Under the Tray

Under the Tray

by Reggie and the Full Effect
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Under the Tray

James DeWees' second album as Reggie and the Full Effect eclipses the Get Up Kids' record that immediately preceded it because DeWees has the freedom, with his alter ego, to write whatever he wants. He's not constricted by a famous back catalog to live up to or react against. Under the Tray is infectious, from the new wave grind of "Congratulations Smack & Katy," to the slick, '80s, electro-pop sheen of "MOOD 4 LUV," and the Weezer-metal assault of "What Won't Kill You Eats Gas." It's tongue-in-cheek, and it's silly (down to the hilarious "Drunk Girl At Get Up Kids Show" field recordings), but it's also intelligent, melodic, eclectic, and actually, startlingly sincere. In the end, DeWees is a master of genres, mixing humor and atmosphere into a complex paradox of jokes and serious emotion -- how often do you get that in pop music? Just check the meandering, dark vibe of "Image Is Nothing, Lobsters Are Everything" and how it contrasts the cheeky keyboard death metal tune that follows, "Apocalypse WOW!." More artists should throw caution to the wind and challenge the idea that a record somehow has to adhere to one consistent mood or genre.

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Release Date: 02/18/2003
Label: Vagrant Records
UPC: 0601091037922
catalogNumber: 379


  1. Your Bleedin Heart
  2. Drunk Girl at the Get Up Kids Show
  3. Congratulations Smack + Katy
  4. Ain't Gettin' Paid to Dance
  5. Mood 4 Luv
  6. What Won't Kill You Eats Gas
  7. Drunk Girl at Get Up Kids Show (Tatoo'z, B-Day'z, Azz Beatin'z)
  8. Getting by With It's
  9. Image Is Nothing, Lobsters Are Everyting
  10. Apocolypse Wow!
  11. Drunk Girl at Get Up Kids Show (Guess Jeans, Awnings, Old Navy)
  12. F.O.O.D. AKA Aren't You Hungary
  13. Happy V-Day
  14. Canadians Switching the Letter P for the Letter V Eh?
  15. Linkin Verbz
  16. Drunk Girl at Get Up Kids Show (Drivin' and Cryin or Broadway Cats ...)
  17. Megan 2K2 (Even Though Its 2K3 Now)

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