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Album Review

Anyone who remembers all those ill-titled albums by the Smashing Pumpkins knows that releases with such high falutin' titles as Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday usually beg to be dismissed as little more than the pretentious, self-indulgent bursts of egocentric musicians. It's a great surprise, then, that Creeper Lagoon's second long-player bucks expectations and actually makes good on the indie rock promise of the band's full-length debut, 1998's overhyped albeit underwhelming I Become Small and Go. And although this release doesn't change the formula of the band's past, the songs here are catchier, smarter, better. Opening with the guitar-driven anthems "Chance of a Lifetime" and "Wrecking Ball," the album immediately sounds so emotionally and sonically overwhelming that it actually lives up to the enormity of the title. It's the more subdued tracks like "Under the Tracks" and "Keep From Moving," however, that prove the band is more than typical rock radio fare. So if you can overlook the absurd title, Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday is nothing less than perfect Creeper territory.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable and underrated

As one of my favorite albums ever, Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday is undoubtedly also the one most overlooked of any I own. Seems that next to no one has heard of them, and it simply must be on account of a lack of publicity. Creeper Lagoon is amazing, and this album in particular should have made them huge. Under the Tracks (which you may have heard in the movie "Orange County") and Cellophane are my favorites on this album, followed closely by Wrecking Ball, Naked Days, and Hey Sister. There is a wide variety of musical style on this album, and not a song disappoints. Lots of great melodies and hooks without anything being cliche. You'll be listening to this for a long time to come.

mmm...

This album is simply brilliant.

Amazing

This album is incredible! a solid listen from beginning to end, and very interesting to listen to all the way through. it really is tragic that creeper lagoon as it was known then, disbanded after this album (lead singer ian sefchick left the band). after this record, creeper mellowed out quite a bit. i think ian was the source of the rock 'n roll in the band. i really would liked to have seen where they would have gone and what they would have written next, but oh well. ian actually started another band called "On the Speakers," and they actually dropped an EP (which is a pretty fun listen), but i dont even know if that band is together anymore either. one way or the other, Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday is a solid album and should be owned by all music fans...

Biography

Formed: 1997

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Bay Area-based alternative rock quartet Creeper Lagoon comprised singer/guitarist Ian Sefchick, multi-instrumentalist Sharky Laguana, drummer David Kostiner, and bassist Geoffrey Chisholm (later replaced by Dan Carr). Their debut LP, I Become Small and Go, appeared on the Nickelbag label in 1998, and SPIN named them the best New Artist that same year. Watering Ghost Garden followed two years later; Take Back the Universe And Give Me Yesterday was issued in early 2001. The following summer, the...
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