Ted Leo And The Pharmacists "Hearts Of Oak"
Ted Leo returned in 2003 to follow-up "The Tyranny Of Distance" with "Hearts Of Oak." Produced by Nicolas Vernhes and Ted Leo himself, "Hearts Of Oak" takes off where "Tyranny" left of, with passionate moments and moods inspired by Generation X, Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Ruts. The album references the intensity and politics of late 80's DC Hardcore scene as well as the political dance pop of Chumbawumba. The basic facts are these: Ted Leo used to be in Chisel and The Sin-Eaters. His songwriting and performances are compared to the likes of Thin Lizzy, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg and informed by his love of punk rock. Ted Leo is one of the most important, original and earnest of the underground/indie punk scene. "Hearts Of Oak" is a vital record that defies categorization and is undeniably great on every level.
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