Shake The Sheets - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
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  • Summary: The latest stripped-down, somewhat political rock effort from Ted Leo was produced by Chris Shaw (Dashboard Confessional, Bob Dylan).
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Crackles with sparkling guitar work and [is] simply a great, fun, rock n' roll album.
  2. If Shake the Sheets lacks the subtle, nuanced excursions of its predecessor, it's redeemed by an urgent, unrelenting focus.
  3. Leo manages to weave his messages into some of the tightest, most energetic rock you're likely to hear this year.
  4. Leo has proven himself a songwriter of intricacy and experiment, but what he's created with Shake the Sheets are not just songs. They are mantras. [#8, p.110]
  5. Leo exploits rock dynamics with the timing of a veteran stand-up comic. He bounces vocals across half-riffs, drops the drums in and out, and invariably holds back a little for the big finish.
  6. The most Chisel-sounding record he's released as a solo artist, returning to stripped-down arrangements and, on "The Angel's Share" and "Little Dawn", his fascination with repetition.
  7. The songs themselves aren’t as outstanding as they could be, and it sure doesn’t help that the production choices give them less of the overwhelming energy that the Pharmacists are known for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. JenniferL
    Nov 18, 2004
    Ted is a golden god.
  2. danc
    Oct 25, 2004
    me like. It really doesn't get much better than this.
  3. MichaelS
    Oct 14, 2006
    9.6 I cannot wait for his next one.
  4. HopeL
    Nov 20, 2004
    i have not heard any other of their albums... so i cant compare... but i thoroughly enjoy it.
  5. DouglasV
    Mar 1, 2005
    Oh Geez Heard something about this guy. Listened to the older albums. It took this one for me to get it. It could be that he nailed it (still my opinion), but his older stuff sounds better after listening to this. Best little known album of the last year or so? Expand
  6. LelandR
    Oct 12, 2005
    Great album, some amazing stuff on here
  7. markf
    Oct 29, 2004
    This album doesn't seem as great to me as "Hearts of Oak", but an interesting idea has popped into my head concerning it. The songs are not repetitive at all, but somehow almost every single song seems to flow into the next one effortlessly. I might actually have given this a 9 if there were no pauses between the songs. The music and lyrics have the traditional Ted Leo urgency, but because each song is an integral part of the organic entirety of the album, fewer songs seem to "stand out" than on earlier albums. There are no duds to be found, but what do you think? Does any of this make sense? Oh, if you don't know anything about this band, make sure you get one of the albums, pronto. Expand

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