White Crosses - Against Me!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. This album's brilliance comes from the titanium-larynxed Tom Gabel's juxtaposition of the listener's jaded expectations of punk with too-direct-to-be-dishonest sentiments.
  2. The surprise is in just how much White Crosses succeeds at blurring the dividing line between punk rock ethos and boistrous radio rock.
  3. 2007's New Wave was an artistic and commercial breakthrough for Against Me!, the formerly stripped-down punk act, setting frontman Tom Gabel's strident, socially aware lyrics against melodic hooks via producer Butch Vig. That relationship is revisited on White Crosses.
  4. Packed with bloated hooks, White Crosses is meant to be easily digestible: "Suffocation" and the title track glide effortlessly on shining guitar riffs, while "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" and "Bamboo Bones" explode with soaring harmony.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    Album is good not great, a little glossy, a little anthemic but some missteps like Ache With Me.
    I listened to the Black Crosses alternate
    version of White Crosses and really enjoyed some of the versions
    of tracks over "Proper" release, I would like to have seen those on original release to balance the sheen of White Crosses. I.W.T.Anarchist is simply one of the best songs Gabel has written along with Because of The Shame with its Springsteen nod. I don't know what to make of the Foo Fighters like attempt at arena rock stylings but easily more digestible with repeated listens. Do yourself a favor and buy White Crosses and Black crosses, definitely worth the price of admission.
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