep an open mind...Genre doenst exist ya but remeber punk and ska use to never exist...and look where its at now

Jon_the_Skafather (September 12, 2002)

this whole cd rules....i don't really think it's skeemo though, i think it's more rock and ska. don't confuse rock with emo.

TheOneTrueBill (September 12, 2002)

i've said it before, and i'll sing it till i die

fuck Less Than Jake

Anonymous (September 12, 2002)

skeemo.....i like that.

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

I think the na na na's go just fine. What the fuck is skeemo?

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

its good, but i miss ska
cool guy

ltjskank324 (September 10, 2002)

and oh yeah! the skeemo things gotta go sry buddy

ltjskank324 (September 10, 2002)

wait a second, why did u say track 7 (gainesville rockcity) is called hello rockview? could some one fill me in... and yeah this is a great cd u gotta give it some time tho and after listnin to it for a while i like almost everysong. at a ltj sho i went to they said " were going to play a b&b song and we dont give a fuck if u like b&b" so that kinda says it all

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

amazing review man, seriously. this might be just for me, but... lol i don't know, but he wrote that review like how a friend tells you about an album. it doesn't sound like some over-researched rolling stone mag review, or some some review with big words and deep analisys of songs. it's just plain good to read. good job man.

btw, real kick ass album too.

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

i hate gainsville rock city, but i like the rest (and 1 IS one of my favorites)

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

just because a song has emotional lyrics doesn't make it emo dumbass...

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

ska emo. that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. this genre does not exist (I hope it never does).

This cd is good, but not their best.

Nom_Anor (September 10, 2002)

WHat the hell is skeemo, i'm pretty sure they are not trying to be a emo band with horns

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

skeemo!???!?!???!?!? SKEEMO?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!??! WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT MEAN?!?!?!?!??!

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

Yeah, i meant to say Gainesville Rock City, sorry about that.

Sam

eyeball_kid (September 10, 2002)

Great CD. Suburban Myth is a great song too. This CD probably extended their longevity just by toning down the ska. Can't wait for another album of ska now!

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

I totally agree that tack 8 the malt liquor song is freakin incredible! I'm a huge fan of Less Than Jake and I love this cd very much, however it seems a bit darker than the rest of their stuff. A bit more losing streak style ska would have been nice in there but they did a great job on this nevertheless.

punky (September 10, 2002)

Good live band, but I didn't find this record to be amazing or great, just plain good.

Fuzzy (September 10, 2002)

This is a great album. ANd it's a great LTJ album. This review is not very good. And if the word "Skeemo" ever catches on, I hope someone dies.

WussEmoRock (September 10, 2002)

I think he meant Hellow Rockview to be actually Gainseville Rock City, because that is truly track #7. This cd is pretty good, let me tell you it grows on you, the first time I heard it I didn't like it much. What is wrong with you monkey? #1 is one of the best songs on the album, it rocks! I agree track 4 is great, but also to tell you, damn I had a lot of things to say...anyway, good cd, not the best,

best ltj is hellow rockview by far. go see them live, they rock!

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

4131 (September 10, 2002)

And isn't that track 7 by the way.

4131 (September 10, 2002)

Shitty review dood. Not even a mention of "Gainesville Rock City." A true over-sight.

AstroVince (September 10, 2002)

Amazing album... Great band.

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