On A Wire - The Get Up Kids
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  • Summary: The third LP for Kansas City's Get Up Kids follows after endless touring with the likes of Weezer and Green Day, and sees the emo band moving in a new direction, thanks in part to producer Scott Litt (R.E.M.).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. This is the group at their best. [31 May 2002, p.108]
  2. Just below the surface, all the quintessential Get up Kids qualities are there: melody, intelligence, and lyrical sincerity.
  3. 80
    They mix wistful, hook-laden rock songs in the vein of Counting Crows, Five For Fighting, The Gin Blossoms, The Posies and Pete Yorn with the proto-emo sound of Sunny Day Real Estate. [Aug 2002, p.104]
  4. What the Kids lack in pep this time they make up for with honest, homey performances.
  5. Unfortunately, the visceral energy of their early days is lost in their newfound maturity. [Aug 2002, p.71]
  6. On a Wire quivers with the anxieties that must have arisen as the Get Up Kids left behind what originally made them.
  7. So, yes, these songs have melodies and choruses, but they are so trite and played-out that even the fifteen-year-olds that this is written for will smell something fishy in their neatly packaged emotional escapism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6