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  • Summary: The third album for the pop punk group from Chicago was produced by Sam Hollander and Dave Katz.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Songs like 'About a Girl' and 'Coppertone' are sunny, jangling, and easily melodic--ideal dog-days-of-summer distractions.
  2. Fast Times at Barrington High doesn't go to the hoop with every song, but it scores more than enough points to make it a career highlight, not to mention one of the best emo albums (whatever that means) of 2008.
  3. This is a streamlined, plain-spoken record full of breaking hearts and sticky choruses, and it’s also the band’s best.
  4. The tunes are peppy and driving, the performances and production polished to a fault, and the lyrics simultaneously celebratory and wistful.
  5. Either way, previous Academy Is... fans will surely dig the tunes, but Fast Times is probably not the album that will see the band expand their scope too far out of the high school/Warped Tour crowd.
  6. It may ultimately be as disposable as dime-store popping candy, its sugar rush still hits the spot. [Nov 2008, p.107]
  7. Beckett vividly renders what it's like to be a kid facing real-world issues, dealing with adult relationships ("Beware! Cougar!") and leaving home.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. AlexR.
    Aug 25, 2008
    10
    the academy is... is my favorite band and they never disappoint me with a song. plus their video for summer hair = forever young was awesome. the academy is... is my favorite band and they never disappoint me with a song. plus their video for summer hair = forever young was awesome. fast time at barrington high is surely a must get cd. Expand
  2. ReillyR.
    Aug 26, 2008
    8
    An energetic return to the bands sound from Almost Here. Fast Times doesn't lose the edge that the band gained with Santi; it merely An energetic return to the bands sound from Almost Here. Fast Times doesn't lose the edge that the band gained with Santi; it merely soothes it out. Expand