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: 47 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    Although half of the riffs are ripped directly from Metallica's catalogue, (especially "The Bitter End") this is Sum 41's tightest and best work. If you like rock, or you're new to Sum 41, this is their definitive album, going out in a blaze of glory before their guitarist quit and they sold out. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    So far, this is the best album that I ever heard in Sum 41. They also have grown to be more mature. Meaningful songs, great catchy guitar riffs and etc. Expand

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