The Mr. T Experience Yesterday Rules

Magnet: "[With] lines that'll pierce your chest and leave you gasping."
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CD Details

  • Released: January 13, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Imports

Entertainment Reviews:

Magnet - 2/04, p.103
"[With] lines that'll pierce your chest and leave you gasping."

Tracks:

  • 1.She's Not a Flower
  • 2.Fucked up on Life
  • 3.Oh Just Have Some Faith in Me
  • 4.Big, Strange, Beautiful Hammer
  • 5.Sorry For Freaking Out on the Phone Last Night
  • 6.The Boyfriend Box
  • 7.London
  • 8.Elizabeth or Fight!
  • 9.Everybody Knows You're Crying
  • 10.Jill
  • 11.Shining
  • 12.Institutionalized Misogyny
  • 13.Take All the Time You Need

Product Description:

This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Enhancements include photos, video footage, and links to other web content.
MTX includes: Dr. Frank (guitar); Bobby J (bass); Jym (drums).
Yesterday Rules is the first Mr. T Experience album in four years, and the first to feature the latest members of the MTX "Starship": bassist Bobby J and guitarist/keyboardist Ted Angel. But some things never change, and Dr. Frank's flair for idiosyncratic yet plain-spoken pop certainly hasn't. Yesterday is punk in the same way the Modern Lovers were -- it's a spiritual companion of the genre, but doesn't have much room for screeching power chords or unintelligible screaming. Instead, MTX puts a light strum into things, relying on ringing, twanging 1960s guitars, clean acoustics, lively basslines, and unobtrusive percussion. Frank's lyrics are front and center, and he proves as culture-harangued and relationship-challenged as ever. "I don't have any friends," he begins in "Fucked Up on Life"." "I stay out of the fray/I figure I do less damage that way/And all I ever want to do is just get plowed." This bushy-tailed tale plays out -- naturally -- over a rousing little ditty complete with a plinking toy piano outro. It's a restatement of Gen X self-loathing and social lethargy, appropriately made by a guy who's been making albums since Gen X was still a hot new buzzword. Later, Dr. Frank only needs a quiet acoustic guitar to get across his feelings about "Jill," a girl he misses dearly but won't stop screening his calls to hopefully hear from. In other words, "What I'm getting at, Jill/is I can't stop not knowing why I never don't feel like/crying." "Institutionalized Misogyny" muses on Chomsky, Michel Foucault, and of course, Woody Allen, "Oh, Just Have Some Faith in Me" cranks up a decent Cracker impersonation, and those chiming guitars return for the country-ish rocker "Sorry for Freaking Out on the Phone Last Night." Yesterday Rules won't make MTX a household name. But it has huge appeal for Dr. Frank's peers -- guys as desirous of human companionship as anyone, but shackled by over thinking and days spent staring at the ceiling. ~ Johnny Loftus

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 45,277
  • UPC: 763361929921
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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