New Wave - Against Me!
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  • Summary: The Florida punk rock band's fourth album was produced by Butch Vig.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. I can't remember the last time a popular punk album sounded this simple, lean and ready to conquer anything in its path.
  2. 90
    Vig both sweetens and strengthens Against Me!'s attack without sacrificing the band's innate Raggedy Andy appeal.
  3. While New Wave will probably compel you to pay attention to singer Tom Gabel's rasping rants, it's still a record that's pretty damn fun to dance around to.
  4. It's easy to enjoy on a superficial level, because the music is well written and enjoyable, and lyrically it's more than I could have expected.
  5. These are longstanding punk tropes boiled down and Vig-ed up, removed of their typical dirt sheen and bolstered by a couple extra guitar tracks.
  6. It will probably go down as their 'sell-out' record, in that it's their first for a major label.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. SimonV
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    I love the voice of tom gabel. The song is aggressif its very good!!!Viva against ME!!
  2. BrandonH
    Aug 10, 2007
    10
    People can scream at the top of their lungs about selling out, but the fact of the matter is Against Me! has accomplished the ultimate goal for any independent band making the leap from indie label to major market. The anger, the fury, the inability to lay down and take what is dished out is still there. Gabel's fire has not been extinguished. He's still just as pissed as on "Axl", he's just more grown up, more focused. If that means a more adult Against Me! is no longer "raw", than give me polished Against Me! anytime. This is easily the best rock record I've heard thus far in 2007, and the album seems to unlock even more brilliance everytime the disc spins in my player. It's pointed and focused, crunching and tight; it goes for the jugular from the frist second of the title track, to the final chord of "Ocean". Against Me! hasn't changed, just the recording quality has, and if professional sounding records aren't your thing, than I guess stay away, but if unashamed, unabashed, rock fury is something your looking for, pick up "New Wave" as soon as possible. You'l be doing yourself a favor. Expand
  3. SamK.
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    Possibly my new favorite band. Melodically lyrically vocally artistically incredible. Tom Gabel is an incredible vocalist backed by a solid wall of guitars and lots of deep powerful percussion. Somehow all of this ends up being incredibly melodic. Seriously awesome. Expand
  4. byler
    Jul 19, 2007
    8
    its not as good as their previous efforts but definitely an accomplishment. But it doesn't matter because Against Me! are one of the most passionate punk bands ever and it shows. Up the Cuts is amazing and the with Tegan on it is quite refreshing. The only song that seems a little too cheeseball is "Stop!". Speaking of balls, the song "Ocean", anyone who screams out loud the would have chosen to be a woman is kickass Expand
  5. EliT.
    Oct 7, 2007
    5
    It might not be a sellout album, but it still saddens me to no end that we'll never get another "Axl". This is by no means an awful album, it's just doesn't seem the same as the Against Me! I knew and loved. 2 songs into the album I was hoping for merely a weak start, then the "ba, ba, bas" a la The Fratelli's "Flathead" kicked in, and I knew I was listening to the end of the old Against Me! and personally, I'd look up Ben Lee's acoustic cover album of "New Wave", it's truer to the spirit of against me than the actual band is these days. Collapse
  6. adaml
    Dec 22, 2007
    3
    First of all, this is not punk, so stop calling it that. Secondly, this is their worst album ever (and I did like Searching), made exponentially worse by the hackjob Butch Vig did on the band. They're all but screwed unless they go back to No Idea, or PlanitX. Tom's lost his lyrical punch, which is what kills the band. These songs don't have bite; they're no different than anything else on the radio now, save White People For Peace which is a fine song. People will argue that Tom destroys the music industry with his lyrics, but I'll tell them to listen to What We Worked For and then tell me if Up The Cuts really has that lyrical poignancy they thought. If they wanted to mellow out, that's great, they should go all acoustic and be a folk band or something and do what made them great in the first place. But this half electric chimey guitar crap has to stop. They're the best folk punk band up to this point in time, but as an alternative rock band they're sub-par at best. The U2 comparison wasn't that far off. They're at their best when they're uncontrolled, pissed off, and either folk or punk or both. This is just bad pop music. Expand
  7. hitlerg
    Jul 19, 2007
    0
    this album sucks my german cock. their commercialistitc penis dribbles won't even make my mom cum.

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