ANThology - Alien Ant Farm
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  • Summary: Southern California's Alien Ant Farm is the first band signed to Papa Roach's New Noize label.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. More diverse than you might think...
  2. Where the 'Farm break new ground is by exploring far more than the quiet-loud-rage-quiet formula with real singing and everything and a fair does of pop melody that place them more on a radio-friendly rock keel than no holds bared metal.
  3. Lyrically, they've got a ways to go.... That said, Alien Ant Farm shows some real potential.
  4. Sounding like Alice In Chains covering early Heart, AAF have the grunge crunch thing in spades, but with the edges smoothed by dramatic melodies and soulful screaming.
  5. 60
    But, while they might benefit at times from more distinctive guitar riffs, AAF's ability to dot the map without losing focus makes ANThology the kind of debut that gives cause to look ahead in anticipation of where they might take things for album number two.
  6. Hidden under the pit floor, however, are frankly scarier prospects. Like AAF's toe-curling cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' or the awful sub-Police reggae lurch of 'Flesh And Bone'. Singer Dryden Mitchell over-emotes at every turn too, further slickening 'ANThology's pomp rock gloss.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. TommyB.
    Jul 27, 2001
    It Kicks ASS!!!!!!!!!
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    One of my all time favorites, the lead singer is a witch string a kick ass potion that has taken centuries to perfect. Contains very serious and honest emotion yet very ballsy. Expand
  3. thesillymofo
    May 26, 2002
    people who rate this album simply because of 'smooth criminal' are dumb. far more better material on this cd.
  4. JasonE
    Nov 20, 2003
    I'm always welcoming a new sound, and AAF definitely has that. Awesome debut.
  5. DME
    Jul 31, 2012
    Despite some minor issues, such as lack of vocal editing (echoes and overlaps), ANThology is an all-around good album. It's diverse, unique, and satisfying. Please don't judge the album on "Smooth Criminal" as there are far better tracks to be found on here. I recommend "Courage", "Sticks and Stones", and my favorite track "Wish". Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jun 20, 2004
    Some pretty good songs, but some not so as much. Could have been better but still good debut.
  7. AndrewE.
    Dec 9, 2001
    A bunch of fat posers with a pathetic excuse for an album. They only have one good song, and it wasn't even written by them.

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