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Social Life
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 2002
RecordedMay and June 2002
StudioKingsize Studio Los Angeles, CA
GenreIndie rock
Length36:15
LabelVagrant
ProducerDave Trumfio, Michael Krassner
Koufax chronology
It Had to Do with Love
(2000)
Social Life
(2002)
Hard Times Are in Fashion
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5[1]
Modern Superior(favorable)[2]
PopMatters(favorable)[3]
Pitchfork7.2/10[4]

Social Life is the second studio album by American indie rock band Koufax. The song "Bright Side" was featured in an episode of the adult animated sitcom Clone High.

Track listing

  1. "Let Us Know" – 3:21
  2. "Break It Off" – 3:20
  3. "Social Life" – 3:20
  4. "Saturday's Alone" – 3:24
  5. "Come Back to Life" – 3:01
  6. "So Put On" – 3:04
  7. "Bright Side" – 3:22
  8. "Younger Body, Older Soul" – 2:47
  9. "Simply Passing Time" – 2:39
  10. "Adultery" – 3:13
  11. "Honest Answers" (Japanese Bonus Track) - 3:35
  12. "So Long to Good Times" – 4:44

Reception

The album received mainly positive reviews:

"It's funny how much difference a little piano can make on a rock record […] But with the piano, Koufax are iconoclasts, recalling some of the least hipster-friendly music of the last 25 years while still managing to sound contemporary…"[5] - Popmatters

"Koufax seem to have all the right ingredients in place: crisp songwriting, charismatic swagger vocals, punchy rhythm, horn-embellished riffs. […] The quartet is confident enough to list their most obvious heroes right on the cover– I’d already called Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello before squinting through the fine print."[6][7] - Pitchfork

"The overall effect is like a less-histrionic XTC emerging from a garage with an upbeat Ben Folds Five.Social Life is a distinguished piece of rock archeology with enough passion to suggest that Koufax may have a part to play in the unfolding tapestry of distinctive voices in the rock world."[8][7] - Allmusic

Personnel

The Band
  • Robert Suchan – vocals, guitar
  • Jared Rosenberg – piano, synthesizer
  • Ben Force  – bass, guitars, backgroundvocals
  • Dave Shettler – drums, percussion, synthesizer, bass [piano], backgroundvocals
Additional musicians
  • Dan Clucas - trompete, flugelhorn
  • Vince Meghromi - saxophone [tenor], flute
Technical

References

  1. ^ "Social Life - Koufax | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ Gorman, Dan (18 June 2013). "Waxing Nostalgic: Koufax and the Curse of Vagrant Records". Modern Superior. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ Di Bella, Christine (8 June 2003). "Koufax: Social Life". Pop Matters. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ Mitchum, Rob (7 January 2003). "Koufax: Social Life Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Koufax: Social Life". PopMatters. 2003-06-08. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  6. ^ "Koufax: Social Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  7. ^ a b "Waxing Nostalgic: Koufax and the Curse of Vagrant Records". Modern Superior. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  8. ^ "Social Life - Koufax | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
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