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Failures' Union

Failures' Union: In What WayIn What Way (2009)
Paper and Plastick

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If there's a '90s alternative revival going on in the indie-punk circles (Cheap Girls...uh, fuck...you know), count the Failures' Union in. This seems to be their second LP, and the recording and songwriting is stepped up in a fresh way that makes this album light and enjoyable on a more consistent .
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If there's a '90s alternative revival going on in the indie-punk circles (Cheap Girls...uh, fuck...you know), count the Failures' Union in. This seems to be their second LP, and the recording and songwriting is stepped up in a fresh way that makes this album light and enjoyable on a more consistent basis.

Warning: There are legit Counting Crows similarities on In What Way. In what way, do you ask? Well, a decidedly douche-less one, at least. Frontman Tony Flaminio does have a vaguely Adam Duritz-esque, semi-baritone quality to his voice that solidifies such thinking (especially "Comb"), but musically, this is often more in lines with the livelier Lemonheads stuff. But when they really turn it up, shit! "Lake Erie Nosedive" is a sunny, laid-back opener that gets cut to the dust when the comparatively uptempo, energetic and fun as hell "Hidden Song" follows it. When TFU go full-tilt like this, it's most awesome and In What Way is at its best.

"Glasses" offers a carefully slower mid-album toe-tapper, but the greatest moment of restraint comes with the acoustic/electric flourishes and Flaminio's heartfelt twang for drifting, almost balladic closer "The Best Liars," which offers plenty of soft/loud dynamics and a fluttering fadeout that leaves you wanting more.

Sinker didn't quite do it for me on first listen, but In What Way is a more immediate and enriching effort; it's probably worth your attention if you've been into punk for a decade but harbor irony-free love for New Miserable Experience too.

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singthblues (February 26, 2010)

This band rules, and it's about time this album got reviewed. Not only is it excellent, but, it came out in OCTOBER of 2009

preston (February 26, 2010)

Every time I listen to these guys, I decide I'd rather be listening to Cheap Girls.

bud_boomer (February 26, 2010)

"If there's a '90s alternative revival going on in the indie-punk circles (Cheap Girls...uh, fuck...you know), count the Failures' Union in."

While that's a fair comment, the Failures' Union put out there first EP in 2004, so they shouldn't be considered bandwagon jumpers or anything like that.

bryne (February 26, 2010)

Yeah, this record rules.

SloaneDaley (February 26, 2010)

excellent band/release. Pick up their split with Cheap Girls if you can, some of each bands' best work.

telegraphrocks (February 26, 2010)

I saw these guys in Lansing, Michigan in 2008, and for some reason my memory had me thinking they were a punk/ska band.

Fuck my brain.

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