Lagwagon, Putting Music In It’s Place “Let’s Talk About Feelings”, CD Review
From the Lagwagon box set “Putting Music In It’s Place” comes a re-release of their 1998 release, Let’s Talk About Feelings. It comes along with fourteen extra tacks from the Let’s Talk About Feelings sessions, including acoustic renditions, previously unreleased tracks and b-sides that didn’t make the album but appeared on various compilation CDs. Let’s talk about the album…
The album starts off on the right foot with the track “After You My Friend” (the best song on the album, in my opinion). Next up is the slower paced “Gun In Your Hand”, which is a little more on the depressing side lyrically, but still a stellar song, nonetheless. The next few tracks keep the speed and catchiness that makes Lagwagon the great band they are. The album takes another break from the warp speed skate punk for the song “Train” which is definitely one of the better tracks. Other stand out tracks from the original album include “Love Story”, “Messengers” and “May 16″.
As for the bonus material, besides the music, there is a poster of various snapshots of the band on the reverse side of the lyrics sheet, and commentary on the album and on the inside of the case was provided by vocalist Joey Cape and guitarist Chris Rest.
As for the bonus tracks, the acoustic tracks just didn’t really stick with me; maybe it’s just that I’m not really one for acoustic versions of fast songs, or much acoustic music at all for that matter, but the others were great. Songs like “Losing Everyone, “Burn That Bridge When We Get There”, and “Want”, I think should have been on the original album because those tracks were some of the better Lagwagon songs I have heard. I guess with this box collection, everybody gets their dream Lagwagon album. I know I sure did.