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Teeth Lost, Hearts Won

The Grates

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Album Review

The Grates' second album finds them growing up a little and taking a handful of steps away from the Sleater-Kinney/Be Your Own Pet axis that defined their sound on first album, Gravity Won't Get You High. They're still a punky pop-rock band concentrating firmly on having fun above all else and Patience Hodgson's vocals still have that bratty, American-accented riot grrrl edge a fair amount of the time, especially in simple, punchy songs like "Aw Yeah." However, there's a shift towards something that might almost be maturity when Hodgson takes on a sensual, womanly, Chrissy Amphlett tone while considering topics like becoming a mother. As a band they've taken the adult step of grabbing a co-production credit alongside Peter Katis, who has also produced for Interpol and Mates of State, adding flourishes like keyboards, accordion, guest vocalists, and a barking-dog break in the kooky "When You're Scared of Dogs." "Storms and Fevers" begins with an uncharacteristically slow buildup like dark clouds rolling in over the hills before a storm of synth straight out of a doomy Joy Division song blows in. By contrast, "Earthquakes" comes on with all the suddenness of the disaster it's named after and, though it continues the tendency toward new wave keys seen in the previous track, it buries them under avalanches of guitar and drums and words. Highlights comes in the drunken, folky, and shambolic "Not Today," featuring an excellent guest turn by Brooklynite Tim Fite, and the anthemic and energetic "Bridges Burn." All in all, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won both lives up to and builds on the promise of the Grates' debut album. They definitely sound like they're maturing, but they still sound like a band who are all about having fun. They may be losing teeth but they're not losing any of their appeal along the way.

Customer Reviews

Fun, Pop and Great!

What a fun album! The second album from this fun and exciting Aussie band brings a much more polished sound. Burn Bridges is the perfect intro to the album and if you are going to buy any song, get that one!

This album comes close to capturing their fun and exhuberant live show. So if you love the album, go to a show too! Patience sings and jumps which you can hear in every song on this album. There is so much hear and happiness to all of their music. I highly recommend!

Awesome!!! Buy it!

Been waiting for this to come out for ages - and it's well worth the wait!!!
Insanely catchy music. Amazing in concert. And thery're great people too!!! What more could you want.!!!!

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You guys should buy this album if you like big poppy alternative rock songs. Carve Your Name, Burn Bridges, Earthquake, Aw Yeah, Adventure...the album has tons of deep cuts. The lead singer shouts, sings, and emotes on songs with huge guitar hooks and big ol' drumming. The lyrics have aren't your standard pop trappings. Once you fall in love with this album, you can fall in love with their first one, too. Check 'em out live, they own.

Biography

Formed: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Karaoke — an unhinged rendition of the Disney chestnut "A Whole New World," to be specific — brought Australians Patience Hodgson, John Patterson, and Alana Skyring together as musicians, but that sap-soaked turn at the mike didn't exactly foreshadow the classic punk racket on which the trio would build its reputation. Friends since childhood in Brisbane, Hodgson, Patterson, and Skyring honed their lo-fi, hyper-spazzy sound in Patterson's garden shed in the early 2000s with the help of...
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