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Aloha

Aloha: Boys In The BathtubBoys In The Bathtub (2004)
Polyvinyl Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: maverickScott
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After yet another lineup change, the vibraphone-rock quartet known as Aloha returns to the scene with seven minutes of new music, divided equally between two new songs - "Boys In The Bathtub" and "You've Escaped" [seriously, both songs are exactly three-and-a-half minutes long]. The biggest change .


After yet another lineup change, the vibraphone-rock quartet known as Aloha returns to the scene with seven minutes of new music, divided equally between two new songs - "Boys In The Bathtub" and "You've Escaped" [seriously, both songs are exactly three-and-a-half minutes long]. The biggest change between this and their past efforts? No more vibraphone. Vibes player Eric has left the band due to being a father. Stepping in his place is TJ Lipple, who gives a burst of creativity into the band.

Once again showing their reluctance to stay put with one style for too long, this 7" has them evolving from their Dismemberment Plan-esque sophomore record Sugar into a fresh pop sound evident on the A-side. The song's stuttered beat combined with Tony's new take on his vocals - think the softer moments of more recent Promise Ring material - display a pop sensibility the band had previously neglected. The guitar solo thrown into the middle of the track is something that wouldn't be out of place on a new Wilco or Elvis Costello record, either. Lipple's mellotron works well in this song, and you almost forget that the band used to have vibes.

"You've Escaped" allows the band to have some fun, with drummer Cale switching with TJ for piano duty, allowing Lipple to showcase is solid drumming chops as well. This song is more prototypical of Sugar-era Aloha, with a fast verse coupled with a drum breakdown for the chorus. The song unravels at the end to just the drumbeat as the record fades out, almost primally. This is just a great, great song.

Aloha was a band that wasn't neccessarily in need of a rebirth, but got one anyway. Lucky for them, it didn't hinder their creativity at all, and it only gets me excited for more new material from this new lineup.

 

 
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Manman (June 17, 2004)

Aloha means both hello and goodbye. The use of that word in this case means the latter. The vibraphone was the heart and soul of Aloha, giving it the breath of life it needed to move the crowd. Now, Aloha is a soulless vampire searching for its lost shreds of humanity. They try to put up the semblance of being whole and well, but deep beneath the surface (just below permafrost) they are racked with eternal agony for the loss of vibraphone action.

If you like what Aloha used to be, don't listen to this. The single instrument absence destroys the rest of the work. A house without a foundation cannot stand, neither can Aloha make it on their own.

vocalyouth (June 13, 2004)

I'm giving this a 10 because TJ's old band RAKE is one of my favorite bands ever. They sorta sounded like Lagwagon with a better sense of humor. Aloha is also a really good band, though. I'm sure this is good.

Anonymous (June 13, 2004)

I saw Aloha about two months ago here in CT and wondered why on only one song they actually used the vibraphone.

maverick (June 12, 2004)

No, but I just graduated college - where I didn't have my record player - and moved back home - where I did have my record player - so I'm trying to clear out some review stuff that has been sitting around for much too long.

-Scott

boldredletters (June 11, 2004)

did you just get a record player or something?

Anonymous (June 11, 2004)

I haven't heard this yet, but I know I will miss the vibraphone no matter how good it is.

Anonymous (June 11, 2004)

First :)

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