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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: American Hi-Fi / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2001-09-03 at Mercury Records Ltd (London)

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      16.03.2009 02:13
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      American Hi-Fi is an American alternative rock based in Los Angeles, California, orignally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. The Band is best known for their 2001 hit single, "Flavor of the Weak".
      -Yes, i took that from Wikipedia, but atleast i'm honest :) No, really, that's the best way to introduce the bad....they stole it from me really.......*Smiles inconvincingly*

      Sadly, the band only released one damn good album, and that was this, their self titled debut.

      American Hi-Fi are you're typical pop rock band, but they excell with thrashing cheeky little tunes which somewhat remind you of a Blink/Greenday blend. They are simply a catchy emo band who refuse to admit or be ashamed of the fact that they are a cliche of others, and that is why i love them!

      I would say that overall, this is a highly recommendable album, one of the few in my collection which doesn't have a single sucky song on it. The best here being.......

      2. Flavour Of The Week. This is their mosty famous track, a song about a guy who hates a guy who has a girl that the guy likes (ergo, i fancie girl, but her bf's a d**k) But all in all, this is good, as he sings what is basically a moderately catchy rant. The tune here is the gem, with random interludes of electric guitar, and a sweet solo at 1:59. This is a throbbing wee beauty, that i would happily go to bed with, or at least buy breakfast for....would i let her stay the next moring? I don't know, cause i've been drinking, and this song is so beautiful that i don't know whether or not i'm talking about it or my lovely girlfriend anymore.....

      5. I'm A Fool.
      Now, this may be a wee bit of a emo popish song, as he sings about a girl he simply fancies, but he sings here quite well with an electro tinge to his voice, and the pulsing guitar in the background is never ending. Once again, AHF relies largely on electric air guitar style here. and pull it off well, against a well paced chirpy chorus, which represents angst at a level that makes me wants to kill myself with a smile on my face! Do i know what i'm talking about? Hell No! I'm lost in the base of this b******g song!

      10. Another Perfect Day.
      This is, all in all, one of the best accoustic songs out there. Now, such a statement may be up for deliberation, but check it out right, youtube it, and see if you disagree!
      APD is a tune about a guy who loves a girl, and is in doubt over his feelings. This is simply beautiful though, as the songs pace is slow and accompanies well to a gradual melodic guitar backbeat. If you want an idea of this track, think of Unintended by Muse or Time of Your Life by Greenday, and you can get an idea of the style, pace, and class of this track. If you haven't heard of Unintended or TOYL, then i'd like you to take a long walk and think about where your life's going....really!

      I hope that you appreciate this somewhat unconventional review, but i simply love this album so much that right now i am listening to it whilst strumming accoustic guitar, and crying in the corner....*sigh*

      Peace out y'all!!!!



      p.s. Buy this!!!!
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        24.03.2003 04:48
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        Flavour of the Weak was my first taste of American Hi Fi. I loved the song with its catchy chorus and hooks. I then heard Another Perfect Day on the radio, and I decided to buy the album. I had to order it in the music shop, but it was worth it. Every song is better than the last. They mix slow melodic rock with sharp pop-punk and a slight grunge side for a winning combo. Stacy Jones has an amazing, unique voice. The lyrics always have meaning, with no "filler" verses. This is one of the best albums I have in my collection of CD's and is definately worth having.

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          28.03.2002 21:46
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          As you have seen from my last opinions on Dooyoo, I'm quite a fan of Emo and Punk but American Hi-Fi are hardly punk but who cares. To be honest, they are about as punk as OPM and Crazy Town. Combined. But there is just something about this band and their punk-rock live shows. By all accounts they Rock. And this album shows plenty of promise. OK, they are major label, which makes them corporate whores, but who gives a flying monkeys? It's the songs that count, right? And ex-Veruca Salt sticksman Stacy Jones has plenty of songs up his sleeves. This CD shows plenty of promise. Think Foo Fighters with a pop twist, and a little punk-rock thrown in for good measure. Oh, and anyone who has seen the cheeky video for single 'Flavour Of The Weak' will know that this band have a penchant for 80's hair metal... ho hum... Anyway, the tunes. Opener 'Surround' is solid, yet unspectacular, before the classic 'Flavour Of The Weak' kicks in. OK, its a pop song. But I'm a killer for a good pop song, and this is as melodic and catchy as they come. Plus, it's got one of the best guitar riffs I've heard in absolutely ages. And it pays homage to old-skool metal, whilst not becoming a parody of itself. I don't care what anyone says, this is one of the songs of the year so far. 'A Bigger Mood' could never compare to its predecessor, but it starts with a pretty stomping riff. It actually sounds a little 3 Colours Red-ish. Which is no bad thing at all. And another catchy chorus. 'Safer On The Outside' seems a bit familiar. Whispery opening vocals and folky strummed guitars soon give in to yet another catchy chorus. It will definetly be tugging on the heartstrings before too long. 'I'm A Fool' is yet another singalong anthem, complete with 'doo-doo's' in the chorus. Simple, yet damn effective. Ok, if you like Ignite then you will hate this, but it's so inoffe
          nsive and charming that it is hard to dislike. Songs that are perfect to drive to, or relax to after a hard day at the office. 'Hi-Fi Killer' sounds a bit Nirvana-ish actually. Just reminds me of 'On A Plain.' Then the chorus is very much like a rocking Feeder. With a hint of the Smashing Pumpkins. But don't let that little lot put you off. 'Blue Day' is the first real letdown. It just never gets going, and is, well, boring. But six songs out of seven ain't bad. 'My Only Enemy' is cool. Singer/guitarist Stacy Jones sounds pissed off, and it suits him. Its slow, brooding and kicks ass. Again, it's not groundbreaking, but who cares. This is escapism people. 'Don't Wait For The Sun' is bound to be a single. It was almost certainly written with radio in mind. Haunting vocals and lightly caressed guitar strumming. Not brilliant, but it is listenable. 'Another Perfect Day' is the second single and rightly so. A forgetable start, but the chorus is catchy as hell [I see a pattern developing here folks] and it just has that certain something which gets your foot tapping, and fingers clicking without you even noticing. 'Scar' kicks off with a huge metal sounding riff, before slightly mellowing out. Another catchy chorus, with this huge sound to it. A definite thums up to the production crew with this track. 'What About Today' is poppy. No doubt about that. Alternative rock at its most generic. Probably the only real filler track on the whole CD. Then album closer, 'Wall Of Sound.' Anybody expecting layers of squalid guitar feedback will certainly be very disappointed. Another ballad, which is slow to get moving and pretty boring. Inoffensive, but nothing memorable I'm afraid. Ok, it has all been seen before. American Hi-Fi break no boundaries whatsoever, and most of these songs are safe chart-huggers that will burrow into your brain and
          have you singing along like a madman. But this is still a solid set of poptastic tunes that deserve to be amongst your CD collection. If you fancy a change from the usual pop-punk tomfoolery, and you don't mind the Foo Fighters, then you could do a lot worse than this lot.

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            16.03.2002 04:31
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            How this band is not more popular than it is I will never know. Maybe "Flavour of the Week" put some people off who thought American Hi-Fi were another wannabe punk group. Im not a big fan of that song althought its OK but the rest of the album is so brilliant you dont want it too end. There are some great rock tracks on here including "Scar" and "My Only Enemy" as well as the slower tracks such as "Perfect Day" and "Dont wait for the sun" which contribute to what is in my opinion, a near perfect album. Every track is worthy of praise and I could go on for hours listing every tracks qualities. It is a rarity in todays music climate too find an album so strong from start to finish that it seems better with every listen. Those people who diss American Hi-Fi as another loud teen band with a good looking singer too boost sales could not be more wrong. Believe me after their first single I wasnt expecting too much, after "Perfect Day" I though the album could be OK. Only when I actually purchased it and began spinning the disc did I realise what a great CD this is. I urge anyone reading thinking about buying this CD to go for it and I gurantee you will not be dissapointed in the slightest.

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              14.01.2002 05:54
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              This style of sort of punk/skater-associated style seems to be very popular these days, there are a lot of similar bands coming out and you could say one of the first more commercial bands was Blink 182 (I’m not saying American Hi-Fi are the same as blink 182 in any way, merely using as an example). American Hi-Fi I would say are different they are maybe just in a higher level than others, the music is just that bit better, more meaning to it. In my opinion they are a very good band and this is a brilliant album, great start to I hope a long career in the music world, I feel many would agree with me here. This band is becoming more popular it seems by the second and I think this is how it should be they have a lot of originality in the style they play. I is also becoming more popular with the people that my have previously not liked this style but American Hi-Fi have brought them into this style. The tracks on the album are as follows: - Surround - Flavour Of The Weak - A Bigger Mood - Safer On The Outside - I'm A Fool - Hi-Fi Killer - Blue Day - My Only Enemy - Don't Wait For The Sun - Another Perfect Day - Scar - What About Today - Wall Of Sound The album is available in only the one format currently I believe, please inform me if you know of any other versions.

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                29.12.2001 06:39
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                  21.10.2001 01:59
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                  Upon hearing the single 'Flavor of the Weak', i was immediately impressed with the bands' sound, and buying the self-titled album couldn't have been a better decision...American Hi Fi immediately show what they are capable of, with songs like 'safer on the outside', 'i'm a fool' and 'what about today'. Although i'm not really a punk-rock fan besides new found glory and blink, i found american hi fi to be a worthy addition to my cd collection, with its epic sounding tunes and meaningful lyrics. Songs like 'Hi Fi Killer' show that the band aren't scared to make a harsh sounding punk song, (as most punk songs are mostly about irrelevant, comic, or relationship issues (if you don't mind me saying so). So with its menacing twang, 'American Hi Fi' revolutionarizes my previous conceptions of punk rock, as i'm sure it will for many other new to it. Although there are perhaps too many slower songs, this is probably compensated for by the quality of the others, so don't worry...

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                    14.08.2001 01:54
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                    I only recently heard about American Hi-Fi whilst doing my daily rounds on the music channels on Sky. Kerrang!, this is the music channel on which my ears were blessed, now I know that Kerrang! viewers like their bands such as Slip Knot and such, however this great band aren't the screaming lyrics about drugs, death, kids and so on (although in Flavor of the Week does refer to drugs). I haven't got the album, but I have downloaded most of it from Audio Galaxy, and suffice to say, the songs I have got are top quality. The best song on the album is by far Flavor of the Week, it's on of those feel good anthems that you can?t help but like. I'll be looking for this band achieving greatness in the future, and for the self titled debut album should be attracting them a fair few fans. The heffmester chart for sound gives this album a quality eight " out of ten ", it would probably be higher if I had all the songs off the album, which I will do soon, so I'll come back and update this opinion. Have a nice day!

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                      This is the great debut album from the Boston boys. This is great rock n roll music and great set-up. Although there are definitely some weak songs, there are also some very strong ones. I don't think that this album is quite what American Hi-Fi describe it as themselves, but it is definitely a good buy. It kind of sounds like the Foo Fighters would have done if Dave Grohl hadn't been in Nirvana. It's lacking something, but I'm sure this could be easily cured by experience. Surround- this was a great choice to open up the album. Starts off with feedback and a mellow arpeggio riff, then leads into a cool post-grunge guitar riff. Then sneaks into a feeder-esc verse, which it glides through with ease, mutating into a rather groovy guitar solo before hitting hard with the chorus. "I need a better way/ Need a better way" Well the change over here is quite good enough I feel. The chorus is catchy and proves that this was a good strong choice for the opening track. Six hard drum beats and the main solo section kicks in which lasts more or less for the next 1.45 minutes. With the chorus popping in and out. The song ends with a great solo/band instrumental. This is music with body; it's not just verse-chorus-verse. Flavour of the Weak- One of my favourite songs on the album. It is lyrically great as well as musically. The lyrics aren't deep or meaningful; they are just great rock-pop lyrics. The song tells the story of a girl, whose boyfriend doesn't give a shit about her and would rather get stoned and force her to do his washing. The promo for this video is quite cool and pokes fun at all the classic hair-metal bands. However, although it may not be that apparent on first glance, this band is quite heavily influenced by Metallica, Maiden and Priest etc. This is great guitar music with, although quite basic at times, great guitar solos. They might not be Slash quality but at least they're there. So often these day
                      s bands substitute solos for another burst of the first chorus. However, I think American Hi-Fi have got it right here. Again, there's a catchy chorus and a lively verse, with a suited guitar riff in the background. Bigger mood- this song starts with a lively Foo Fighter style riff and then dies out to leave the drums and bass to pull the song through the verse. The guitars then pick up just before the chorus. However, they don’t actually seem to go anywhere. This song could have done with a much bigger chorus, yet it is still a good track. It follows the same American Hi-Fi pattern with un-complex solo's that seem to really work well. I know that it will sound as if I don't like this song, but I do, I just feel that they're stronger songs on the album. Bigger mood ends as it begun, with in Foo Fighter's with an effigy. Safer on the outside- this song starts with a mechanical beat that is almost techno in style. However, this is just to scare you, as in quickly changes into another melody that will get you thinking whether you have actually put "There's nothing left to loose" on by mistake. This is one of the mellowest songs on a mid-tempo album that is packed full of energy. However, this song has a powerful chorus and its meaning hits you without you even looking for it. Although it becomes a lot more up-tempo during the chorus, the mellow, almost depressing, feeling continues to be heard through. The ending guitar riff gives the song a much-suited blue feel, as well as filling the solo gap. A strong song that, although being a ballad, is well suited to this album in a true Foo Fighter's styley. I'm a fool- Starts with a weak riff and then continues with the poppy opening lyrics and backing vocals. This song is much too pop for me and its stereotypical pop lyrics make it a poor choice for such a strong, up-tempo album. For an album that's best suited to summer playing, maybe this
                      is a good song for the album. But it is rather cheap and cheesy, even the trademark guitar solo doesn't even save this song. Maybe a good choice for a single but not for anyone who enjoys the music that brought about the guitar solo to begin with. This song may grow on you but that is what it is meant to, it's pop. There is an underlying element of pop in most of American Hi-Fi's songs, but usually this is a welcome addition and livens up the song, in this case, there is no rock element to save it. Hi-Fi Killer- Starts strong and reminds the listener why they bought this album. It is a shame it has to follow such an untesting track such as "I'm a fool." "Hi-Fi Killer" is packed with energy, the drumming is loud and forceful, the guitars, sonorous and the bass, well it fits with the guitar and drums, he he (You can tell I’m a guitarist not a bassist.) This is a great song and very lively, this is the sort of music that the 21st Century has been missing. Forget Nu-Metal, stop thinking about what’s trendy and give American Hi-Fi a listen, "You can hum along." However, "Hi-Fi Killer" as the name suggests is ironically about the radio-friendly that you hear on the radio that make you want to scream. Hmmm maybe they should have another listen to "I'm a fool." Still, songs like "I'm a fool" are what American Hi-Fi should be able to perfect by the time their second album comes around and they have matured a little. Blue Day- sounds like something that the Seahorses or the wannadies wrote back in the nineties. Is this a bad thing? I think not. This is good rock n roll with plenty of solos and pumping riffs. The lyrics in this song may be a little aggressive for the actual nature of the song, but it is certainly a cracking tune. It's indie chorus and verse make are fitting for this album, showing the bands variety and depth. Also proving that unlike some bands
                      , not all American Hi-Fi songs are the same. My Own Enemy- A powerful song with strong vocals. Again showing their variety this song shows how strong Stacy Jone's vocals can be. They may not be tuned perfectly in this aggressive nature but they sound vibrant and meaningful, attuning themselves to the instruments for added effect and back up. Stacy seems to sing this song with passion and the guitars reciprocate with high tone and crispful licks. The song starts quietly, yet with the potential power and blare evident behind the vocals. The guitars almost scream out to be strummed with feeling and it is not long until they are and the song is in full swing. Don't wait for the Sun- another ballad and well placed to calm the listener down before the almighty "Scar." The echoed/flanger guitar effects in the background, along with the acoustic strumming seem to have a calming effect all the way to the 2-minute mark where they cut off to leave Stacy to sing sol. For all of 10 seconds before the song flips over and the pure energy that the band quite awesomely possess is unleashed. They may not be punk rock, but they could easily fool one with their energy. The change over is well placed, leaving enough of the ballad for it to draw in the listener. The same riffs continue during the louder, but rock n roll section of the song, yet they are louder and more distorted. Samples of Police calls and News Reports are thrown in to emphasise the lyric "Don't wait for the Sun/ it could turn black any day." The song ends with a desperate plea in the same manner it began. What about today- Starts strong, another good song. Begins with an up-tempo cool guitar riff and then comes back down again for the verse and up to a mid-way point for the chorus. This song keeps going up and down and keeps you interested. Catchy without being cheesy, it's a nice power-pop rock song and all there is to it. Although they haven't been ar
                      ound as long as Feeder, they put Feeder to shame. Their verses are more powerful than Feeders Chorus's, great stuff and consistent more or less throughout the whole album. Wall of Sound- I would describe this song as a funk infused ballad. It sounds like what Incubus would do if they were toned down a bit. The drummer emphasising that this is the climax counts in the song. The main chorus doesn't really kick in until 2minutes into the song. However when it does, you know that this is the last song on the album. It is a great number to end with, as it displays everything that American Hi-Fi are good at without being too ambitious. Every element of American Hi-Fi's persona is included, in part, on this final track. Fading out with nothing other than a guitar solo. When the album is finished you know that you have heard a great debut album by a potentially awesome, lively band. And you know everything’s ok because it will all start again in a few seconds. American Hi-Fi's self-titled album is pumped full of energy and a great buy. If they can put this amount of energy into a record, I can't wait to see them perform it all live.

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                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 Surround
                      2 Flavor Of The Weak
                      3 A Bigger Mood
                      4 Safer On The Outside
                      5 I'm A Fool
                      6 Hi-Fi Killer
                      7 Blue Day
                      8 My Only Enemy
                      9 Don't Wait For The Sun
                      10 Another Perfect Day
                      11 Scar
                      12 What About Today
                      13 Wall Of Sound
                      14 Black Satellite
                      15 Flavor Of The Weak