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|2. The Skeleton Song [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|3. All Things Considered [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|4. So Sad To Say [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|5. Allow Them [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|6. High School Dance [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|7. Over The Eggshells [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|8. She Just Happened [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|9. Finally [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|10. I Know More [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|11. Riot On Broad Street [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|12. One Million Reasons [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|13. Bad News And Bad Breaks [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|14. Temporary Trip [Album Version (Explicit)]|
|15. Where You Come From [Album Version (Explicit)]|
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This Australian Exclusive Format Includes 18 Tracks Including the First Single 'so Sad to Say'& the Bonus Tracks 'just So Much'& 'together'
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Pay Attention is crippled by its 16-track length. Although the album clocks in at an average length of 51 minutes, clumps of filler tracks make the listening experience seem even longer. This is a shame because a few of the tracks show that the 'Tones are more than distilled-ska manufacturers. "The Skeleton Song" swoops down with driving horns and a well-placed xylophone, punching its introspective lyrics straight into that part of the brain that nets catchy songs; an anthemic bridge only furthers infernal internal "make it stop!" repetition. Also, "Riot on Broad Street" shows the Boston-based eight-piece adding some south-of-the-border spice to the mix. Alas, anonymous songs that sound like they were cribbed from the band's earlier releases dominate the affair, as do head-scratchingly banal lyrics such as "If you stay down too long, you can sometimes lose your grip." Indeed. --Jason Josephes
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The opener Let Me Be is pretty satisfying. What I like about it is that the new guitarist does the off-beat ska strumming in a tone that really takes up lots of space. So even when he's playing clean, it's very heavey and full. The album also delivers the goods with Bad News and Bead Breaks (sort of a swing/honkie tonk feel), High School Dance (I assume it's about Columbine HS), the empty politics of All Things Considered, and the latin-esque She Just Happened. My favorite would have to be the frantic Riot on Broad Street.
But with 16 songs, Pay Attention suffers a bit from what I call "White Album Syndrome." That just means too many songs. Every Beatles nut has his or her own idea of what to trim from the infamous White Album, and I'm sure some Bosstones fans have various views on how to shorten Pay Attention to, say, 40 minutes. Over the Eggshells, Finally, I Know More, Temporary Trip, and to some extent, Allow Them, just take up space. The songs sound like they were written in a hurry and have little substance to them. And So Sad To Say, although a single, is not very memorable at all. The Impression That I Get, that grossly overplayed Bosstones single from some years back, has more merit than this attempt to get some radio airplay.
But Pay Attention is worth a used-CD price. The dull moments just kind of roll off your back, but the good songs really do stay with you. And who am I to say what is good and what is a waste? You may find the whole thing essential to your daily listening. But the Bosstones have come a long way and their new-found musical maturity is nothing to sneeze at.
The album kicks off with 'Let Me Be' a song about losing control and just wanting to be left alone... The Skeleton Song is about someone's dark secrets being discovered... 'All Things Considered' is an admiration of an older man who rants and rambles, 'so sad to say' is the power song of the album talking about love lost, which as everyone knows is quite painful... Allow Them is the best song on this album. It is a song about disgust with the innerworkings of corporate america (it makes me chuckle considering the Enron scandal... etc...) 'Highschool Dance' is about teenage neglect, 'Over the Eggshells' is about being caught redhanded, 'Finally' is a sort of empty-worded personal triumph of finally having the guts to do something, 'I Know More' is about a person regreting their past and knowing that they knew so little about life back in the day... 'Riot On Broadstreet' discusses a violent riot that occured in Boston; 'One Million Reasons' is a song i really like (but 99% of everyone else hates) about a man trying to stop their loved one from leaving, but coming upon the realization that no matter how many reasons or arguments he tries to make with her, its useless, and that it is time to let go.Read more ›
My favorite song is "Riot on Broad Street" w/ "Finally" taking a close follow-up.
There are 16 tracks... but its a mix between songs you love and songs that really don't do much for you. You know the type of CD I'm talking about; where you've got to sift through the songs to find all the ones you like. This CD's like that.
The previous album (Let's Face It) is your best bet if you are new to the Bosstones and it's profanity free, with amazing beats and tunes, a jazzy rocky-romp through a punk-ska zone! I'd rate that one among my top 10 fave cds of all time, this probably would be at 87th place.... and I've reviewed hundreds of CD's... so its still good, but nothing amazing. If you've already listened to Let's Face it, and want more M.M.B., then go for Pay Attention!
This album seems a little flat. It was hard to put my finger on at first. When I saw that Nate Albert had left the band, that gave me a major hint. Lawrence Katz does a good job at getting a similar guitar tone as Nate, but it's not the same for me (this might also have something to do with production).
So Sad To Say, Let Me Be, The Day He Didn't Die, She Just Happened -- all great examples of strong song-writing. Riot of Broad street is an example of the BossToneS's ability to do more than the traditional ska-core.
On the other hand, I found Over The Eggshells, Finally, I Know More and Where You Come From (this song has an awful chorus, but great verses... go figure) to be rather weak and I often skip them when listening to the CD.
I still love the band and I'll continue to support them in the future, but this album just didn't do it for me like some of their older stuff.
Real quick because I know this has nothing to do with the music, but I think the packaging for this album is pretty bad. Oh well...
Most recent customer reviews
Not as poppy or catchy as their older stuff, but definitely better thought out. It's great that the band tried a few new things. A few tracks could have been b-sides. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Matt
The day he didnt die. This song is so good i would pay some one full price for this album if it was thee only song that played. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by billy massinger
I reviewed this cd three years ago and pretty much trashed it. The tempo of the album was such a departure that I hastily called it crap without really giving it a chance. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Susan A. Buck
This album was the long awaited follow-up to the hugely succesful Let's Face It. Let's Face It(pardon the pun), went Multi-Platinum and these guys were on the verge of being... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
Combining words to live by with catchy melodies seems to be the M.O. of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by J. Carroll
if the stars would go highter it'd be 14. as a fan of the bosstones i would love this cd anyway. but i was really amazed at how the songs were just a bit more then what i... Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by dark jedi
This has got to be one of the best ska cds i've ever heard. If you don't like their other cds it doesn't matter. This cd is much different. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by P. J. Fairbanks
I wish I could rate this higher, I really do, because there really is some good stuff on here. It's still worth buying, even though it's far from their best album. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Bill Allison