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Ted Leo And The Pharmacists

The Brutalist Bricks

Matador 16909

Released on March 9, 2010


New Jersey’s TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS are back after a two year break with their fourth album and Matador debut, The Brutalist Bricks. This extraordinarily assured, wideranging album explores new ground for Ted, showcasing his singer-songwriter side while remaining emotionally and energetically true to his punk roots. From the thrilling opener and video track “The Mighty Sparrow” to the apocalyptic “Last Days,” startling influences reveal themselves. Sure, hardcore punk vibes are there, as is acoustically driven power-pop - but from Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, there’s a softer, at times more introspective side at work, with one entirely acoustic number. In one song, the ghost of Josh Homme seems to hover momentarily. From start to finish, Ted’s inventive, sparkling songwriting and his tightly wound, explosively chopworthy band keep the momentum ferocious and fascinating.

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 2 reviews (See Below)
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# Song Name Popularity
1 The Mighty Sparrow  0%
2 Mourning In America  0%
3 Ativan Eyes  0%
4 Even Heroes Have To Die  0%
5 The Stick  0%
6 Bottled In Cork  0%
7 Woke Up Near Chelsea  0%
8 One Polaroid A Day  0%
9 Where Was My Brain  0%
10 Bartomelo And The Buzzin Bees  0%
11 Tuberculoids Arrive In Hop  0%
12 Gimmme The Wire  0%
13 Last Days  0%
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Doug from Massapequa, NY 
Aug 16 2010 Rating: 5/5 Stars

It took me a few listens to get into this but I have to say that this is definitely an improvement over 'Living with the Living'. Unfortunately, it does not quite compare to Ted Leo's earlier records. His best is by far 'Shake the Sheets'. Still an amazing album though and I would definitely recommend anyone who already likes Ted Leo to get this. If you are a first time listener, go with 'Shake the Sheets'.

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Michael from Richboro, PA 
Apr 30 2010 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is by far the best Ted Leo album. I like the lyrics on this cd much better than others. A great mix of indie and punk from this amazing band.

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