The Arrivals

Goodbye New World

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A young punk band from Chicago, the Arrivals certainly don't bring anything even mildly new to the genre. The guitarist is pretty good and they've come up with some OK melodies, but it would be surprising if anyone were to get excited over Goodbye New World. The CD booklet has their lyrics displayed on various surfaces (written on a record player, held up on a large piece of paper by a bunch of kids), but this is hardly an original idea and you can't read most of them. The songwriting is also uneven. There are some emo moments that work and they do occasionally sound like Naked Raygun, one of Chicago's great punk bands, but the best songs are the ones where one of the singers shouts with what sounds like a fake English accent. That's says something about this less-than-thrilling effort.

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