With The Brutalist Bricks, Ted Leo is bringing the anger. I mean, it's more melodic than it is growling and spitting, but it's still sort of angry, you know? Frankly, I like Ted Leo when he's angry because the albums are that much better.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Gimme The Wire
Leo and his Pharmacists lean punk the way the Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer did - with good songs. They are/were punk in spirit. Doing their own thing and shit. Ted rocks so hard he's shut down almost every label he's been on. I know, that's pretty punk rock, right?
Ted Leo is expressing the frustrations of people in the 20s and 30s, much as he has for the last decade or so. Unlike Living with the Living, which Leo must have purposely been aiming for specifics politically, The Brutalist Bricks is more about frustration with everything. We've all got a little of that.
I think he knows we're all just trying to get by without getting screwed by the man or having to totally sell everything out to get there. This album, with this song toward the end, is 14 tracks that make it a little easier.
Full disclosure: I've been listening to this nonstop since it leaked because it's just that good. I'm going to buy it on principle tomorrow. And it is without a doubt going to be on my top 15 for the year. That's right, I'm already planning on it being a top 15. The Surfer Blood album is also on this list. Just saying.
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