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Pay Attention Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (May 2 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004SSTB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Let Me Be [Album Version (Explicit)]
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)]
16. The Day He Didn't Die [Album Version (Explicit)]

Product Description

Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
As far as I know (you may correct me on this one), but this is the lengthiest Bosstones release thus far. With sixteen songs, you choose when you may Pay Attention or not.
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.
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I have to take a stance somewhere between the critics and diehard fans. ;) This latest Bosstones album is incredibly fun, with wonderful works like 'The Skeleton Song' and the much-overlooked 'Where You Come From'. However, many of the later tracks on the album simply seem to blend together in a lousy punk/ska blur. The album certainly would have done much better with a few more tempo changes! It's hard to pick a rating, since this album's so full of contradictions. It has some *wonderful*, classic Bosstone lyrics in 'Where You Come From' and 'All Things Considered', but I have to agree that some of the lyrics make you wonder what they were on at the time. ("Right now I'm feeling like an ant/Let em ramble let me rant" --Let Me Be) Despite its problems, there's still plenty of fun and even good ole' Bosstone insight in the CD. If you've never listened to TMMBT before you might do better buying _Let's Face It_ or _Question the Answers_. However, fans of the 'Tones deffinately shouldn't miss this one. Hope this helps!
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If you really think they are sitting around the studio saying to themselves..."let's write this this way, change this chord this way, add some horn here...because then we'll get on the radio!" You need to PAY ATTENTION!. Give me a break, a band can't change their sound an inch without being crucified and it's ridiculous, first of all because they are the same as they always were. Dicky's growl and the guitar still drives the majority of the songs, as they do on EVERY OTHER BossToneS album. You've gotta remember that Dicky was what, 26 when Devil's Night Out hit the scene. He's now around 36. Nate joined the band at 14 for pete's sake. Aren't the things you want to handle in your music going to change? God forbid a band doesn't remain stagnant. Pay Attention is just as good as every other B-ToneS album, if not better. If you are a true fan of their "plaid" style of music, you'll love it. "It's not where you come from, it's more where you're goin" and these guys are still rising to the top.
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I think some of these reviews have been too critical of the Bosstones. It is never easy to follow the CD that brought you commerical success. The jinx of the sophomore slump and all, not to say this is the Bosstones first CD, far from in fact, but it is the follow up to what I'm sure a lot of trendier fans thought was their first. I find the sophomore slump idea to be rather fascinating. Tons of bands miss the mark when they make a disc that follows their "break-through" album. A good example of this is Blink 182 (assuming Dude Ranch was their break and not Enema of the State), it is hard to follow. Buck-O-Nine and Reel Big Fish had horible follow ups. I can think of more but I will keep this to the point. Bands either reject their success and make a CD to disgust the new fans and to return to their old fans who have of course already given up on them. Or they try to continue with the formula that worked before and make a heartless uninspired album. I say the Bosstones did neither. They provide for the new fans and bring a little extra for old fans who have stuck around. "Riot On Broad Street" is worth the price of the CD in my mind. Check it out, its very good. I also really like "All Things Considered" a moving song about the old guy on the block that tells all kinds of stories and tales and why we should cut him some slack. "So Sad to Say" and a couple others are also fun tracks. Now with all that said I can't give this CD to high of a review, a portion of the songs are not very interesting at all and I think sometimes the Bosstones are trying to hard to avoid the Slump. As a follow-up CD it gets a 4.5, it is one of the best of recent, but as an overall CD it doesn't rank very high.Read more ›
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