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In with the out crowd was the sixth studio album released by the ska punk band Less Than Jake. It was released in 2006, three years after the release of anthem which was a massive success and an album which I hold as the best less than jake album released.
The first song off this album is soundtrack of my life, it's a pretty good song however the first thing I notice when listening to this is that it's a bit pop like compared to a lot of their older songs, this is something I don't like much but apart from that it's a good song.
Another great song off this album is landmines and landslides, one of the best songs off the album, again its not as punk as a lot of their older stuff but its still very well written and it has a catchy chorus as well as some very well written and well sung versus too.
The rest of my life was actually written as a tribute to one of the friends of the band who died so as you can imagine its not the happiest sounding song, never the less this doesn't mean its not a great song, its very well written, some of the best lyrics iv heard the band do and its sung with so much passion as well.
The album ends with ps shock the world, there has been very little ska on the album up until this point and even this isn't a full blown less than jake ska song, its just a little slow and it never really gets going properly.
1. Soundtrack of My Life
2. Still Life Franchise, A
3. Overrated (Everything Is)
4. Fall Apart
5. In-Dependence Day
6. Don't Fall Asleep on the Subway
7. Landmines and Landslides
8. Rest of My Life, The
9. Mostly Memories
10. Let Her Go
11. Hopeless Case
12. P.S. Shock the World
All together I was kind of disappointed with this album, don't get me wrong it does have some really great songs but mostly they are average and this is from a band that is totally nothing like average. However I guess that after an album like anthem it must have been hard to try and top it.
For me, 'In With The Out Crowd' was one of those albums bought mainly on impulse when in the January sales a couple of years ago i had a tenners' worth of Virgin vouchers left and decided I would chance my arm on a CD by a band and a genre whom in my early teens I couldn't get enough of. So, instead of getting yet another garage or R'n'B compilation, I thought what are this lot up to these days?! (with the naughty thought in my head that if I didn't like it, I could always take it back!)
This album did enough for me not to return it because at times it is very catchy and has some really nice sounding songs, in keeping with some of Less Than Jake's previous hits. The album to me seemed rather commercial, much like their previous one, 'Anthem,' where their old ska ways have been replaced with far more poppy effects and little use of horns and ska guitar up-stroke play. This is a shame as it was what LTJ stood for in their earlier days and were undoubtedly one of the best modern ska bands around. Not to say that the songs aren't catchy in parts though, because tracks like Landmines and Landslides, The Rest of My Life and Ps Shock the World boast highly-polished melodic choruses and the rest of the album is on the whole very easy to listen to and inoffensive.
Unfortunately, Overrated, one of the album's singles really was overrated and did disappoint me, although it's not a bad song, just not up to their usual standards. Overall, a fairly decent album, clarity of the music is very good, for pop-punkness it rates very highly but this isn't really what LTJ are about, so that is where it falls down - just a little too commercial sounding, despite the enjoyment derived from said songs, most notably The Rest of My Life - a contemplative, yet catchy and uplifting number
'In With The Out Crowd' is the most recently released album from Less Than Jake. At two years old it isn't exactly 'brand new' any more, but the newest nonetheless and will remain so until they release their eighth studio album later this year. It is my least favourite of all of the albums from the Floridian Ska Punk band Less Than Jake and in truth is not one that I hold in particularly high regard at all. That said, it is by no means a bad album, it's just not a great one.
The album is really rather lacklustre and none of the tracks present are particularly exciting at all. The first single lifted from this album was 'Everything Is Overrated' for example which in itself is a really average track. The sad thing is that it is probably one of the highlights from the album and nothing really shines through too much. All twelve tracks are rather disappointing and all the excitement that is usually present in a Less Than Jake release seems to have been removed. The music is not too different to their older material, it just lacks life and is therefore a little on the dull side to listen to. I had been quite excited when the album was released, but this excitement was short lived and soon replaced with complete shock and utter disappointment.
'Everything Is Overrated' is perhaps a gross overstatement on behalf of the band, but it is certainly true that their 'In With The Out Crowd' is greatly overrated. It is their least impressive album, and this may be in part down to the fact that the horn section are not utilised as much as usual on this album. Their horn section generally gives the band a great injection of life and excitement, but with their horn section for the most part missing entirely in the 'In With The Out Crowd' album; the music just doesn't sound as good. Instead of forefronting the horn section, they have tried to implement guitars where horns would usually be, something I just can't get to grips with when listening to the album. To listen to, it is quite obviously the same band; just a less impressive version.
Although a lot of the album is quite frustratingly mediocre, there are a few tracks here that are worthy of a mention. 'Fall Apart' for example I feel is quite a powerful track and is one that I do quite enjoy. It is far from being Less Than Jake at their best and is really rather repetitive, however it is vaguely enjoyable and the guitars sound decent and the drumming is excellent as ever. 'The Rest Of My Life' is another of the tracks that stands out strongly to me. It is upbeat and fun, but even still there is something lacking about it due to the absence of the horn section. It does however have a brilliant chorus and this alone is something which I feel makes the track sound mightily impressive.
I really don't enjoy criticising this album; Less Than Jake are one of my favourite bands and it is therefore extremely painful for me not to wholly enjoy this album but the truth is that a lot of it just isn't very good. Many of the tracks are just lacking in the usual wow-factor that the band possess and therefore make for quite disappointing and unenthralling listening. There are of course a couple of promising moments during the albums forty minute duration, but this is just not enough in my opinion. Less Than Jake used to make the most amazing of Ska Punk music, and yet with 'In With The Out Crowd' they don't seem to show that at all. Their generally excellent Ska Punk sound has been replaced here with music where the Ska element has in the main been removed. I would not recommend this album from the band, but would instead insist you listen to some of their earlier albums which in my opinion are a whole lot better than this. 'In With The Out Crowd' does this great band no justice whatsoever and what exactly the band were thinking when they recorded this album I just don't know. It's not a bad album by most bands standards, but having released such fantastic albums in the past Less Than Jake had a lot to live up to with with this release and just didn't quite manage it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Soundtrack Of My Life
2 Still Life Franchise
3 Overrated (Everything Is)
4 Fall Apart
5 Independence Day
6 Don't Fall Asleep On The Subway
7 Landmines And Landslides
8 Rest Of My Life
9 Mostly Memories
10 Let Her Go
11 Hopeless Case
12 PS Shock The World