Stories and Alibis

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
In an assertive full-length debut, Matchbook Romance deals out a strong hand and plays it well. The winning cards include expressive lyrics delivered most of the time by twin lead vocals, songs powered by a combination of sharp hooks and dramatic changes in dynamics, and a multi-layered production in which Brett Gurewitz allows plenty of room for the sound to chime, buzz, and roar over Aaron Stern's thundering drums. Stern especially loves doing double bass drum fills, which sound the way a Muhammad Ali combination must have once felt. They build their choruses and other peak moments around massive blasts of guitar anchored by basslines on the root of each chord for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
In an assertive full-length debut, Matchbook Romance deals out a strong hand and plays it well. The winning cards include expressive lyrics delivered most of the time by twin lead vocals, songs powered by a combination of sharp hooks and dramatic changes in dynamics, and a multi-layered production in which Brett Gurewitz allows plenty of room for the sound to chime, buzz, and roar over Aaron Stern's thundering drums. Stern especially loves doing double bass drum fills, which sound the way a Muhammad Ali combination must have once felt. They build their choruses and other peak moments around massive blasts of guitar anchored by basslines on the root of each chord for maximum impact. At the same time, they don't skimp on the details; guest keyboardist David Palmer's unobtrusive bleeps and gurgles bring some variety to the otherwise monochromatic timbre, especially in quiet interludes or long final chords. With this sort of intensity and bravura, Matchbook Romance sets a high standard for itself and shows every sign of meeting it on future releases. Beware, however, the noodling and noise that flare up after more than 70 tracks of silence. Even without this tired gag, there's more than enough to chew on throughout the CD's 12 real cuts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778666027
  • Catalog Number: 86660
  • Sales rank: 224,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (1:34)
  2. 2 Your Stories, My Alibis (4:46)
  3. 3 Playing for Keeps (3:45)
  4. 4 Promise (4:16)
  5. 5 Lovers & Liars (3:21)
  6. 6 Tiger Lily (3:03)
  7. 7 Shadows Like Statues (4:29)
  8. 8 My Eyes Burn (4:19)
  9. 9 She'll Never Understand (3:58)
  10. 10 If All Else Fails (5:47)
  11. 11 Stay Tonight (3:22)
  12. 12 The Greatest Fall of All Time (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matchbook Romance Primary Artist
David Palmer Keyboards
Aaron Stern Drums
Judas DePaolo Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Kienle Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Jordan Guitar, Vocals
David Palmer Keyboards
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Producer, Engineer
Brett Gurewitz Producer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Bruce Jacoby Drum Technician
John Naclerio Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Matchbook Romance Composer
Andrew Jordan Composer
Matt Govaere Art Direction
Bob Lenz Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    get this album!!

    Everysong on this album is amazing! This album is one of those rare album you come across that can be played from first song to the last song. Everyone i played this album for was blown away and had to run out and buy it. definitely recommended!!! Exceptional guitars DRUMS and vocals... not to mention the poetic soul to their lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    seriously the best band ever!!!

    every song on this album is awesome..of course everysong on there ep was awesome too.. so i geuss thats why there awesome...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Cd

    This is an awesome cd. Their guitars and drums mix perfectly, and the lead vocalist is incredible. If you like emo, this is a cd for u.

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    Posted September 9, 2009

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