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5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14

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  1. Nov 4, 2013
    4
    I think people should be wary of the limited number of reviews for this record, especially as they originate from sources that more or less concentrate on the genre to which 'The Finer Things' belongs.

    The album is a competent exercise in the lighter side of what is called "punk" these days. That means it's well played, well sung and rather dull. It lacks imagination, inspiration and
    I think people should be wary of the limited number of reviews for this record, especially as they originate from sources that more or less concentrate on the genre to which 'The Finer Things' belongs.

    The album is a competent exercise in the lighter side of what is called "punk" these days. That means it's well played, well sung and rather dull. It lacks imagination, inspiration and above all, passion. Any one of a hundred groups in this genre could have produced this record, so much is it an identikit release.

    All the pieces you'd expect are there; compressed riffing guitars, sprightly drumming in fairly fast rhythms, bass almost non-existent and pretty much unnecessary, obvious speed changes, somewhat whiny vocals...but nothing to engage your mind or heart. If you want to know what really good pop-punk should be, try the very old albums by the or, even better, their early singles.
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90

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 60
    They had a pop-punk grit and an edgier take on their 2012 release but The Finer Things just falls short of the potential that State Champs should be exploiting by now.
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    100
    The entire effort is catchy, feel-good and quite simply, pop-punk at its finest. [12 Oct 2013, p.52]
  3. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    While The Finer Things may be fashionably late for this summer, it’ll sure as hell hold you over to the next one.