Chuck - Sum 41
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  • Summary: The Canadian punk-pop outfit returns with a fourth LP, produced by Greig Nori. The disc is named after a UN worker (Chuck Pelletier) who helped the band escape violence in the Congo while they were there shooting a film.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It may sound heinous on paper, but trust us, the first single, "We're All To Blame," is far better than it has a right to be. [8 Oct 2004, p.112]
  2. But whether they're being snotty or serious, there is a constant thread at work: those catchy melodies.
  3. From its aggressive metal and hardcore overtones to lyrics that rail against societal ignorance and a world gone wrong, Chuck is a few steps ahead of the smirking, jocular anthems that populated Sum 41's previous output.
  4. Unfortunately, the band overcompensate for all the testosterone with modern-rock romps like "Some Say" and with bland ballads like "Slipping Away." [Dec 2004, p.142]
  5. Crucially, if you stick with a formula, the least you can do is improve it. Unfortunately "Chuck" doesn’t and there’s nothing that’s even remotely equal to "Fat Lip" or "All Messed Up".
  6. 60
    The ceaselessly blistering tone does get overbearing. [Nov 2004, p.145]
  7. The spiky quartet furnish their usual shouty vocals with grinding riffola and twiddly guitar solos, just as the rest of the post-Linkin Park world are realising nu metal wasn't such a good idea.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. RossS.
    Feb 7, 2008
    10
    All sum 41 music is awesome!!!
  2. EllenR
    Jan 7, 2005
    10
    Sum 41 is my absolute favourite band and always will be. I KNOW I am the biggest fan of their music. I listen to them for hours every day and I never get sick of them. This, and their CD Does this Look Infected are the best. I can't choose a favourite song.. That would be like choosing between your kids. Sum 41 is the best band, that's all there is to it. Expand
  3. beng
    Feb 19, 2005
    10
    yea woo
  4. Steve-OA
    Nov 18, 2004
    9
    Excellent album. Sum 41 sure have grown up, man. This is, has, and always will be one of my favorite current rock bands(Including GREEN DAY, Papa Roach, and, dare I say it, Good Charlotte). It may not be their best, but it is still damn good poetic justice to the head bangers out there. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2014
    9
    With Chuck, Sum 41's third album, the Canadian punks have released what could be considered their best album and their second "masterpiece" (after their pop-punk debut All Killer No Filler - which it was indeed). However unlike that album, which was responsible for numerous pop-punk anthems and the rap-metal-punk-pop Fat Lip, Chuck is an entirely different beast; taking the melodic hardcore approach of their second album and adopting a more genuine alt-metal sound. Chuck is heavy and political, think American Idiot but the METAL version - songs such as No Reason and We Are All To Blame are hard-hitting songs that set the tone of the album, opening it up not with a bang but a full scale nuclear detonation - the latter song is particularly reminiscent of System of a Down's Chop Suey! with its heavy verses and softer slower choruses. Even the slower songs rock on this record, with Pieces sounding like a Linkin Park rip-off but still managing to hold its own. I would recommend this album to metal-heads but also to the pop-punk crowd because while this may not sound like a conventional pop-punk album, it certainly rocks like one. Expand
  6. ZiftK
    Apr 26, 2007
    8
    Probably my favorite group of this generation, and a great CD for any Sum 41 fan.
  7. MitchP
    Sep 14, 2005
    2
    Ok listen i kno many people will get mad at me but u have to face the facts, sum 41 has fallen off. i agree that they are genius MUSICIANS, some of the guitar riffs were pretty amazing, but their lyrics just completely lack fibre and arent really about anything (except all to blame). I think they used up all their good lyrics on their earlier records and are now lookin for generic teen angst lyrics to fill the spaces between the guitar solos. NOT a good cd Expand

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