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Can't Remember the Last Time

by The Central Standards

This second outing from the highly-regarded Memphis-based band The Central Standards adds more edge to the group's folk-rock sound and highlights the band's strengths--solid storytelling, seamless harmonies and thoughtful, well-crafted musical arrangement
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1. Nothing to See Here
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2. In the Books
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3. Keeping Still
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4. Perpetual Afternoon
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5. So Much Clearer
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6. Top of the Wheel
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7. Teenage Heart
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8. Rosemary (Sing So Sweetly)
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9. If I Wanted You
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10. Gumball Machine Diamond Ring
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11. Don't You Stare
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12. Year 55
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Album Notes
"...(a) gem of a pop record."
-Mark Jordan, The Commercial Appeal (album came in at #7 on the Memphis daily's "Top 10 Local Releases of 2005" list)

"Both their voices perfectly meld together, which makes the harmonies one of the great attractions of the CD. Check the bare, Everly Brothers-like 'Teenage Heart', for example. And talking about attractions, the energetic 'Keeping Still' could have been written by the young Elvis Costello." (4 out of 5 stars)
-Peer Bataille, Alt-Country NL

"(The album) emits a clean, catchy sound with smart songwriting that blends the sounds of early '90s R.E.M. (circa 'Automatic For the People') on numbers like 'Perpetual Afternoon' with pedal steel and mandolin accompaniment that gives it the same drive as Michael Stipe and crew."
-Mitch Morgan, Oxford Town

"...one of the better recordings I’ve heard out of Memphis in the last few years."
"The dual lead singers have truly engaging voices that seem to keep you listening to the story they are telling; and while there are two of them, I defy you to be able to pick one of them out as they harmonize perfectly together."
-Jonathan Kiersky, divingin2memphis.com

"The songs are strong and have plenty of hooks and lyrical quirks...a fine record."
-Patrick Wilkins, Americana UK

"This acoustic-based four-piece band is more folk than country and not alt-anything, though their ever-present harmonies and jangle-folk songcraft are reminiscent of onetime alt-country standard-bearers The Jayhawks."
-Chris Herrington, The Memphis Flyer

"As poppy and radio-friendly as The Central Standards can be at times, they’re never bubble-gum or anything you could imagine your 10-year-old sister listening to. Everything’s just a little too bluesy — a bit too seventies — for modern mass consumption."
-John Dyson, performermag.com

"This follow-up (to 2003's Refrain)...shows a band that is maturing and ready to be heard on the national level."
-J-Sin, Smother Magazine

Forgive us if we have a bit of a complex. For once, though, it's not due to the pressure of writing, performing and recording in the shadows of Memphis greats like Elvis Presley, Al Green and Alex Chilton, but rather the knowledge that no entity that touched the production of this record (aside from the band, thankfully) is still in business. Let us explain.

When recording commenced on Can't Remember the Last Time in December 2004, we stepped into legendary Easley-McCain Studios (White Stripes, Wilco, Jeff Buckley) with the plan to make a live-sounding and immediate-feeling follow-up to our 2003 debut Refrain. We had a great time playing our new songs live in the studio, and we hope that comes through on the record. But, that's about where things stopped going according to plan.

In March of this year, just as we were about to do final mixes of the tracks, Easley caught on fire and, subsequently, shut down operations. So, master tapes in tow, we headed to Memphis SoundWorks to finish up. On our final night of production there, producer/engineer Posey Hedges announced that it was his final night in the business. The next day, he was set to start running his recently acquired lumber mill. And on the day we approved the final version of our record at CryRock Mastering, the technician told us (you guessed it!) that he'd be shutting down his studio in order to take a teaching job.

So, here you have it. A record that was, evidently, finished just in time. We kind of like it, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Jeff Capps - guitar, vocals
Marty Christopher - drums, percussion
Ted Horrell - lead guitar, vocals, piano
Casey Smith - bass

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RL Brown

Something to See Here
This followup to the Central Standards' first album is more experimental than its predecessor, but it is by no means a sophomore slump. Ted Horrell and Jeff Capp's harmonies continue to inspire. Ted's guitar finally jumps off the stage and throws a couple elbows in the Matthew Sweet-ish guitar pop of "In the Books." It could go on for 5 more minutes like that, with no complaints...

The band has a penchant for mid-tempo songs, but the brightest spots on this album are its energetic bursts. Drummer Marty Christopher shines on the 2-minute-sprint through "If I Wanted You," reminiscent of John Poe's jungle-drums on Guadalcanal Diary's "Lips of Steel." (also: trumpet!) The last song, "Year 55," best exposes the band's Memphis roots - you get the sense that, played live, the band might jump from here into Big Star's "In The Street" or "O My Soul" at any moment.

Other first-listen favorites: the mineshaft-rollercoaster "Gumball Machine Diamond Ring," and the convertable-friendly sundrench of "Perpetual Afternoon."
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Chuck Schwam

As Good or Better Than Refrain!
They hit the nail on the head with this follow up record. It has a great live studio feel and a lot of color. Some even better melodies and lyrics by Capps & Horrel. As with Refrain, the vocal harmonies are killer!
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Lauren

Finally a song to sum up a relationship we've all had...
Jeff, Ted and Co., always do a great job with lyrics. The band is actually incredibly introspective and gives you something to think about rather than spitting out some stupid sing-song stay-in-your-head-for-two-weeks pop stuff.

They are the reason I love local music. When I heard "Gumball Machine Diamond Ring," I laughed, because I think it sums up a relationship we've all had...they've done it so artfully.

No top twenty artist could do it better or sound the same.
Better yet, they have no clue who David and Lisa are, either.
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Jennifer

Every song is the kind you want to stay in your head.
There's not much a mom of twins can do in her free time, but one thing she can do, all the time, is listen to music. And these tunes are high among my daily prefences. I highly recommend this album. My favorites? "Nothing to See Here," "Perpetual Afternoon," and "If I Wanted You." But I really like the whole darn thing. There's not a bad song in the bunch. I'm not much of a talent when it comes to music reviews, but I know good stuff when I hear it, and this stuff is good.
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