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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Pennsylvania punk band was produced by Will Yip.
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Lookers
Lost in a picture frame The way our bodies used to behave The way we smiled in the moment Before they permanently froze But that was the old me and... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 11, 2017
    100
    Unrelenting, uncompromising, and infinitely catchy, After the Party is a statement album that proves The Menzingers are the best in the business.
  2. 90
    After The Party showcases the band at their boldest and brightest yet.
  3. Feb 2, 2017
    90
    Bursting with new inspiration and direction, After the Party is the triumphant sound of a songwriting duo reaping the rewards of those sacrifices, a group of friends on an unstoppable streak of home runs.
  4. Kerrang!
    Feb 1, 2017
    80
    [An] excitable, artistically emphatic album. [28 Jan 2017, p.51]
  5. Feb 2, 2017
    80
    What is left is a superlative set of authentic punk songs that stand as their finest achievement to date.
  6. Feb 1, 2017
    80
    Sure, they're not breaking the mold, but with After the Party, they manage to toe the line between subtlety and vigor, aging into their next phase with another solid release.
  7. Feb 3, 2017
    50
    While The Menzingers’ best work has always been about grappling with personality flaws in the interest of becoming a better person, After The Party only offers surface-level reflections, to the detriment of the band itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 3, 2017
    9
    Great album about your 'younger' years being over. Lyrically and melodically a worthy record. Loved it from start to finish and can't wait toGreat album about your 'younger' years being over. Lyrically and melodically a worthy record. Loved it from start to finish and can't wait to see what these guys do next! Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2018
    8
    From the first moment I heard Lookers in late 2016, I knew that this album was going to be special. I LOVE this little Scranton, PA band soFrom the first moment I heard Lookers in late 2016, I knew that this album was going to be special. I LOVE this little Scranton, PA band so damn much (shout out to The Office fans). Forewarning - I get really excited/sweaty listening to this album, so much so that at the last second I moved it from 6th to 4th. I tried to dial back the words on this review, but it was a challenge.

    Discovering them 6 years ago may have been one of the better things to happen to me. While their previous record, Rented World (2014), wasn’t as strong as its predecessors, I will stick my neck out and say that After the Party comes VERY close to the level of delicious that was On The Impossible Past (2012). And that level of deliciousness is a SPICY MEAT-A-BALL.

    The Menzingers have a trademark punk-rock-&-roll sound that I’m addicted to, and on this record it’s as if they (somehow) upgraded it to be a little peppier. Every track is so goddamn catchy it’s hard not to give this record back to back listens. They’ve also worked out a way to capture the story or feeling of life in the 1950′s without either losing a modern sound or actually talking about the 1950′s. When I say “rock and roll” the opening track, Tellin’ Lies, sounds like something the house band at a bowling alley would play to kick off a swingin’ night of pin smashing - but it’s about working out what the heck to do when your 20′s are over. It happens again in Lookers, Charlie’s Army, Black Mass and Bad Catholics - all beyond comprehension at how excellent they are.

    Lyrically, the Zingers have always been very talented at telling you a story and they keep the blade sharp with some brilliant material here. I suggest you listen very closely as I found quite a lot of the content relatable, quirky, satisfying or oddly distressing. The album cover definitely portrays a man who’s just been on the emotional roller coaster behind him right after he stepped off the Ferris wheel of **** yeah.

    Best Tracks: Tellin’ Lies - Lookers - Charlie’s Army - Bad Catholics - After The Party
    2017 Listens: 400+
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  3. May 16, 2017
    6
    The only thing that The Menzingers got consistently right on this album were strong melodic lines, and the overall song structures andThe only thing that The Menzingers got consistently right on this album were strong melodic lines, and the overall song structures and presentations were too clean and careful for their goals, catering only to refined pop-punk lovers. My Score: 117/180 (Good) = 6.5/10 Expand