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|Less Than Jake||Primary Artist|
|Matt Allison||Producer, Engineer|
|Less Than Jake||Composer|
|Vincent Fiorello||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
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I've been a LTJ fan since Losing Streak came out and all of their early recordings, Pezcore through Hello Rockview, absolutely helped define my teenage years. I kept with them through the change of pace of Borders and Boundaries, even the fun but uneven Anthem. Then In With the Out Crowd happened and it just felt like they were giving up on their old fans and embracing a tepid, boring style of pop that just wasn't going to sit well with those of us who still scream along to My Very Own Flag. But they did and it didn't, forcing many of us towards that decision of giving up on the band. I even stopped wearing my LTJ shirts because I was embarassed to be associated with that album. But then GNV FLA came and yanked me right back in to proud LTJ support. I was hooked from the moment the great City of Gainesville went flying into the old-school hyperactivity of The State of Florida and loved almost every minute after, particularly the closing 3 tracks whose lyrics almost sound as if they're thanking all of the diehards for sticking by them and promising them more of their best in the years to come. This entire album sounds like it could have come out between Hello Rockview and Borders and Boundaries, taking the best elements of each and shedding the very few aspects of those albums that didn't work as well. Plus, the horns are FINALLY brought back from the land of major-label overproduction after being horribly missing for most of the last 2 albums! This album is an excellent return to what made LTJ legends in the first place and goes a long way towards making up for the disappointment that was In With The Out Crowd.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
The ska all-star, Less Than Jake, is back and better and than ever. I've been a Less Than Jake fan for about 2 years and every album of their's I've bought has been outstanding. GNV FLA is no exception. The songs talk about the band's home town of Gainesville (after all, that's the name of the album. The song " Does the Lion City Still Roar" blew me away. Hopefully it will do the same thing to you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.