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Review: These City Limits, 'For the Rest of This Life...'

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These City Limits' For the Rest of This Life... . is an awesome album. I loved the punchiness behind both the lyrics and music. It teetered on a lot of different edges of genres including punk, synth-rock, alternative and a little bit of hardcore. It was essentially an album that spun everything that is good about each of those genres into a really great whole.

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There was a lot of drive behind most of the songs on For the Rest of This Life... and the ones that had that fast pace were the best ones on the album: "Chase the Reaper," "A One Night Stand-Down," "Idle Action." I'm not counting out the slower songs either; those were fantastic as well.

I liked the fact each had a specific message that resonated well; topics like the end of the world ("These Days," "Recall the Alarm"), temptation ("One Night Stand-Down"), activism and the ridiculousness behind some of it ("The Radical") and alcoholism ("A World Apart," "Two Sides of Recovery").

There's a dramatic flair to the vocals and screams on this album that was one of the reasons this album sets itself apart from others I've hear recently. It sounds as if vocalist and lyricist Randy Vanderbilt is tearing himself open on every single song and painting this big picture with his heart and soul as the paint.

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There's a dramatic flair to the vocals and screams on this album that was one of the reasons this album sets itself apart from others I've heard recently. It sounds as if vocalist and lyricist Randy Vanderbilt is tearing himself open on every single song and painting this big picture with his heart and soul as the paint.

I can't pick my favorite song off of For the Rest of This Life... ; it's too hard. It's one of those albums that you won't be able to take out of your car stereo for about a month and a half. It's just too good to only listen to once or twice.

For fans of: early Fall Out Boy, early Panic! At the Disco, Amuse, Automatic Eye, Destine, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), The Everyday Losers, Louna, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Simple Plan.

- - Joey Megan Harris

These City Limits Album Release with Shadeland, Audiodacity, The Bright White Friday, June 7, Rock House Cafe, 3940 S. Keystone Ave., 8 p.m., $7, 21+

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