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  • Summary: The punk pop band releases its fifth studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. The band's smartest and most mature-sounding album yet.
  2. Its growth feels genuine and, unlike Sum 41's punk peers, its musical maturation doesn't come at the expense of that all-important snotty 'tude.
  3. Much of Hero is bogged down by piano, strings, even lyrics in French. [27 Jul 2007, p. 65]
  4. How poignantly they express their inarticulate messages through Blink-182 rip-offs and recycled versions of their own material.
  5. Underclass Hero is ingratiating enough as background music—it's hooky enough to have momentum but not enough to linger in the memory—but they've never sounded quite so toothless and it's all down to this increased ambition.
  6. Melodrama drags down several cuts, including the absentee-dad lament "Dear Father," and in some form or another, you've heard all these songs before.
  7. Underclass Hero tries its best to be profound and musically challenging, however its only success is found, without exception, in the tracks which drop the pretense entirely and return to the formula which made the group popular to begin with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. EthanF
    Jul 27, 2007
    I loved this album, all the songs are great! I've been listening to this album a lot. I would recommend this album to others.
  2. MarshallM.
    Sep 1, 2007
    I think this album is their best one, though I don't think it will be as great in sales to the other albums, the music is great but I agree with the childish Bush bashing. To me it's not Bush bashing that made them who they are, they should of wrote their own normal style besides childish things like that. But in all I thinks it's their best album! Expand
  3. RossS.
    Feb 7, 2008
    Its Sum 41 They always rock their the best band!!!!!
  4. DagorH.
    Sep 17, 2007
    I actually like this album. Each song has its own distinct sound and I can listen to the whole CD without skipping any songs, which is quite rare for me. I'm not going to compare this album to other band's, that just never works. Expand
  5. SuleimanM
    Jul 26, 2007
    Being a big Sum 41 fan, I like it, but it has nothing on chuck. A few songs sound the same, and are reminiscent of Blink and Green Day. Overall, good album, but Chuck's better. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    There's not much to say. It's just a bad album by and ok band. As always, the lyrics suck, singing is ok, and all of the wanna be melodic hardcore band is really getting on my nerves. Expand
  7. EC
    Aug 14, 2007
    People have realized that this "style" of music is cookie cutter garbage, so it takes guts to release an album like this and put up with bad sales and vicious critics. It still sucks, though. Expand

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