Fifty Nutz

The Last Word

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Brimming with punk rock chords in the vein of emocore bands such as A New Found Glory and blink-182, this record presents an above-average performance. Kicking things off with "Pastime Glories," the group has its pulse on three-chord heaven while drummer Laurent Lapierre-Ladoux works overtime. It's also a winding tune in that it moves into a singalong style near its conclusion. "Great Expectations" has some sweet harmonies over primal guitar riffs and a great rhythm section. A majority of the tracks don't fit the usual punk format, and clock in at over three minutes. But it's a tempo that the band seems quite comfortable with. "Self Man Made" is one of the album's high points and follows a formula perfected by groups like Jimmy Eat World and the aforementioned A New Found Glory. The extended solos here are another strong asset. Unfortunately, "James D." is quite fragmented, swerving from an aggressive style to a more laid-back 4/4 framework with mixed results. "In Spite of You" returns the group to an even punk keel, with the rhythm section taking control of the airtight arrangement. There is also an element of synth pop during the opening of "Muffin," but a sea of electric guitars quickly drowns out the subtle keyboards. Some of the latter songs on the record may come across as filler, especially "Crying Out Loud." It's a case of the band walking down the same path one too many times. "Anything From Me" sounds slightly refreshing, though, in its stop-and-start style.

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