- by Tom Dumarey
Four years after their last release, Philadelphia’s Restorations are back. ‘LP5000’ comes with just seven songs clocking in at 25 minutes and as such, might not feel like a full-length at first. But it’s about quality and not quantity. And these guys have quality up the wazoo.
As soon as opening track ‘St.’ kicks in, you know are in for a treat with ‘LP5000’. Rock ‘n roll torn straight from the heartland of America with lyrics that deal with everything from being in your thirties (‘Got a partner for starters/and a kid on the way/can’t be doing all this dumb shit no more’) to the idiot in charge (‘Glance at your phone and you mumble, ‘I hope he dies’/Yeah, I hope he dies, too’). After all, the only boss Restorations look up to, is named Springsteen.
There are some electronic flourishes throughout ‘LP5000’ and there is less all out rocking taking place. But overall, Restorations haven’t changed all that much in four years and that’s just fine by me.
‘LP5000’ is not exactly the most fun album I have heard in 2018. More like the music you listen to on nights where you can’t decide whether to cry or drink yourself to sleep, but at the very least these songs give you resolve in the fact that yeah, things are shitty but at least we are all going through the same shit together.
- The Red Door