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Does This Look Infected? was the third studio album from Sum 41. It was released in 2002.
The cover art for this is an image of the drummer dressed as a zombie on a green background. It looks somewhat odd and like it could have been done better but then they always say never trust a book by it's cover!
The tracklisting for this album is as follows:
1."The Hell Song"
2."Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"
7."All Messed Up"
9."Thanks for Nothing"
The following songs were released from this album:
Released: December 2, 2002
"The Hell Song"
Released: February 10, 2003
"Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"
Released: June 23, 2003
In my opinion, there are two tracks on this album that stand out as being particularly amazingly good. These would be "Over My Head" and "Still Waiting" which in my opinion are by far the best songs on this album, although I do like all the songs on this album.
"Over My Head" starts with a strong guitar riff that pretty much immediately tells you this song is going to be great. When the drums kick in, the song seems to have gathered an energy from somewhere and you get an overwhelming urge to jump around and head bang and such. I tend to resist this urge given that I tend to listen to it at college to convince myself to get on with my work at a bit of a faster pace but all the same, it's an awesome song and I think this is the best song they have ever done. While I normally dislike repetitiveness in songs, this one is repetitive in a good way. It seems to just add to the energy of the song. When it comes to an abrupt stop at the end, I think this is a good ending because it sort of stops the energy and makes you come back to reality somewhat. It's an amazing song!
"Still Waiting" is another really good song that seems to have a sudden energy about it. In terms of getting motivated, this one and "Over My Head" certainly are the most likely to motivate you, at least in my opinion. I think that the way this song has both fast music and fast vocals is what makes this one seem so energetic. I think the lyrics are really good as well because they make the whole song even better than it already is. They fit very well with the music. I think that again, the repetitiveness of this song is good because the music changes slightly so it doesn't seem so much like it's repeated.
Overall though, I think that this album is a good one, one of the best by Sum 41, and I think that I would listen to this album even more than some of their newer albums, in fact.
Does this look infected is the second studio album from sum 41. It was released in 2002, and although I probably still didn't really listen or really know of the band back then, since being a fan of the band, this is an album I have really gotten into, it has some great songs on and has a great overall sound to it.
Hell song couldn't really get the album off to a much better start, it's a really catchy song. Its got a great palm muted verse to start with, which is combined with some great singing however I just really love the whole build up to the very strong and explosive chorus which is so good and sung so well as well.
Still waiting is another really great and really powerful song from the album as well, its got really good rocky sound to the whole song, it starts off fairly mellow however then a bit of shouting come in for the first verse, not that its exactly screaming, but then the whole song calms down a bit and gets going and sounds great.
Over my head, better off dead is another one I always like listening to, its start is a bit bad religion sounding however couldn't sound more different when it gets going. it's a fairly low key and sad song, however the lyrics arent exactly cheerful, but it's a quite relaxing song whilst still being fast paced and having a rock sound to it as well.
This is a really great album from sum 41, if you're a fan of some of their songs but haven't checked this one out, then give it a go.
1. Hell Song
2. Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
3. My Direction
4. Still Waiting
6. No Brains
7. All Messed Up
8. Mr. Amsterdam
9. Thanks For Nothing
11. Billy Spleen
Does this look infected? by Sum 41 really is an exceptional album and really does show Sum 41 at their best. The albium was originally released in 2002 and is a mixture of the punk and indie rock genre. The album is the only one with a parenttal advisory sticker by Sum 41. Despite this it really is a fantastic album and I would really recommend it especially if your a Sum 41 fan or just want to hear them.
The album features 12 track but is relatively short with just over 31 minutes of total play time. The album features the hit "The hell song" which is one of my favourite songs and has the most amazing guitar riff and introduction. The music video is also amazing and the chours is so great to listen to with thick chords. The album also has "Over my head (better off dead" which again has an umbelivable guitar riff in the introduction which really does make you want to listen to it even more! "Some say" contains some excellent chord progression and is another great hit by Sum 41.
Overall I really think that this is an excellent album and well worth getting. You can buy it from Amazon for £7.50 which is a good deal despite the overall short play time. The audio quality is very good and the album is well produced throughout. I also like how you can hear Sum 41 in their earlier days and compare it with their newer tracks to see the development. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
Sum 41 have been active as a band since 1996. In their twelve years together they have recorded and released five studio albums of which 'Does This Look Infected?' was their third. The album was released in 2002 and was the next logical step in the continuation of their progression as a band into a more competent and well rounded unit. Never have Sum 41 disappointed with their albums, always they impress and 'Does This Look Infected?' is certainly no exception from the Canadians.
The album begins on a high with 'The Hell Song' and from here on in Sum 41 have your full undivided attention as they charge their way through the 'Does This Look Infected?' album. They rattle their way through this album with great fury, never is there a dull moment here and always the band impress with their awesome sound which leaps between Pop Punk and straight up Punk Rock. Definitely in this album the band are showcasing a heavier side of themselves, their previous album 'All Killer No Filler' had been quite pop heavy and yet with this release the band portray a much greater strength in an album that is never short of excitement.
'Still Waiting' was the lead single for this album and is perhaps the best known track from this release. In the video to this track the band smash up their instruments in order to show how truly 'punk rock' they really are, it was a good bit of tongue in cheek fun and the track itself is absolutely brilliant. It is a hard hitting track, and right from the opening guitar riff the band possess great power as they fire their way through this track without once seeming to stop to take breath. 'Still Waiting' is without doubt one of my favourite Sum 41 songs of all the albums that they have released to date, it's absolutely excellent and few times in this bands career have they produced such finely crafted music.
'Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condrioid' has to be another of my favourites from this album, it has the longest title on here and is blessed with an absolutely brilliant chorus. It is a fine track from Sum 41 and is yet another that is amongst the best that they have ever recorded. I don't know quite what it is about this one that caught my imagination in quite such a drastic sense, but every time I hear the track it impresses me hugely. The chorus comes belting out and the guitar riff that drives through the centre of the track is absolutely phenomenal. 'Hooch' is another similarly powerful track from this release and is one that I truly can't recommend enough. The chorus is just as excellent in 'Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condrioid', in both the choruses come firing out with a great intensity of power. There is an amazing guitar solo contained within 'Hooch' that begs to be heard, the song breaks down at this point and turns from a powerful and hard hitting track into a soft and gentle yet equally entertaining piece of music. It's beautiful the way in which this track progresses and as it draws to a close it continues to wind down and slows gradually to its halt.
'All Killer No Filler' had a token heavy metal track in the form of 'Pain for Pleasure', and with 'Does This Look Infected?' the band couldn't help but once more include a heavy metal skit this time coming in the form of penultimate track 'Reign In Pain'. Personally I'm a huge fan of this track and although I realise it's only included as a novelty I appreciate it's inclusion here. Without this track the album just wouldn't quite feel complete and it would always feel as though something was sadly missing.
'Does This Look Infected' is an excellent album from Sum 41, never have they ever disappointed so far in their career and always when they emerge with a new release they seem to impress greatly. What I love most about Sum 41 is that their sound never remains static, always they seek to improve upon what they put down with their previous record and each and every time they come forth with something new and interesting. Their music is unpredictable and it is this that makes Sum 41 such a fantastically exciting band. Always they are energetic and at no stage do you ever feel that Sum 41 are not putting their all into the tracks. In each Sum 41 track the band are driving forward with every element of their sound, they are a band that never fail to impress and entertain with their excellent music. I've always been a huge fan of Sum 41, right from the first time I ever heard their first hit 'Fat Lip' I was hooked and never once have I looked back since.
Before I start talking about this product, I must ask one question. Why do so many people hate this band? Is it because they're not punk enough? Is it because they're ugly? Maybe they are...But what a true "punk" as we call it (Because mostly punky people listen to this band), wouldn't pay attention to any of that. First of all, they're not even "punk" and they never claimed to be. They specifically said that they are "punk influenced" and that they are rock. Enough said. So, back to the CD. This album, "Does This Look Infected?", might be the best album by Sum 41. The songs are more heavier than the other 2 albums, and they mean much more. If you listen carefully, the lyrics have a meaning. A very important one. The cover might be nasty and gross to you, but that is no excuse to not buy this album. Does this review sound like it was written by a 35 year old man? Well if you think that, then your wrong. It was written by a 13 year old girl that absolutely loves Sum 41 for their kick ass songs and performance. Hah, what an idiot I am for writing this. Anyways, i cannot convince you anymore into buying this album. If you think it's worth buying, then get off your lazy ass and go get it!!
Sum 41 last year were in with the punk-pop mix of bands out at the time with others such as New Found Glory, Blink 182 and Fenix TX. And basically with songs such as 'Fat Lip' and 'In Too Deep', they were a pop-punk band. Until now... Sum 41 have pulled up their sleeves and made one of the most catchiest and infectious punk-rock albums of the year. It starts off with the sad 'The Hell Song', due to be their next single, that is a great starter for the album, leading you straight into the catchy chorus and infectious riffs of the album. Another very good song in 'Over My Head (Better Off Dead)' with an unknown new "heavy" sound to the band, and again with a very catchy chorus included("now i'm in over my head, with something i said, completely misread, i'm better off dead, but now i can't see, i think you can't be, this hypocrisy is beginning to get to me"). 'Still Waiting', there first single from the album, is another fine song, with another catchy melody. The song refers to the ongoing problems in the world with the line "so am i still waiting for this world, to stop hating?", showing how the band can move on from the past songs about girls and skateboarding, to songs about world affairs and songs about losing a friend in the album opener 'The Hell Song'. Like the song on 'All Killer, No Filler' called 'Never Wake Up' which is a fun 30-second song, the new album follows in the same fashion with 'A.N.I.C.' which is a fun, foul mouth, shout-out song aimed at someone they call an a**h***. 'No Brains' despite the weird title, is a strong song about giving up on a relationship with a good chorus in: "Goodbye, I've had enough frustration, I won't get stuck, This dead end situation, It's just not worth my time, But waiting so frustrating". 'Thanks For Nothing' is my fa
vourite song on the album, with its crunching sound, great sound and again another amazingly catchy chorus. Its also another dark song, with sad lyrics, which near the end of the song Deryck Whibley (frontman) just simply sings "Thanks For Nothing..." and really reflects the mood of the song. The pecuilar named 'Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid' is suprisingly very good, despite its title. Its very catchy with its "and it goes on and on..." chorus, that breaks into another chorus during the song where Whibley sings "I'm wearing thin, I just guess these walls they keep caving in, I've gone too far, Where's my mind?, Why can't I stop fear this paranoia?". Other songs I haven't mentioned are still very good, but i just wanted to highlight the best ones in my review, so don't get worried and think the other one's are rusbbish or something, becasue they're all very good. The bonus DVD contains various home video's made by the band, that are actually very funny, where they drive around a city and soak people they drive past with water guns, before running into a pizza parlore and nicking a pizza. On another of the home video things, we see Stevo 32 (the drummer-yes weird nick name i know) get arrested for changing the letters around on an MTV sign saying what bands are playing, which he changes from "MTV Campus Invasion - featuring 'Saliva', 'American Hi-Fi' and 'Sum 41'" to "MTV Anus Invasion - featuring 'Saliva', 'E Ca Hi' and 'Sum Fartie 1'. So overall, if you like any type of rock music, especially punk-rock/pop-punk you'll love this, it really is a class ahead of most of the bands in their genre at the moment.
Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected? Watching Sum 41 grow up was always going to be a strange experience - like realizing that your younger brother no longer swaps football cards in the playground and is more likely to planning where to smoke their next spliff or which field they'll be throwing up 20/20 that friday night. With Sum 41 it was always different because they were actually the Peter Pan of Rock Music until Bowling For Soup came along and actually showed them up for the ever youthful uncles they actually are. At this moment is was the signal for them to grow up just a touch progress from the primary school of no knocks to the High School of slightly harder knocks which will undoubtedly see them go through to the University of Life before disappearing quick smart. "Does This Look Infected?" is halfway between a concept album and a musical spoof which Weird Al Yankovic would be proud of. If this is serious then Sum 41 need help, but as I suspect this is "Not Just Another Rock Album" style spoof where all the clichés are rolled out from the mock horror titles such as "The Hell Song" and "Billy Spleen" through to the faux self loathing lyrics straight out of the Robbie Williams / Nu Metal school of lyric writing and then onto the lowest common denominator riff which pilfer from everyone from AC/DC through to Blink 182. This is an album which sees "the Sums" on a teenage irony trip. The very fact that this is one big joke makes the lyrics of "Cause i'm all messed up. Making perfect nonsense. Drowning in my doubt" on the suitably titled "All Messed Up" and "All I know is i've heard this all before. Reality's a bore" on "Thanks For Nothing" even more enjoyable and you just can't help laughing along in the same way you would do Kevin and Perry or any other dumb ass program. The big question is are Sum 41 really just playing the dumb ca
rd, so that when they release their triple album political opus and announce in fact that they all have degrees in politics it's makes us sit back and question everything all the more. Well, maybe that's wishing for a little too much, but you can bet your bottom dollar these guys know exactly what they're doing with each and every carefully calculated manoeuvre. Alex McCann
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Hell Song
2 Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
3 My Direction
4 Still Waiting
6 No Brains
7 All Messed Up
8 Mr. Amsterdam
9 Thanks For Nothing
11 Billy Spleen
13 Reign In Pain (Heavy Metal Jamboree)
14 WWVII Part II