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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The Loved Ones make it easier and easier to love them with each release. Though it could be looked at as cheating to stuff half this EP with cover songs from such well-regarded artists as Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Strummer, it could also be viewed as simply smart and in good taste. The Loved Ones have the necessary confidence to take on songs from these guys, and lucky for them, their rough-and-tumble punk is a perfect match to channel the spirit of their influences. As a result, the covers are the definite highlights of the album, with Dave Hause's perpetually bruised wail driving every song with passion and composure, particularly in the solitary moments of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The Loved Ones make it easier and easier to love them with each release. Though it could be looked at as cheating to stuff half this EP with cover songs from such well-regarded artists as Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Strummer, it could also be viewed as simply smart and in good taste. The Loved Ones have the necessary confidence to take on songs from these guys, and lucky for them, their rough-and-tumble punk is a perfect match to channel the spirit of their influences. As a result, the covers are the definite highlights of the album, with Dave Hause's perpetually bruised wail driving every song with passion and composure, particularly in the solitary moments of tracks like "Johnny 99." But it helps that the band's own songs -- which open Distractions -- are still solid doses of tough and melodic pop-punk in their own right, fit to lead the next generation of pop-punk fans dissatisfied by the emo swoops of Fall Out Boy and their ilk. The resilient "Distracted" and "Spy Diddley" would both fit in nicely on Keep Your Heart, while "Last Call" builds quickly from a reserved, piano-dotted opening into a headlong tale of lies and lost hope. The Loved Ones have molded themselves into a tight and potent punk band with big hooks and a whole lotta heart, and while Distractions may be a holdover release between new records -- a band's gotta tour, right? -- it's a fun, satisfying, and welcome distraction from the soulless music being released elsewhere in the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • UPC: 751097073827
  • Catalog Number: 738
  • Sales rank: 82,346

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Distracted (3:15)
  2. 2 Last Call (3:06)
  3. 3 Spy Diddley (2:03)
  4. 4 Johnny 99 (2:43)
  5. 5 Lover's Town Revisited (1:17)
  6. 6 Coma Girl (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Loved Ones Primary Artist
Franz Nicolay Organ, Piano
Dave Walsh Guitar
Dave Hause Guitar, Vocals
Michael "Spider" Cotterman Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Sneeringer Drums
Chris Gonzalez Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Bragg Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
Scott Shields Composer
The Loved Ones Composer
Martin Slattery Composer
Bob Strakele Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brian McTernan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bryan Kienlen Producer, Audio Production
Pete Steinkopf Producer
Dave Hause Engineer, Liner Notes
The Loved Ones Composer
Pete Steinkpf Audio Production
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