Pay Attention

Pay Attention

by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
     
 

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' newfound willingness to take their time working out material paid off with Let's Face It, and thus, Pay Attention didn't appear until three years later. Even if ska's commercial momentum had slowed, the album was still worth the wait. Thanks to the band's tight quality control, the tunes here are catchy, but not quite as

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' newfound willingness to take their time working out material paid off with Let's Face It, and thus, Pay Attention didn't appear until three years later. Even if ska's commercial momentum had slowed, the album was still worth the wait. Thanks to the band's tight quality control, the tunes here are catchy, but not quite as immediately poppy as much of Let's Face It -- there's more punk and hard rock, with ska rhythms more integral to some tracks than others. The party anthems of yesteryear are pretty much gone, but in their place is a tone of reflective maturity; personal and social concerns are given an equal airing, and the band's sense of humor is still very much in evidence. Moreover, the Bosstones are still trying new musical approaches, as evidenced by the summery island feel of "She Just Happened" and the surprising Irish turn of "Riot on Broad Street." Other highlights include the alternately swinging and skanking opener "Let Me Be," the hard-rocking lead single "So Sad to Say," the bouncy sing-along "Where You Come From," the uptempo "The Skeleton Song," and the poignant (yet not overly sentimental) album closer "The Day He Didn't Die." A few weaker numbers could have been trimmed without making the album seem short; also, a fairly large percentage of the songs would simply sound like catchy hard rock if the horn section was removed. Then again, it's not the first time the Bosstones have recorded material like that, and in the end, it's hard to see Pay Attention as anything less than the band's third high-quality album in a row. [Pay Attention was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0731454245029
catalogNumber:
542450
Rank:
189363

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Performance Credits

Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Primary Artist
Nate Albert   Guitar
Tim Burton   Saxophone
Joe Gittleman   Bass
Dennis Brockenborough   Trombone
Joe Sirois   Drums
Roman Fleysher   Saxophone
Lawrence Katz   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Composer
Mark Higgins   Contributor
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer,Engineer
Billy O'Malley   Contributor
Bob Richards   Contributor
Sean Slade   Producer,Engineer
Ernest Wilson   Contributor
Dicky Barrett   Composer,Concept
Tim Burton   Producer
Ben Carr   Producer
Joe Gittleman   Composer,Producer
Johnny Goetchius   Contributor
Dennis Brockenborough   Producer
Joe Sirois   Producer
Nat Freedberg   Contributor
Andrew Schneider   Engineer
Roman Fleysher   Producer
Rolf Langsjoen   Contributor
Lawrence Katz   Producer
Ernie Wilson   Contributor
Joe Allen   Contributor

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