Appeal To Reason - Rise Against
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Because of the current pop landscape's shift away from melodic rock it's impossible to tell if Rise Against will ever break out, but it's nice to know that, either way, they're still making aggressive, well structured pop-minded hardcore.
  5. While it may not be a classic record and won’t be the new soundtrack to the revolution, Appeal to Reason is filled with faux-punk rock anthems and memorable lyrics and basslines that will satiate anybodies need for Rise Against.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. One just wishes the band did it with a bit more grace and inventiveness than on Appeal to Reason, where straight-outta-the Nation song titles like 'Collapse (Post-Amerika)' and 'Re-education (Through Labor)' disguise some pretty conservative ideas about how modern mainstream punk should sound.
  10. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. JoshM
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    This album is very entertaining. The only people who do not seem to like it are the ones who do not like Rise Against's style overall or This album is very entertaining. The only people who do not seem to like it are the ones who do not like Rise Against's style overall or don't like seeing consistency in a band, and these are the ones who should just be leaving it alone anyway. So if you like Rise Against, you will like this album. Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2011
    6
    I´m a rise against fan since the sufferer and the whitness...i like the unraveling and revolutions per minute, and i love tssoccI´m a rise against fan since the sufferer and the whitness...i like the unraveling and revolutions per minute, and i love tssocc and tsatw, but this album...its far from the glory of the older albums...it seems rather poppish than the other albums, sadly endgame got even more popish...there are some nice songs, though most fans who liked the previous albums for their sometimes raw sound and for tims screemings will be disappointed Full Review »