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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the Canadian hard-rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. While it's offset on a few songs by "clean" female vocals, Damian Abraham's glass-gargling roar remains the primary source of Fucked Up's visceral energy. From this point on, it'll be more exciting to see how much farther beyond gut-level the band is willing to go.
  2. They are like nothing you've ever heard before and everything you one day hoped you would, too strong for the charts and too corrupting for MTV.
  3. This is third wave hardcore, and it's a return to form, where commentary rules and violence and ignorance won't be tolerated.
  4. So this album--its best, and indicative of a band that can keep climbing--contains two great punk songs: 'Days of Last,' with an echoed guitar line, and 'Crooked Head,' based on a 12-beat drum rhythm.
  5. 80
    Here, they combine hardcore punk’s combat-boot side with its tortured-noise side, layering what sounds like scores of tsunami-distortion guitars over an atomic-speed drum blitz to attain rarely witnessed levels of obliteration (think Black Flag reincarnated as psychotic yetis).
  6. 80
    Abraham's broken-glass belloiw is often matched with folk-siren backup vocals that disorient more than they soothe. Multi-tracks thicken and slur the guitar riffs, heightening both the tension and complexity. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  7. In the end, Fucked Up aren't nearly as good as Refused were thought to be, but hey, Refused aren't even as good as they were supposed to be, so Fucked Up may yet be remembered as revolutionary.

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Score distribution:
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  1. JasonB
    Jun 2, 2009
    10
    While the term "artistry" is rarely used in conjunction with "hardcore" or "punk rock," now is such a time. This band defies classification, While the term "artistry" is rarely used in conjunction with "hardcore" or "punk rock," now is such a time. This band defies classification, and perhaps these labels just don't apply to anything other than the circles they run in. The layers of sound, the depth of the composition, the intensity of this album leave nothing to be desired. While something of this vein might not appeal to me normally, the artistry of this album insist attention to be paid. I sat and I listened. It was an hour well spent. Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    10
    Just listen Its great
  3. JohnD.
    Oct 16, 2008
    9
    I'll gladly take firsties on this bad boy. What a massive, train-wreck of a record . . . in a good way. If this don't make your I'll gladly take firsties on this bad boy. What a massive, train-wreck of a record . . . in a good way. If this don't make your booty move, your booty must be dead! Expand
  4. EricC.
    Nov 22, 2008
    9
    This has to be one of the best punk/hardcore albums in years. It has big and clean production, but doesn't lose any of its rawness. The This has to be one of the best punk/hardcore albums in years. It has big and clean production, but doesn't lose any of its rawness. The lead singer is insane. A singer hasn't wowed me this much since that chick from Wolves in the Throne Room (check them out). A healthy dose of indie rock and post rock keep this an intriguing album. They have a finely foccussed anger that keeps it hard-hitting from beginning to end. Its not overwhelming, though. It's actually kind of welcoming. Easily one of the year's best albums. Expand
  5. WesselKampen
    Nov 2, 2008
    9
    Wow, never dare to dream that records like this would be made again. Noise like noise was made in the late 80's and early 90's, Wow, never dare to dream that records like this would be made again. Noise like noise was made in the late 80's and early 90's, with a singer that resembles david yow in his best period... Fantastic this trip down memorylane! Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2012
    8
    **** Up are a once in a generation band. The Chemistry Of Common Life is a great album. It's heavy, melodic, hardcore all wrapped up nice in a**** Up are a once in a generation band. The Chemistry Of Common Life is a great album. It's heavy, melodic, hardcore all wrapped up nice in a canadian punk band. Damian Abraham's vocals are so abrasive, an acquired taste. Not everyone's cup of tea but if you're a hardcore punk fan (such as I), you should be inclined to listen to this album. "Crooked Teeth" sums up the band in that one song. All In All, incredible experimental punk band. Great album. B+ Expand