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Album Review

Reunions, especially reunion albums, are sticky situations. There's always the big possibility of fan disappointment, as expectations are high for a band to deliver just like they did before, even though they've been out of their groove for years. But sometimes, sometimes, the universe aligns just right and reunited material can sound just as good as one desires. New Jersey's Lifetime is one of these bands. Having become underground heroes to legions of punk fans since their 1997 breakup, their first album of new material in a decade is a reunion done right, mostly because it feels nothing like one. Lifetime feels completely natural, like the guys never even left in the first place — this record could easily pass for having been recorded a few years after their 1997 swan song, Jersey's Best Dancers. It's almost ridiculous how tight, undeniably catchy and compelling the Lifetime crew sounds ten years, some marriages, and a Ph.D. after the fact. Ari Katz still can't be bothered to pronounce more than a handful of words in any given line, but that doesn't stop songs like the chunky "Airport Monday Morning" and "Northbound Breakdown" to hit fast and hit hard. Lines like "Don't take your love away so soon/We can just play records at night/I know it's been a long time" (from the poppy "Records at Nite") prove that while the guys may be older and more mature, they're still the same hardcore kids at heart, fawning over their vinyl collections and falling in and out of love. And though they're definitely not breaking any new ground, the simple fact that the band seem totally oblivious of current music trends actually works in their favor: melodic hardcore this alive has been few and far between since they broke up. Lifetime is as familiar, refreshing and totally invigorating as one could hope it to sound — and all this in just over 23 minutes.

Customer Reviews

Lifetime is what music should be

This is the most important album to come out in a long time. If it wasnt for this band there wouldnt be any Fall Out Boy, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday or countless other bands. Buy this album!

youre tellin me they werent together for 10 years?

ive listened to lifetime since 96, and ive been fortunate enough to have seen them a few times since their ressurection. i was apprehensive about the wentz connection, but youd never know just by listening. this band changed my life. im glad they didnt forget what lifetime was all about. the entire world needs to realize how important this moment is.

Lifetime Is Back!!!! For Good?

I really like the album and everything. The melodies are much more thought out and well writen. The chord structures are creative too. But, I personally miss the "Jersey" grooves they use to incorporate. I mean the have some slower breakdowns in the record, it's just that its missing those driving, guitar chugging, drum driven grooves that i like Lifetime for. I mean, Paint It Black still uses them quite often and Kid Dynamite allways broke into one to perferate the redundant "hardcore" beat. All I am saying is I will keep listening to this record and I probably will end up loving it but, none of the songs have the same texture as... lets say...."The boys no good, he's a hood!"


Formed: 1990 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cult favorite melodic hardcore unit Lifetime was formed in New Jersey in 1990 by singer Ari Katz and guitarist Dan Yemin. Boasting a positive lyrical approach in stark contrast to the cynical mentality predominant throughout the hardcore community of the period, the group earned immediate fame with the 1991 release of its self-titled debut EP, issuing the acclaimed full-length Background the following year. After countless lineup changes, the Lifetime roster stabilized prior to the release of their...
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