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No Address: Time Doesn’t Notice (2005)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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New CDs are tough. Maybe you bought it for that one song that kicks your ass every time you hear it on the radio, maybe you borrowed it off a friend and have never heard it before, or maybe it's the newest release by one of your favourite bands and you're itching to get your hands on it. Whatev.
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New CDs are tough. Maybe you bought it for that one song that kicks your ass every time you hear it on the radio, maybe you borrowed it off a friend and have never heard it before, or maybe it's the newest release by one of your favourite bands and you're itching to get your hands on it.

Whatever the case, there's always that training period where you listen to it, possibly while reading the liner notes and "get used" to it. After doing this a few times, you can sing along, anticipate the next track, and genuinely "get" the CD. To me, one of the marks of a great band is how painlessly this process takes place. With No Address' Time Doesn't Notice, it's amazingly short. The CD has characteristics of an instant hit, so much so that it's very surprising that Time Doesn't Notice is the band's debut release. The sound is so personalized, refined, and polished. I can't pick a favourite track; they are literally all good, with no skippable, "not quite there" exceptions.

There are elements of grunge in some of the guitar tracks and in the vocals; Phil Moreton has that gritty, sore throat sound (but only in the best possible way). Overall, the CD has a truly likeable, creative, and dynamic sound that does not expire after only a few plays.

In the band's bio, it says they nearly didn't record "When I'm Gone (Sadie)" because they had played it too many times. Whew, what a close call that was. That song rocks my socks. Other highlights include "It's Alright," "Never Coming Back," and "A Step Away."

Comparisons are inevitable. This band sounds like other bands -- good bands. Three Doors Down, Treble Charger, and maybe just a soupcon of scrunge rockers like Jet immediately come to mind. That being said, they add their own particular brand of blusey sexiness to everything they touch.

Excellent lyrics: check. Great delivery: check. Toe-tappablitlity: check. Good recording workmanship: check. Best CD I've heard in a damn long time: check.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 22, 2005)

if the music is good then what else is there that really matters? seems like you are more into the image than into the music.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

I saw them when they opened up for Crossfade and well...it didn't go too well. They got majorly booed and had things thrown at em. I admit, I booed too, but probably not for the same reason as everyone else. Honestly, they don't have much stage presence. Their music isn't too shabby, in fact I kinda liked it, but they definitely need to work on their presence on stage. So...sorry for booing, but now you have some constructive criticism to diminish that. Damn, they need an email so I can tell em personally. Oh well.

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

yeah and im willing to bet your GF isnt NEARLY as hot as his anywho

i would love to see u TRY and hurt ben with me around- you wouldnt get a punch in

-Ashley

Anonymous (May 15, 2005)

whoever said the lead singer was hitting on his girlfriend is full of shit. he has a girlfriend himself and he is a tall guy who could probably take anyone out. stop trying to sound cool!

Anonymous (May 8, 2005)

The lead fucker was fucking hitting on my girlfriend! I hope he rots in hell, he told her she was fucking hott. I alomost beat his ass.

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

No Address kicks major ass! Oh, and all the guys are nice, and Ben is not a prick. All the fans are friends because the guys get to know their fans. Thats how down to earth those guys are, they appreciate what they've got.

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

all the people trying to say that this CD sux is full of crap- i have seen them live,a nd talked to all of them- not a one is a prick, they are all very down to earth- and work hard to create good music- just b.c its not your genre doesnt mean youmust trash it, and just b.c you need to feel better about yourself doesnt give you the right to trash anyone-

try and know your shit before you mess with people who know it ok buddies???

because, your not the only ones who can be a asshole- but i have the shit to back it up

NA ROCKS!!!

Ashley

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

Not only is Ben a talented writer/singer he was an amazing teacher. The band is awesome, their cd is AWESOME and they are all very nice to the fans. Give the cd a chance before you decide you don't like it...the lyrics are extremely interesting and relate to everyone in some way.
-Lauriel

Anonymous (April 27, 2005)

Whoever said this band sucks and that Ben is a prick has clearly never listened to the band or met any members.

Anonymous (April 26, 2005)

people on this site need to get a life!

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

Phil isn't the lead singer, Ben Lauren is

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

cool album cover. bad music i bet!

Icapped2pac (April 19, 2005)

Couldn't agree with you more, Jesse. If they would just play that soldier-anthem single on those tornado-siren size speakers over all of Iraq, Pakistand, Afghanistan, and Syria, all of the "insurgents" would surely surrender just to stop the aural pain.

Jesse (April 18, 2005)

And Three Doors Down might possibly be the worst band I've ever had to listen to in my life.

Jesse (April 17, 2005)

Yes, because I so often wish to buy an album after hearing a hit single on the radio all the time. Do us all a favor and head on over to AbsolutePunk.

ZING!

Yep, I'm feeling like an asshole again. Deal with it.

Anonymous (April 17, 2005)

"Actually, I think the more painful the process of "getting" a CD or a band, the better the result is, not the opposite. I CD's like The Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs" and Radiohead's "Kid A" when they came out, but as time progressed I eventually came to fall in love with these albums. The easier an album is, the more disposable it is, if I can find it instantly enjoyable, it's just good sounding pop. But when I really have to try to get into it, that's when I feel more rewarded.

-benz"

I have never agreed with a statement more in my life. All my favorite CDs are the ones I didnt like at first. All the ones I loved at first are now collecting dust. There are some exceptions of course (REFUSED!) But that is generally how it goes. Well put.

-!Greenvandal!

Anonymous (April 16, 2005)

This band sucks ass and the singer is a total prick. Whoever wrote this is obviously friends with them.

Anonymous (April 16, 2005)

Actually, I think the more painful the process of "getting" a CD or a band, the better the result is, not the opposite. I CD's like The Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs" and Radiohead's "Kid A" when they came out, but as time progressed I eventually came to fall in love with these albums. The easier an album is, the more disposable it is, if I can find it instantly enjoyable, it's just good sounding pop. But when I really have to try to get into it, that's when I feel more rewarded.

-benz

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

Three Doors Down and Jet? So baaaaad, I'd rather Kelly Clarkson.

-Strewtho.

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

Are you being serious? Most of the albums that they review are put out by labels such as Rough Trade, Sire, and Sanctuary; essentially, the sub-labels of majors. I'll hijack a short school bus the day I see Pitchfork review something put out by, say, Asian Man or Thick or No Idea. Real indies.

-Chinatown

ubershep (April 15, 2005)

"So it's not punk, related to punk, DIY, or connected to the underground in any way? Don't we have pitchfork for these reviews?"

Pitchfork reviews way more bands that are more punk, DIY, and underground than most of what's reviewd on this site.

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

I heard one song off of it and thought it was good. I might pick this up.

And why isn't screaming in music over with? Do any of you still think that's cool?

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

"Three Doors Down, Treble Charger, and maybe just a soupcon of scrunge rockers like Jet immediately come to mind. That being said, they add their own particular brand of blusey sexiness to everything they touch."

So it's not punk, related to punk, DIY, or connected to the underground in any way? Don't we have pitchfork for these reviews?

Erin_Jackson (April 15, 2005)

a "soupcon" is a fancy-dancy* word for "little bit", most often used by snotty cooks**.

*fancy-dancy is not a real word
**and little white girls

-The real Erin Jackson
(I don't play basketball)

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

Couple of things:
1) Not really sure what a soupcon is.
2) Three Doors Down and Jet aren't good bands.

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

Yes, but I'm much taller now. Try 6'4".

Erin Jackson

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

This is Erin Jackson: http://goaztecs.collegesports.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/jackson_eri n00.html

swingline (April 15, 2005)

you dirty terrorist.

ubershep (April 15, 2005)

And one more thing, Three Doors Down are not a good band.

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

damn you!

Anonymous (April 15, 2005)

yay! first!

ubershep (April 15, 2005)

That cover reminds me of the 70s.

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