Friday, December 12, 2008

The Album You Missed: Guilt Show

(The Album You Missed is a recurring feature which describes a great album from the past that well, you might have missed and should probably go out and listen to. Seriously, just even download it on-line, it will take you 6 minutes.)

When The Get Up Kids broke up and became a fraction of themselves, I never thought the pieces would materialize into such polarizing parts. Outside of being in the “genre,” Reggie and the Full Effect, Koufax, and The New Amsterdams were altogether nothing alike, and nothing like The Get Up Kids. The was fun exploration for me and one I was happy with, as The Get Up Kids were unique, trend setting and just fit right where I needed them to be. Their last full effort before the 2004 breakup was Guilt Show, an album that never rose to the band’s early prodigy like success, and an album you just might have missed.

Put out by Vagrant and reaching as high as 58 on the Billboard Top 200, Guilt Show was a more subdued rock oriented piece. Pryor’s vocals had fully expanded to his true potential, and the music was some of the most elegantly composed that the “kids” had ever put together. The tone of this album was not as angst or pubescently driven as before, possibly because of the Pope brothers’ heavier involvement in the writing, possibly because of Rob’s divorce, and possibly because of rising band tensions.

What you find are tracks which are easily background for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Mellow and easy to swallow, tracks like Wouldn’t Believe It, Man Of Conviction, and Never Be Alone pull at your heart strings if you are listening to the words, but can also be hum along worthy if you’re just following the beat. The one gripe I had with this album was that even though Wouldn’t Believe It had moderate single success, I never really felt a powerhouse track rise up from the ashes of The Get Up Kids destruction. It could be that this LP was the result of their impending break-up, it could be that the shift in temper or tempo did not serve them as well. With that said and promptly set aside however, this is a gem worth seeking out and putting on this weekend, even if you forget you played it afterward.

Score: 3 out of 5 "I would be OK falling asleep while playing this album."