Long time individuals know that Iâ€™ve had a relationship (or at least feelings, since Iâ€™ve only met them once) with Against Me! for quite a few years. I loved the work that they did on the destroyed full-length album and the â€œCrimeâ€ EP. I still liked their work with â€œReinventing Axl Roseâ€, but the band seemed to fall on hard times with â€œSearching for a Former Clarityâ€ and â€œAs The Eternal Cowboyâ€. However, â€œWhite People For Peaceâ€ is a solid track and an interesting, if not a little strange, video. I thought Iâ€™d give â€œNew Waveâ€ a chance, even though producer Bruce Vig (who did Nirvanaâ€™s â€œNevermindâ€) may just do to the band what Bob Rock did to Metallica (made them suck badly).
â€œNew Waveâ€ is aÂ solid track from Against Me!, and while the bandâ€™s work seems to get lost in a wall of sound at points, the arrangements are spot-on, and both the lead guitars and vocals step up to impress. There is still the discussion of revolution, but it is hidden further behind similies and adjectives on this album. That means that the band may be just talking to the converted, but I would be lying if I said I didnâ€™t like the opening, title track for â€œNew Waveâ€. The vocals sound like they are an octave or a so lower, which is an interesting thing, but this is normalized due to the fact that all of the songs on â€œNew Waveâ€ sound that. Even though the band is on a bigger stage than they have ever been, the tracks on â€œnew Waveâ€ have some spontaneity to them.
This means that the jangly guitars that construe â€œUp The Cutsâ€ call forth older Against Me! disc. The tracks may not be able to be sang along to in the same style as a â€œJordanâ€™s First Choiceâ€ or â€œBurnâ€, but there are moments when the band reaches their old glory. During a track like â€œThrash Unrealâ€, it feels as if Against Me! has moved much more towards the sound of a My Chemical Romance than anything. The same, somewhat-snotty vocals have a lot to do with this, and while the powerful, simple constructs of the band differ from that of MCR, there is some simulation between the two acts. Against Me! makes an interesting albums, but there is not the attention to creating an amazing song as has been present in prior albums. â€œStop!â€ may have a disco sound to it, but the band struggles through â€œNew Waveâ€ to make an album that captures the spark that brought fans to them.
Top Tracks: Piss and Vinegar, Animal