Lost In Alphaville is the long awaited and highly anticipated follow-up to The Rentals' landmark albums Return of the Rentals and
Seven More Minutes.
When listening to Lost In Alphaville for the first time, one can't
help but be stoked by the perfect amalgamation of the sonic
components: the dense wall of Slegr's punishing guitars, the
primal smack of Carney's drums, Sharp's driving, distorted
bass and thick buzz of saturated Moog synthesizers -- all
tempered by Laessig's and Wolfe's beautifully lush voices and
Chipman's elegant string arrangements serving as an extremely
rich foundation for the layers and layers of Sharp's detached,
voyeuristically breathy vocals.
Sharp created a wall of sound so dense and powerful with
arrangements that several songs on the album exceed 200
individually recorded tracks. During this process of arranging,
Sharp would slip into what he described as "euphoric, psychedelic
daydreams." Sharp says, "If you can't whip yourself up into a state
of full-blown rapture while you're creating, I don't really see the
point of making music."
Lost In Alphaville is a true sonic achievement, The Rentals' best
album by a mile, a blissfully righteous storm of broken-up guitars,
buzz-saw synthesizers, brutally, barbaric rhythms which crumble
and crackle against a wash of strings, male and female voices-all
blending into 10 perfectly formed pop songs. Not only have The
Rentals completely surpassed their first two albums, but Sharp
just might be putting forward the best work of his entire career.
1. It's Time To Come Home
2. Traces Of Our Tears
4. 1000 Seasons
6. Irrational Things
7. Thought Of Sound
8. Song Of Remembering
9. Seven Years
10. The Future