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"Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism

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So You Like It Vague, Huh?
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Solid Ring Fighters
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We Closed A Record Store
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"Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism
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Lobster Season
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Cavity Called Home
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All The Walkers Home
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Look At You!
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Head Outside
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Traffic Patterns
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Platonic, Unrequited, Tragic
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Johnny Hart's BC
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Here's Why Dancers Smoke
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Say Forever
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 35:17

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Soccer Team, "Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism
Label: Dischord Records

The new project of Beauty Pill member Ryan Nelson, Soccer Team finds him furthering his fascination with gloriously skewed songwriting, but scaling down the size of those songs considerably. Ably aided by Melissa Quinley, Nelson delivers songs made up of only a few simple parts — an outline of guitar, a simple backbeat, a loping vocal melody. And yet even without layers of sound, there's a majesty and potency to the songs on "Volunteered" Civility… read more »

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GOOOOOAL!

circusflea

This is one of my favorite 2006 releases. One of those overlooked gems filled with humor, tight rhythms, infectious hooks, and lo-fi goodness. 30 sec clips don't do it justice.

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bokson

hormis la grande qualité des compositions de ce premier opus, c'est le son qui est ici remarquable, encore plus quand on sait que ces quatorze morceaux ont été mis en boîte à l'aide de simples enregistreurs huit ou quatre pistes à cassette: incroyable donc que les moindres détails de ce répertoire ne soient si audibles et perceptibles. D'un autre côté, il aurait été dommage de négliger cet aspect du travail, Soccer Team n'étant à la base qu'un projet de studio sans véritable ambition scénique. On le regrette clairement une fois cet opus achevé, car on aurait bien aimé préserver l'espoir de goûter à la beauté de "Solid Ring Fighters", à la fine mélancolie de "Volunteered Civility & Professionalism" et "All The Walkers Home" rappelant à la fois Fugazi et Smart Went Crazy, à la fraicheur rythmique de "Look At You!", et aux voix prenantes des deux protagonistes ("Head Outside", "Here's Why Dancers Smoke") www.bokson.net

They Say All Music Guide

For the first few tracks on Soccer Team’s debut, it’s hard to shake the feel of Ryan Nelson’s former bands. “So You Like It Vague, Huh?” and “Solid Ring Fighters” are typical of his work with the Beauty Pill and Most Secret Method; the difference this time is that the production is considerably more lo-fi, and the songs aren’t “songs” as such, but feel more like vignettes — moments or memories of songs, incomplete yet (oddly) finished-feeling ideas for songs. It’s almost as if there is a cleaning house of sorts going on. These moments then give way, allowing the record to open up and show its many varied faces. Once Melissa Quinley’s full-on vocal debut on “We Closed a Record Store” has wrapped up, the album kicks into (a multifaceted and multi-influenced) gear. Moving from Eno-esque soundscape (“‘Volunteered’ Civility & Professionalism”), Soccer Team touch on styles that are as varied as they are interesting in choice. “Cavity Called Home” is reminiscent of pre-Tommy-era Who or the Lilys; “All the Walkers Home” reminds one of pre-Dark Side Pink Floyd, the lighter, non-”freak out” aspects of Meddle, specifically. Nelson and Quinley are adept at moving from uppity, ironic pop to moody indie pieces without slipping and stumbling over the bumps those kinds of attempts usually create. Has anyone ever quite managed to meld songs that bring to mind T. Rex and Throwing Muses so well before? Possibly, but there can’t be many, so Soccer Team are arguably in some very select company. Irony, melody, and a sly smile slipped into the lyrics round out a collection that only adds to the new direction that many of Dischord’s bands are taking, slotting in very nicely with the Evens and French Toast. If this debut is any indication of what the new productive burst that Dischord is going through in 2006, the label is in very fine form. – Chris True

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