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Reggie and the Full Effect
Songs Not To Get Married To (Vagrant)

By: Mike SOS

Reggie and the Full Effect is the creation of Get Up Kids keyboardist and Coalesce drummer James Dewees, who proves himself to be a man of many talents, if not a bit schizophrenic. On the latest RATFE release, the 13-track SONGS NOT TO GET MARRIED TO, Dewees, usually known for writing goofy, left of center synth rock, has let loose, as his recent divorce has spawned a great deal of musical aggression. Yes, there are still indications of his lighter side here, like the dance rock of "Love Reality" and "Take Me Home, Please" but there's a discernible tone of anger a la Trent Reznor meets Rammstein on tracks like "The Trooth" and "The Fuck Stops Here" that suggests that he really needed to write this album to unleash some of his inner struggle. While many may dismiss this project on the whole as a joke, opting for his other more serious endeavors, this disc seems to be just what Dewees needed to brush himself off and start over, and it sounds like a good start.
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