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holy shit, this is friggin' amazing...why the hell has it taken me so long to hear this?!!!!!!!
Maybe a new one next year...? If we're lucky!
it came out in 2002/2003!
they're on a teeny tiny label at the moment. Has anyone heard they're older stuff? It's much more "punk".
One of my favourite albums of all time.
I saw them at the Barfly a few years ago. They were absolutely on fire that night, and to have that as the finale (howl and all) pretty much finished me off.
I just wish they weren't the kind of band that leaves gaps of 7 years between albums.
Last.fm recommended it to me.
but live they really really rock out, it would be embarrassing for men so old if it werent so very cool
just over-earnest, whiney (and i like bright eyes), plodding middlebrow shite, and it makes it worse that they're well old. the main one's voice is just terrible.
They write about being 40 and unemployed though, it's not like they're trying to be down with the kids. And 'plodding' is something I could associate with The Feeling or Travis, but definitely not this. 'Middlebrow' I'm having trouble with because I have no idea what it's supposed to mean in this context.
The lyrics have the weight of experience behind them and as a result, sound utterly genuine to my ears.
middlebrow is the wrong word i used in my rage. it's not outwardly offensive but i think that's part of it's crime. it's just so depressingly flat & unambitious. i'm not expecting everybody to re-invent the wheel, but at least carve out a distinctive sound, at least some attempt towards a distinctive identity. 'she sends kisses' for example is uninspiring, plodding drivel, and the delivery - from words to instruments - is just so dull. if i wanted to listen to some unimaginative, overgrown man-boy moaning in his nasally whine about how shit his life is then i'd listen to embrace.
but for the record I could not disagree with you more. But hey, there's no point arguing over it. I like it, you don't. Big whoop.
they came from an indie rock background, their previous album was good fast paced but a bit generic sounding, with meadowlands they took quite a risk with the downbeat, slow paced songs, they refined their sound, its not boring, every note sounds purposeful, the songs build perfectly, they created quite a unique mood that expressed how they felt as older people whose lives hadnt turned out how they had hoped. it is a 10/10 album.
once you've listened to their earlier output and know the somewhat troubled history of the band.
any chance someone can get them to do it over here?
They're such a wonderful live band it's been far too long since they were last here.
Me, The Misser The Late on the first record could be on Meadowlands. Anyone download Pulled fences from itunes last year or the split with Okkervil River? good to see signs of activity! (prays for an album and tour)
one of the most honest & genuine indie rock records/bands ever. everything about that album is awesome. i know a lot of people are put off by his voice, but like, content over delivery. i can't wait for new stuff. gods, we all seem to write variations of this every 6 months, but i'm sure whenever it comes out it'll be quality. there are waay too few bands that i have that kind of faith in. gushgushgush.
middlebrow just doesnt make sense
no i don't want to get into this
a middlebrow. its the bit where they join up on top of your nose
This is an absolutely amazing album, the peak of melancholy.
The Meadowlands is my favourite album, replacing Glassjaw - EYEWTKAS...
I think they're probably the best live act I've ever seen.
absolutely cracking live - even after the encore the audience wouldn't leave and forced to come back for more :)
Probably my favourite song of all time so I've just mentally bitch-slapped you.
Probably the most inaccurate description of a song I've ever come across. One of those rare songs that actually gives me goosebumps.
never listened to this album before reading this thread.
I've heard rumours of a new album next year but then I've heard those rumours before. Anyhow, it remains one of my favourite albums ever.
They signed my copy of the album, and Charles signed my arm for some reason. It read 'Tomi loves The Wrens'...
When I met them I didn't have any scraps of paper so I got Charles to sign my Specsavers appointment card. It reads: 'How many fingers am I holding up? Thanks very much, Charles (The Wrens)'
It lives in my memory box along with a bunch of tickets and ATP wristbands.
I listened to this album for the first time this week. It's really really good.
how do their other two albums stand up against this one?
Pop Punk kinda stuff.
Secaucus is just ridiculously good. 19 songs, every one of them a winner. I didn't think they could ever surpass it but they did, just, with The Meadowlands.
Silver as ace too but probably the weakest out of the three. It is also them at their most rockin'.
Secaucus (which I spelt wrong above) is amazing. Its very like Archer of Loaf, some belters on it.
Silver is good but much more straightforward and outta print so selling for a fortune on ebay atm
Amazing album, I love it!