Half hour of power was the first album, or EP released by sum 41 in 2000. The album has a really raw style to it, id describe it as similar to a lot of blink 182's work, it's a much fresher and sounds a bit rougher than a lot of their work after this as they simply got better, and better recording equipment however I do really like this kind of more rough around the edges sound to the band and its good to hear them as they were when they first started.
Machine gun is a really catchy, with perhaps a bit of an annoying chorus however it has good instruments all the way through and always gets me going.
My favourite song off the album though has got to be makes no difference, its track 5 off the album and it starts off with a great guitar part with the drums before the singing comes in and when it does it just takes the song to another different level. The song just has great lyrics and there sung great too, but more than anything just a great tune, its so catchy and I still love listening to this one, even though they have since re recorded this with better quality audio.
Summer is also a song I really like, its got a pretty good opening with drum clashes to build it up, but its got quite a nice relaxed sound to it guitar wise and the singing doesn't come on too strong either, its quite a relaxing song all the way through without being boring.
Altogether, I loved this album from sum 41, its got a great style to it, in their earlier years they still did some fantastic songs, and I didn't really discover this album till after I had listened to their older material but I do really like it, so if you like them but haven't checked this one out yet, then please do.
1. Grab the Devil by the Horns
2. Machine Gun
3. What I Believe
5. Makes No Difference
7. 32 Ways to Die
8. Second Chance For Max Headroom
9. Dave's Possessed Hair / It's What We're All About
10. Ride the Chariot to the Devil
11. Another Time Around
Half Hour Of Power is another excellent album by Sum 41 and it can be bought now for just £5 from Amazon which is a very good deal considering its quality. The genre for the album is mainly Indie Rock and Punk Rock and is very similar to the other Sum 41 albums in that the style of music is almost exactly the same, which is what I liked about it. The album was originally released in 2001 and really is excellent. I would though rally recommend this album to any Sum 41 fans because it is just as good as the others!
The album features 13 very good tracks and it has a total play time of just over 30 minutes which is relatively short again. This album contains two main excellent hits and one of them is "Makes no difference". This really is a fantatsic song with great guitar riffs throughout, superb lyrics and a very upbeat chorus that will get you dancing. There is also the song "Dave possessed hair" which has some excellent lyrics and has very good powerful chord progressions thoughout. It must ne noted that track 12 and 13 are video tracks and are not actually extra songs but it is still nice to have, that is why there is a short playing time because there is only really 11 tracks.
I really think that the album is all together very well produced and I found it very enjoyable to listen to. The songs such as "Summer" really are very catchy and make this album well worth getting especially for £5. Just listen to the chorus of Summer and you will be hooked, that's how good it is! This is yet again another superb album by Sum 41 that is well worth getting. I hope this was useful to you and thank you very much for reading this.
It would seem that the Canadian punk-pop scene is in terminal decline with the emergence of the incredibly sexy Avril Lasagne and the Blink182-isation of Sum 41. Teenie Boppers no longer listen to prissy boy bands but crave today’s so called punk-pop, culminating in hopelessly under talented public schoolboys forming bands like Busted. Whilst I personally still prefer to listen to Wheatus or Busted over Westlife, a lot of todays punk-pop bands are too interested in creating music that’s going to make them a fast buck rather than carry any sort of message or meaning. Sadly Sum 41 have gone this way too, their most recent two albums have been filled with mediocre tunes that vary little from basic drum beats and loud, repetitive choruses. I’ve always been on the pop side of punk and for whatever reason just can’t get into the sex-pistols style hardcore. Half Hour of Power, released in 2001, offers what I believe to be the essence of punk-pop. The songs are fast and furious with a lot of emphasis on faced paced guitar work, the songs are lyrically fairly basic but can at least be heard and understood. Unsurprisingly for a group made up of young men there’s plenty of teen angst to be found. ‘Machine Gun’ for example is one big moan at the alcohol infused lifestyle of teenagers and as far as I can make out ‘Summer’ is about a troubled relationship. The album opens with a solely instrumental track, and there are two more on the album (‘7.32 Ways to Die’ and ‘Ride the Chariot to the Devil’). Ordinarily I like my music with a few lyrics but these are fast paced guitar tracks with smashing drum accompaniment, ‘Ride the Chariot to the Devil’ has more than a tinge of the Offspring about it! These instrumentals merge perfectly with the following tracks and really serve to ‘glue’ the album together as well as providing great air guitar/air drum opportunities. Without providing any single track that is mind blowingly astonishing, tracks like ‘What I Believe,’ ‘Makes No Difference’ and ‘Another Time Around’ reinstate my belief that new generation punk can put forward solid tracks with a bit of meaning. They’re little more than repetitive guitar tunes with some drums but they’re incredibly catchy and memorable. ‘Makes no Difference’ is a particular favourite, and well worth downloading if you don’t want to shell out for the CD, with its life questioning lyrics and guitar solos. Just to round things off a bit of rap is thrown into ‘Dave’s Possessed Hair/It’s What We’re All About’ to prove that guitars and dominant drum beats do have a place in the rap world. I’m told that this wasn’t there first album and that the band had been performing together since 1998 but its pretty obvious this was the first time anyone had thrown some money at them. The instrumental tracks are great but seem like a bit off fun, something I can envisage bands doing to test out their equipment and get them pumped for the business. There are plenty of drum and guitar solos thrown in there to appease everyone. At £6.99 from my local MVC Half Hour To Power doesn’t offer stupendous value, after all it only just breaks the half hour mark but its definitely worth a look if you’re interested in something a little ‘deeper’ than Busted. There is a slight tendency to wander into the school kid rebel style of Blink 182 but far less so than their future albums, it retains some raw power that is always found in early material. Half Hour to Power is my ‘going out album’ in that I can shove it on before I go off on a night out and it really gets the adrenaline pumping. All the tracks flow into each other with no interval between and as I’ve said the air guitar often comes out. -
--- ---- ---- Track List 1. Grab the Devil by the Horns and F**k him up the a** (1.07) 2. Machine Gun (2.29) 3. What I Believe (2.49) 4. T.H.T (0:43) 5. Makes No Difference (3.10) 6. Summer (2.40) 7. 7.32 Ways to Die (1.29) 8. Second Chance for Max Headroom (3.51) 9. Dave’s Possessed Hair/It’s What We’re All About (3.47) 10. Ride the Chariot the Devil (0:54) 11. Another Time Around (3.22)
Pop punk: "because there is no fourth chord". It’s an ethos that’s served their forefathers well and Sum 41’s 2000 debut Half Hour of Power, sticks firmly to this frantic fretboard formula. Their hugely successful All Killer No Filler album was recorded only two months after this--to say that they are cut from the same cloth is an understatement, but not necessarily a bad thing. What they lack in the assured canniness that Blink 182 occasionally produce (dirty jokes aside of course) they make up for with catchy riffs and a fine line in pre-pubescent white-boy rap--so much so that you’d think The Offspring aimed "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" at them. "Makes No Difference" is as close to the brilliance of "Fat Lip" as it gets here, but the breezy "Summer" keeps the adrenaline pumping where the tunes falls short (and a catchy hookline is essential for songs like these to succeed). Their delinquency is reminiscent of Ash’s 1977 (with similar photo album booklets), but where Tim Wheeler wrote "Girl From Mars", "Bizzy" has written "Dave’s Possessed Hair" with the lyrics "You say you’re a pacifist/Instead you wave your fist." Close, but no Harry Winterman cigar. Quintessential casualties of middle-brow, white-collar, suburban society, this is 30 minutes of power but only 15 minutes of tunes. Good enough for what it achieved but it’s hard to see if they have the ability (or desire) to evolve and graduate from this tiresome genre and write classics like Green Day did. Still, they seem to be having the time of their lives while they can and that, apparently, is all that matters
I wrote this op not long after I joined dooyoo, and I was never really happy with it (it was way too short - the op has now more than doubled in size). So I decided to rewrite it, even though the chances are it will always just be a “useful” opinion. Sum 41 are a “college rock” group, in the same vein as Blink 182. They’re composed of four young members, who seem to really enjoy what they do, and a whole lot of obnoxious noise. Don’t let that put you off though, there is “gold in them thar hills”, if you give it a chance. Their first offering was the aptly named “Half Hour of Power”. Aptly named, because that is roughly how long it is, despite there being 11 tracks on the album. The full track listing is as follows: 1. Grab The Devil By The Horns…. (1:06) 2. Machine Gun (2:29) 3. What I Believe (2:49) 4. T.H.T. (0:43) 5. Makes No Difference (3:10) 6. Summer (2:40) 7. 32 Ways To Die (1:30) 8. Second Chance For Max Headroom (3:51) 9. Dave's Possessed Hair / It's What We're All About (3:47) 10. Ride The Chariot To The Devil (0:55) 11. Another Time Around (6:52) Firstly, you’ll have to note that I have not included the full track name for the opening “song”. The reason for this is because it is not suitable language. For that reason, I could not recommend the CD for anyone who is offended by bad language, or who does not wish his or her children to own a CD with such language. (If you really want to know what it is, it’s in the box above this review, with the offending words asterisked out). The stand out tracks on the album are: What I Believe, Makes No Difference and Summer. These songs are fast, furious, quirky and very, very catchy. They’re great “pop punk”, and a lot of fun. It is fair to surmise that the guys do have some songwriting talent, so I would hope th
at as time goes on, they will get stronger and stronger (as the next album certainly was). The shorter tracks (under two minutes) are poor (mostly metal type songs), and definitely fall into the “filler” category. The rest of the tracks are fairly average, and make it fairly obvious that this was their first album. They didn’t seem too sure of where they were headed at the time, and as such the album seems like a mish mash, with no clear direction. This could have something to do with the songwriter’s style (I’m told he only comes up with the lyrics the day before they record – no idea how true that is, but it would certainly explain a few things!). Track 9 is two songs, the latter of which has recently been released as a single. which is strange, since this is the first album, and has already been superceded by the better, ‘AKNF’. It gives me some hope that ‘What I Believe’ may eventually get the single release it so desperately deserves. Along with ‘Summer’, it could take the charts by storm, given the right promotion. While this album ‘Half Hour of Power’ has a lot of merit, and some very good tunes, it’s let down somewhat by the aforementioned ‘filler’ material (generally metal tracks which sound out of place and really aren’t that good). It’s by far the weaker of the two albums, (the other album being the follow up ‘All Killer, No Filler’), but stands quite well on it’s own. As I’ve mentioned in other Sum 41 reviews, they are young, brash, and not scared to do whatever they want. This is both their charm and their downfall, as a large part of their potential audience is put off by their age. That’s a shame really, because it’s not as if they have any real control over their ages, and what are you going to do? Wait until you’re in your twenties, so you can be
216;cool’? No, they’re out there having fun and good luck to them. The CD tends to be available for around £6, so despite the album living up to it’s name (it’s darn short!), and having way too many filler tracks, it is still very good value for money. I would say it has a lot of replay value, given that I still play it quite often. If you like ‘Green Day’, ‘Blink 182’, ‘Mest’, or any other "college rock" style bands, then this band may very well be for you. As long you don’t take them seriously of course. If you can pick the cd up for £6 or less, then get this first. If you can’t find it for that, then start with their follow up album (All Killer No Filler). Sadly, they may not do another college rock album (WOOHOO I hear some of you cry!), as they’ve said they wish to focus on heavy metal. A real shame, since their metal tracks are dull, and would not be of much interest to anyone who’s not already into metal. They’ve started pre-production on this new album, and I’m told they start recording on July 1st 2002. Good luck to them, either way.
Sum-41......a band on the verge of stardom....well actually they already are....but, they aren't like Blink-182 or anything....not yet. And they certainly weren't when this came out!! released at the end of 2000/beginning of 2001 (well at least that's what it said in the booklet!) this wasn't even the bands debut album. contrary to popular opinion, this little musical ditty was actually an Ep.....and a damned good one at that! *HISTORY* The band that came to be known as Sum-41 first met in 1993. But they didn't startthe band then! Oh no...it was another 5 years before the decided to join forces. before that, Cone was in a grunge band, Dave in a Rage Against The Machine "rip-off" band, and steve and deryck in a skate-punk band called Casper. When Deryck and Steve lost two members, Dave and Cone were the perfect (and obvious) choices for the band. the band soon started playing anywhere and everywhere they could, trying to actually sound good! but they all ahd to fit the band around schoolwork. Therefore at fist the bands gigs all came at weekends. but Dave couldn't wait to finish school....so much so in fact, that he dropped out when he was 18. the toher three members however, finished and graduated...but the fun of high school wasn't finished....for, when Steve recieved his diploma, he ripped it up in the principals face!! After that, the band started playing constantly, and were eventually signed by Island Records, and recorded this little mastepriece. *THE RECORD* the track listing : 1. Grab The Devil By The Horns And **** Him Up The *** 2. Machine Gun 3. What I Believe 4. T.H.T. 5. Makes No Difference 6. Summer 7. 32 Ways To Die 8. Second Chance For Max Headroom 9. Dave's Possessed Hair / It's What We're All About 10. Ride The Chariot To The Devil 11. Another Time Around *ALBUM STUFF* 11 tracks, and it's
still an Ep you say? well actually 3 of the tracks don't have words...and are just instruments....and they are : 1. Grab The Devil By The Horns And **** Him Up The *** 7. 32 ways To die and 10. Ride The chariot To The Devil also, if you have the Uk version of All Killer No Filler, then you will have heard 'Makes No difference' and 'Summer' (although that's on both versions!)....and 'What We're All About' should sound familiar if you have seen the video to 'Fat lip' (who hasn't?), because the track is the rapping....except there is more to it, and there is guitars and drums as well!! *GREAT TRACKS* 2. Machine Gun : A great little ditty about partying non-stop, living homeless and having fun! well actually that's not what the song makes it out to be!! 6. Summer : A rawer version of the All Killer No Filler version, but just as good......in fact the fact that it was produced (quite) badly, makes it sound better... 9. It's What We're All About : Cool, just because it's rap-rock!!! 3 times as much as they show you on the fat Lip video, and a way better sound because they actually have instruments, and they all sing (including Cone, although he only does backing vocals)... 11. Another Time Around : A great ending to a great album, and probably my favourite of them all........great lyrics, and a great instrument/solo thingy at the end.....beautiful! ALL in all, this album/Ep is VERY MUCH worht the money (£7.99-£10.99) you will pay for it....a must have if you want to see/hear where Sum-41 are/were coming from.....
Seen as though there is not topic for this: Track Listing. 1. Grab the devil by the horns and fuck him up the arse 2 Machine gun 3.What I believe 4.THT 5 Makes no difference 6 Summer 7 Ways to die 8 Second chance for max headroom 9.Daves Possesed Hair / Its what we're all about 10 Ride the chariot to the devil 11. Another time around. I didnt know much about Sum41 (and still dont know much) but after listening to a Mp3 I had to buy their album, so on the net I went and I managed to find it for £3.99 (the site had made a mistake and have now changed it - although i only paid £3.99) A band that have played aloing side Blink182 in the states and have a similar sound to them. track 1.. is just a small intro with no actual lyrics - kicks you off fast and gets you into the album. 2.Machine Gun. keeps with the pace of the first track with some catchy lyrics. 3. What I believe. The start of the track is very sililar to Blink182, and the track continues with the vocals distinguishing Sum41. 4.THT Another short fast track but still very good and gets you going for the main track on the album which come next. 5.Makes no difference- seems to be the main track. A very good track worth buying the album just for this. 6 Summer. Another blink like track but you can definetley tell that Sum41 are different and very good. note that makes No difference and Summer are both produced by Jerry Finn (has produced Green Day and Blink182) and this may be a factor in these 2 tracks excelling. 7. Ways to Die...it does a straight continuation of summer and then goes into a great drum solo. a short track with no lyrics. 8. 2nd chance... good song with catchy lyrics "its not enough attention, though your too proud to mention....." 9. A track with a lot of Ryhming (like quite a few tracks) . As the track is name (see top) this
is split into two parts and it does make it interesting with some rap into it. 10. This is a short track that is a continuation of track no9, a very good track actually even though it only last 54 seconds. 11. the last track in this album and it kinda continues from track 10 a more layed back track lyrically. Overall a short album, but is still quite good and shows a good future for this band, their next album All Killer No Filler ( i think) is out soon and I will certainly be buying it. Be on the look out for Sum41 on a screen near you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Grab The Devil By The Horns And **** Him Up The ***
2 Machine Gun
3 What I Believe
5 Makes No Difference
7 32 Ways To Die
8 Second Chance For Max Headroom
9 Dave's Possessed Hair/It's What We're All About
10 Ride The Chariot To The Devil
11 Another Time Around