The Rentals - Seven More Minutes
About the Album:
Seven More Minutes, the second album by The Rentals, was released on April 13, 1999 and features numerous guests such as: Petra Haden (of that dog.; also appeared on Return of the Rentals), Donna Matthews (of Elastica), Miki Berenyi (of Lush), Tim Wheeler (of Ash), Kevin March, and Damon Albarn (of Blur). All songs written by Matt Sharp except as indicated.
This sophomore effort was delayed several times due to label demand to tweak it repeatedly, in addition to Sharp's multiple bouts of revisionary work. It is a dense, personal record, which followed up a bright, more direct, poppy debut. The record failed to make much chart noise, and the band was derailed for years in its wake. A good amount of Seven More Minutes was written by Matt Sharp while in Spain, probably in Barcelona. There is a constant theme on the album about a Spanish girl he met there.
About the Artist:
The Rentals were the new wave-influenced project of singer/songwriter Matt Sharp, former bassist for power pop favorites Weezer. Born in Arlington, VA, on September 22, 1969, Sharp co-founded Weezer in 1992, and in the months to follow, the band emerged as one of the most popular up-and-coming acts on the Los Angeles club scene; their self-titled debut LP appeared on Geffen two years later, becoming a major hit thanks their smash single and video "Buddy Holly." During the spring of 1994, Sharp mounted the first Rentals studio session; assembling a roster including Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, that dog. violinist Petra Haden, vocalist/keyboardist Cherielynn Westrich, and guitarist Rod Cervera, subsequent dates yielded the group's 1995 debut, Return of the Rentals, which notched a hit with the infectious "Friends of P." Sharp returned to Weezer to record the band's acclaimed 1996 follow-up, Pinkerton, but announced his exit from the lineup in February 1998; the second Rentals album, Seven More Minutes, followed a year later. After a six year hiatus, Sharp brought back the Rentals in 2005. After touring with Ozma in the summer of 2006, Sharp's group released the EP The Last Little Life in 2007. In December of the same year, the Rentals announced that they would begin recording a new album in 2008. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
This is the second album by ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, released in 1999. It didn't sell much but I think it is leaps and bounds better than the first. I am a big Weezer fan, but like most I am disappointed in thier post-90s efforts, and The Rentals are a good way to fill the void.
They broke up after this album tanked, and Matt Sharp moved to the south to record some more country, folky type music, which is pretty good too, in a very different way. 2 years ago The Rentals re-formed and did a yearlong project in 2009 called Songs About Time, which had a picture a day, a short film a week, and an album for each season. It's also pretty good.
In my opinion, it is worth a listen. Hope you guys like it like I do.
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