Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets (2004)

"Shake the Sheets," the fourth studio album and final release on the Lookout! label from Washington D.C. indie royalty Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is nearly forty minutes of upbeat, emotional genius. Leo's really outdid himself this time on the follow-up to 2003's "Hearts of Oak," and he shows no signs of slowing down. Before every chorus in the record's opening track, "Me and Mia," Leo cries, "Do you believe in something beautiful? THEN GET UP AND BE IT!!" The song (and the whole album, for that matter) has many levels, including one part where he remarks, "You're dying for a cause, but that don't make it yours." Other choice tracks on the album are "The Angels' Share," "Little Dawn," and "Heart Problems."

For fans of: The Thermals, The Dismemberment Plan, Death Cab for Cutie


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