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Think About Life

Family

(Alien8; US: 13 Oct 2009; UK: 13 Oct 2009)

Think About Life’s 2006 self-titled debut drew some of its strength from its abrasiveness. It could get you moving, but it was as noisy as it was danceable. The band’s latest release, Family just throws down a dance party. While it has been more than three years between records, we shouldn’t be surprised by a change in sound, but it’s just a bit disconcerting.


Fortunately, Think About Life does this sort of indie-disco well. The key track here, “Havin’ My Baby”, delivers one of the year’s great earworms, and only the band’s lack of exposure will prevent us from having to hear too many imitative falsettos in the near future. With the sandpaper removed from the electronics, the band gets more upbeat this time. From the throwback opener “Johanna” (the style and placement of which suggests some sly humor) to the slow-down of “Nueva Nueva” to the threateningly explosive “Life of Crime”, the album offers plenty to get you going, whether by a shove onto the dance floor or as a pick-me-up during the late-afternoon lull.

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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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