Fast Times at Barrington High

Fast Times at Barrington High

by The Academy Is...


For half a decade, the Academy Is... watched from the sidelines as Fall Out Boy became the Midwestern kings of emo. Fast Times at Barrington High makes a well-deserved grab for the crown, though, flaunting a combination of rock & roll bombast and pop-schooled songwriting. It's hard to tell how much credit belongs to frontman William Beckett, whose vocals and songwriting skills have nicely progressed since the band's debut, and which accolades go to Sam Hollander and Dave Katz, the production team otherwise known as S*A*M & Sluggo. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the album's first six songs, all written with the duo's help, are also the most radio-ready pop numbers here. "Summer Hair = Forever Young" is a fist-pumping declaration to youth and warm weather, while "His Girl Friday" -- the highlight of side A -- boasts the sort of muscled, sugary chorus found on albums by Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World. The mood changes slightly during the album's latter half, where Beckett takes over the songwriting reigns and steers his band closer to the rock camp. "Beware! Cougar!" is a particular highlight, while "After the Last Midtown Show" pays tribute to Gabe Saporta's former band with piano flourishes and vocal harmonies. Fast Times at Barrington High doesn't go to the hoop with every song, but it scores more than enough points to make it a career highlight, not to mention one of the best emo-pop albums of 2008.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2008
Label: Wea Japan
UPC: 4943674083961
catalogNumber: 13163

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Academy Is...   Primary Artist
Gabe Saporta   Vocals
Michael-Guy Chislett   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Andrew McMahon   Piano,Guest Appearance
Blake Healy   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
William Beckett   Vocals,Group Member
Mike Carden   Guitar,Group Member
Andrew James McMahon   Piano
Alex Suarez   Vocals
Ryland Blackinton   Vocals
Mason Musso   Vocals
Butcher   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Adam T. Siska   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Dave Katz   Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Bryan Russell   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer,Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
Bob McLynn   Management
Sean Gould   Engineer
Eric Wong   Marketing
Academy Is...   Composer
William Beckett   Lyricist,Melody Arrangement
S*A*M   Producer
Sluggo   Producer
Mike Yardley   Art Direction
Tony Marino   Management
Jack Edinger   Art Direction
Murray Richman   Management
Nathan Richman   Management
Alex Sarti   Management
Jonathan Daniel   Management

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that The Academy Is... Fast Times at Barrington High is an emo album would be a insult to the genre, one I am a diehard fan of. But it is an exceptional album to go along with the other pop-punk sounds produced by the Fueled by Ramen label. It makes for great catchy listening when you're ears are worn out from listening to too much winter and death in AFI. I found myself singing along to the lyrics as they are easily accesible and relatable to any high schooler. I would highly recommend it to many of my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Academy Is...pulls it off again. With the release of their 3rd album, TAI has hit the perfect combo of poppy dance tunes and catchy lyrics, with the more serious songs. All have a great drum beat, courtesy of Butcher, and Bill's voice is just icing on the cake of this musical desert. &amp quot Rumored Nights&amp quot and &amp quot One More Weekend&amp quot just about stun. This album sums up the high-school experience and leaves the TAI fans wanting more. Great for a party, or falling asleep. By far their best album yet.
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