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      20.03.2008 16:44
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      An good sequel to "Everything Goes Numb" and definitely an album worth buying

      "Somewhere In The Between" is the third studio album by the ska-punk and third wave ska band Streetlight Manifesto. Although many fans consider it to be their second album of original material as "Keasbey Nights" released in 2006, was just a re-recording of Catch 22's album of the same name.

      "Somewhere In The Between" then, released in 2007, is long awaited second album of original material since 2003's "Everything Goes Numb". Tomas Kalnoky an co. return with raspy vocals, fast paced songs, catchy horn lines and clever songs.

      Whilst the bands ethic to writing well put together, inventive songs hasn't changed, a number of things have. Kalnoky's vocals have improved; notable on "Down, Down, Dow To Mephisto's Cafe". Numerous line-up changes and robberies (yes, robberies) have lead to a different sounding horn section. Nonetheless the horn lines are still as catchy and complex as on "Everything...". Similarly the talent is evident with fast guitar, complex bass lines and drums, and horns that play various melodies that require precise timing.

      Kalnoky's signature anthemic lyrics are also present in abundance. As with "Everything..." Streetlight produce an album of top notch songs that could equally be released as singles; an example of Kalnoky's perfectionist approach to song-writing ("We Will Fall Together" was written over a period of about 10 years). However stand out tracks include opener "We Will Fall Together", anthemic "Down, Down, Down To Mephisto's Cafe", "Watch It Crash" and "Forty Days".

      Perhaps not as energetic as their debut, but still an album worth buying. You won't regret it!

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    • The Clash - The Clash / Music Album / 24 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      19.03.2008 19:34
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      An album that continues to influence and inspire artists to this day

      When Joe Strummer first saw the Sex Pistols at the 101 club, little did he know that he would later form one of the most influential punk rock bands ever! Strummer recruited Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Terry Chimes and formed The Clash, releasing their debut self-titled album in 1977.

      The Clash were know for creating a more diverse sound of punk rock and this album sets the tone for future releases. More varied and musically ambitious, this album delves into multiple genres of music. "Police And Thieves", a cover of Bob Marley's infamous song shows The Clash's influences and is an early sign of an even more diverse side they would explore later on in Sandinista!. "I'm So Bored With The USA", with it's introduction borrowed from the Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant", and "Remote Control" are both classic straight-to-the-point punk rock songs and are typically 'Clash'. "Career Opportunities" details the woking class struggle at this time, and "White Riot", the album's masterpiece is a punk rock classic, fast and no messing about!

      Two versions of the album were released. The UK version and the later released US version, including more songs that would later become fan favorites. "Complete Control", a personal favorite, just shows how talented the Clash were with their song writing. "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais", another Clash favorite, and their infamous cover of the Sonny Curtis classic "I Fought The Law".

      This is a classic punk rock album that still influences many bands to this day as well a staple album in punk rock history. Buy this album!!!

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        18.03.2008 19:58
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        First alum by the ska-punk/third wave ska band Streetlight Manifesto and a must have!

        "Everything Goes Numb" is the first full length album by the band Streetlight Manifesto and blends elements of ska-punk with third wave ska. The album progresses from Catch 22's "Keasbey Nights", written by Tomas Kalnoky before he left the band. Here, Kalnoky returns with Streetlight Manifesto for the album "Everything Goes Numb", which he provides vocals and guitar for, as well as being the sole songwriter and producer.

        It's no surprise then, at just how talented Kalnoky is, as well as many other members. This is due to their role in former third wave of ska bands, primarily Catch 22. The talent is evident throughout the album, as Kalnoky delivers the vocals at a rapid rate, reminiscent of various hardcore punk bands. The guitar is fast and clean and the horns accurate and ambitious, delivering catchy melodies that counter each other and intertwine, and example of just how hard these songs must be to perfect.

        More importantly, there is not one poor song on the album. Any of the album's songs could've been released as a single, an example of Kalnoky's perfectionist attitude. The album's opener "Everything Went Numb" is one of Streetlight's most popular song and sets the tone for the rest of the album; fast and catchy!

        It's hard to pick favorites from this album but songs you must listen to include "Everything Went Numb", "Point/Counterpoint", "Failing, Flailing" and "Here's To Life".

        This is an album by a very talented band and is a must for any fan of punk and/or ska. Go and buy this album, you won't regret it! Skank on!

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        • Let's Go - Rancid / Music Album / 24 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          02.03.2008 19:03
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          A good album in all that sees Rancid maturing with guitarist number two

          "Let's Go", released in 1994 is Rancid's second studio album. This is also the first Rancid album to feature guitarist Lars Frederiksen.

          This album is probably one for the fans but nonetheless a solid album including a few fan favorites such as "Nihilism" a catchy, powerful song that has Time Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen blaring the vocals; "Radio", the closest song you will get to a punk rock ballad, and the title track "Let's Go". However its the song "Salvation", that is considered one of Rancid's breakthrough songs, that make this album worth buying.

          This record is full of energy and the distorted guitars and fast, reckless drums are relentless throughout. Matt Freeman also provides the inventive, catchy bass lines which he is known for. All of which make this a great punk record. The fact that many songs have catchy vocals and melodies also helps make the album accessible.

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            28.02.2008 18:27

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            A must have album for any fan of ska and punk alike

            "Why Do They Rock So Hard?" is the third full-length release by the ska-punk band Reel Big Fish, released in 1998.

            This, one of their finest records, opens with "Somebody Hates Me" which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Fast distorted guitars, clean, up-beat guitars, catchy horn lines and catchy lyrics.

            The album also includes notable favorites "The Set Up (You Need This)", "I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend" and "Take On Me" a great rendition of the infamous Ah-Ha song. The brilliant horn lines and ska feel to the song make it one of the best on the album.

            There is also a cover of The Specials classic "Monkey Man", giving a nod to RBF's 2-Tone influence. Overall the album is a collection of catchy, well polished songs which maintains RBF's style of dark themed songs with an up-beat sound.

            A must-have record for any fan of ska or punk or just an excuse to skank to a great band!

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            28.02.2008 15:56
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            An album for the fans but includes notable favorites.

            "Everything Sucks", released in 1995 by the third wave ska and ska-punk band Reel Big Fish is their first studio album.

            This is a very strong debut record and was an important album in the "ska-punk" movement. With the success of many tracks on the record, many songs would appear on future records.

            This, a self-released LP and recorded whilst some of the bands members were still in high-school, is still a strong album including favourites such as "I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend", "Trendy" and the long time favorite "Beer", all of which are common staples in live sets to this day.

            The album has a very catchy sound, provided by the "poppy" horns and up-beat guitar, provided by Aaron Barrett who also showcases his talents with the odd solo. Matt Wong provides the catchy bass lines that help drive the songs, and the fast horns give the up-beat, ska feel to the music.

            In conclusion, this is a record for the fans but nonetheless a great CD although most people will buy the more polished records that follow and include many of this album's songs.

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              28.02.2008 15:35
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              A brilliant album from the brilliant Rancid which incorporates elements of both punk rock and ska.

              "...And Out Come The Wolves" is Rancid's 3rd studio album, released in 1995 and probably their finest. Released soon after Green Day's "Dookie" and The Offspring's "Smash", "...And Out Come The Wolves" was an important album in the 90's punk revival.

              The sound of this record is heavily influenced by ska (evident by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman's past in Operation Ivy) and sees Rancid making their own, distinct sound.

              This record has numerous tracks that stand out and could almost be a "greatest hits" record. Tracks such as "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb" are notable punk rock anthems with the latter being a tribute to the 2-Tone movement and a skanking favorite!

              Other notable tracks include "Maxwell Murder", which showcases Matt Freeman's talents on bass guitar; the catchy "Journey To The End Of The East Bay"; the ska influenced "Daly City Train" and a personal favorite "Old Friend".

              Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen provide the catchy guitar melodies, vocals and lyrics that are easy to relate to, making the album very accessible.

              All in all this is a must-have album for any fan of punk rock and indeed ska-punk. BUY!!!

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