Reggie and the Full Effect

No Country for Old Musicians

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No Country for Old Musicians, the Pure Noise-issued, Kickstarter-funded sixth long-player from former Get Up Kid James Dewees and company, is also the first Reggie and the Full Effect offering to arrive since 2008's Last Stop: Crappy Town. Like its predecessor, No Country for Old Musicians sprints past musical genres like a runaway radio dial while maintaining a continuously arched punk-pop backbone, but it deviates from Crappy Town's more depressive tendencies. A quick scan of the album artwork (a miniature Mr. T, "Boo-Yah!" spelled with bacon and eggs, and a Coen Brothers-unapproved movie poster send-up that proclaims "Winner of 0 2013 Any Awards") suggests that its creator is in a much more amiable headspace this time around, and the songs, for better or for worse, reflect that merry yet still vaguely pugilistic glow. Peppered with comedy bits and sound effects, Dewees is all over the place tonally, and navigating through cuts like the metalcore-kissed sci-fi romp "Super Croc VS Mega Doosh," the jaunty and snide birthday lament "37," the flighty gaming anthem "To the Fruit Wizards of Donnington," the surging emo-pop therapy session "Disregard," and the short bus-ready dance-pop debacle "Sundae, Booty Sundae" (featuring Fluxuation) can be exhausting, but at least it's never boring. In describing the album, Dewees explained "Writing and recording Reggie and the Full Effect for me is like finding your best friends again after years of being away and being able to pick up right where you left off...and they brought snacks," and No Country for Old Musicians certainly sounds like the audio equivalent of a lost weekend with pals. Maybe you had to be there.

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