Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings
BenCFeb 21, 2009Dominic 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 »
JoshMJan 2, 2009This 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 »
Apr 30, 2015I became a Rise Against fan not all too long before Appeal to Reason came out, being introduced to them by a friend who had The Sufferer andI became a Rise Against fan not all too long before Appeal to Reason came out, being introduced to them by a friend who had The Sufferer and the Witness on his phone. I didn't even like it at first, not really giving it a chance and dismissing it. But a few days later I took some quality time with my headphones and suddenly fell in love with them. I am a person who gets catched by good instrumental play and to whom the lyrics are only secondary at first; then, as time passes by, the lyrics are what keep me addicted to the music. And Rise Against had this sometimes catchy but not too pop-ish riffs mixed with harder or punkier songs with great, spirit lifting and meaningful lyrics. From then on I consumed basically all of their work in 2 months. And even though tSatW was great, I started to appreciate Siren Song of Counter Culture and Revolutions per Minute more, being something strangely new and pleasant to my ears. I grew kind of a late-coming fanboy, and such high were the expectations I had when Appeal to Reason came out.
During the first few days the album seemed abysmal to me. What was this more pop-ish approach to their raw punk/hard sound? And where had all of Tims screaming gone? There was still some left for sure, but I was dearly missing a song like State of the Union. But as I listened to the songs more often and figured out the lyrics and the meaning behind it I came to like quite a bunch of the songs which made my spirit lift again. Lyrics wise they had maintained their high standards. But as a fan of their raw sound the album remains kind of off putting. Not in the sense that the instrumentals are bad or completely "mainstream and radio friendly" now, but just not as hard with a short glimpse of desperation or rage showing. It is far off from being a bad album with the lyrics being fantastic and the instrumentals not bad and quite catchy, but to me it started, well, sort of a downfall which was to end in Endgame. For me they recovered a bit with The Black Market, I am just sad at seeing nice hardcore songs not being released on their newer albums and being shoved into the Long Forgotten Songs track list as a wasted potential. But Appeal to Reason is a fine album nonetheless.… Full Review »