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After a hiatus of four years, Sweden's The Soundtrack of Our Lives (TSOOL) have returned with a quickly recorded 24-track set (it'll be a two CD or two vinyl LP set when it's released physically in March). In the great tradition of TSOOL sort-of concept albums, the 24 songs stand for a different hour of the day — though it's not certain whether each song is meant to represent a particular hour, a.m. or p.m.
Disc one is more consistently uptempo, drawn from the Stones/Who/Shadows of Knight/Oasis template that has made TSOOL one of the most consistently entertaining '60s-rooted hard pop/garage rock classicists of the last 15 years. Highlights include opening rouser "Babble On," with anthemic shades of show time Alice Cooper in hyperdrive; "Universal Stalker," a perfectly-modulated homage to the Doors of "Strange Days"; "Second Life Replay," in which the phrase "I killed myself today" has haunting resonance, even if the reference is to an online avatar in a virtual reality game; "Pictures of Youth," which plays the Who card magnificently; "Mensa Marauders," two minutes and twenty-two seconds of brutal "Nuggets" rock, amateurism rendered with consummate professional skill; and a version of Nick Drake's "Fly" that could come from Chicago's… read more »