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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
MP3 is too cheeky of a title. But it's telling for Marcy Playground, which rose and fell a full half-decade before such a techie reference would even be funny. It's law for a comeback album to dwell on such a ride, and Marcy does in "Hotter Than the Sun." "We danced with the devil/And walked down his road," sings John Wozniak, who hasn't shaken his signature vocal doldrums. "We've been hotter than the sun." The past tense construction is important, because it means the band knows exactly where it stands. As "Hotter" develops, the resolute also-weres warn future flash-in-the-pans to remember what really matters, which seems to be fans and the music. To that end, Wozniak, ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
MP3 is too cheeky of a title. But it's telling for Marcy Playground, which rose and fell a full half-decade before such a techie reference would even be funny. It's law for a comeback album to dwell on such a ride, and Marcy does in "Hotter Than the Sun." "We danced with the devil/And walked down his road," sings John Wozniak, who hasn't shaken his signature vocal doldrums. "We've been hotter than the sun." The past tense construction is important, because it means the band knows exactly where it stands. As "Hotter" develops, the resolute also-weres warn future flash-in-the-pans to remember what really matters, which seems to be fans and the music. To that end, Wozniak, bassist Dylan Keefe, and new drummer Gonzalo Martinez have crafted something their longtime devotees will love -- an unabashed, blatant, suspended animation post-grunge album. Nirvana continues to be Marcy Playground's biggest influence, as the cynical, anxious "Blood in Alphabet Soup" proves. Wozniak's penchant for the sardonic mini-drama also returns, to mixed results. "Jesse Went to War" is a bit overwrought, but on "Flag and Finger" and the string-laden "Death of a Cheerleader," his nasally delivery and trash-culture lyrical renderings strongly suggest Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. But what's actually kind of crazy is how interchangeable MP3 is with components of the Alternative Nation past. "Sleepy Eyes" offers the brooding side of Nirvana again, while the bratty "Punk Rock Superstar" suggests early Foo Fighters. Marcy's closest peer might now be Local H, another wry and scraggly unit that won the modern rock radio lottery, got labeled as novelty, and lost a drummer before returning on 2002's Here Comes the Zoo to what it always did best. MP3 won't get Marcy Playground sloppy seconds on the sex and candy. But it's going to make the band and their faithful happy, and nevermind the rest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: REALITY ENT.
  • UPC: 828341011123
  • Catalog Number: 111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spoonfed (4:08)
  2. 2 Blood in Alphabet Soup (2:19)
  3. 3 No One's Boy (2:51)
  4. 4 Hotter Than the Sun (4:19)
  5. 5 Rock and Roll Heroes (2:55)
  6. 6 Jesse Went to War (3:37)
  7. 7 Flag and Finger (3:26)
  8. 8 Deadly Handsome Man (3:31)
  9. 9 Punk Rock Superstar (2:54)
  10. 10 Paper Dolls (2:35)
  11. 11 Death of a Cheerleader (4:45)
  12. 12 Brand New Day (3:36)
  13. 13 Sleepy Eyes (3:52)
  14. 14 Barfly (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcy Playground Primary Artist
Jordy Birch Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Simon Kendall Piano
Finn Manniche Cello
Phil Western Keyboards
Henry "Noonie" Lee Jr. Viola
Woz Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Noel White Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Stone Mastering
Warren Croyle Executive Producer
Todd Simko Engineer, Instrumentation
Marcy Playground Contributor
Phil Western Programming, Engineer
Woz Producer, Engineer
Aaron Nordean Pro-Tools
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    they're really good songs

    I only bought this album because the store didn't have their first one, now I can't stop listening to it. The songs remind me of the rock-ier songs on Ben Folds' Rockin' the Suberbs. It doesn't seem to be very intricate rock, even though it is sometimes, and it never seems contrieved (well, maybe "Jesse Went to War"). They seem to be songs for the sake of songs, not for radio play or money. I hear pinches of elements of Modest Mouse, in that post-grunge vein of exploring guitar noises, but only just enough to mention it. The songs are kind of "cheeky" sometimes, sure, but I for one cop out of that being a bad thing by reading into the playground part of their name. I just think it's a really great album.

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