Anything Else But the Truth [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The debut full-length album by Brooklyn duo Jarrod Gorbel vocals and guitar and Aaron Kamstra everything else, Anything Else But the Truth skirts emo clichés from the album title and cover art to Gorbel's deep-toned, close-to-tuneless vocal style. Two things set them apart, however, and they're the album's saving graces: Gorbel's dark-humored, sometimes genuinely hilarious lyrics and Kamstra's knack for inventive arrangements that give the record just enough variety to compensate for the occasionally by-the-book melodies. While anyone who has survived high school relatively unscathed can find things to laugh at in the average emo record, Gorbel seems to be setting himself...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The debut full-length album by Brooklyn duo Jarrod Gorbel vocals and guitar and Aaron Kamstra everything else, Anything Else But the Truth skirts emo clichés from the album title and cover art to Gorbel's deep-toned, close-to-tuneless vocal style. Two things set them apart, however, and they're the album's saving graces: Gorbel's dark-humored, sometimes genuinely hilarious lyrics and Kamstra's knack for inventive arrangements that give the record just enough variety to compensate for the occasionally by-the-book melodies. While anyone who has survived high school relatively unscathed can find things to laugh at in the average emo record, Gorbel seems to be setting himself up as the genre's new Morrissey: the humor is so deadpan that many might miss it entirely, but songs like the dryly biting "Revealing Too Much" and the plain hilarious "Cut Short" are, for a change, intentionally funny. Kamstra is best heard on a song like the chiming, catchy single "Bridge and Tunnel," which marries a propulsive rhythm guitar line to Gorbel's most tuneful chorus. There are a few flaws, such as the underfed Bright Eyes homage "Everything I Once Had," but overall, Anything Else But the Truth is an encouraging debut. [The expanded edition of the album contains five bonus songs and two videos.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Doghouse
  • UPC: 790168535420
  • Catalog Number: 85354
  • Sales rank: 134,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frame by Frame (4:25)
  2. 2 Bridge and Tunnel (3:54)
  3. 3 Everything I Once Had (3:49)
  4. 4 Cut Short (4:19)
  5. 5 Points Underneath (3:29)
  6. 6 Anything Else But the Truth (4:05)
  7. 7 Revealing Too Much (4:03)
  8. 8 Snow Day (4:20)
  9. 9 Disengage (4:03)
  10. 10 The Smoking Pose (2:34)
  11. 11 Petals (4:10)
  12. 12 Cats in Heat (4:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Soft, Pale and Pure (3:40)
  2. 2 The Smoking Pose (3:59)
  3. 3 Never Said (3:12)
  4. 4 Reason to Celebrate (5:04)
  5. 5 Bridge and Tunnel (9:22)
  6. 6 Everything I Once Had
  7. 7 Bridge and Tunnel
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Honorary Title Primary Artist
Trevor Dunn Upright Bass
Mike Daly Pedal Steel Guitar
Fred Eltringham Drums
Johnny Quad Wiley Guitar, farfisa organ
Greg Wieczorek Drums
Nate Ruess Background Vocals
Okkyung Lee Cello
Jarrod Gorbel Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Aaron Kamstra Bass, Piano, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, farfisa organ, fender rhodes, Group Member
Technical Credits
Roger Moutenot Producer, Engineer
Miles Levit Engineer
Aaron Wendt Engineer
The Honorary Title Composer
Jarrod Gorbel Composer
Aaron Kamstra Composer, Producer
Andrew Paul Bowser Video Director
Paul Paddock Artwork
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