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We Were Young And Needed The Money

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Social Studies
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Teeth Marks
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This Day
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Come Over
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Shoulder Back
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Flat Top
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Breathe
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A Second Chance
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Straw Dogs
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Signs of Life
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Much Closer Now
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Spiral
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Nothing Wrong
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Stayin' Out in Front
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Traces
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Carefully Turning
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Drown
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 59:56

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Unhearalded But No Less Spectacular

onetononion

This album is not the first place you should stop if you are investigating Idaho's catalog, but I have no doubt you'll arrive here eventually once you discover just how amazing this unsung band is. The collection of songs we have here sees the band taking their volume and tempos to greater extremes but the tracks retain all the nuances that make listening to them so enjoyable. Two that bear this distinction in particular are 'shoulder back' & 'flat top." It is hard to imagine how songs with this much power and energy could be relegated to the sidelines for the albums that Idaho were working on at the time. Levitate & Hearts of Palm are more cohesive records (for obvious reasons) but this collection of tunes is no less fantastic & certainly worthy of your time.

They Say All Music Guide

To commemorate a decade of existence, Idaho put out this collection of previously unreleased material gathered between 1992 and 2002. While this album wouldn’t be a great starting point for listeners new to Idaho’s unique brand of slow-burning indie rock, it’s certainly not a collection of throwaways. There are a bunch of top-notch tunes here, and this effort actually paints Idaho as musically diverse within a seemingly limited vernacular. “Teeth Marks” represents a more aggressive side, lulling the listener into a rope-a-dope and then lashing out as a full-on rocker. “Social Studies,” meanwhile, is pure shiny pop. With “Much Closer Now,” one of the finest tracks on the collection, Jeff Martin’s bruised croon cloaks what is actually an elegant, remarkably intricate pop song tricked out with all kinds of gorgeous ephemera (backwards guitar, etc.). “This Day” is similarly melodic at times — and that’s what seems to separate Idaho from groups of a similar ilk: The band often lodges spine-tingling little turns of melody amidst the slowcore atmosphere. This is a great Idaho album and shouldn’t be dismissed because of its piecemeal conception. – Erik Hage

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