Appeal To Reason - Rise Against
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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
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.

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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. CRL
    Oct 16, 2011
    Rise Against has a different sound than everyone else; music that's sometimes punk and sometimes mainstream rock, with songs that showcase uncharacteristically complex speed and sound changes, brilliant bridges, and meaningful lyrics that combine to form a feast for your ears. I felt that the strongest part of Appeal to Reason was the middle, from The Dirt Whispered (yes, I loved this song, too damn catchy), Kotov Syndrome (ridiculously awesome second verse), through to Hero of War (great acoustic number), and Savior (which sounds even better in-album, coming right after Hero of War). Those eight songs elevate the album to 'amazing' status, but the first few and last few blend together just enough to drop it from a 10 to a 9. Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    Awesome CD. If you don't already have it you should get it. So many good songs on it like Savior, Re-Education, Hero of War, Collapse and Entertainment. Best use of $15 you'll get. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2011
    Rise Against returns with a great album. This album still has great lyrics and messages but the sound is new. They might have lost some of their older fans with this one however it attracts new pop rock fans. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    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 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
  5. Dec 31, 2011
    I´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 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 Expand

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