Last of the Famous

Music or the Misery

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The debut album from this band, which features members of Youth of Today and Piebald, among others, is a strong offering of radio-friendly rock ditties. Starting off is "Standing" that is power punk without the whiny, teenage-riddled angst of other bands like A New Found Glory or Simple Plan. Lead signer Daniel Larsson shines on the song that brings to mind a lighter blink-182 or Jimmy Eat World with an anthem-like, singalong chorus. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how cohesive the record is despite all these previous groups and their sonic baggage its members have carried. "One in a Million" is another smart, energetic and hook-filled song that keeps the momentum in the vein of Sum 41. The stellar "Fingers Twisting" has a certain melancholia about it despite the constant rapid-fire drumming of Alex Garcia-Rivera that again recalls blink-182 circa Josie. Unfortunately, "No More Nightmares" sounds too pre-polished and telegraphed to make a huge impact on the listener. A few turns and twists on the punk format are quite refreshing and welcome, as "Carry on Strong" still has brawn but enough infectious melodies to win over the harshest of anti-punk hearts. But once again there tends to be some tracks that come off as filler, particularly the safe and rudimentary "Fourteen" that is a B-side at best. A great highlight, though, is the glowing and tight "Eternal Flames" and "Problem," which rely less on the punishing riffs and more on the crowd-pleasing, toe-tapping tempos. This is despite the fact "Problem" is less than two minutes long. "Fight Till I Die" is standard old-school punk that doesn't seem to hit the mar,k though. Overall it is a promising debut with generally good results.

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