Was The Reigning Sound’s “Time Bomb High School” The Great Lost Album of The Aughts?

It’s not exactly lost.  You can find it on iTunes.  It’s not like Oedipussy’s Divan, which took arduous Google sleuthing and a PayPal account to get delivered from across the pond.

But the more I listen to the Reigning Sound’s superb 2009 release Love and Curses, the more I realize their 2004 album, Time Bomb High School, is the one that got away, the one that should have put them on the map.

Yes, I bought it at the time.  It didn’t escape notice.  But how is it I went three years or more since the last time I’d listened to “I Walk By Your House” or “Your Not As Pretty”?  And those aren’t even the rockers.  Greg Cartwright’s voice — previously described on Tulip Frenzy as an amalgam of John Lennon, Plimsouls-era Peter Case, and Paul Westerberg, but let’s add The Saints’ Chris Bailey to the mix — is as gripping, and endearing, as any in rock’n’roll.

Love and Curses is ascending the Tulip Frenzy 2009 Top Ten List consideration with a bullet.  Somehow, the fact that we weren’t pulling all-nighters waiting for its release seems like some kind of failing.

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