On the Impossible Past

  • Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Kerrang!
    Mar 12, 2012
    100
    On the evidence of their third full-length, this Scranton four-piece posses not one, but two examples [of good lyricists]. [19 Feb 2012, p.50]
  2. This is something that has no expiration date.
  3. Feb 29, 2012
    90
    It might only be February, but you wouldn't look foolish calling this one of the albums of the year.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    On their new full-length, much-anticipated Epitaph debut On The Impossible Past, they exceed expectations once again.
  5. Alternative Press
    Feb 15, 2012
    90
    On the Impossible Past is an inspiring exploration of life as it should be--but rarely is--lived. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    On the Impossible Past is an impeccably crafted melodic hardcore record by a group ready for it's close-up.
  7. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    They have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.
  8. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    The Menzingers' third album sees them take their slightly atypical song structures (they're not much into the verse / chorus / verse way of thinking) and make them catchier than ever.
  9. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    What results is another quality release that cannot help but make music fans excited for what this gifted outfit are to bestow upon us on their next offering.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    Punk music as it should be. Great tunes one has a feeling know for always. And texts telling important stories. Inspirations heard everywhere,Punk music as it should be. Great tunes one has a feeling know for always. And texts telling important stories. Inspirations heard everywhere, the most obvious being The Clash, Talking Heads and Nirvana. Smashing Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    10
    This is easily my favorite album of 2012 so far. The lyrics are vivid and thought provoking working in a beautiful harmony with the bombasticThis is easily my favorite album of 2012 so far. The lyrics are vivid and thought provoking working in a beautiful harmony with the bombastic sound of the instrumentation and vocals. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    2
    Lyrics are somewhat interesting, but from a musical standpoint the album is contrived and boring, rather generic. Only one track on the albumLyrics are somewhat interesting, but from a musical standpoint the album is contrived and boring, rather generic. Only one track on the album stands out but even it has a ugly and disgusting feel to it . Full Review »