On the Impossible Past - The Menzingers
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  • Summary: The third full-length release from the punk rock band from Pennsylvania is its first on Epitaph Records.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 12, 2012
    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 15, 2012
    On the Impossible Past is an inspiring exploration of life as it should be--but rarely is--lived. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    It might only be February, but you wouldn't look foolish calling this one of the albums of the year.
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    They have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    On the Impossible Past is an impeccably crafted melodic hardcore record by a group ready for it's close-up.
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    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 Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2013
    "Here's to you, the same chords that I stole from a song that I once heard, the same melody I borrowed from the void. I'd rather observe than structure a narrative, the characters are thin, the plot does not develop, it ends where it begins." Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    This 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. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2012
    Been listening to album for last 10 days. Grows more on me with each go. Very well crafted punk album with a number of serious hooks. Best album I've heard since Nothington's last offering. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2012
    I've always known about this band but finally gave them a proper listen just a few days ago. That being said, it's in my top 3 favorite albums this year. I've listened to it about 5 times already and it's not leaving my stereo anytime soon. It captured my attention the first time I listened to it, and for me that's rare. Takes me at least two or three spins to fully appreciate an album. The Menzingers are a fantastic punk band that should get more attention than they already have now. The lyrics are very well thought out and meaningful. This isn't your typical punk band that's very snappy and to the point, no. It's a punk band that incorporate deep lyrics and passion behind the words. It sounds like The Gaslight Anthem if Brian Fallon yelled a lot. Other than that, they're both very similar sounding. "Obituaries" is the standout track for me. All In All, On The Impossible Past is an incredible record. A- Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2012
    I don't even usually listen to punk at all, but I still find myself liking this album a lot. The hooks are great, the lyrics are thought-provoking, and above all, it's just good music. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    Lyrics 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 . Collapse

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