Review: Think About Life

So it turns out that Family, the sophomore album from Montreal’s Think About Life, is the most fun album I’ve heard in a long while. From the opening track “Johanna” to the driving closer “Life of Crime,” it’s a funky, heavy album from a band that sounds much bigger than a trio.

Family is a relentlessly energetic disc from start to finish. The production is abrasive in a Go! Team way, and the hooks are just as catchy. Far from being a record you can play in the background while you go about your day, Family is a disc that demands and rewards your attention.

From time to time it does falter. The production gets a bit muddy when there’s too much happening, and the staggered “narration” by Brendan Reed gets a bit obtrusive now and then. But the clever, catchy songwriting and the hyperactive performance more than make up for it. The next time you get into one of those lame music snob arguments and you’re forced to defend Canadian indie music, make sure you’ve got a copy of this album on you.

Seriously, I can’t believe I had this record sitting in my front room for a couple of months and I didn’t get around to putting it on until today. What an idiot!

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2 Responses to “Review: Think About Life”

  1. Garry says:

    Yes, Matt!
    HOW COULD YOU let this album sit in your front room for a couple of months? That’s a long time for a TAL record to ferment!

  2. Matt says:

    Well, I’ve learned my lesson, I assure you. It’s a mighty fine record.