White Crosses - Against Me!
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  • Summary: Though known for always being on the road, Against Me! has finally released its second major label album, which continues to blend elements of its trademark punk and folk rock with fist-pumping anthems celebrating teenage anarchy and encouraging all to fight the good fight.
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  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. 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.
  3. White Crosses is all shiny and fresh and proudly expedient, without proving a thing except that Against Me! are fully capable of doing it again.
  4. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    A triumph. [29 Oct 2011, p.52]
  5. White Crosses is a huge, mainstream rock album that draws as much from Bruce Springsteen and U2 as it does from their own folk-punk roots.
  6. White Crosses is a big-sounding album with a blue-collar soul, but though the guitars may aim for the rafters alongside lofty, singalong choruses, the songwriting ultimately comes off safer and more commonplace than anything they've done yet.
  7. While White Crosses has a few stellar songs, it lets down as a complete record. Anarchy will have to wait a little longer.

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  1. Jan 15, 2013
    7
    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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