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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. Mar 6, 2012
    Best album ever, except maybe 21st century breakdown. With me is an amazing song. Underclass hero is really good to. Want to hear more. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    While it's not my favorite album, it is up there. It seems to be a nice throwback album to All Killer No Filler while having its own differences from it. It does seem to have an artistic sound to it at times, as well as some clever writing. Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    It's still OK in Sum 41 because they have bring back they own music style, punk rock. But at this time, the drum sound is not OK, there's a song that contains "disbelieve your God" and not the original Deryck's voice. Expand
  4. 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

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