Living With The Living - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
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  • Summary: Brendan Canty produced the band's first album for their new label, Touch and Go.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Another fiercely satisfying Leo record.
  2. Living With The Living takes steps back to New Jersey, with the sort of big rock 'n' roll, free of subcultural claim, that'd make the Boss proud. [Apr 2007, p.176]
  3. His most poignant and accessible album yet.
  4. Leo and company go over a lot of territory on this release, but it is not bothersome or a stretch; the band pulls off all of these styles very well.
  5. There's as much silliness and attempted cred-building as there is genuine excitement.
  6. It's more blunt than 2004's already pointed Shake the Sheets, and more streamlined as well.
  7. This is a bloated, overlong rock record that shouldn’t have even considered breaking the 40-minute mark.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. MikeM
    Mar 26, 2007
    Everything you've ever loved about Ted Leo. Does it break new musical ground? Well no, but it is great rock with powerful lyrics that's a blast to listen to. Expand
  2. ChristopherD
    Mar 27, 2007
    If there exists such a thing as thinking person's rock music, this is it. On their fifth studio album, Living with the Living, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists deliver what they do best Expand
  3. CarlS
    Mar 29, 2007
    This album could have gottnen a 10 from me if it left off a couple tracks and rearranged the order a bit. Great songs like Some Beginner's Mind and CIA shouldn't be stuck at the very end of the album! i love the bonus songs, especially the song Living with the Living, which ithe finest punk song I've heard in ages. Ted Leo also puts on one hell of an energetic live show, not to be missed for sure! Expand
  4. WestonT
    Jun 4, 2007
    The album is a 7 at best... with the regular hits and misses that TL/Rx is bound to have in any (read, all) of their albums. The Bonus EP is raw and the amp clips hell out of the music, which makes it a hard listen in my book (like listening to a garage band a couple houses over through tin cans and a string) but the album is what I bought it for anyway. Oh yeah, I give it a '9' for the '10' that is seeing TL live. Even the cheesy "Bottle of Bucky" seems like talking to an old friend when Ted is howling a few yards away. Don't believe me? Go see him. Expand
  5. guidedbyv
    Aug 11, 2007
    The only band that matters! An excellent effort from an equally excellent band
  6. amodestbot
    Apr 14, 2007
    I'm a big TL fan, and I love this record. I don't know how its possible not to love anything this guy has put out. That said, I think this is his weakest album. ALL of that said, wow that tiny mix tapes review is terrible. Expand
  7. JeffS
    Mar 24, 2007
    A huge dissapointment for fans of this great power-pop group. Let's get it together next time, eh boys? No more Rage Against the Machine stuff.

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