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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Once hailed as the next big thing out of Seattle, this four-man alternative rock band released seven albums in the '90s that pioneered the union of vibrant modern rock with a spiritual message. Instead of capitalizing on all this promise and going for crossover gold, POL officially split in 1996, leaving fans bereft. The Waiting Room marks the group's first new release in more than half a decade, and it ranks among the finest work POL have ever produced. Band members Scott Hunter, Nick Barber, Jesse Sprinkle, and Aaron Sprinkle have spent the past several years maturing, exploring other creative outlets, and, in the case of Aaron Sprinkle, developing nicely as a producer....
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Once hailed as the next big thing out of Seattle, this four-man alternative rock band released seven albums in the '90s that pioneered the union of vibrant modern rock with a spiritual message. Instead of capitalizing on all this promise and going for crossover gold, POL officially split in 1996, leaving fans bereft. The Waiting Room marks the group's first new release in more than half a decade, and it ranks among the finest work POL have ever produced. Band members Scott Hunter, Nick Barber, Jesse Sprinkle, and Aaron Sprinkle have spent the past several years maturing, exploring other creative outlets, and, in the case of Aaron Sprinkle, developing nicely as a producer. The results can be seen here, where crisp, melancholy guitars and intricate drum work collide with thought-provoking lyrics expressing such ideas as faith, doubt, and the quest to make spirituality relevant in today's world. "The Waiting Room" is a metaphor for our lives on earth, awaiting Christ's return; throughout this release, songs such as "Revolve," "Praying for the Perfect World," and "Crowded" challenge listeners to focus our "waiting room" time on the eternal. Nice work, guys -- and let's not wait so long for the next one, OK?
All Music Guide - Kurt Morris
The Waiting Room is Poor Old Lu's first album after a five-year hiatus. While vocalist Scott Hunter and bassist Nick Barber have no doubt been dabbling in music in their own ways, the Sprinkle brothers have been perfecting their production skills, with Aaron guitar becoming house engineer/producer at Compound Studios and Jesse drums working on a wide variety of projects as producer and engineer. Such skills have helped Poor Old Lu a great deal and in other ways have hurt them. While it is obvious they know their way around a studio, including how to make an album sound good, it seems that this Seattle quartet has done so at some of the expense of the emotion displayed on their earlier albums, especially the tragically dark Straight Six. Though the 11 rock songs played here are done so competently and the production obviously sounds flawless, the subject matter doesn't seem nearly as raw as previous material. In other words, The Waiting Room sounds like an album made by a band who has their stuff together. While it makes for a great-sounding album with more mainstream potential, the jump from five years ago to the present is obvious. Sometimes bands should stay broken up so that fans may keep the ideas they may have of them. Don't fear; this is a good album: polished, strong rock music that sparkles in its own way from track to track, whether through Hunter's unique yet capable vocals or the hooks which seem so rare in true alternative rock. The fans of Poor Old Lu's old songs enjoyed the tunes that seemed to erupt from a wealth of hurt, questioning, and introspection. These new songs may say the same things, but not in the same clouded, despondent manner that Sin, Straight Six, Mindsize, or A Picture of the Eighth Wonder did. Those unfamiliar with Poor Old Lu will do no wrong checking into The Waiting Room first, but don't be surprised if upon a search of the back catalog, one finds themselves getting two distinct emotional messages. Five years can bring a world of change.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • UPC: 724353902926
  • Catalog Number: 39029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Revolve (3:47)
  2. 2 Now (3:49)
  3. 3 Sunlight & Shadows (4:40)
  4. 4 Crushed (3:23)
  5. 5 Today (3:50)
  6. 6 Interlude (1:05)
  7. 7 A Month of Moments (3:42)
  8. 8 Praying for the Perfect World (3:53)
  9. 9 Crowded (3:53)
  10. 10 Friday to Sunday (3:58)
  11. 11 The Waiting Room (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poor Old Lu Primary Artist
Aaron Sprinkle Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Nick Barber Bass, Background Vocals
Jesse Sprinkle Percussion, Drums
Scott Hunter Vocals
Technical Credits
Aaron Sprinkle Producer, Engineer
Poor Old Lu Producer
Troy Glessner Mastering
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