Various Artists

Beginning of the End

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Hundreds of punk collections appear every year, with bands from all over the country playing the same sort of poppy punk. The problem with this sort of compilation is that unless the songs are extraordinarily good, it can be easy to forget about them after listening. There is simply too much music like this floating around the underground, and a band has to absolutely shine in order to stand out. Midtown opens the album with a winner, the dynamic and catchy "Recluse." The Impossibles offer some of the rawest emotion on the album with their emo anthem "Oxygen," while Samiam offers up the moodier side of emo on the excellent "Paraffin." Mock Orange's slightly angular take on the sharp "She Runs the Ride" is another standout track, and the Travoltas practically steal the show with their Beach Boys-patterned twist on punk rock, "Alright." The bands here are not bad at all; in fact, there is very little to complain about on this batch of songs. The only issue that stands out is how much of this music is here considering how similar it all really sounds. Many of the bands blend together, and the same hooks and vocal lines appear on various songs throughout the album. The compilation tries to spread out the various punk rock styles as much as possible, but in general this is a fun but unmemorable collection of similar-sounding tracks with a few exceptions.

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