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Interventions and Lullabies CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B0000DD51N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The First Single
2. Wait, Wait, Wait
3. Give It Up
4. Tie The Rope
5. Tune Out
6. I'm Ready, I Am
7. On Your Porch
8. Sore Thumb
9. A Mess To Be Made
10. Let's Make This Moment A Crime
11. Career Pay
12. A Save Situation

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Format: Audio CD
This CD is a good, fun-filled pop-rock effort from Arizona's The Format, but I can't in good conscience give it five stars when I enjoyed their five song EP so much more, and even felt that it was more complete. The two songs that were re-recorded for this CD ("The First Single" and "Let's Make This Moment A Crime") rocked harder and weren't behind such subdued production before. In addition, it's hard to imagine why songs such as the quiet, upsetting "At The Wake" and catchy-as-heck closer "Even Better Yet" were cut in favor of redundant fare such as "Tie The Rope," to which I can actually sing the lyrics of "The First Single" without missing a beat.
That said, four stars is a very good review, and I totally believe in giving this disc that rating. The music is all catchy, the lyrics are on a much higher rung than almost everything else in the "emo scene" that this band has been unfortunately pigeonholed in, and the singer's voice is not nearly as nasal as is standard for the emo kids these days. They should also be commended for some interesting instrumentation. A banjo and even some horns pop up once in awhile, and a keyboard is tastefully utilized.
In closing, this is a fine CD that you won't regret purchasing, but the Format is best enjoyed as a live act or on their debut EP.
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Some coldhearted critics might dismiss the Format's excessively cathcy brand of pop rock for being too unoriginal or the lyrics for not having enough depth, but that would be missing the point entirely.
The Format, like tour mate Rocket Summer, are one of the few bands out today who drop the pretensions of emo and mainstream rock. Instead of jumping around on stage and spining their guitars around their torsos desperately hoping to suck every bit of life out of dead trends, the Format stop trying so hard to be a rock band and in the process gracefully bestow upon listeners the perfect set of pop songs. These gems are great in the way Kool-Aid and spinning in your chair until dizzy are great, because they're just fun.
These guys illustrate what pop music really is: not a three second loop with a constantly repeated chorus that's forced until every teenage kid in America is bound to find it "catchy." No, the gentlemen of the Format craft their songs in a way that is anything but a cheap marketing ploy.
It's happy, drum on your steering wheel, tap your toe, sing-along genius. All areas of the album's track are packed full of simple, yet undeniable hooks that will stay with you and remain fresh through the countless listens that are guaranteed to follow. They are one of the few artists that could use shakers, hand claps, tuba and tambourine in one song and pull it off flawlessly.
Think Phantom Planet, Rocket Summer, or maybe even Ben Folds. Whoever you think they sound like isn't important; this is music at it's best: for the people, not the critics. It's pure, joyful escapism that leaves behind the harshness of the world outside and the troubles of your day.
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First of all anyone that says they dont like the format is lying..or at least i think they are cuz i cant understand how anyone can not like this album...its so catchy.And it just so happens i live right smack dab in the middle of were all the band memebers grew up....GLENDALE...in fact i live so close that im currently attending the highschool that half of them went to so there REALLY a local band to me and u have to respect ur local bands like the format.
Honest to god this cd is breathtaking from start to finish.The first 5 seconds to the song "The first single" just lifts ur mood so much.The cd is chucked full of catchy lyrics with witty guitar riffs weaved in.Also Nate(Singer) has got to have one of the greatest voices ive ever heard.
IVe also had the privilage to meet these guys(its not hard to since there so local)and i have to say they are hands down one of the nicest people ive ever met in my life.They even go on the internet and talk to there fans/friends forever.Its also a privilage to live in Az cuz they perform here at least once a month wich is great.
Best Tracks:Ehhh all of them are good but since i do this section in all my reviews i have to probably pick "The First Single" wich is such a mood setter for anything.And the amazing "On Your Porch" where Nate pours his soul into the beautiful song.But my favirote has got to be "A Save Situation" my band's name is a line from that song...also theres a bootleg of them playing that song acoustic wich i think is better than the album version.
Bottom Line:Recommended for anyone with an open mind...I can sit and listen to cradle of filth(one of my fav. bands) or Avenged Sevenfold and then i can pop this in and sing along to it.My Point?Have an open mind and dont dismiss these guys just because they are poppy and radio-friendly.
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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, I listened to most of the tracks on this album and must say that none of them moved me at all. I still can't put my finger on what is so appealing in The Format's sound to the reviewers here. Overall, this sounds a bit too produced and radio friendly. Indeed, if your cup of tea is music like the Goo Goo Dolls, then this is right up your alley. Go for it! Pick it up!
I've also noticed that over 80% of the previous people who've rated and reviewed this album are from Arizona, the band's home state. And they most likely can't help but be a little biased in their opinion. The best thing to come out of AZ in a long time is Z Trip, everyone knows that, but that's another story.
The Format has a long way to go (and out of the AZ pizza parlors) before they reach the level of quality bands such as The Wrens, Broken Social Scene, The Shins, My Morning Jacket, etc. Go out and pick up those bands' albums instead...you'll be much happier in the long run if you do so.
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