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Action Item - The World and I EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.25
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7.25
Production 6.75
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 76%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.64
Musicianship 9.68
Lyrics 9.71
Production 9.04
Creativity 9.43
Lasting Value 9.86
Reviewer Tilt 9.93
Average: 96%
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Action Item - The World and I EP

Reviewed by: Joe DeAndrea (07/12/08)
Action Item The World and I EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 10th, 2008


Its been tough for me to want to listen to a band that adds me on myspace. Not that I'm too lazy to make three clicks and stream a song, but I'd rather not fill my ears with music from a band that's half screamo, half powerpop and oh-so cleverly labels themselves "Ambient / Bluegrass / Hardcore," because it seems like that's all that I've encountered lately. However, I decided to try it again. One night, wanting to cure my boredom with new music, I scrolled through my friend requests to see what I could find. At random, I clicked on Action Item and was just happy that their lyrics weren't telling me to get crunk. Little did I know that a couple of months later they would be releasing one of my favorite EPs thus far in 2008.

Produced by Powerspace's Tom Schleiter, Action Item has crafted an EP of five songs that's sure to stick with listeners for a while. Although pop-rock tends to be a genre that some claim is overdone and over-saturated, The World and I offers a refreshing addition to the mix. Opener "Dress for the Weather" is catchy in all the right ways with its addictive chorus that doesn't need to repeat a line over and over again to get stamped into someones head. The next track "Second Chance" is the most aggressive on the EP yet it doesn't disrupt its flow. Guest vocals from Alec Cyganowski (Powerspace) are featured on "The People Who Matter Most," which is arguably the most radio-friendly and accesible track on The World and I. "I Woke Up in Tallahassee" and "Loved and Looked After" are the final two songs on the release and while not showcasing anything not found in the first three tracks, they maintain a good job of keeping my attention by staying with the formula that caught my attention in the first place.

Overall, The World and I is a highly enjoyable EP that I'll be spinning until their full-length. It has all the qualities that it takes to get Action Item noticed just like any other unsigned band with a praised EP in its genre, but unlike some of them, it isn't just a flash in the pan. There's no gimmicks, no dance parties, just music.

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Additional InformationTrack Listing
01) Dress for the Weater
02) Second Chance
03) The People Who Matter Most
04) I Woke Up in Tallahassee
05) Loved and Looked After
Produced by: Tom Schleiter

Action Item is:
Brian Cag - Vocals/guitar
Anthony Li - Guitar/vocals
Mark Shami - Guitar/piano
Dave Buczkowski - Bass
Dan Brozek - Drums

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08:42 PM on 07/12/08
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liar23
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the RIYL section is making me want to listen to them
09:21 PM on 07/12/08
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I Just talked to these guys today and they're sending me their cd.
09:40 PM on 07/12/08
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So good live. Good review as well. I'd like to get my hands on this EP.
09:59 PM on 07/12/08
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I Just talked to these guys today and they're sending me their cd.
lucky
10:00 AM on 07/13/08
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i reaaaaally like this ep
10:13 AM on 07/13/08
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man this ep is stellar. i am so looking forward to whatever they come up with next. so good. best ep ive heard this year.
10:14 AM on 07/13/08
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It could be a bowling site.
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Like what I have heard on myspace from these guys, meant to listen to the EP for awhile now.
10:23 AM on 07/13/08
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so gooood
10:23 AM on 07/13/08
kristanxmarie
so this is progress...
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good shit. the ep is sick. new versions of old songs tend to not be as good, but they've proven me wrong on that.
10:25 AM on 07/13/08
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Checking them out now. I like what I hear!
10:35 AM on 07/13/08
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the only song i can really get into is dress for the weather
11:19 AM on 07/13/08
jusscali
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The cover art is awesome, the tunes are entirely too bland
11:35 AM on 07/13/08
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One should catch them out at a show soon.
01:08 PM on 07/13/08
JamesLado
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The cover art is awesome, the tunes are entirely too bland

haha just wait.
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