Interventions and Lullabies

Interventions and Lullabies

by The Format


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After an EP on Jim Adkins' Western Tread label in early 2003, Arizona's the Format jumped to Elektra for Interventions and Lullabies, an album of accessible and often charming modern rock. The appropriately titled, airwave-ready "The First Single (You Know Me)" gets things off on the right foot, with a sugary, anthemic chorus propelled by chiming acoustic and electric guitars. While there are several enchanting, mellow moments, including the breathtaking, string-touched "On Your Porch," and "Give It Up," the pair's commercial aspirations on a ballad like "Tune Out" have singer Nate Ruess and multi-instrumentalist Sam Means coming closer to Goo Goo Dolls-like anonymity than any credible outfit should be comfortable with. That said, the majority of the time the Format sound pretty darn original, hopping from the waltzing, banjo-touched "A Mess to Be Made" to the punchy energy of "Sore Thumb" with great ease.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596286527
catalogNumber: 62865
Rank: 254308

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Format   Primary Artist
Richard Todd   French Horn
Joel Derouin   Violin
Josh Freese   Drums
Scott Higgins   Guiro,sleigh bells
Rami Jaffee   Accordion
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Larry Colbert   Cello
Geoffrey Moore   Electric Guitar
R. Walt Vincent   Bass,Piano,Drums,Harmonium,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Melodica,Shaker,Wurlitzer
Nate Ruess   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Sam Means   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Xylophone,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,fender rhodes,Group Member
Michele Richards   Violin
Andrew Gross   Conductor
Charlie Paxson   Drums
Matthew Funes   Violin

Technical Credits

Josh Turner   Engineer
R. Walt Vincent   Producer,Engineer
Nate Ruess   Composer
Sam Means   Composer
Andrew Gross   Orchestral Arrangements

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Interventions and Lullabies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such an awesome cd it is worth every cent you pay for it. 12 awesomely arranged tracks ma an amazing cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interventions and lullabies by the Format is really awesome. It just totally rocks.Every song sounds amazing and the lyrics are written perfectly. There are really good upbeat songs but then there are slow songs.I don't even know who i should compare the Format to. They're unique and the cd just shows it all. I think everyone should buy it and listen to it. Tie the Rope is a great song.I'm in the Format squad.(theLoner)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD after I saw the Format open for Something Corporate and Yellow Card in Chicago. All i have to say is that the music is excellent. Many people have asked me to define what kind of music The Format is and I can't. They are just straight up rock and roll. Buy it and you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The format has taken a great pop-like sound and has made it into a masterpiece of great lyrics cool rythums and fun foot-tapping sounds. It just makes you want to sing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are few cds that I can listen to from start to finish without getting bored or skipping at least one track. However, the Format's Interventions and Lullabies is one of them. Not just that, though. I also can listen to it consecutively over and over again like each time I've never heard any of the songs before. It's amazing music that I play to wake me up every morning. It just makes me giddy and happy and all those good things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the format is awesome. i totally loved this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm glad to see this many people enjoying the format i found out about them about a year ago when i accidently recieved some of there music from a friend . there is not a song by them i do not like. and if i had to put them in a genre it would say feel good music because its such a unplifting experience to listen to this band they are fresh and fun and enjoy playing there music .. if you like these guys check them out there song "Janet" its another really good song
Guest More than 1 year ago
I seriously LOVE this CD. My boyfriend introduced me to the format and I am so glad he did. They rock in concert too. I recommend this cd to everyone out there! This is one of those album's that you can not get sick of listening to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the most underrated bands I have ever heard. Every song on this album is remarkably good. Like said in many of the reviews, this is a "make you feel good" kinda of band and album. "The first single" is a great start to show what this band can do, and really gives you that "feel good" feeling when listening to it. Songs like "On Your Porch", could make you cry while others can easily cheer you up. One of the best things about it, are that, even with all this diversity among their types of songs, every single one is still great. If I had to compare them to another band, It would be hard. However, they seem to have a mix between Ben Folds, Goo Goo Dolls and maybe Blind Melon. But they are a genre on their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Cd I own, and the only one i listen to. Every song is a HIT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Format is a really good pop band. Expect to see them all over the place really soon. They rock so hard and sound so fun and nice and deserve all that comes to them.. so check this out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great cd. The Format has such a great sound and they are a very unique band. They mix punk, emo, and rock together so well and it results in 12 great songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Format rule, especially this CD. Its so damn good. All of the songs are good especially on your porch and sore thumb. You should all go buy the CD because its so damn good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interventions and Lullabies is definitely one of the best cds of the year. Nate Reuss's voice is perfectly fitting with the music and lyrics. Definitely a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such an awesome cd. the format makes every song worthy enough to be your favorite. you will love this cd and listen to it all the time. buy it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the very best release by The Format! I saw them live, and purchased this CD at their show. I can honestly say that I couldn't have expected anything nearly as great as this. Their music wraps the sounds of pop, rock, and emo into one fabulous package; and their deeply personal lyrics can relate to the life of any listener. I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone, especially those of you who enjoy artists like Yellowcard, Dashboard Confessional, and Jason Mraz. I don't regret a single penny that I spent on this CD, and I'm sure you won't either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow, this is the most underrated band ever. every song is just great. after reading some of the reviews above, i realized that their all comments are correct. its hard to put them into a genre but trust me when i say that, this is a great band that can whip out some great songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Interventions and Lullabies" thoroughly proves to me that The Format has what it takes to be one of the next big things in the music world. The content and form are provoking in a variety of directions. The melodies are consistently wonderful, however, neither the melodies nor the the remarkable musicianship of the band undermine the other. There is a perfect blend between the two which is extremely hard to find in music, and this is what sets The Format apart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must have for all likes. With the sounds of country and alternative rock fusing together to create a sound like no other to please people of all music tastes. Visit to learn more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interventions & Lullabies is by far my favorite CD. You love it, you just want to sing along and never stop listening tommykasper
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