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Sunday, June 26 2011 00:00

LESS THAN JAKE - GREETINGS FROM... Less Than Jake (EP Review)

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ltjsurpriseIt came as a shock to everyone last week when LESS THAN JAKE turned off their cloaking device to reveal a brand-new EP, completed and released to the unsuspecting masses. Like a postcard from thin air, GREETINGS FROM... is said to be the Gainesville ska-punkers 287th release, and hardly sounds like something from a band with a full 286 records before it.

With five songs clocking in at just 14 minutes, I could easily dish out an Star-per-song and say this is a perfect EP, if it weren't for the fact that the opening track Can't Yell Any Louder sounds more like GOLDFINGER than LTJ - but that's not a knock. Like it's four brothers, the track does rock.

The Bottom Line: LESS THAN JAKE has presented you with a sonic gift laden with delicious ska-punk goodness. You'd be foolish not to accept it.

Rating: 4/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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