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All Killer, No Filler - Sum 41
All Killer, No Filler - Sum 41
Date: 30/06/02, updated on 24/02/03 (481 review reads)
Advantages: It ends!
Disadvantages: It exists!
There are three things I htae about music today: -
1. All nu-metal acts.
3. New Found Glory ("lovingly" known as NFG).
Today however I am here to talk to you all about Sum-41. But before I do I need to talk about Blink-182 first (don't worry it'll make sense later). Today I was pondering near my computer and my dog- what opinion should I write for dooyoo today? Hmmm... I've slagged off Slipknot, praised Green Day, Weezer and especially Blink-182 to excessive amounts and I've labelled Papa Roach's lovehatetragedy as a garage band. Well, then I remembered- Alan you're praising too many people, it's about time you really slagged off a band, a band you really hate with all your god given heart. The first band that came into my head was Sum-41 and the opinions I've read on their breakthrough All Killer No Filler albums really disappointed and shocked me while just increasing my hate for Sum-41.
"The Canadian version of Blink-182".
"Fun as Hell".
"The Soundtrack of the Summer"
"My Favourite Band In The World".
Just some quotes from other people's opinions on this album. Well, reader- ignore everyone else's opinion because they don't know what they're talking about. I'm going to go through every single detail of why I hate Sum-41 and this album.
I got this album last September, imported before its original UK release. I still have it but the dust is collecting over it to such an extent that their are spider's cobwebs near it now! I bought it because I heard sparkling rumours that this album was as good as (in pop/punk terms) if not better than Blink-182's Enema of the State. Now, I'm a big Blink-182 fan and although I regard Enema as being Blink's worst album, it's a pop/punk masterpiece (aft
erall it's their only pop/punk album- I felt TOYPAG was more punk).
I bought the CD, came home, went to my room, put it in the CD player and pressed play: -
INTRODUCTION TO DESTRUCTION is the first track on this miserable collection of songs. And the title's right- it's an introduction..... to the destruction...... of Sum-41! It serves as an intro as a "spooky" voice (sounding like Mr. Blobby p.s. the spooky is quoted from a dooyoo opinion praising this record) tells you to prepare...... for one minute. Too long if you ask me then suddenly swooping guitars come in and track two, NOTHING ON MY BACK, begins with a nice, if uninventive, punk/pop by numbers riff. Nothing special, I thought of the tune which is replayed again and again and again until it becomes annoying. However, I found this song ok- the lyrics about pressure are average, the chorus is crude and it's just basically punk/pop by numbers. I couldn't see why this band were considered so special.
Next track, NEVER WAKE UP, is the best track on the album. Fast, funky and lyrics somewhat swallowed instead of sung swoop down into a crashing organ laden chorus of "Never Wake Up". At around forty seconds this is a winner- fast and fresh.
FAT LIP- crude vocals, cringe worthy "rapping", unimaginative old-school chorus and a tne unashamedly borrowed from NOFX'S classic "Don't Call Me White". NOFX please sew Sum-41 for breach of contract- they deserve it.
Look I can't be fagged to go into details about every track on this album so I'll give you the run down- Sum 41 are terrible, this album shares that adjective (times a million). Riffs are recycled in this album so many times that tracks such as crazy amanda bunkface and all she's got sound identical. Bizzy D's vocals sound like a nasaly attempt to rip off Tom Delong from Blink-182. Oh, and the band can't play their instruments- just h
ear some of their "live tracks"! I mean, my theory is that Sum-41 are the first rock adn roll boyband. They sing, they dance, they write polite songs with the minimum in expletives, they don't cause riots and they probably don't play their instruments (that's why there are so many credits to this album- for the people who actually play Sum-41's instruments).
Songs such as Heart Attack show raw emotion waves in the chorus but really get tired and boring after a while. The guitar solos are crude and unlike Weezer's I don't know what's going to happen next improvisational style to guitar solos, everything here feels pre made- like one of Britney Spears spot on perfect pop songs. There is no feeling, no charisma, no laughs and no fun to be had on this album.
I think the biggest indication to how bad this album is is Motivation. Download this track now and you'll be classed into one of two people: -
1. The teenybopper Britney Spears fans trying to look cool by listening to a "proper rock band" like Sum-41 (most S-41 fans are of this description!).
2. The proper fan who knows good bands like Blink-182 and Weezer and Green Day kick the crap out of these "proper" bands like Sum-41. Yours truly!
People like me will listen to the single Motivation with disgust- a "fast" (as in Whitney Houston's "I love you" fast!) drumbeat, a monotonous bass playing c, and then crunchy guitars swooping in playing c throughout the whole bridge and then the same thing during the chorus and then another carefully constructed crude guiatr solo. It's crap.
To sum up this opinion I feel I should let Sum-41's Bizzy D do the talking: -
"Songs like FAT LIP are so hard to play in public, it took us ages to master how to play that song".
(FAT LIP- three chord pop by numbers song, very simple to play).