The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules

The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules

I would like to take this time to formally apologize to any and all individuals with whom I might have made out with during the period between 1999 and 2003. Though our experience (however brief) together might have been sweet and sexy and ultimately positive, I’m reasonably confident that, at some point, when we were swapping spit we were listening to The Get Up Kids.

And though that may have seemed perfectly right at the time, having listened to There Are Rules, I regret it.

I could argue that The Get Up Kids aren’t the same band they were on Woodson or Something to Write Home About so I shouldn’t chide me/us/them for once and future indiscretions and I’d be right. It’s been a long time since the Kansas City band’s heartstring heyday but Jesus Christ…

Is this what they’re going to sound like now?

I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

That you would kiss a man so enamored of a band that would one day resurface to sound so fucking antiquated. So dull. So decidedly middle-aged manchild with a pinch-nose tenor (now and again distorted like some Blackacidevil mistake) and an ever-expanding affinity for the synthy pop grandeur of Head on the Door without the privilege of being English.

Only There Are Rules (Really? You’re really calling your new record that? There Are Rules? Fuck you, dads.) isn’t grandiose nor is it a resolute bucking of form. It’s just mediocre. Stunningly so. Maybe I didn’t listen to On a Wire or Guilt Show closely enough. Maybe this is the logical direction for a band I once loved so much but I’d feel so much better if it wasn’t.

I’d like to imagine it’s just a sell out. A cashing in on the increasingly painful emo surge. But let’s face facts. Some times good bands just go bad.

1. Tithe
2. Regent’s Court
3. Shatter Your Lungs
4. Automatic
5. Pararelevant
6. Rally ’round The Fool
7. Better Lie
8. Keith Case
9. The Widow Paris
10. Birmingham
11. When It Dies
12. Rememorable

The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules, reviewed by Charles on 2011-03-24T10:15:28-07:00 rating 1.8 out of 5

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