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Lifetime

Lifetime: Somewhere in the Swamps of JerseySomewhere in the Swamps of Jersey (2006)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: The_MongooseThe_Mongoose
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The Mongoose has only been listening to Lifetime for about 6 months now. He wanted to see what all the hype was about, so he bought Hello Bastards and Jersey's Best Dancers. The Mongoose was very impressed. Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey is a double-CD compilation of early material, covers, .
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The Mongoose has only been listening to Lifetime for about 6 months now. He wanted to see what all the hype was about, so he bought Hello Bastards and Jersey's Best Dancers. The Mongoose was very impressed.

Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey is a double-CD compilation of early material, covers, demos, live tracks, and two complete versions of their out-of-print 1993 debut, Background. The first version of Background has been remixed and the second version is the remastered original.

The self-titled opening track is the Mongoose's favorite song on the entire album. It reminds him of everything he loves about punk rock. It's catchy, it's heavy, and most importantly, it's fast. In fact, the entire first CD is like that. Other standout tracks from the first CD include: "Starsixtynine," "Young, Loud, and Scotty," and the cover of Billy Bragg's "New England."

It's the second CD that the Mongoose has a problem with. You see, the Mongoose doesn't understand the point of having two versions of one album. He doesn't care that one has been "remixed" and one has been "remastered." To be honest, the Mongoose can't even tell a difference between the two. The second disc does, however, contain some good live tracks, but the Mongoose doesn't care much for live music on CDs. He would much rather be there himself.

If you're new to Lifetime, then the Mongoose would suggest that you pick up Jersey's Best Dancers first. Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey is a very good compilation, but it's probably not the best album to start with. The Mongoose recommends Lifetime to fans of hardcore bands like Kid Dynamite, Gorilla Biscuits, and Youth of Today. The Mongoose would also like to point out that he wrote this shitty review without once making reference to Dr. Dan Yemin. Except just now.

The Mongoose gives the first CD a 9/10 and the second CD a 6/10.

 

 
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GlassPipeMurder (August 18, 2006)

i don't know why, but i really liked this review.

SilentStorms (June 28, 2006)

I have to holler at rkl, well put!

rkl (June 27, 2006)

i always like reviews better when someone is new to the band because, it generally means theyre relying solely on the musical content, instead of judging off past albums, scene-place, etc.

or you could quit bitching and review it yourself. punknews will post multiple reviews of the same album.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

No offence to The Mongoose, but The Someone would like to see this collection reviewed by someone who has been listening to Lifetime for more than 6 months and has more knowledge of the band. Aubin I'm looking at you on this one.

rinjonjori (June 26, 2006)

As Long as Dr. Dan keeps bringin it in Paint it Black or Lifetime or Kid Dynamite you should show up. The guy is as old as me and hardcore moves him. When I say show up it means either go to shows or buy albums or whatever you think is hardcore.

Just because you got the kids or the wife doesn't mean your not up for a little fun.

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

The cover of "A New England" is sooooooooooo money!

Scruffy (June 26, 2006)

"The funny/sad part of it is, Lifetime will end up getting dicked. The royalty rate is MUCH better on indies like jade Tree. Their records aren't gonna reap the kind of sales necessary to make it in the "big league" of the major labels. They might sell more records this time around, but the cash will once again end up in somebody else's pocket."

The funny/sad part is, you probably won't come back to read this.
Do some research. And, by research, I mean just read the threads on Lifetime on this site. First off, Decaydence is an independent label, linked to another independent label. The fact that it is funded by Pete Wentz's personal money doesn't make it a major. When the deal was announced, it was made known that the deal they made with Decaydence will return far more money to Lifetime than any other label, major or indie, could possibly hope to give.
Also, go talk to Strike Anywhere about all that money Jade Tree gives their bands, and see if you still believe staying on Jade Tree would have been a good decision (though I wish they would have gone to a label that wasn't Pete Wentz's, but that's just personal jealousy).

Maks (June 26, 2006)

Lifetime is kinda like Saves The Day, a likeable but not brilliant band whose sound was copped by umpteen lame bands that got rich by purveying mediocrity. So Lifetime will probably lower their common denominator a bit in hopes of cashing in. And it won't work.

saves the day came after lifetime. so they are one of those "bands that got rich by purveying mediocrity" that copped their sound. though their records are likeable. anyway, i'm happy for the reunion thing, but i don't know what to exept from their new record. i mean, i'm exited, but i'm "scared" as well. i'm a lot less pleased with the label they're on, and i don't get why not stay with jade tree.

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

Fuck it my comments don't seem to be appearing but this was the last half i wrote

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

Great...so my comments didn't work first time, lets try again.

Wow Buddyhead are complete tools, (i used to think they were pretty cool, but now as with a lot of these comments they come off as jumping on the band hating wagon. How about directing your hate towards some cookie cutter shit that "awkward" teenagers "

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

Wow Buddyhead are complete tools, (i used to think they were pretty cool, but now as with a lot of these comments they come off as jumping on the band hating wagon. How about directing your hate towards some cookie cutter shit that "awkward" teenagers "

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

"lifetime before reunion = amazing, influential, lengendary

lifetime after reunion = sellouts, suckups, horrible."

Sorry dude, but I don't see how you've managed to morph the assertion that Lifetime was NEVER that great into they were amazing but now they're sellouts.

Lifetime was a likeable band. It just seems that their status grew ridiculously during their absence.

The funny/sad part of it is, Lifetime will end up getting dicked. The royalty rate is MUCH better on indies like jade Tree. Their records aren't gonna reap the kind of sales necessary to make it in the "big league" of the major labels. They might sell more records this time around, but the cash will once again end up in somebody else's pocket.

AND the Fall Out Boy alliance doesn't exactly work wonders their stature as a DIY band.

They'll probably come out with an album that sounds like their imitators.

Lifetime is kinda like Saves The Day, a likeable but not brilliant band whose sound was copped by umpteen lame bands that got rich by purveying mediocrity. So Lifetime will probably lower their common denominator a bit in hopes of cashing in. And it won't work.

Plus, they're probably over 30 so you kids shouldn't like them, right?

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

www.myspace.com/bookburner

Not unlike Lifetime. Featuring the singer of The Curse.

Scruffy (June 26, 2006)

"I hope I am not posting on this site when I'm 30. It's just a hope of mine."

I don't, because that would mean the site wouldn't be here anymore. Seriously, it's not like it's myspace. Since when does punk have an age limit on anything? Why would you stop coming here? It's like CNN for punk. I don't need to go to label websites anymore.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)
Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

wait wait...

lemme get this straight.

lifetime before reunion = amazing, influential, lengendary

lifetime after reunion = sellouts, suckups, horrible.

sorry i have a hard time following the punk rock trends.

man some people are fucking idiots.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

after reading the "from buddyhead" post, now i know where half the people in this review get their material

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

From Buddyhead:

You know how when you grow up, and you get suspicious about people from your childhood possibly being lamer than you remembered, but all you needed was some kind of closure or something to wrap it all up and prove that they really were lame? Yâ??know, like that kid who gave you your first beerâ?¦ he was really into Slayer, drove a Camaro, fingerbanged your babysitter, and you thought he was super rad cos he had a mustacheâ?¦ and then 10 years later you saw him bussing tables at a Sizzler. Well, that band Lifetime is a lot like that. We all kinda got tricked into thinking they were sorta ok way back there somewhere in the 90â??s. Somehow they would always end up on a mix tape some cute chick made you with a bunch of other bands that actually were coolâ?¦ like Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estateâ?¦ and you were smoke-screened of their actual wackness cos they sounded sorta ok in between the good bands, and you couldnâ??t exactly put your finger on what was lame untilâ?¦â?¦ they reform years later, and fuckinâ?? FALLOUT BOY signs them to their record label. Ahhhhâ?¦ thatâ??s riiiiiightâ?¦ Lifetime always sucked. Itâ??s all so clear now.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

This lifetime backlash is the lamest shit ever.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

"I hope I am not posting on this site when I'm 30. It's just a hope of mine."

I daresay a significant portion of the musicians reviewed on this site are over 30, many WAY over 30. Are you suggesting that these artists should "get a real job?"

benz (June 25, 2006)

"I actually own the two Jade Tree albums, bought them when the band was still intact."

I hope I am not posting on this site when I'm 30. It's just a hope of mine.

benz (June 25, 2006)

Lifetime is an example of a band that got better with time. I'm not too impressed by their early recordings, although it is good to hear them.

Who cares that they're on Decaydance? Does it matter?

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

Ain't it great seeing your "legendary" heroes, Lifetime, sucking up to Fall Out Boy?

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

your mom listens to lifetime.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

yeah, i think lifetime, and dr. dan's other bands are special simply because they make hardcore that is not narrowed down to a certain demographic. Lifetime is extremely poppy at times, the vocals can be slurred, the lyrics aren't followed 100% correctly by the liner notes, kid dynamite was extremely angry and quick, but was by no means a testosterone overdose.

Charles Bronson is great, but its a certain mood music. Lifetime and KD have an energy that my mom or my pissed off little brother can engage in without it being watered down or made 'soft' by its broad reach.

I'm split. I never thought lifetime re-invented music, but I do think if kids got into lifetime instead of most mainstream bands, and if falloutboy kids start buying kid dynamite records, all the better.

wyzo

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

How did The Mongoose not hear this band until 6 months ago?

I was slow on the uptake and heard them for the first time in the fall of 2000.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

The annoying thing about Lifetime fans is that they act like Lifetime and Kid Dynamite were the only ones playing hardcore in the 90's. Like everything else was Earth Crisis or Madball. Whatever, Charles Bronson blow these fucks away.

rkl (June 24, 2006)

lifetime is only legendary because of the crushing support of fanboys like you.

not a shitty band, but not that great either.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

"Why is this band so overrated? I actually own the two Jade Tree albums, bought them when the band was still intact. But the heaping post-breakup praise for this band is unnecessary and undeserved. Sure, they're OK. The funny thing is, their reunion will NOT make Lifetime into the next Fall Out Boy, as they're expecting. OK, so everybody in a band likes them. But they're not cute enough, so "the kids," who buy this shit, won't buy.

They should've stayed a broken-up, legendary band -- even though they don't deserve to be legendary. I mean, what kind of accolade is it to be proclaimed legendary by Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and the minions of MySpace emo kids? Just because a bunch of idiots like you doesn't mean you're important. You can find plenty of idiots out there who love Bon Jovi (another Jersey band) but WHO CARES?

Dream on, twerps."

So in summary, listen to this retard's opinion about a band he doesnt think is good when most of the natural world can see it..
I hate jaded fucks that" bought both the albums when the band was intact" just so EVERYONE knows thats hes legit. Fuck off,Lifetime is legendary. I waited six years to see this band again at the reunion shows and they were just as good as they were then,as they were in 98'.

onegirlarmy (June 24, 2006)

"The funny thing is, their reunion will NOT make Lifetime into the next Fall Out Boy, as they're expecting."

Nobody else is expecting this either. I'm just glad they're making music again.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

it's funny to listen to dillinger four and hear green day riffs from american idiot.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

why the fuck does this guy keep refferring to himself as "the mongoose" that is fucking unneccasary.

kid_dynamite_ (June 24, 2006)

I love Lifetime. Hello Bastards and Jersey's Best are two of my favorite CDs. But this release just didn't need to happen. I already own Seven Inches and I was not into Background AT ALL, and unfortunately for me, the duel CDs contain the same songs from those two Cds over and over again. Kinda a waste of money although the first songSomewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey is incredible.

If you have all their other Cds, download the first track and keep your money for the new albums hopefully coming out soon.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

Why is this band so overrated? I actually own the two Jade Tree albums, bought them when the band was still intact. But the heaping post-breakup praise for this band is unnecessary and undeserved. Sure, they're OK. The funny thing is, their reunion will NOT make Lifetime into the next Fall Out Boy, as they're expecting. OK, so everybody in a band likes them. But they're not cute enough, so "the kids," who buy this shit, won't buy.

They should've stayed a broken-up, legendary band -- even though they don't deserve to be legendary. I mean, what kind of accolade is it to be proclaimed legendary by Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and the minions of MySpace emo kids? Just because a bunch of idiots like you doesn't mean you're important. You can find plenty of idiots out there who love Bon Jovi (another Jersey band) but WHO CARES?

Dream on, twerps.

modelcitizen (June 24, 2006)

i can get a copy of background at slackers for $5.99. it is there everytime i go in, but i've never decided to buy it. is it rare/worth buying just for a collector's appeal?

Maks (June 24, 2006)

i think background it's a great record. it's not hello bastards, and it's also way different, but it's not horrible as someone is saying, and it's "relevant" for its time. i just don't get why the second cd, why the un-remastered version. if i can listen to the better-sounding version why should i listen to it? if i'm a nerd i would buy the old lp (if i can find it), if i wanted the live tracks, they should have made the second cd a full live cd.

fallingupwards84 (June 24, 2006)

wonderful review

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Even the band seemed to have mixed feelings about rereleasing Background - which truly is horrible. What I read suggested that they basically just shrugged their shoulders and said "fine, we'll do it, but suggest you don't buy it unless you're nuts."

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I still have no idea why the re-released "Background".

Easily their worst material.

dazed (June 23, 2006)

It's just beautiful that The Mongoose wrote this review. I imagined the voice as being that thing from Ice Age.

I like Lifetime OK, but the score's for the review.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Isn't this the band that all you internet punks nut yourselves over?

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

godfather, youre not supposed to tell us. that makes it even worse

Jason_Tate (June 23, 2006)

a/s/l?

Godfather (June 23, 2006)

haha, that's me! yes yes, that's right, i am the genius behind the mongoose...but really, sorry about the review

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

i think almostpunkenough was right

this is a one time only deal mongoose

steveman (June 23, 2006)

"does anyone else hear a french accent in their head when they read this review?"

I actually imagined it as The Rock's voice. Does that dude still talk in third person?

10/10 for the review

5/10 for the band.

boba_fett (June 23, 2006)

The Boba Fett enjoyed The Mongooses' review.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

The Mongoose rules! let him review everything!!!

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I'm not going to buy what's basically a reissue of something the band members have told me sucked.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

People who thought the whole The Mongoose thing was stupid or whatever, take themselves waay too serious. Lighten up, get laid or something. Shit.

Also, when it comes to this cd, I'm in sort of the same situation as TheOneTrueBill, I've listened to the first disc maybe 2 or 3 times and haven't gotten past the first couple songs of the second disc.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

People seem to not dig this album. I personally think its great. Give it some time.

Maks (June 23, 2006)

good review. same feelings on this album, and my favorite songs are as yours.

kirbypuckett (June 23, 2006)

This is worth the money for the liner notes alone.

- Kirby

crazytoledo (June 23, 2006)

The Mongoose is CrazyToledo's hero.

jockmcbored (June 23, 2006)

great review

these were a bit b4 my time but i own JBD after hearing 1 song in Out of Step Records. still can't get into them but i think Dante said that it was something new at a certain time when no one else was doing what they were doing.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

i couldnt get past the first line of this review

Dante3000 (June 23, 2006)

Seriously my sense of humor must blow because I was busting up at the end.
The Mongoose would also like to point out that he wrote this shitty review without once making reference to Dr. Dan Yemin. Except just now.
Solid Gold.
Good job The Mongoose.
-Dante

Since94 (June 23, 2006)

Bumboclot

TheDude (June 23, 2006)

george is gettin' upset!

notfeelingcreative (June 23, 2006)

"Ugh, please never refer to yourself in third person again, especially with your stupid-ass nickname."

Yeah, that only works for professional wrestlers, and even then it sounds stupid and juvenille!!

Archangel (June 23, 2006)

Score's for the review.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

does anyone else hear a french accent in their head when they read this review?

Ozzie_Guillen (June 23, 2006)

This music is gay. Only gays make it and only gays like it.

Dr. Dan is child molester.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

"I heard Lifetime might be recording another album is this true? I don't know how I feel about that."

this is true, you must have been inside during the shitstorm that was their recent label signing

- APK

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I find myself listening to Hello Bastards much more when I pull out Lifetime than Jersey's Best.. However I find it hard to decide on which Album is 'better'. I think JBD is more refined but I enjoy the overall impression Hello Bastards made. Hello Bastards stands out to me and Jersey's Best is, in my opinion, the culmination of their evolution in the sound Lifetime was creating as an up and coming 'hardcore' band.

I also found the third person references to be irritating.
I heard Lifetime might be recording another album is this true? I don't know how I feel about that.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

it is hard to say I think opening and closing tracks are important, JBD has a better opener but Hello Bastards has a stonger closer.

- APK

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Generally ... I need to type slower so my letters don't get jumbled.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I think that the "the" should always be capitalized when referring to The Mongoose, not just when it's the beginning of a sentence.

I'm gernaerlly tend to think that Jersey's Best Dancers is far better than Hello Bastards. The Mongoose seems to agree. What do other people think? There are good moments and songs on HB, but I think that as am album and overall JBD is just above and beyond better.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I think the mongoose needs to learn how to refer to himself some other way then by the third person.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

The Andrew thinks this was the shittiest review ever.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

where is the Underoath review?

the title track off of this is spectacular, the 7inches songs are great but I already had that cd and the Background stuff for the most part is trash.

- APK

usversusthem (June 23, 2006)

Maybe it's just that I haven't gotten any sleep, but I thought the Mongoose schtick was endearing. It was a well-written review anyway, I figure he gets away with a little idiosyncracy like that for it, what the hell.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Bumboclat

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Suck Out Me Mongoose

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

i for one, enjoyed the mongoose. cheers to the mongoose!

BizzleBrizzle (June 23, 2006)

The remastered version of background rules.

MikeStupid (June 23, 2006)

This review would be good if it didn't use the word Mongoose so damn much.

The CD, however, is great no matter what.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

"Why hasn't anyone figured out that Lifetime was never really any good?"

Because we haven't all recieved buddyhead's memo.

I dont like the beatles. Its an option.

anyway, lifetime is beginning to come down for me from icons to puttingout one of my favorite records (jersey's best..) but I'd be happier if kid dynamite made another record.

And, okay, Eleanor Rigby is pretty perfect.

wyzo

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

the mongoose sounds like he is a dick, fo'sure.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

dudes

there was a reason why lifetime wasnt big back in the day and why they broke up. it still pertains today...their music isnt that good and it still wont be with their new cd on decaydance. Its mind boggling to as why there is such a "godlike' view of them today.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

Why hasn't anyone figured out that Lifetime was never really any good?

theOneTrueBill (June 23, 2006)

I bought this a few days before it's official release but have only listened to it twice. Some of the stuff on the first disc is just difficult to listen to. The songs are four minutes long and Ari just whines "ooooh ooooooo wooooooooah" over half of it. Most of it just honestly isn't good.

I still haven't been able to bring myself to listen to the second disc. Maybe someday.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

So when is The Mongoose gonna suck my dick?

almostpunkenough (June 23, 2006)

best review ever.

seriosuly. i know it's a stupid reason, but i've never laughed so hard at a review.

it's a one time only thing, though.

OzmanX (June 23, 2006)

Shitty review

MichaelJayMarfans (June 23, 2006)

I could only skim this review, due to the reviewer refering to himself in third person. Score is for the review, I haven't heard this.

kingofsuck (June 23, 2006)

I thought The Mongoose was dead. Oh well.

SlowStupidHungry (June 23, 2006)

Ugh, please never refer to yourself in third person again, especially with your stupid-ass nickname.

This band could not be any more overrated if they tried. Not even if they reformed and signed to the guy from Fall Out Boy's label. Oh, wait...

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

the whole "the mongoose" schtick really kills this review

pdlawry (June 23, 2006)

good review man. i love me some mongoose.

inagreendase (June 23, 2006)

The title track is pretty great and possibly the most accessible song they've written, but I can kind of see how it didn't fit into the context of Jersey.

The Embrace cover is money.

This whole thing is decent. Background is slightly memorable but can get really, really tepid. That and it's just a really depressing album.

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