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It's unfortunate that Lifetime only gained the reputation they did after breaking up, at least to those living outside of the tri-state area -- but I suppose that's to be expected whenever a punk band with a gold record namedrops you on TRL and community center shows. Lifetime is the latest offer.
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It's unfortunate that Lifetime only gained the reputation they did after breaking up, at least to those living outside of the tri-state area -- but I suppose that's to be expected whenever a punk band with a gold record namedrops you on TRL and community center shows.

Lifetime is the latest offering from the New Jersey band, and (besides the Two Songs 7-inch) contains the first batch of new material fans new and old have heard from Ari Katz, Dan Yemin, Pete Martin, Dave Palaitis, and Scott Golley since they prematurely parted ways in 1997.

Had Lifetime been released less than 10 years after their last full-length, Jersey's Best Dancers, there's no doubt that it would have been hailed as their best work. Sure, they didn't have a large enough audience to create much "hailing" back then, but Lifetime would have changed that, if anything could have. In 2007, the album should still stand as their best work. It's got all the pop-punk/hardcore moments that made them appealing to begin with and Katz's vocals still wonderfully straddle the balance between snotty and clean in his delivery. Most of the songs on Lifetime are uncomplicated and unabashedly pop-punk, such as the stunning opener, "Northbound Breakdown," which brings with it clean soaring choruses and up-tempo verses, offering listeners the perfect welcome mat to the band. Other songs, most notably "Just a Quiet Evening," lean more heavily towards the hardcore end of the spectrum. However, most of the songs present a balance, with a certain bias towards infectious melody.

I have little doubt that if Lifetime were released in 1999, and if the band wanted it, Lifetime could have been the biggest pop-punk band on the amphitheatre circuit. Those of us already counting ourselves as fans of the band can take a selfish deep breath, though, in knowing that such fame is pretty unlikely today. Lifetime is still too rough around the edges to make a significant impact on video rotations. Their eponymous effort also comes too late to be appreciated on its own. Lifetime has become almost legendary in punk rock and there was no way the band was going to be able to live up to the hype they've become a part of, a hype largely fuelled by a few live shows, press releases, and the tease of new songs.

Despite the initial disappointment a few might have when either thinking, "This is what people made such a big deal about?" or "I liked it more a decade ago," Lifetime still contains some of the best pop-punk songs you're going to hear all year. Songs such as the anthemic "All Night Long," the dancefloor sprawl of "Yeems' Song for Nothing" and direct Embrace nods of "Records at Nite" prove that the band wasn't limited to what was offered on Two Songs. Lifetime is a quick rhythmic work that allows dudes such as myself to proclaim without fear, "Yeah man, I like pop-punk." Thanks a lot Lifetime, I needed that.

 

 
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thekirkbrideplan (May 5, 2014)

It's a great album by an amazing band that is modern enough for new fans but with enough 90s Lifetime to still make the older fans happy. They're also playing at Fest in FL this year for anyone who cares.

Daviedos9966 (July 27, 2013)

This is fucking amazing

arejaypunx (July 25, 2011)

great LP. Picked up nicely where JBD left off :)

bosox69 (December 21, 2008)

it was very pretty

GlassPipeMurder (June 10, 2007)

Great stuff...love Northbound Breakdown and Can't Think About it Now, only track I don't dig is Just a Quiet Evening.

Morgan (May 4, 2007)

They did shuch a shitty job on the vinyl.
It's like paper thin with no insert or anything.

insinceredave (April 19, 2007)

Finally got a copy of this yesterday, and i'm liking it.

HellOfAWill (February 28, 2007)

yemin prevails once again

VStoriesFallen (February 23, 2007)

I really like the new album. I listen to it just as much as I do Jersey's Best Dancers. It sounds like the same band to me.

GlassPipeMurder (February 15, 2007)

i just start listening...so to answer your question..yes.

chipsahoycookie (February 13, 2007)

Has anyone here not blown Lifetime?

theyounginfluential (February 11, 2007)

except that i went with a girl who was visibly uncomfortable so i couldnt get too much closer than near the back. except for during "the boy's no good" because thats my favorite lifetime song (and apparently a bunch of other peoples' too). i also thought ari looked kinda ridiculous because he didnt seem to know what to do when he yelled out "yo dc! how's the scene out here?" and no one responded.

theyounginfluential (February 11, 2007)

i did. that was a really fun show all the way through.

feeeding5000 (February 11, 2007)

Well, I saw 'em live (couldn't get rid of my extra tickets) and I actually had a really good time. The new songs are pretty good pop-punk/power-pop songs, with emotive but kinda cliche lyrics. The old songs are really a lot of fun, and I'm actually soory that I never got any of their releases beyond a burned copy of "Somewhere...". Seeing a huge crowd singing along to "The Boy's No Good" and watching the big circle pit during 'Danyuerism" were great moments. Ari seemed like a dick, but Dan was really well-spoken and interesting. Anyone else see them @ the Black Cat?

Anonymous (February 11, 2007)

As someone who saw Lifetime several times in the mid-to-late 90's (outside of the tri-state area... what's up with that part of the review?), I think it was fun to see them play some shows again but... fair to say that these guys should stop putting new records out while they still have some integrity left. Give me Zero Zero over Lifetime part deux any day. Can't wait for Ari to start wearing makeup on their big support tour of '07...

GlassPipeMurder (February 10, 2007)

urgh i thought my college radio station would get this in, but apparently we haven't.

by the way, how do you pronounce decaydance?

feeeding5000 (February 9, 2007)

Anyone want 2 tickets to tonite's (8:30)Lifetime show in DC? I have extras, and would sell them (slightly less than market value) to someone outside the Black Cat.

LMChc (February 9, 2007)

vocal delivery sounds like a less refined new bouncing souls

and yes

i know lifetime is older than the bouncing souls in terms of touring and recording

just saying

julianminutes (February 9, 2007)

"hey christine"??? you're dumb

Kursk (February 9, 2007)

I've always thought this band was alright, nothing exception al whatsoever (and you all can kill me now but I always liked Kid Dynamite so much better than Lifetime.) In fact the only memorable song to me they ever did was "Rodeo Clown" but I could listen to that song on repeat for about an hour. My question is, I have heard the Two Songs 7". If I didn't particularly care for those songs, should I bother with the full length?

Scruffy (February 8, 2007)

Ari's voice sounds different, but it's still good. I really am enjoying this album.
My only complaint would be that all the songs tend to be samey. There're no really awesome guitar parts (ala Theme From A New Brunswick Basement Show) or any slow stuff (ala Hey Christine or I'm Not Calling You). But those are only small complaints. This is a good album. I hope there're more.

WhiskeyRiver (February 8, 2007)

Television for women?

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

kid below me makes a good point. also, is it just me or does ari's voice sound the same, just more cleaned up on the production end? it's not like he started singing like pete steele all of a sudden...

TheKidsAreSoSo (February 8, 2007)

I'd just like to point out a really obvious point that people seem to be missing: while yes, I'd like it if Lifetime released their records on Jade Tree or ANY other Indie label really, think about this: they're now signed to a label that will give them complete, utter freedom. Pete Wentz has, on multiple occasions, declared his unabashed love for this band. He wouldn't dare question anything they do. They aren't sell outs since this album isn't gonna be breaking any records. It'll roughly sell about as much as any other Lifetime record since it sounds like a Lifetime record. Yes, it's slick and nicely produced, but musically they haven't missed a beat. They're essentially in a very good place for any band. Great distribution and complete creative freedom.

thats my roughly two cents.

PS: I'm rather fond of this record and I've only had it for 7 hours.

Scruffy (February 8, 2007)

"How do you change your voice? "

I'd bet you're not a singer.

theyounginfluential (February 8, 2007)

i am seeing them tomorrow night at the black cat! hooray!

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

decent album. not as good as there past albums but solid

Godfather (February 8, 2007)

score is for Will

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

"If you loved their old stuff and don't like this, then you're to caught up in punk rock politics."

No way. This a fucking reunion album. It's getting by on post-break up hype, not to mention the art sucks and it's on one of the grossest lables ever.

- You just proved the above quoted statement.

You also go on to say, " punk rock is political." I think you're confusing the use of the word "politics" here. It's being used to describe the "unwritten rules of punk rock ". You know, the ideas that it matters what label your on, what other bands are on said label, who runs the label. Or that it matters if you make a "reunion album", if there is "post break up hype", or if the "artwork sucks". These are all examples of punk rock politics. These are made up ideologies of what it takes to be, or what it means to be, or not to be "punk".
Punk bands writing songs about the government, or having awareness of local and global affairs, is a completely different thing.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

bought this last night at around 6, and i've listened to it 9 times thru already. so good.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

"Yeah? So? He wasn't arguing about why it changed. He just doesn't like the change. Why Ari's voice changed won't change his distaste for it.
Keep in mind, I like this album. I like it more every time I hear it."

No dummy, he said "He changed his voice". How do you change your voice? Also, Civ was older hence the change in his voice. People who don't know what the f they are talking about should stay out of other peoples biz.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

yeah, but i bet they gave the Saosin album high marks. chortle.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

emotionalpunk.com gave this album a horrible review. shows what they know!

Scruffy (February 8, 2007)

"Some people as they get older their voice changes"

Yeah? So? He wasn't arguing about why it changed. He just doesn't like the change. Why Ari's voice changed won't change his distaste for it.
Keep in mind, I like this album. I like it more every time I hear it.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

"I seriously love lifetime, Jersey's Best Dancers and Hello Bastards are seriously two of the best melodic hardcore albums ever and I even really like all their older shit, but this... I just can't get into it... He completely changed his voice... It's as big of a change as when Civ went from GB to CIV"

Some people as they get older their voice changes

kamikazepilot42 (February 8, 2007)

I don't give a shit what label this came out on, so I won't really comment much on that.

I really enjoy this album a great deal and I'm really glad they've put out more material. I'm not going to say it's better than Hello Bastards or Jerseys Best Dancer, but I do think it fits into their catalog of music very nicely.
I'll be listening to this a whole lot.

But seriously, people need to just listen to a band and stop paying so much attention to the label name printed on the CD. Either you like the band or you don't.

the_other_scott (February 8, 2007)

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Guys, the two bands are identical now, at least in a business sense.

except Panic At the Disco play music that was bound to get them popular (i.e. the killers meets blink 182) Lifetime just play the same music they always played.

that's how its different.

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

these guys haven't missed a beat. thank god for that. airport monday morning was on repeat my entire drive to work this morning.
-TOBB

Anonymous (February 8, 2007)

I seriously love lifetime, Jersey's Best Dancers and Hello Bastards are seriously two of the best melodic hardcore albums ever and I even really like all their older shit, but this... I just can't get into it... He completely changed his voice... It's as big of a change as when Civ went from GB to CIV

mrdogg45 (February 8, 2007)

We're just over 2 months into 2007 and there's already two solid pop punk albums on the market (the other being the Alkaline Trio B sides). I'm looking forward to this year I think.

onegirlarmy (February 8, 2007)

jesus christ, what the fuck ever happened to just LIKING a fucking band or NOT LIKING it? all this infighting bullshit has to stop. punk rock CAN be political, but it certainly isn't an EXCLUSIVELY political genre. punk has just as much to do with purely SOCIAL change, unity among people with common ideas, goals and interests, and social inclusivity (inclusiveness?) as it had to do with "smashing the state" or whatever anti-flag is shoveling into your ear to get you to buy their fucking $20 t-shirts at hot topic.

lifetime are a pretty decent band. not all-time greatest, not terrible, but they're pretty good. some people agree with me, some people don't, some people are ambivalent. simple as that. really, that's all there has to be said about punk rock in general. punk rock just fucking IS. there's not supposed to be some fucking hierarchy and fucking kings/queens of "the scene" and people shitting on others for liking a band just because they're on a record label run by some douche most of us don't care for. the fact that the music exists and that we're able to enjoy it completely negates all that. stop worrying about the goddamn fall out boy association (if any, really, other than the fact that pete wentz has his signature on the ownership papers) and just take the goddamn music for what it is. if you don't like it, fine. i'm sure there's plenty of other stuff for you to listen to and talk about in a positive light, rather than wasting negative energy on a band you don't like.


This is probably the most intelligent statement regarding Lifetime I've read on the 'Org in a while. Thank you for that. I'm sick of people getting their panties in a twist over this whole thing. I personally am not a fan of this album, but it's solely because I hate Ari's new vocal style. Music is great and I have no issue whatsoever about them being on Pete Wentz's label. If you like Lifetime great, if you don't, great, but if you don't, don't try and sit there and tell other people who do like them all the reasons they shouldn't be listening to them.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

A super solid effort to update Lifetime's razor-sharp punk rock regimen with sugary pop platitudes.

Plus, the girly cover art motif is endearing--if not to trick those young gullible Fall Out Boy-teenage girl groupies to buy this.

This gets the Cruz Control's super mad props.

Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor
State of California
(1999 - 2007)

m-oo (February 7, 2007)

I like it but it kind of runs out of steam by the 8th or 9th song. Still a solid release and I am glad we got another Lifetime album to enjoy.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

jesus christ, what the fuck ever happened to just LIKING a fucking band or NOT LIKING it? all this infighting bullshit has to stop. punk rock CAN be political, but it certainly isn't an EXCLUSIVELY political genre. punk has just as much to do with purely SOCIAL change, unity among people with common ideas, goals and interests, and social inclusivity (inclusiveness?) as it had to do with "smashing the state" or whatever anti-flag is shoveling into your ear to get you to buy their fucking $20 t-shirts at hot topic.

lifetime are a pretty decent band. not all-time greatest, not terrible, but they're pretty good. some people agree with me, some people don't, some people are ambivalent. simple as that. really, that's all there has to be said about punk rock in general. punk rock just fucking IS. there's not supposed to be some fucking hierarchy and fucking kings/queens of "the scene" and people shitting on others for liking a band just because they're on a record label run by some douche most of us don't care for. the fact that the music exists and that we're able to enjoy it completely negates all that. stop worrying about the goddamn fall out boy association (if any, really, other than the fact that pete wentz has his signature on the ownership papers) and just take the goddamn music for what it is. if you don't like it, fine. i'm sure there's plenty of other stuff for you to listen to and talk about in a positive light, rather than wasting negative energy on a band you don't like.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

"If you loved their old stuff and don't like this, then you're to caught up in punk rock politics."

No way. This a fucking reunion album. It's getting by on post-break up hype, not to mention the art sucks and it's on one of the grossest lables ever. "Punk rock politics?" Punk rock is political. Come on... I think it's dumb that a lot of the same people jocking this band and their music always complain about Panic at the Disco. Guys, the two bands are identical now, at least in a business sense.

Not to mention this music is just a slicked up, overproduced, commercialized version of what hardcore set out as.

-Will

Scruffy (February 7, 2007)

"and this is surely one of the tightest punk albums of 07. until the new D4 comes out."

In 2010.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

Didn't get the artwork with the download at iTunes.

What does it look like?

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

in context with the rest of the artwork inside, the cover is actually cool.

and this is surely one of the tightest punk albums of 07. until the new D4 comes out.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

Downloaded this from iTunes.

Love it.

Kursk (February 7, 2007)

I didn't like the 2 songs on the 7", they were ok but I was just expecting so much more from a Lifetime reunion. Is the rest of this album better than the 2 new Lifetime songs I have heard?

rkl (February 7, 2007)

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 11:10 AM (EST)
My Score:

RE:the people who don't think lifetime are doing it for the money are fucking stupid.

yeah like they ever really raked in the dough in the first place. and I'm sure they won't make millions off of this either.
Why can't they just be doing it for the fun of it?

if they were doing it for the fun of it... they wouldnt've broken up in the first place

ben_conoley (February 7, 2007)

"Let me guess, the reviewer is about 19 years old? get a clue douchebag"

-You don't make any sense homie. Anyone who liked Lifetime when they were still making music is much older than 19 now.

Scruffy (February 7, 2007)

These "what are you [age between 12 and 20]?" comments need to stop. Not because of the ageism, as it is sometimes appropriate, but because none of them make any sense. I got called 14 for liking Ben Folds, and now Conoley gets called 19 for loving Lifetime, when the average fan of both artists in 2007 is 24-30. I cannot figure out the insult below me.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

Let me guess, the reviewer is about 19 years old? get a clue douchebag

baseball (February 7, 2007)

The dude's voice sounds totally different, when they play live does his voice sound like this for when they play their old songs (like is it just how his voice sounds now?) or does he sing them they way they were recorded (like is it a stylistic thing).

he does not sound as smooth live as he does on the new record....Lifetime is one of those live bands that's not gonna blow you away technically but i'll be damned if you don't have an awesome time, kinda like Bouncing Souls

as for this record itself, nothing is going to match Jersey's Best Dancers for me, but this is awesome...just took a couple listens to get used to the smoother vocals

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

Great Album. One of the best released so far this year and will be there by years end.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

everyone who likes this record, didn't you hear? it's not cool to like anything around here. you must all be new.

-tongueincheek

maverick (February 7, 2007)

"If you loved their old stuff and don't like this, then you're to caught up in punk rock politics."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Great record. Thanks for coming back, Lifetime.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

Great album, horrible art.

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

How about a review for the new Authority Zero? It's the shit.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

If you never liked this band that much before, try this CD. I enjoyed the other two CDs, but not as much as this one. This is the only one of the three to be instantly great for me.

bryne (February 6, 2007)

Good review.

I expected this album to be awesome, and I wasn't disappointed.

Jackisch (February 6, 2007)

The dude's voice sounds totally different, when they play live does his voice sound like this for when they play their old songs (like is it just how his voice sounds now?) or does he sing them they way they were recorded (like is it a stylistic thing).

NoUse4aScnName00 (February 6, 2007)

This is good but its no Bloc Party.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

ten years later and they still sound exactly the same
BORING

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

so glad this cd is so good. just bought it today at best buy. i am so glad this style of fast punk is coming back. with this, set your goals, and even the new sum 41 is supposed to be going back to playing fast again. this is so much better than 90% of the stuff out there today

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Just bought album today. I have to say after first listen, I am liking it. I wonder how many copies this will scan the first week, the record store I went to almost has a empty shelf

branden (February 6, 2007)

i honestly cant say im a fan of any of dan yemins bands at all. this one has to be the one that sucks the most though

boba_fett (February 6, 2007)

i still love them. i plan on picking this up ASAP.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

I first heard Lifetime at a punk show in 1995, when my friends band opened for them. After the set I was hooked, and went straight to the merch table and bought Hello Bastards. I got the new album in the mail this weekend, and I'm just as impressed as I was 12 years ago. If you never liked this band, this album isn't going to change your mind. If you loved their old stuff and don't like this, then you're to caught up in punk rock politics.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

i got into lifetime around 1999/2000. i never thought i would get to see them live, and then had the chance, and it was awesome. whether their motivations were dollar signs or not i couldn't tell because it seemed like their hearts were in it, and they were having a blast. if they are faking it they are doing a good job.

as for the album, same deal. i am stoked that a band that i thought i would never hear make another album put out another album. since the time gap is so wide i knew it wouldn't be the same, and the album is not. but i appreciate that because of the evolution of lifetime. this album has a lot less hardcore elements in it and is a lot lighter than their previous releases, but the songs are still catchy and great. i have listened through it various times over the past few days, and i like it. it didn't change my world or blow me away, but it is a good solid album. the only thing i could complain about (which seems like the thing to do) is lyrically i do not think it is their strongest work (though ari mumbles/makes up less words). i still need to sit down and read through them all, and maybe it is just not at a point of my life i can relate as much, but i won't hold it against them.

Rock on,
-Andrew Stevens

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Can't wait to get this at Best Buy today. So far from what I heard live and on their recent 7-inch, I'll be pleased with the results. Though the chances of me running into any Fall Out Boy merchandise at BB will probably be great. oh well, definitely worth it in this case.

Ramo

clampdown17 (February 6, 2007)

I don't see how a fan of the band, or even the genre, could dislike this based solely on the music thats on this disk.

I can understand people not liking that it's on Decaydance, or those that say the whole reunion thing is all about the money, but as far as the songs themselves go, nothing has really changed except that it's a bit cleaner sounding.

This album isn't amazing or life changing, and it certainly doesn't live up to the impossibly high standards people seem to have for bands like this, but it's a solid record and a good addition to the Lifetime catalogue.

8/10

SloaneDaley (February 6, 2007)

good review.

Coming from a person who's favourite albums are Seveninches and Hello Bastards, this album is pretty good but takes some growing. Airport Monday Morning seemed like total cheese at first but in comparison to the single Boys No Good it isn't that different. I guess it is all about expectations, I wasn't expecting another Hello Bastards so I wasn't disappointed.

ilikepunkrock (February 6, 2007)

This music is fuckin good, I hope this stuff gets on MTV it is a great passageway for kids to get into punk. I doubt this will get very popular though because the singers voice just isn't mainstream enough.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

old lifetime was ridiculously overrated. and kid dynamite destroyed anything they ever did. that being said, this album is actually pretty fucking good. why? it sounds more like kid dynamite than lifetime.

punkinohio (February 6, 2007)

score is for pete weintz who wrote all these songs

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

This album IS pretty good. I'd put it just below "Jersey's Best Dancers", to which I'd give a 9.

But I am going to have to jump on the "something wrong with Lifetime" bandwagon only to say that the cover-art is pretty fucking awful.

With that said, I'll jump back to the "Lifetime Rules!" bandwagon.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Ugh... "Melodic hardcore." Oxymoron if ever there was such a thing.

Making rules about how a genre should sound? Definitely punk!

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Who can bare to listen to this shit

killdefenses (February 6, 2007)

wow. you were all kissing lifetime's collective ass up until their reunion.

how's the fair-weather up there? (har har. i fucking rule.)

SuperRad (February 6, 2007)

no interest in hearing this really.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

"Is Punknews.org Lifetimes new PR Firm?"

ha totally. i don't know what's the big deal w/ em

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Is Punknews.org Lifetimes new PR Firm? This isn't a review as much as it is a fucking fans press release. What the hell? You report when they wipe their ass! The funny thing is tha I love Lifetime and think that this is a cool record. Still the dynamic between this site and Lifetime is just fucking wierd.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Listened once, and thats it.

This is crap, i'll stick with my old lifetime records thank you.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

These guys are so overrated around here.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Ugh... "Melodic hardcore." Oxymoron if ever there was such a thing.

Fuck this band.

-Will

dusticles (February 6, 2007)

anyone that has this do you want to send it to me? my AIM sn is ooorxbanditsooo

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

Over rated.

zetsurinpower (February 6, 2007)

how many times can you put the phrase "pop-punk" in one review?

Scruffy (February 6, 2007)

There's a difference between "doing it for the money" (aka, let's get rich) and reforming because enough people care now that it's more fun and you won't LOSE money.
Also, all that jazz about how it was originally a one-time reunion for Hellfest, and the shows went so well and it was so much fun they decided to stay together.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

yes. because all albums should be judged solely on the artwork of their albums... and by the way i kind of dig the artwok on this album. i mean it's not upping the punx but it's abstract enough to be kinda cool.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

i wish they would have spent more than 30 seconds doing the cover for this album. what a fuck you to fans waiting for this.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

shittiest artwork ever. fuck this band.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

RE:the people who don't think lifetime are doing it for the money are fucking stupid.

yeah like they ever really raked in the dough in the first place. and I'm sure they won't make millions off of this either.
Why can't they just be doing it for the fun of it?

kjb83 (February 6, 2007)

Good review Ben. I haven't heard the whole thing yet, so I'm not gonna comment much. I will say, however, I disagree with you on Ari's vocals (from the songs I've heard at least). They seem a bit too smooth for me, which takes a bit of an edge off of them. I'm sure I'll get used to it after a few listens, but thats my first impression.

benz (February 6, 2007)

And this is my score.

benz (February 6, 2007)

I don't think this is Lifetime's best album, no matter when it was released or could have been released.

I wrote a review of it if you click the link below my username if anyone is interested.

Here too: http://www.wevegotheadsonsticks.blogspot.com

Let me know what you think if you read it.

-benz

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

JERSEY!!!!!!!!

baseball (February 6, 2007)

i cannot wait to get this after work

i can say with my 100% biased opinion (lifetime was basically THE band that got me into punk to begin with) that i'll probably love this when i finally hear it

ben_conoley (February 6, 2007)

I 100% never said it isn't good because it's late. I said it won't have the same impact. I also said it was their best album.

Were you able to read this?

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

I so disagree when the reviewer says this isn't as good because it's late. Lifetime's best album hands down, it totally blew me away.

Godfather (February 6, 2007)

good stuff

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

not as big of a deal as allot of people are making this out to be, rather dull-oldpunker-

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

deserving of the praise.sonically this is probably the band's best record. in terms of delivering art that shatters context, the winner is hands down Hello Bastards, simpyl for the fact that when it came out, nothing really sounded like it. But the eponymous release is its own context, which means it is not new and groundbreaking the way Bastards was.

either way, a great record. The second verse of "I cant think about it now" is a definite sweet spot.

wyzo (February 6, 2007)

the people who don't think lifetime are doing it for the money don't have to depend on money for survival, expanding possibilities, and keeping yourself in good health after the kickass prime of your 20's.

Now get kid dynamite back together, record an album, do no press release junkets for it, suprise everyone with it in record stores one glorious morning, deny all tour interviews, eat shards of glass and have Jason pull the van to every date with a bridle in his mouth to save gas (he's free now you know).

wyzo

BrendanKelly (February 6, 2007)

the people who don't think lifetime are doing it for the money are fucking stupid.

Cos (February 6, 2007)

Itís unfortunate that Lifetime only gained the reputation they did after breaking up...

I'm not sure what "reputation" you speak of. There were well-known in their day. Also, before Fall Out Boy mentioned them there was a little band called Saves The Day that made a big splash in the indie/punk circuit who were constantly compared to Lifetime.

fallingupwards84 (February 6, 2007)

i absolutely love this album. its their fastest one yet, and while it still doesnt quite top Jersey's Best Dancers (although did anyone really expect it to?), its a fantastic album. i have to admit, this surprised me a bit.

the one complaint i do have is that the chorus for Airport Monday Morning is somewhat annoying. unfortunately its also the second track.

danperrone (February 6, 2007)

this cd kinda sucks...

i don't know why all of you are so fucking pumped about an album that sounds like b-sides from jersey's best dancers...it sounds like lifetime put zero effort into this and just went about their business...there is honestly not a single thing special about this

major major major disappointment

also...ari katz = tim armstrong lou holtz

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

I Love all of Lifetimes work, and I love this!
Got it in the mail today, and Ive spun it about 3 times
(not counting the ridiculous amount of time I spent listening to the songs that trickled out over the last couple months)
I was really suprised at how freaking fast this cd is,
I would say their fastest album yet, I dont think anything on their other albums ever hit this speed, and 10 out of the 11 songs, hit top speed at some point
Im super stoked for the show in San Fransisco!

swank (February 6, 2007)

Good review.
I agree with the guy a few post down when they said they missed the heartache evident in "Jersey's Best", Thats really the only thing missing.
I haven't been able to stop listening to this one, the boys really outdid themselves.
Early favorites (other than the ones already on "two songs") are "Can't think about it", "Quiet Evening" and "Monday morning airport".

It's only Febuary and this is already a contender for album of the year.

Badger_Legion (February 6, 2007)

I gave it a couple of listens. Seemed pretty bland and boring.
I've never understood the hype around this band.

ryanrockwell (February 6, 2007)

I love this album and agree it is close to JBD. I will be purchasing it tommorow!
I think haircuts and t shirtsmight be my favorite lifetime song ever.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

saves the day was better at being lifetime than this.

-colin at work.

damnitsderek (February 6, 2007)

All Night Long is an excellent song. Good review.

Anonymous (February 6, 2007)

If your a Lifetime fan, than give this a couple spins to sink in, and you will realize this is right up there with JBD. I love this album and I think it may even be the best thing they have put out. I love track number 5.

notfeelingcreative (February 6, 2007)

I'm not sure, but it's possible that the Fallout Boy record was only certified gold at the time they referenced Lifetime on televeison.

tenwestchaser (February 6, 2007)

So what punk band with a gold record name dropped Lifetime on TRL? Fall Out Boy are platinum selling......so was it NFG? Or maybe it was Fall Out Boy before going platinum?

inagreendase (February 6, 2007)

It's missing JBD's heartache, but the production is absolutely spot on and this whole thing is so, so fun. This could've been released in 1999 and no one would be the wiser.

the anthemic "All Night Long," the dancefloor sprawl of "Yeems' Song for Nothing" and direct Embrace nods of "Records at Nite"

There are so many standouts on this, but these might be the highlights for me.

It's not Jersey's Best Dancers, but it's really, really close.

Scruffy (February 6, 2007)

Thank you for this review. I'm buying this tomorrow. I hope I agree with you.

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