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Atkins Lane
Life in the Fast Lane
Self-Released

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Despite this disc's clever disguise as a vinyl record, Atkins Lane aren't the latest band to follow the garage rock trend. They instead walk the not-so-fine line of emo and power-pop with a hint of 80s new-wave thrown in here and there.

The album itself is broken up into 3 parts. Side "A" is classified as "useable," and, granted, these poppy-acoustic, borderline emo numbers are the better offerings on this disc . "Between Here and There" comments on a long distance love; that is musically pleasing, but the lyrics, at times, come across as a bit overstated and sap-tastic. Both these tracks are heartfelt and honest, but sometimes a little understatement is best when singing about issues so incredibly universal.

The second set of songs, Side "B", offers one track ("Something for Nothing") which follows pretty much the same format as it's two predecessors, and "Life is a Four Letter Word" a fast, catchy, rumble that more or less falls short. "Filler" as stated by the fine print, most likely in all humorousness. These tracks don't exactly stand out (or blend in) as "filler" per se, but they don't exactly sparkle much either, though "Something for Nothing" isn't as sugary sweet as expected.

"Side C" are the "pointless" offerings. Atkins Lane decided to include two cover tracks, and the inclusion of cover tracks always seems to excite this reviewer. Their take on the Morrisey track "Jack the Ripper" almost makes me wish they chose to tackle the new-wave style because they do a pretty decent job at it, but nothing starkingly remarkable. It's the David Bowie cover "Hang On To Yourself" that amuses me the most. Daniel Mclean's vocal delivery glides flawlessly as he rambles, "You are the blessed/ We are the spiders from mars."

Overall, if they tone down the sugary sweetness, Atkins Lane really could hit the fast track.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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