The Last Little Life EP

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Coming a full eight years after the release of Seven More Minutes, the Rentals' The Last Little Life EP is a wonderfully pleasant surprise. Nowhere as jokey as the debut or as glossy as Seven More, the disc is low-key, understatedly sweet and melancholy with just the right mix of studio polish and simplicity. As on the first two records, Matt Sharp has a knack for writing hooks that sound familiar yet exactly right; every song sounds like a lost hit of '90s alt rock radio. He's still not the world's greatest singer which made his solo releases sometimes tough to get through but has the sense to surround himself with some lovely female singers Lauren Chipman, Rachel Haden and...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Coming a full eight years after the release of Seven More Minutes, the Rentals' The Last Little Life EP is a wonderfully pleasant surprise. Nowhere as jokey as the debut or as glossy as Seven More, the disc is low-key, understatedly sweet and melancholy with just the right mix of studio polish and simplicity. As on the first two records, Matt Sharp has a knack for writing hooks that sound familiar yet exactly right; every song sounds like a lost hit of '90s alt rock radio. He's still not the world's greatest singer which made his solo releases sometimes tough to get through but has the sense to surround himself with some lovely female singers Lauren Chipman, Rachel Haden and Sara Radle this time out who engage in heavenly harmonies throughout. The arrangements help, too, with the lush strings, burbling synths and swooping trombones boosting the simple melodies and giving the EP a real emotional kick, especially on the closing ballad "Sweetness and Tenderness" which is a new version of a track from Return of the Rentals. You may not have missed the Rentals too much while they were gone, but if they keep releasing records this good, you'll sure be glad they're back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Boompa
  • UPC: 779903101922
  • Catalog Number: 31019

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Last Romantic Day (3:53)
  2. 2 Little Bit of You in Everything (3:40)
  3. 3 Life Without a Brain (3:21)
  4. 4 Sweetness and Tenderness (8:59)
  5. 5 A Conversation About the Last Little Life E.P.
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rentals Primary Artist
Rachel Haden Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Sharp Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Dan Joeright Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Shon Sullivan Electric Guitar
Sara Radle Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Group Member
Ryen Slegr Electric Guitar
Lauren Chipman Synthesizer, Viola, Vocals, Group Member
Ben Pringle Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Jeffrey White Cello
Technical Credits
The Rentals Composer
Matt Sharp Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Patrick Gibson Video Editor, Video Director
Dan Joeright Producer, Engineer
Sara Radle Arranger, Composer
Mike Marshall Video Editor, Video Director
Tom Baker Mastering
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