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Customer Reviews

Oh No. Was it worth it? (Yes)

I happened upon The Format's first album, Interventions & Lullabies, only this year, and since then it has climbed atop my iTunes Top 25 Most Played list. I still never get sick of it. I bought Dog Problems today, and after 3 times through, I'm confident it will be my favorite of this year (at least). "Matches" is a somber yet lilting song that is on par with the opening track to Ben Kweller's debut album--both stray from the tendency to open albums with loud, obvious tracks and instead favor the mid-tempo, short but sweet approach. Nate and Sam have chosen a barrage of instruments to amplify their Beatle-esqe pop rock, giving it more of a White Album or Pet Sounds sound than a straight pop record. "Time Bomb," "She Doesn't Get It," and "The Compromise" are undeniably catchy...and undeniably good. The title track changes tempo and arrangements on a dime, making it the highlight. And "Oceans," is--hands down--the song of the summer. Please support this superb band. Thanks Nate and Sam.

Well Done

As a fan of the Format for the past 2 or 3 years, i'll say that this is not the same format at interventions and lullabies. but that doesn't mean that this cd is not good. Sam and Nate went and tried something new and what they wanted, and it worked great for them. They should be getting credit for the music they created with the horns and carnival music. It is completely original, and is at it's best on songs like I'm Actual. Dog Problems is another song that uses the arrangements. If you're looking for the old Format, they are still here in songs like She Doesn't Get It, Oceans, Snails, and If Work Permits, all of which are great songs. This album is great, it's not like anything else i've heard, it's like California rock with some crazy and amazing twist. Give these guys credit for what they've created and let it grow on you, it'll be worth it. And if this isn’t quite your thing, i suggest starting with their other cd's and working up to this one. enjoy

A Step Up From "Interventions"

I bought this cd the day it came out, and I was immediately pleased with The Format's new sound on their sophmore album. I love how the cd has a steady theme running through each song, and yet it isn't redundant at all. The first two songs almost blend together, and I love the accapella intro of "I'm Actual." "Time Bomb" is most definately one of the most catchy of songs off the album, and "She Doesn't Get It" has really great musical climaxes scattered throughout. I really like track 6, the song that gives the album it's name, in that it openly talks about the pain of breakup but keeps an upbeat tempo. I do, however, feel bad for whoever this girl is that Nate is talking about because it's so obvious that the whole album is about her. "The Compromise" talks about their old label's demands which lead to the label dropping them, which didn't stop Dog Problems from getting the attention it needed. The last two songs on the album seem to offer a conclusion ("I love love/I love being in love/I dont care what it does to me") and gives closure to the heartache that the singer has obviously been through. Musically, I love that The Format tried new things such as adding all the brass and horns and stuff, and the music even reminds me of Canadian/British Indie-Pop at times such as The New Pornographers. I say this cd is definately a step up from their first album, and you wont regret buying it!


Formed: 2001 in Peoria, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Self-described as a "desert pop" band, the Format materialized around two friends, vocalist Nate Ruess and multi-instrumentalist Sam Means, in the early 2000s. Taking influence from '60s music to craft their own spirited indie pop melodies, the Arizona-based pair were barely in their twenties when they laid down a five-song EP with producer Bob Hoag. Next thing they knew, the first track from that EP -- the aptly titled "The First Single" -- found its way onto local radio and became a minor hometown...
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