The Tyranny of Distance (album)

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The Tyranny of Distance
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance cover.jpg
Studio album by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Released June 19, 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 48:51
Label Lookout!
Producer Brendan Canty
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists chronology
tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists
(1999)tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists1999
The Tyranny of Distance
Hearts of Oak
(2003)Hearts of Oak2003

The Tyranny of Distance is the second album by American rock band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, released in 2001 by Lookout! Records. It was the group's first album as a full band, as their previous album tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists had been a solo effort by singer/guitarist Ted Leo. The album's title comes from a lyric in the Split Enz song "Six Months in a Leaky Boat", which the band later covered twice: first as a Leo solo on the EP Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead in 2003, and again as a full band on 2005's Sharkbite Sessions.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.5/10[2]

Online music magazine Pitchfork placed The Tyranny of Distance at number 120 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Biomusicology" – 4:18
  2. "Parallel or Together?" – 4:56
  3. "Under the Hedge" – 3:20
  4. "Dial Up" – 4:04
  5. "Timorous Me" – 4:34
  6. "Stove by a Whale" – 7:59
  7. "The Great Communicator" – 3:16
  8. "Squeaky Fingers" – 3:37
  9. "M¥ Vien iLin" – 2:43
  10. "The Gold Finch and the Red Oak Tree" – 1:54
  11. "St. John the Divine" – 6:39
  12. "You Could Die (Or This Might End)" – 1:30


  1. ^ Cavalieri, Nate. "The Tyranny of Distance – Ted Leo". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rockermann, Kristin Sage; Chanko, Chip (May 31, 2001). "Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Tyranny of Distance". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.