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The Chemistry Of Common Life - Fucked Up

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Fucked Up / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2008-10-13 at Matador

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      14.08.2009 02:22

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      Epic, unabridged punk rock.

      F***ed Up have changed since I first saw them four years ago in a small London pub. But have they changed for the better? In some aspects, yes. In other aspects, no. I was always a fan of their straight up hardcore punk sound, and when I realised that one of my favourite bands was turning into an experimental rock bands I was dismayed to say the least. Now, I think that their musical change has been a positive one. This record portrays a band that is not concerned with pleasing its original fanbase, a band that is willing to change in order to out-do the ordinary, and with the Chemistry of Common Life they have done just that. In some aspects this record does go a bit over the top however, his is a big, big record and a record that F***ed Up can be proud of. It justifies their ten year existence with a corrosion of conformity and long may it continue.

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      24.07.2009 16:58
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      Quite original

      F**ked Up are a band that were going to a festival this year in Poland, that I was interested in attending. Although my initial thoughts were that with a name like that, they couldn't be up to a great deal - it didn't stop me checking their most recent release out. F**ked Up are a Canadian hardcore band and from what I've heard, their older stuff seems more typically hardcore but not necessarily better than this album.

      Singer Damian Abraham (aka Father Damian) is probably the one that stands out from the rest of band, a burly balded bearded figure he growls out the lyrics with a great deal of passion and anger. That and the lyrics is more or less where the hardcore ends on this album, musically it's much closer to the brit pop of the 90s, it's not really particularly heavy at all - there's also numerous songs with electronic elements to them "Royal Swan" for instance which actually sounds like a heavy Pink Floyd!

      There are next to no punk rock riffs at all and if it wasn't for the gruff vocals, this album would probably not fit into the hardcore genre at all. It's a surprisingly interesting sound though that some might say is over-produced but ultimately it's very different from regular hardcore and because of the vocals it's difficult to compare to current rock contemporaries. I'd say the band may well be slightly ahead of their time and certainly taking their music in an odd direction which straddles genres such as noise rock without fully emersing themselves in it.

      Quite experimental and definitely worth a listen but not something I can imagine playing repeatedly.

      1 Son The Father
      2 Magic Word
      3 Golden Seal
      4 Days Of Last
      5 Crooked Head
      6 No Epiphany
      7 Black Albino Bones
      8 Royal Swan
      9 Twice Born
      10 Looking For God
      11 Chemistry Of Common Life

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Son The Father
    2 Magic Word
    3 Golden Seal
    4 Days Of Last
    5 Crooked Head
    6 No Epiphany
    7 Black Albino Bones
    8 Royal Swan
    9 Twice Born
    10 Looking For God
    11 Chemistry Of Common Life