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truANT [Bonus DVD]
     

truANT [Bonus DVD]

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by Alien Ant Farm
 

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After being derailed -- almost permanently -- by a bus crash that left singer Dryden Mitchell in a neck brace for the better part of a year, Alien Ant Farm return with a disc that reconciles their deeply ingrained goofiness with a newfound desire to do more than just kick out the jams. This is most clear in the tunes that veer away from the middle of the nü-metal road

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After being derailed -- almost permanently -- by a bus crash that left singer Dryden Mitchell in a neck brace for the better part of a year, Alien Ant Farm return with a disc that reconciles their deeply ingrained goofiness with a newfound desire to do more than just kick out the jams. This is most clear in the tunes that veer away from the middle of the nü-metal road. "Never Meant," for instance, bobs and weaves with a ska-styled rhythm and a pleasantly dreamy Mitchell vocal, while "Tia Lupe" takes things south of the border for a deceptively jaunty, heat-addled take on love gone bad. Even when the guitars remain set to stun, as on "Drifting Apart" and "1000 Days," the tone is less playground-like than on AAF's debut. Not that they've gone all dark and dour, but their junior high–styled antics have given way to concerns that are slightly more post-adolescent, as evidenced by the mostly acoustic, introspective "Glow." Consider truANT to be proof positive that every cloud has a silver lining.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christina Fuoco
After Alien Ant Farm's deadly bus crash in 2001 in Europe, it was difficult to tell if the band would record again. Lead singer Dryden Mitchell broke his neck, a notoriously difficult injury from which to recover. But the California-based Alien Ant Farm teamed up with producers Robert and Dean DeLeo of the Stone Temple Pilots for truANT, an album that grabs listeners by the collar with "1,000 Days" and doesn't let go until the closing track, "Hope." The first single, "These Days," is so relentlessly addictive and hopelessly upbeat ("These days are great/There's work to do/Would you like to work with me?/I'd love to work you") that anyone who hears it will give in to its soaring vocals and staccato guitars. "Sarah Wynn" is an incredibly honest, touching plea for a girl to stop using drugs ("What the hell were you thinking of?/I can't help you now, Sarah/Why the hell were you shooting up?/Now you're coming down, Sarah"). The song is almost painful to listen to. "Tia Lupe" doesn't fit in with the anthemic rock that fills truANT, but it is nonetheless a snappy, Latin-inspired love song. These days music fans will be hard-pressed to find an album so satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445050020
catalogNumber:
000056810

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alien Ant Farm   Primary Artist
Darius Campo   Violin
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Robert DeLeo   Organ,Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Otmaro Ruíz   Piano
John Wittenberg   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Leader
Andrew Scheps   Trumpet
Norm Hughes   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Dryden Mitchell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Corso   Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Mike Cosgrove   Drums
Tye Zamora   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Kalimba
Dan Smith   Cello
Jair Neciosup   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
David Schiffman   Engineer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Alien Ant Farm   Composer
DeLeo Brothers   Producer
Laura Linder   Art Direction

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truANT 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These days are great, there's work to do...Oh, sorry, did I say that out loud? This is the most consistent album I've heard since Andrew W.K.'s "I Get Wet."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD was fantastic. I thought "These Days" was a great song. I also liked "1000 Day's," "Drifting Apart," "Quiet," "Glow," "Sarah Wynn," "Goodbye," and "Tia Lupe". Get this CD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago