Album Review: Leavin' La Vida Loca by Antarctigo VespucciDate: September 15, 2015
Antarctigo Vespucci is the love child of both Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren. Up until July, the band had only released to EP's; Soulmate Stuff and I'm So Tethered. But just a month ago, the long awaited album Leavin' La Vida Loca came out!
My first reaction when listening to the album was how far Jeff Rosenstock's music styling has come from the days of Bomb the Music Industry! His lyrical style hasn't seemed to change much, though, which is great. He has the same themes as he did in the begging, like feeling down or being tired- stuff we can all relate to. The first track on the album, "2 Days," is very quiet, sounding closer to indie than anything else. Though, they do consider themselves a power-pop band. The album picks up with the synth we all so closely associate with Jeff's music on track three, "Save Me From Myself." The title is self explanatory, and it's very similar to "I Drew You Once In Art Class," off of I'm So Tethered. After that it slows back down again, and on track seven, Living in Hell, and through the rest of the album (ten tracks), you can really start to recognize the indie spin they put on this album, and the new style they've leaned towards becomes very apparent.
Typically, this isn't the sound you anticipate when listening to anything produced by Jeff Rosenstock, but I personally think its awesome. I really like the direction that Jeff's music is going in, and I'm really looking forward to him doing more stuff like this. Some people are really unhappy about the turn he's taken since BTMI!, but it seems that he's appealing to a broader audience these days (which isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case). They said in the album description on Quote Unquote's web sight (Jeff Rosenstock's donation funded record label), "I hope you like 'cause WE like it and if you don't well then we did a sh***y job." After reading this, I'm just left wondering how anybody could not enjoy this. So, whether you're a fan of Jeff Rosenstock's previous work, or if you like indie, power-pop, or pop-punk, I highly recommend this album!
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