Punches

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
World Leader Pretend's debut album, Punches, is hands down one of the brightest albums of 2005. This New Orleans band, which rotates between four and five members, has composed a set of songs that boast desire, imagination, and a heavy heart. These 14 songs dance with an innocent energy that is without pretense. Only recently have bands such as Doves, Travis, and Keane made sounds akin to this that are embraceable enough for alternative rock. Finally, an American band pulls it off -- brilliantly no less. Album opener "Bang Theory" sets the album's golden tone with its majestic string and piano arrangements. From there, the more delicate "Tit for Tat" and "Love Dovey" ...
See more details below
CD
$13.37
BN.com price
(Save 4%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $3.99   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
World Leader Pretend's debut album, Punches, is hands down one of the brightest albums of 2005. This New Orleans band, which rotates between four and five members, has composed a set of songs that boast desire, imagination, and a heavy heart. These 14 songs dance with an innocent energy that is without pretense. Only recently have bands such as Doves, Travis, and Keane made sounds akin to this that are embraceable enough for alternative rock. Finally, an American band pulls it off -- brilliantly no less. Album opener "Bang Theory" sets the album's golden tone with its majestic string and piano arrangements. From there, the more delicate "Tit for Tat" and "Love Dovey" highlight the band's overall boyish charm. "Dreamdaddy" and "New Voices" build upon that notion but expand World Leader Pretend's feverish presentation. Drummer Arthur Mintz gives a powerful performance throughout. Singer/songwriter Keith Ferguson wears his heart on his sleeve -- while smiling. He doesn't proclaim himself or his band to be saviors of rock & roll; they don't wish to be the elder statesmen of an educated generation, unlike Coldplay. Even though World Leader Pretend go large on Punches, it isn't all pop grandeur. They pop up their middle digits to the system for the sake of being brash and arty. On "B.A.D.A.B.O.O.M." they go wild, surrounded by a boisterous horn section, yet saunter through campy spoken word and a whooping punk rock rant. The vivaciousness of "Punches" does the same while pleading, "Tell me what it is I'm supposed to feel." The answer is clear: World Leader Pretend give their blood, sweat, and tears on this album. Their heart is in their hands. Ambition has never sounded so good.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624900320
  • Catalog Number: 49003
  • Sales rank: 300,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bang Theory (4:39)
  2. 2 Dreamdaddy (4:26)
  3. 3 New Voices (3:54)
  4. 4 Punches (3:51)
  5. 5 Lovey Dovey (2:23)
  6. 6 Harps (0:43)
  7. 7 The Masses (5:39)
  8. 8 Tit for Tat (3:50)
  9. 9 Appassionato (1:39)
  10. 10 B.A.D.A.B.O.O.M. (2:34)
  11. 11 Into Thin Air (5:09)
  12. 12 A Horse of a Different (3:28)
  13. 13 A Grammarian Stuck in a Medical Drama (8:05)
  14. 14 Catch (1:04)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
World Leader Pretend Primary Artist
David Torkanowsky Piano
Matt Martin Guitar
Rebecca Barry Saxophone
Maurice Brown Trumpet
Arthur Mintz Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, sleigh bells
Blair Gimma Vocals
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Strings
Steve Sudor Trombone
Molli Tate French Horn
Keith Ferguson Bass, Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes, Tin Cans
Rebecca Barry Saxophone
Alex Smith Bass Guitar
Kit Liberty Guitar, Vocals
Parker Hutchinson Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Stephen Walker Art Direction
Mike Napolitano Engineer
Ben Hillier Sonic Treatments
World Leader Pretend Audio Production
Walter Martin Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!

    I can't believe there aren't any other reviews for this CD. It's completely beautiful, original, and interesting, a truly great CD by a truly great band at a time when everyone with a guitar and some mopey lyrics thinks they deserve to be indie rock gods. Buy this right now if you haven't already, you won't regret it!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews