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The Rentals

The Rentals: The FutureThe Future (2009)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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As the year winds down, so too does the Rentals' Songs About Time multimedia project. While fans can still expect a few more Films About Weeks installments and plenty more Photographs About Days updates now through December, the music portion of the artistic endeavor concludes with this month's rele.
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As the year winds down, so too does the Rentals' Songs About Time multimedia project. While fans can still expect a few more Films About Weeks installments and plenty more Photographs About Days updates now through December, the music portion of the artistic endeavor concludes with this month's release of The Future. Part three of a trio of EPs already filled with mellow songs, The Future might be the most subdued, understated Rentals release yet.

It's also their most electronic. On tracks like "A Rose Is a Rose" and "Irrational Thing," the band adds a stuttering artificial drum rhythm and a children's chorus to its trademark use of synths, strings and frontman Matt Sharp's smooth, soft voice. Despite the EP's title, it feels awfully retro -- think Talk Talk Talk or Naked Eyes, only much, much quieter. "Traces of Our Tears" continues the '80s flashback before "The Future" gently takes the listener out.

On a certain level, The Future is the worst Rentals release yet. The mini-album lacks any major sticking points -- at this point, I'd settle for another "Story of a Thousand Seasons Past," let alone another "Waiting" or "Getting By." The Future opts for something murkier, more contemplative. The result is something that elevates ambience over cohesive structure. It's not bad, but it's definitely hyper-specific mood music to come down on, which is appropriate enough for fall nights. Still, it seems like an anticlimactic end to the collection. Worse still, it's come to my attention that the physical release has been pushed back to March 2010. As if I don't already (kind of) regret my decision to put down $125 for a box set, now I have to wait almost a full year from the original purchase date to even get my hand on this sucker. I thought the Internet was supposed to speed up my access to music?

 


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rinjonjori (November 5, 2009)

I would say this is the worst of the lot, but not any orse than the mediocre Last Little Life EP. Maybe the future is a veiled reference to getting rid of the female lead vocalist and going with a chorus of kids. "Rose" and "trace" both use this...

i-type-poorly (October 29, 2009)

Shitty Rentals disappoints me so much more than shitty Weezer. So much wasted potential.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (October 29, 2009)

Uhm, ok, so it's bad?
Why?

Score is for the review.

televisioneyes (October 29, 2009)

I didn't realize they were still a band. I'm such a loser...
I'll give this a shot

greg0rb (October 27, 2009)

Bummed that they seem to have capped this project off with a weak batch of songs, but I'll still download em. Sucks they pushed back the box; I hope it ends up being worth your investment. For that much it should come with a pair of those sweet glasses he wore on the cover of Return.

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