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  • Summary: The fifth full-length album for the Chicago punk rock band was produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Longtime fans need not worry: Uptempo anthems like 'Savior,' 'Kotov Syndrome,' and 'Entertainment' should satisfy anyone still uneasy about Rise Against's radio aspirations.
  2. Rise Against may be nervous about leaving the underground behind, but with sharp songs like these, they're ready for the rest of the world.
  3. Punk-rockers, like bluesmen, often devote themselves to perpetuating their style rather than transforming it. For Rise Against, that relentless earnestness is both a defining factor and a limitation.
  4. There's nothing here you haven't heard before from Rise Against--or, indeed, from Bad Religion before that. But producers Bill Stevenson (of the Descendents and All) and Jason Livermore keep the music moving at a breakneck pace that gives everything the gleam of urgency anyway.
  5. It all boils down to the simple question of which songs grab you, so there are certainly reasons to give Appeal a whirl and decide for yourself. [Nov 2008, p.151]
  6. That's a serious issue on Appeal to Reason; songs like 'Re-Education (Through Labor)' and 'Entertainment,' which seeks to redress the evils of media manipulation upon the land, are peppy but pretty empty, power-chord downers with little bark or bite.
  7. Like the work of a carpenter who’s learned, through experience, the quickest and cleanest way to get a job done, it’s technically polished and modest in its aims.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. BenC
    Feb 21, 2009
    10
    Dominic you are completely outa line, this album is the best yet i've heard from Rise Against. Its solid, timely and awesome fun to Dominic you are completely outa line, this album is the best yet i've heard from Rise Against. Its solid, timely and awesome fun to listen to. Ultimately, it doesnt matter if they've gona a bit mainstream, as long as their music still holds the quality that made Sufferer and the Witness, and it does. Ive been listening since The Unraveling and other albums from them, but ive gotta say this is the best by far. Tim's lyrics are so sharp and relevant to everything they stand for. Perfect album, perfect band. Expand
  2. vipismith
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    Best damn band out there!!!Intelligent, persuasive, timely.
  3. IanT
    Dec 12, 2008
    10
    I think this is truly one of the albums of the year, while its not as monumental as Siren Song of the Counter Culture or The Sufferer and The I think this is truly one of the albums of the year, while its not as monumental as Siren Song of the Counter Culture or The Sufferer and The Witness, it still makes a major impact on the punk and rock music world. Expand
  4. Cameron
    Oct 8, 2008
    9
    Rise Against finally revisits their punk roots after the Sufferer and the Witness seemed to alienate some of their fan base. The only Rise Against finally revisits their punk roots after the Sufferer and the Witness seemed to alienate some of their fan base. The only downside to this release is that they are pushing more of the mainstream media. Expand
  5. ChrisC.
    Oct 13, 2008
    9
    This is an amazing album that grows on you more and more as you listen to it. I feel like this is a very natural progression for a band. This is an amazing album that grows on you more and more as you listen to it. I feel like this is a very natural progression for a band. People will complain because Tim doesn't scream the entire album. "Maybe we've out grown what we once loved" I think that lyric describes this progression pretty accurately. They are not the angst ridden 20 years old's as they were ten years ago. With this one album critics are sticking them in with crappy mainstream bands. Well I'm sorry (no I'm not) but mainstream bands CAN'T touch Rise Against's passion, lyrics, or love for their fans. These guys are hittin the west coast top charts, and still will just straight hang out with people after a show. People may not want them to "break out" but i hope they do. The mainstream needs to hear RA's lyrics and passion. Overall, a great album that can reach a wider audience (which is a good thing!) The passion is there, and the lyrics are amazing. Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    8
    Damn Rise Against is good. I don't like it as much as TSATW but it's real good. Tim is perfect for this music, his voice has so much energyDamn Rise Against is good. I don't like it as much as TSATW but it's real good. Tim is perfect for this music, his voice has so much energy and emotion. I love the song Audience of One and Savior of course. Not a bad song on the album. A must listen Expand
  7. DominicJ.
    Oct 16, 2008
    0
    disaapointing, every album for me just heads more and more mainstream, from the unravelling to revolutions, 2 very good albums, things disaapointing, every album for me just heads more and more mainstream, from the unravelling to revolutions, 2 very good albums, things started to slip slightly in siren song, and sufferer and the witness for me (although rather enjoying the album) was aimed to appeal to a wider audience, not the punk fans who have followed rise against for many years. Now i'm seeing reviews about how this new album is full of brilliant songs, it just isn't true! for real rise against fans who haven't just jumped on the bandwagon since the 2006 release of s&tw, i'd say avoid this album, it will only leave you feeling almost angered at the, what can only be described as a sell-out attempt, album. This to me is showing rise against are heading very much down the same route as the offspring, it's a real pity. the chicago "punk" band has really let itself down with this! Expand

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