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Album Review

Australian trio the Living End have been mining the territory between pop-punk and rockabilly for well over a decade now, and their experience shines through in the slick musicianship of their sixth studio album, The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating. Opening trio "In the Morning," "Heatwave," and "Machine Gun" kick the album off at a blistering tempo, with echoes of Bay Area heroes Bad Religion and contemporaries Bayside flickering through alongside upright bass runs and wandering guitar licks. Curiously, the album becomes somewhat flat from that point on. Meandering radio ballad "For Another Day" is the first offender, marrying tepid instrumentation with bland, ambiguous lyrics, while "Ride the Wave" and "Resist" offer little more than reverb-soaked guitars and irritating clichés. "Away from the City" brings back the rockabilly swagger but falls down on a dull chorus melody, and it's only closing tracks "Universe" and "The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating" that save the album from becoming a total write-off. The title track (co-written by the Hold Steady's Craig Finn and a wise choice for the lead single) is a particular triumph; with thoughtful lyrics and an instantly memorable hook, it's everything a pop-punk anthem is supposed to be. It's just a shame there aren't more like it.

Customer Reviews

Love it!

I've been hanging out for more TLE, yay, they're back!

love it

absolutely fantastic
exaxtly what you'd expect from The Living End

Same old

I am a big fan of The Living End but I’m getting a little tired of them to be honest. All of their stuff sounds the same, and it’s been like that with just about every album and this song so far. I will 100% percent get their new album and listen to it on repeat for a few days, but I feel a little disappointed by this song. They always say in interviews that they are going for a rawer sounding album, but instead they seem to make this boring poppy punk that is for alternative high school children instead. :(


Formed: Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Australian punkabilly band the Living End started out jamming together and playing covers under the name Runaway Boys (after the Stray Cats song). Singer Chris Cheney had an obsession with the Stray Cats, to the point where, once he found Scott Owen to form a group with, he talked the piano-playing Owen into learning standup bass à la his American favorites. They met through their older sisters while attending the same high school, Wheelers Hill Secondary College, in Melbourne. Until they left school...
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  • $1.69
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2011

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