The Rentals

Resilience: A Benefit Album for the Relief Effort in Japan

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Released as a benefit album for victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Resilience is a retitled separate reissue of the Tokyo Blues from the Rentals' 2009 four-disc box set Songs About Time. This particular album departed greatly from the Rentals’ pop, a collection of soundtrack recordings the group performed for the short movie Films About Weeks, with a DVD included as part of Songs About Time. It’s low-key mood music largely built upon piano or motifs and decorated with strings, guitars, and electronics, all weaving into meditative, mildly trippy mood music that offers aural texture but not much forward motion. As a way for Matt Sharp to stretch his legs, it’s not bad; he may not know where he’s going or how to get there, but he’s enjoying the journey. As a charitable effort, it seems the musical equivalent of offering a homeless shelter cans of stewed tomatoes that you never used and are now past their expiration date.

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