The Lost Patrol - Songs About Running Away (Cover Artwork)

The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol: Songs About Running AwaySongs About Running Away (2004)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: maverickScott
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There's something inherently weird about hearing a guy, who for the past 6 years of my life has done nothing but recite some of the most biting political rhetoric ever put to music, make an album about his feelings. Let me clarify - this disc is Dennis Lyxzén, frontman of hardcore legends Refuse.

There's something inherently weird about hearing a guy, who for the past 6 years of my life has done nothing but recite some of the most biting political rhetoric ever put to music, make an album about his feelings.

Let me clarify - this disc is Dennis Lyxzén, frontman of hardcore legends Refused and rock revolutionaries The [International] Noise Conspiracy, singing about his feelings. Not about capitialism or foriegn policy. About girls and stuff.

Yeah, I know.

But what's even more unusual is that Lyxzén makes the transition rather smoothly, something I didn't expect at all. His voice, known for it's dynamic power, takes on an almost childlike frailty for a majority of the album. The album has a very confessionalized feel to it, like Lyxzén is putting his real self out in the open, for all to gaze upon and react how they deem appropriate.

The album's lyrics mirror the soulful qualities of Lyxzén's voice, allowing him to truly reveal himself through these words, words that have probably been hidden in journals for years. The music the band creates is heavily R & B influenced, with an indie-pop sheen applied to it. Tracks like "Desperate Attempts" conjur up images of Nick Cave, while conversely the bouncy romp of "Alright" make me think Motown. The eclectic instrumentation of the disc makes it all the more interesting to listen to - you never seem to know when a clarinet, flute, or saxophone could pop up and deliver a jazzy, haunting countermelody.

With the Lost Patrol, Dennis Lyxzén has completed his grasp on rock and roll; he's touched all the bases admirably, and knows what he's doing. While I don't think this record will be getting more spins than The Shape Of Punk To Come, it is nice knowing that there's a softer side to Lyxzén, and that he's willing to let us enjoy it.

No New Manifesto
Left And Leaving Blues


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Anonymous (April 11, 2005)

hehe that guy wants to get Dennis Hard and then he probably wants to suck on hard dennis maybe get hard dennis up his pooper.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

Dennis is a Wussy...
Part wimp part pussy!

-Start the Song!

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

I don't like soft dennis. I like dennis hard. I wish dennis could get harder. I wish dennis could show me how hard he can get. I wish I could turn dennis on and feel his hardness. I dont want to see everyones goddamn sensitive side. Save that for your couch sessions. You fucking people with your emotions. Hide them. Bottle them up for fucks sake. Save them for when you need to lift a car off of a loved one. Don't whine in my fucking ear.

Romeo (January 28, 2004)

anything Ian > most things

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

fugazi > most things

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

nothing better than idots running around screaming about the evils of captialism in hundred dollar jeans.

Romeo (January 27, 2004)

What do I care about some guys feelings. Oh wah, he must of gotten his dick cut off after he quit Refused.

dignin (January 27, 2004)

None of this guys stuff ever did anything for me. And scott, fugazi > refused

heelturn (January 27, 2004)

i love fags.

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

Local Felons are a group of fags

CallingLondon (January 25, 2004)

woops, i mean better than the first

CallingLondon (January 25, 2004)

it's not bad. kinda unoriginal in the song writing, and i think the production is way too polished, but those two songs are alright. Left and Leaving Blues is better than the second, for sure.

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

i work all day doing nothing, not making anything.

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

"There's something inherently weird about hearing a guy, who for the past 6 years of my life has done nothing but recite some of the most biting political rhetoric ever put to music, make an album about his feelings."

Oh please... His songs straddle nonsensical most of the time and wouldn't be consider "political" all that much if he didn't keep repeating the whole anti-capitalist spiel (something someone from his part of the world doesn't even have to really worry about).

Biting political lyrics are rooted in REAL opinions or something deeper than "I've got a bone to pick with capitalism- and a few to break!". I mean, what is he? A proffesional wrestler?

Check out Crass- "Big Man, Big M.A.N." or "Time Out", or their slogan song "Do They Owe Us a Living?" for something closer to the Refused.


Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

I really really really really really really miss Refused ... but this album is great. Check out 93 Million Miles From The Sun for more Dennis actshun.


GreenVandal (January 25, 2004)

I think thi guy is a propaghandist idiot dick who uses politics more for fashion then anything else.

But he does make some really kick ass tunes.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)



Anonymous (January 24, 2004)


Welcome to the new age of celebrity worship. I don't think making Denis out to be Christ would fit in very well with his plan for a communist utopia.


Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

dennis lyxzen has more talent in his pinky finger than anyone commenting on how shitty he is...and anyone else who even says that he's good. this man deserves more respect than one could ever muster. long live refused....but don't cop him out and say shit about this newest recording...he is a legend that is still producing because he too has emotions...so fuck all y'all. thank you.

ashton (January 24, 2004)

for the guy calling him a dick:

are you sure you didn't spill beer over his 200$ pants or something?

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

totally enjoy it, for some reason reminded me of harvest by neal young.

Ted_The_Bellhop (January 24, 2004)

less weird albums and more Refused!

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

this is like kenny g with vocals.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

This week must have been "music BSD feels nothing for" week at punknews.org... I don't hate these bands, don't really like'em...

They're just "eh..."


heelturn (January 24, 2004)

i met dennis in west palm beach a couple of years ago when t(i)nc was playing with rocket from the crypt. i met speedo, too. i approached dennis before the show(and before i was drunk) to thank him for such a rad album, the shape of punk..., and to tell him i was very excited to see his new band. he could not have been more of a dick. he literally laughed at me. when i talked to speedo after the show(when i was retardedly drunk) he could not have been nicer. he invited us to go drinking with the band. i love refused. i just listened to the lost patrol mp3's and what a bunch of self indulgent nonsense. i think he's just making music now to pay for his dry cleaning bill.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

Wow, this is some really good stuff. I like how he uses instruments you don't here much anymore in this kinds of music. stuf like the clarinet. i think it runs very smoothly. great record.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

this $ellout $old his $oul to american recordings...

All style NO substance!

Jesse (January 23, 2004)

Reminds me a little of an updated The Velvet Underground.

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

jump the shark:

a term to describe a moment when somethin that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.

Origin of this phrase comes from a Happy Days episode where the Fonz jumped a shark on waterskis. Thus was labeled the lowest point of the show.

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 23, 2004)

im downloading the songs now, but to be honest, i think alot of the INC songs are about girls as opposed to politics. some of them may function as metaphors for politics, and some are simply about politics, but i dont see the transition being hard for him at all, because there are many songs that address love, i think

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

i got the cd a while ago because it came out in june in europe, and all i can say is that it's fucking brilliant. i hope epitaph posts the "alright" video soon.

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

Scott, that was probably the best review you've ever written.

- Kirby

ElVaquero (January 23, 2004)

this man is tied with mike park for the "can do no wrong" title.

siropsycho (January 23, 2004)

i've only heard no new manifesto but that's a good song

i'm going to check this out

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

I'm not even sure if i want to hear this but i'll prolly check out just out just for the hell of it.

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