Sunday, October 12, 2014

Album Review: ‘Ordinary Life’ by The Tim Version

Title:  Ordinary Life (No Idea Records, iTunes)  
Artist:  The Tim Version (Facebook, MySpace,, AllMusic)

The Tim Version’s fourth album Ordinary Life is nothing short of brilliant.  Perfectly mixing elements of punk (ala Hot Water Music), college rock (ala The Replacements), and alt country (ala Lucero and Drag the River), the result is a powerful blast of everything that is good in rock ‘n’ roll music.  The record moves effortlessly from high octane rockers (“For the Birds” and “Hello, Waterface”) to haunting ballads (“The Future Of Humanity Is Dogs” and “Die In Yer Sleep”) to mid-tempo anthems (“Plague Dogs,” “Funny Movies,” and “A Dream About Dean’s Dream”).  From top to bottom, Ordinary Life not only works but excels at being a top notch rock ‘n’ roll record that is easily one of the best releases of 2014.  My only complain is that this is my first exposure to The Tim Version.  This band is fantastic and is everything that I love about the modern punk scene and it bums me out that I am just hearing them now.  Needless to say, The Tim Version and Ordinary Life will be getting a lot of play in my house.  Fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, Against Me!, The Loved Ones, and the aforementioned bands need to give Ordinary Life a listen.

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