Return of the Rentals

Return of the Rentals

Infobox Album |
Name = Return Of The Rentals
Type = Album
Artist = The Rentals

Released = October 24, 1995
Recorded = Poop Alley Studios
Genre = Alternative rock
Length =
Label = Maverick / Reprise
9 46093-2
Producer = Tom Grimley, Matt Sharp
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
* Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [ link]
Last album =
This album = "Return Of The Rentals"
Next album = "Seven More Minutes"
Name = Return of the Rentals
Type = studio
single 1 = Friends Of P.
single 2 = Waiting

"Return of the Rentals" is the debut album of the rock band The Rentals, and was released on October 24, 1995. The album features Matt Sharp's fellow Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson drumming on all the tracks. Other contributors include Ryan Boesch, Bryan Davis, Tom Grimley, Charles Hamilton, Stephen Marcussen, and Guy Oseary."Return of the Rentals" booklet and liner notes]

Track listing

#"The Love I'm Searching For"
#"Friends of P."
#"Move On"
#"Please Let That Be You"
#"My Summer Girl"
#"Brilliant Boy"
#"These Days"
#"Sweetness and Tenderness"

ong Information

* In 2006, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs covered "The Love I'm Searching For" on an AOL The Interface podcast. [cite web | last =Maher | first =Dave | url = | title = Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover the Rentals on Podcast | publisher = Pitchfork Media| accessdate = 2007-11-11]

* "Friends of P" is said to be referencing Paulina Porizkova, wife of Ric Ocasek who produced the first Weezer album, known as "The Blue Album".Luerssen D., John. "Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story". ECW Press, 2004, ISBN 1-55022-619-3 p. 163] . Another theory suggests that the subject deals with psychics or the Psychic Friends Network.

* "Please Let That Be You" is a reworking of an early, Sharp written, Weezer demo titled "Mrs. Young", which was considered for the B-Side slot on an early single.

* In March 2008, Ash covered "Please Let That Be You" for the album "Friends of P -- Tribute to The Rentals".

Tokyo Police Club did a cover of "Friends of P" that appears on their album Elephant Shell.


"Return of the Rentals" received generally favorable reviews from critics. [Cite web|url=|title=Return of the Rentals|accessdate=2007-11-11|publisher=Tower Records] "Entertainment Weekly" gave the album a "B" and claimed "...its winsome love songs make for good, clean, disposable fun..." [ "Entertainment Weekly" Nov 3, 1995, p.64] "Q magazine" gave the album 3 stars and compare their work to the early work of the Cars, "...The Rentals...root themselves in the sound of late-`70s US new wave...the result is in many senses reminiscent of The Cars' earlier material..." [ "Q" March 1995, p.103] "NME" also praised the album giving it a 7 out of 10. They complimented that "despite its pretensions to [be] meaningless electro-pop, it can't help but have depth..." [ "NME" Jan 20, 1996, p.42] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Schreiber also highly praised the album and enjoyed the band's attempt of bringing back Moog synthesizers. [cite web | last =Schreiber | first =Ryan | url = | title = The Rentals: Return of the Rentals: Pitchfork Record Review | publisher = Pitchfork Media| accessdate = 2007-11-11] Allmusic praised the album as well and said "...this record is a real benchmark of carefree pop from the '90s and shouldn't be forgotten anytime soon." [cite web | last =D'Angelo | first =Peter | url = | title = Return of the Rentals > Overview | publisher = Allmusic| accessdate = 2007-11-11]


*Matt Sharp (vocals, bass, moog, extra guitars)
*Cherielynn Westrich (female lead vocals)
*Patrick Wilson (drums)
*Petra Haden (violin, harmony vocals)
*Rod Cervera (main guitars)
*Tom Grimley (main moog synthesizers)
*Jim Richards (moog on "Please Let That Be You")
*Rachel Haden (vocals on "Move On")


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