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Album Review

Lifetime's third and final full-length LP is a triumphant burst of upbeat punk rock that makes it clear the band called it quits while they were still at the top of their game. Slightly poppier than previous efforts, Jersey's Best Dancers still finds the quintet rocking hard, and with songs like "Theme for a New Brunswick Basement Show" and "Turnpike Gates," it also sees them sticking to the hometown topics that they've always treasured. Don't go expecting widespread universal theories from this band, but if personal observations like, "And I'm so/And you're so/We're all so/All f*cked up" are the kind of self-affirmations that make sense, then this record will go straight to your heart. It's fun, it's fast, and it's the sound of suburban youth who needed guitars to help soothe their souls. For those who were a part of the scene when Lifetime still existed, this is a nice bit of nostalgia, and for those curious about what the kids see in punk rock that helps change their lives, this makes it all a little more clear. Lifetime was never the biggest name in any genre, but they were still a commanding presence with their live shows and recorded material. They left a legacy whose final recorded moments, represented on this record, are as stunning as anything else the band created in the seven short years they existed. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi

Customer Reviews

One of the best

Punk / Emo / Post-Hardcore - I've heard all of these applied to Lifetime, in the end it really doesnt matter. This was a pivotal album in the 90's and changed all of these genres. The raw sound that plays throughout this record is impeccable, and Jersey's Best will remain one of the best albums in the history of music.

Turnpike Gates

You should buy this album-but chances are you're like me and are reading reviews to your favorite albums and already own it.

Superb Punk

Essential melodic hardcore punk, this album is perfect.


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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