Lost in Alphaville

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  • Artist(s): Matt Sharp, Patrick Carney, Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig
  • Summary: The rock band led by former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp returns with contributions from Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Holly Laessig, Lucius, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, and Jess Wolfe on re-recording of songs from its 2009 self-released Songs About Time project.
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Song of Remembering
I have written enough I've enough to sing For a song of remembering Everything moves Everyone's laughing Moving through the city of passing I've... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    82
    Lost In Alphaville retains that fuzzed-out exuberance characteristic to the golden era of indie rock, but little else.
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    Certainly more mature and thoughtful, with no "Friends of P" in sight, but plenty of songs that sound like timeless hits, and plenty of powerfully felt and delivered songs that hit hard right in the nostalgia zone, drawing blood and tears with every blow.
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Brimming with melody and bustling with energy, The Rentals have made a statement album out of Lost In Alphaville.
  4. Aug 22, 2014
    69
    While [Matt Sharp] wisely defers to Wolfe and Laessig to deliver the album's biggest hooks, his unwavering wistfulness still has a way of flattening out Lost in Alphaville’s emotional terrain and lending the album a steady-to-a-fault temperament.
  5. 65
    Lost in Alphaville is sometimes a little too adrift in its own world and its own thoughts of sound to make sense today.
  6. Aug 29, 2014
    60
    It’s lighthearted and radio-ready and fun while being marginally original about it, and that’s okay.
  7. 50
    The issue with Lost in Alphaville, besides simply retooling earlier Rentals songs, is its feeling of playing it safe.

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  1. May 7, 2016
    7
    There's a lot of nineties nostalgia to be found here; the album sounds not too different from the ROTR era, though maybe a little moreThere's a lot of nineties nostalgia to be found here; the album sounds not too different from the ROTR era, though maybe a little more measured and matured, but all of the signature Rentals elements are very much still intact. Expand