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The Rentals

Story of a Thousand Seasons EP


May 20, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

It’s now been four years since The Rentals quietly reformed, under the leadership of founder Matt Sharp, along with new additions of singer/songwriter Sara Radle, violist Lauren Chipman, synth player Ben Pringle, and drummer Dan Joeright. The band released the pleasant Last Little Life EP in 2007, and has recently launched what will be its third full-length album, presented in three parts or “mini-albums,” that will be accompanied by films and a photo book collection in variously priced deluxe editions. “Song of Remembering” features a pop melody carried by shared male/female vocals and accented by a dirty guitar line, some plaintive piano, string touches, and a vaguely new wave texture. The title track is the perfect pop song filled with achingly beautiful melody and strings that would make Phil Spector weep. The final two songs of this four-song set are more of the same, pop craft filled with nuance and attention to musical detail. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this album comes together. These are some of the best songs of Sharp’s career thus far.


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