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The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating

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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

Quit yer Whinging! It's a great album

People seriously need to get over the fact that The Living End have changed their sound. If you want to hear the same sound over and over again listen to the radio. If you want to hear the same stuff that was on their self titled album then put the self titled album on and listen to that.

As Chris has said, he's 36 and he eventually had to grow up. The self titled album was a great first album to them, but it now sounds juvenile. This new album however is amazing. They really have grown as musicians and it is shown on this album. What I like about this album is that it doesn't sound like The Living End, yet it as soon as you hear one of the songs you can instantly recognise that it is them.

As Rae, their manager has said, this is their best work. And I agree 100%.

Same old same old

More of the same...with album #6 The Living End believe they've brought out their most "honest" record. Honestly predictable would be more on the mark. I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it, but I expected a little more variety. Disappointing.

top record

Amazing. That is all.

Biography

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....
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 22 July 2011

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