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I thought this song was unusual for an opener, but after listening to the
album, it makes sense. For me it's missing an epic intro (like Friends Like
These...or BTTW or Survivor) or an exceptionally huge chorus (like Rescue Me,
BTTW, Blackout)...but compared to all the other choruses in this album, this
one deserves the track 1 spot. I dig the solo and the bridge reminded me or Rescue Me.
The lead riff has a cool 80s vintage video game vibe and is pretty unique. It is
an opening track, just a different kind. Turns out I love it. Expect it to be
single #2Free Beer:
This song was made to be played live. The chorus will get all the punk kids
singing along at the shows; it's a great hook. I really like how they killed
the guitars in the first half of the first chorus. Things like this pop up in
this album; I've been waiting for ZH to play with dynamics and they finally
have. It gives the second chorus more punch. Friends Like These:
This song could easily open their show. LOVE the piano. Full of energy. A tiny
detail, but the snare on 'friends' in the chorus is freaking awesome...gets me
every time. It's cool to hear do a 'real' rap in the first half of the bridge.
I like it when ZH do something different, because they ARE different. Even the
echoed 'enemies' at the end of the song is cool. I think this album has a
closer attention to detail than previous albums; props to their creativity. CYF:
I've listened to this song a zillion times having been at the video shoot so
I've been skipping it lately so I don't get sick of it. We already reviewed
this song when it was first released so I won't go into detail. I like the
unexpectedly metal solo in this pop/punk singalong. This song will always
remind me of my birthday at the video shoot when I hear it, so many good vibes
from this. Murder on the Airwaves:It's a typical Zebrahead song. Has some cool lyrics. Love
the instrumental breakdown and chorus with the sampled radio voice. Again, it's
the little things attention to detail. Dan likes his phaser pedal, you hear it
a bit on this album. I guess it's his trademark like Greg and his wah pedal?Public Enemy:The heavy verse riff (which Greg wrote with Ed) is
absolutely killer. Wow. I like the chorus intro as a nice touch. The song could
have just started with the lead riff but they've changed things up. Ali's
bridge is also absolutely killer, I hope they play this one live; I think it's
made up of all the things we want to hear in their live performance.Born To Lose:
That fat rhythm guitar caught my ear! Cool to hear Ali
rapping like a machine gun, and a WOM-esque guitar solo...the 2 things that
save this song from being a generic pop/punk track.
Stick 'Em Up Kid:
Matty's verses have a strong Offspring-vibe. I love the
vocal melodies in the pre-chorus. Again Dan displays great guitar work.
Like Public Enemy, I like how they used a quieter chorus as
the intro. ZH's creativity kicks in again with the absence of guitars and big
drums in the first half of the chorus. I truly think ZH need to continue to
play with dynamics in their future work, keeps things in my ears
interesting...even the outro...the song could have just faded out...but they
put in a little more.
I hope this song becomes the new fan favourite. This song embodies
nearly everything I've wanted ZH to do. Be different, play with different
sounds. Freaking love the solo and the part before it...its so evil,
haunting...all that stuff. I won't die happy until I hear this song live.
Degenerates die to be the life of the party. Hell yeah.
Panic in the Streets:
This song could easily have been on an Offspring album,
which is a good thing. It's a solid song and by this point in the album I feel
it's been very consistent as a whole. I guess like Murder on the Airwaves, it's
a typical Zebrahead song, but a good one.
Don't Believe The
Love the structure of the verse and pre-chorus. The
instrumentation, everything. Pretty different and definitely stands out on this
album. I think this could go down well live too.
Until The Sun Comes
A cool pop-punky riff and a very catchy chorus. I guess
Matty's verses are a little cheesy but it's pop-punk song about drinking all
night so what do you expect lol.
This song was written to be an album closer. I love the
build up in the first intro which sets you up to be punched in the face with
the second intro. The music gives you a strong sense of urgency and the world
is going to end (which funnily enough is what the song is actually
about...derp). Both lead and rhythm guitars do cool things in the solo section.
You're left all slapped up by the end of the song. Good stuff.
Overall: This album is extremely consistent and probably
their best album since MFZB as a whole. They've definitely tried a bunch of new
musical ideas like we saw in Panty Raid and they've paid closer attention to
the smaller details which I really appreciate and notice. Nearly every song has
something different to offer.
As always, my only real complaint is every song is 3-3.5mins
long; I'm still waiting for a song that's well over 4mins. I think now more
than ever they have the capacity to flesh out their musical ideas even further.
Give us a longer solo, a second solo, extended intro and/or outro in a couple
of songs. Just sometimes in some ZH songs across the board I feel as though
they cut to the chase too quickly where I would have liked them to explore a
melody or riff further.
My favourite tracks are Sirens, Free Beer, Friends Like
These, Nerd Armor and Public Enemy.Automatic, Don't Believe The Hype, and Last Call also get
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ThatDerekKid wrote:Yeah, I noticed that too.
"Permanent vacation", for example.There's also some very similar guitar parts. Murder On the Airwaves sounds a lot like Hell Yeah during the intro, and there's a part really similar to In My Room, and another to Rescue Me somewhere in there. They're not exactly the same, but, it just kind of bugs me that all of these songs are almost at the same tempo and are all in 4/4. Are they running out of ideas?
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ThatDerekKid wrote:there's a part really similar to Rescue Me somewhere in there. They're not exactly the same, but, it just kind of bugs me that all of these songs are almost at the same tempo and are all in 4/4. Are they running out of ideas?
callam wrote:I basically agree with Dylan on everything, Dylan, you're the man.
ThatDerekKid wrote:And Dylan's easily the coolest guy on this forum.
Claconn123 wrote:My girlfriend would probably suck your dick Dylan.
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