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Classic Album Review: The Home Team | Time And Place

The Manitoba emo-popsters take it to the next level on their strong sophomore set.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Geographically, The Home Team hail from Landmark, Man. Musically, the foursome formerly known as Gooch make their home in the overpopulated world of emo-pop.

And they’ve managed to create quite a nice world for themselves — this sophomore album finds the Team recording for Seattle indie Rocketstar and working with Get Up Kids producer Ed Rose. Pretty good for guys from Small Town, Man. More importantly, so is Time And Place. On these 11 tracks, the boys offer plenty of crunching power-pop guitars, punchy beats, catchy melodies, hook-filled choruses, yearning vocals and gorgeous harmonies. But it’s Rose’s stellar production skills that really push these tunes to another level — the crisp sound, deliberate pacing, fat-free instrumentation and ear-catchingly inventive arrangements make Time And Place an album that can hold its own next to anything from Get Up Kids or Jimmy Eat World. The Home Team are definitely in the right place at the right time.