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Wallpaper Music marks a convergence of Jeffrey Novakâ€™s influences that were latent in Cheap Timeâ€™s first (Cheap Time) and second (Fantastic Explanations (and similar situations)) full-length releases. Cheap Time, in their most recent incarnation, has found where the fork of un-apologetic, snotty punk and glam-punk melodies meet, and leads them toward artistic maturity. This third album, recorded in Novakâ€™s home studio, features an energetic Ryan Sweeney on drums and a return appearance from Stephen Baren on bass. Novak remains Cheap Timeâ€™s only consistent member since he founded the group in 2007.
Released in May 2012, Wallpaper Music is already being heralded as Cheap Timeâ€™s greatest work to date. Novakâ€™s sharp abrasive vocals spit out harsh, biting lyrics hosted by complex compositions; however this is not to say their songs have lost their edge: fuzz and lo-fi recording keeps the trio sounding familiar, yet more polished.The ten tracks embellished with screeching guitars and experimental interludes allude to some sort of trajectory for CheapTimeâ€”perhaps Novak has found a band that fits, and that
will stick. -AliLopez