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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: Eager to PleaseEager to Please (2009)
Oglio

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To put it as plainly as possible, the Leftovers sound like an Elvis Costello-fronted Ramones cover band. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, you're not going to like them. If it does, you're going to love them, plain and simple. Eager to Please, their second full-length and first for Oglio, i.
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To put it as plainly as possible, the Leftovers sound like an Elvis Costello-fronted Ramones cover band. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, you're not going to like them. If it does, you're going to love them, plain and simple.

Eager to Please, their second full-length and first for Oglio, is one hell of a pop-punk/power-pop record. The hooks are HUGE. There's keyboards, handclaps, and lots of "ooh"s and "ah"s in the background. The production sounds great and the guitars are crisp, clear, and pushed to the forefront. This just might be the catchiest pop-punk record of its time since the Ergs!'s DorkRockCorkRod.

The only downside I can think of is that the lyrics can be kind of one-dimensional. I was going to do an exact count of how many times the word "girl" appears on Eager to Please, but gave up when I got to 75 somewhere around halfway through the third song, "Girlfriend". The words "she" and "her" appear nearly as much. It might seem besides the point criticizing a pop-punk band for singing about girls, but a song or two about anything else would have been a welcome change of pace.

At a lean 36 minutes, Eager to Please doesn't overstay its welcome. It gets in, drops a ton of hooks, and gets out. If a slice of catchy power-pop is what you're after, get your hands on Eager to Please as soon as possible.

 

 
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vern120 (February 3, 2011)

This album was one of the best albums of the year. I think his stage presence is really great, and he definitely always makes for a fun time and a good laugh. His songwriting has drastically improved in the past few albums, and I think will continue to. I could name probably 100 other pop punk albums that all have songs about girls, and there is nothing wrong with that. Kurt was the Leftovers, and with or without them I think he will continue to be a great performer and continue to come up with the catchiest hooks out there. two thumbs up!

JaredK (February 3, 2011)

His stage presence is like watching Paul Rudd's character from I Love You Man...awkward, forced and painful to watch. The solo stuff is very cheesy, Leftovers were all right.

victim (February 2, 2011)

on pop punk bored I think Kurt has said he wants to be playing with the Leftovers but things aren't in his control

skolarx (February 2, 2011)

i liked on the move better but this record was easily one of the top 3 or 4 i've picked up in the past year and a half. does anyone know if they are done? i've noticed kurt seems to be releasing solo 7"s as of late. would be a major bummout if they are

bigsleep1340 (February 2, 2011)

on the move was better i think.

victim (February 1, 2011)

Power pop was not the direction I was hoping..loved Stop Drop Rock N Roll and the next one had its moments. But this one I just can't listen to.

milesqtoast (February 1, 2011)

that reminds me I need to delete this from my computer.

killtaker (February 1, 2011)

Really like this band. They are awesome live. Party til we die! and Dance with me are great live songs.

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