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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Less Than Jake's 2003 effort Anthem was its hookiest to date. But its explosive production and energizing pop-punk/ska dynamics were guided by sobering reality. The bent toward telling the kids just where the weekends end made Anthem way more resonant than your average album in the genre, and marked the emergence of LTJ as, well, a veteran act. B Is for B-Sides backs that up. Any gaggle of greenhorn punk revivalists or would-be third-wave enthusiasts would kill to write even one of these tracks, but in Less Than Jake's world, they're just the unused portions of the Anthem sessions, put out on a record for their faithful bunch o' fans. There's even a T-shirt for the first ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Less Than Jake's 2003 effort Anthem was its hookiest to date. But its explosive production and energizing pop-punk/ska dynamics were guided by sobering reality. The bent toward telling the kids just where the weekends end made Anthem way more resonant than your average album in the genre, and marked the emergence of LTJ as, well, a veteran act. B Is for B-Sides backs that up. Any gaggle of greenhorn punk revivalists or would-be third-wave enthusiasts would kill to write even one of these tracks, but in Less Than Jake's world, they're just the unused portions of the Anthem sessions, put out on a record for their faithful bunch o' fans. There's even a T-shirt for the first 10,000 customers, and seven awesome illustrations by artist Jeremy Fish. Now, the music. "Portrait of a Cigarette Smoker" tingles with ragged energy and chirping horns, harking to the heyday of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones; "Last Rites to Sleepless Nights" is a rapid-fire, poppy hardcore prayer; and "Goodbye in Gasoline" is the most rousing suicide song you'll ever hear. Some might say Less Than Jake only has one or two gears, and some might be right. But so does Wayne Newton, and he sells out Vegas every night!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624883128
  • Catalog Number: 48831

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Less Than Jake Primary Artist
Vinnie Fiorello Group Member
Technical Credits
Erik Flettrich Engineer
Doug McKean Engineer
Tom Morris Engineer
Rob Cavallo Producer, Audio Production
Less Than Jake Producer, Audio Production
Vinnie Fiorello Art Direction
Wesley Fontenot Engineer
Jeremy Fish Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where do I start?

    This album is really good. To say it's not like Less Than Jake to make a CD with explicit lyrics tells me one thing: you've only heard Anthem. Pezcore, Hello Rockview, Losing Streak, even Borders and Boundaries have their share of explatives. But nevertheless I do like the "cleanliness" of Anthem. Then to say that it sounds just like Anthem is funny because these are all songs that didn't make it on to Anthem, hence the name, B is for B-sides. This CD is anything but boring. "Robots One, Humans Zero," "Sleep it Off," "Bridge and Tunnel Authority," "Portrait of a Cigarette Smoker at 19," and a few others are all really energetic songs. I love this album, especially considering it is a bunch of "b-sides."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissapointing

    I was really excited to get this CD and when I did it was just boring. LTJ shouldn't have made this CD with explicit lyrics. They're not like that. The music kinda sounded like the music from Anthem. Anthem was way better. I just didn't think this CD was that great. Hopefully their next CD will be better. I'm still a fan of LTJ but every artist has their good and bad CD's. This is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    OMG this is one of the best LTJ cds, itz not as poppy as Anthem, but more refined than their older stuff. Itz all good, but this cd is exceptional!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LTJ ROCKS!!!

    This is one of there best cd's...if ur new to LTJ id recommend buying one of the two!...LTJ is AWSOME go buy their CD's!!!

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