Seven More Minutes

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Seven More Minutes
The Rentals-Seven More Minutes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 13, 1999
Recorded1998-1999
GenreAlternative rock, power pop
Length58:17
LabelMaverick/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
ProducerMatt Sharp
The Rentals chronology
Return of the Rentals
(1995)
Seven More Minutes
(1999)
The Last Little Life EP
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Hot Press9/12[3]
NME6/10[4]
Pitchfork Media5.9/10[5]
Popmatters[6]
Rolling Stone[7]

Seven More Minutes is the second studio album by American rock band The Rentals, released on April 13, 1999 and features numerous guests, including Petra Haden (of that dog.; also appeared on The Rentals' first studio album, Return of the Rentals), Donna Matthews (of Elastica), Miki Berenyi (of Lush), Tim Wheeler (of Ash), Kevin March, and Damon Albarn (of Blur).

Theme[edit]

Seven More Minutes was written by Matt Sharp while in Barcelona, Spain.[8] There is a constant theme on the album about a Spanish girl he met there:

  • "Getting By" mentions "a girl who lives off the coast of Spain"
  • "She Says It's Alright" mentions the line "she says it's alright that you don't speak the language"
  • "Barcelona," which is about the Spanish city and has the line "My sweet angel, Barcelona, hide me safely, give me shelter"
  • "Say Goodbye Forever", ("Your place is so much different than mine, It's so calm and peaceful") This song was written before Return of the Rentals.
  • "The Man with Two Brains" ("The Europeans say...")

Additionally, CD artwork is based on photographs taken in Barcelona. La Rambla appears on the CD sleeve and images of Montjuïc and El Raval in the booklet and cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Matt Sharp, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Getting By" 2:52
2."Hello, Hello" 4.17
3."She Says It's Alright" 3:59
4."The Cruise" 4:04
5."Barcelona" 4:04
6."Say Goodbye Forever" 3:56
7."Overlee" 5:31
8."Big Daddy C." 3:20
9."Keep Sleeping" 3:43
10."The Man with Two Brains" 4:39
11."Must Be Wrong" 4:30
12."Insomnia" 1:56
13."It's Alright (Reprise)" 1:09
14."My Head Is in the Sun"Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp4:41
15."Jumping Around" 5:36
Total length:58:17
Japanese Bonus Track
No.TitleLength
16."The Great Bank Robbery"6:39
Total length:64:56

Album background[edit]

A well-known bootleg called Little Russell Street features many of the demos and early mixes of songs from this album, all original songs by Matt Sharp except "My Head Is in the Sun", co-written by Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo. Two tracks, however, were salvaged from earlier Rentals releases:

  • "The Cruise" (which features Miki Berenyi) is a reworking of the song "So Soon" (featuring Petra Haden), previously released as a b-side for the "Friends Of P" single. It was penned in honor of Timothy "Speed" Levitch's 1998 documentary film The Cruise.
  • "Barcelona" is a reworking of "California", the very first Rentals song.

Performers[edit]

  • Matt Sharp - Bass guitar, vocals
  • Rod Cervera - Guitar
  • Jim Richards - Moog synthesizer
  • Kevin March - Drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Damon Albarn - vocals on "Big Daddy C."
  • Petra Haden - vocals on various tracks.
  • Miki Berenyi - vocals on "The Cruise"
  • Donna Matthews - vocals on "Must Be Wrong" and "Say Goodbye Forever"
  • Maya Rudolph - vocals on "Barcelona" and "My Head Is in the Sun"
  • Tim Wheeler - guitars on "Overlee" and "Hello, Hello"
  • Danny Frankel - percussion on "Hello, Hello"
  • Sharon McConochie - main vocals on "The Man with Two Brains"[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seven More Minutes at AllMusic
  2. ^ Mirkin, Steven (May 7, 1999). "Seven More Minutes". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Walshe, John (July 21, 1999). "Seven MoreMinutes". Hot Press. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Seven More Minutes". NME. Inspire. September 12, 2005. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Zupko, Sarah. "The Rentals, Seven More Minutes". Popmatters. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on December 17, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "The Rentals - Seven More Minutes (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. April 13, 1999. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]

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