The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville

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"Those grinding guitars are still the songs' backbone thanks to Ryen Slegr of Ozma. Those gliding glorious Moog synths of the past still counter Sharp's melodies. The drums rage behind it all thanks to The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, which I'll say is fairly new territory for The Rentals. And after years of singing Rentals songs with a softening female lead, Sharp seems to have found his perfect counterpart — counterparts, actually — in Lusius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laesig." — Paste, Aug. 26, 2014. Read Tyler Kane's entire Paste article here

Lost In Alphaville is the long-awaited and highly-anticipated follow-up to The Rentals' landmark albums Return of the Rentals and Seven More Minutes.

In addition to primary songwriter/lead vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Matt Sharp (ex-Weezer), Lost In Alphaville was recorded with an incredible new lineup that features:

  • Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius) -- vocals
  • Ryen Slegr (Ozma) -- guitar
  • Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) -- strings
  • Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) -- drums

It's been 15 years since the Rentals last released a proper full-length (the severely underrated, heavily Blur-influenced Seven More Minutes), but Lost In Alphaville isn't exactly "new"-every one of these 10 songs started off as a part of the band's ambitious Songs About Time series in 2009. Reheated leftovers they aren't, though, writes Alternative Press: The essence of each track has been rescued from short-run-release oblivion and grown into fully fleshed-out, atmospheric synth-rock thanks to the help of a few ringers (members of the Black Keys, Ozma and Lucius). The Rentals' sole constant is former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, but Alphaville feels like more of a group effort than expected. ... Alphaville's best moments tend to be its most deliberate and glammy: "Stardust" is T. Rex cranked through Gary Numan's stereo, and "1000 Seasons" is a pummeling, melancholy track that effortlessly channels Sharp's '90s work with his current and former band.

Renowned producer D. Sardy (Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem) mixed the record.

Side 1
It’s Time To Come Home
Traces Of Our Tears
1000 Seasons

Side 2
Irrational Things
Thought Of Sound
Song Of Remembering
Seven Years
The Future

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