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The Academy Is...
I'm sorry to all those faithful The Academy Is... fans, but frankly, I cannot stand this album. I've had it for a while but never really listened to it, and once I gave it some serious attention, I was sorely disappointed. It is the same uncatchy pop-punk that pervades recent Warped Tour line ups. Almost Here offers nothing new, nothing original, nothing but ephemeral tunes and nauseating choruses. Any merit deserved by the lyrics, which seemed above average, were thrashed by the singer's repetitive vocals that seem to lack any emotion.
If you must check this out, I recommend The Phrase That Pays, Attention, and Checkmark
Protest the Hero
This album is absolutely mindblowing in the way of musicianship. The relentless guitar riffing, the subtle yet authoritative bass lines, and Rody's impressive vocal range are all adequately showcased throughout the track list, and they easily compete with that of metal's greats. Yet Fortress lacks what Kezia possessed in great abundance: the sort of cohesiveness that transforms a group of songs into an album. That intangible element is what makes Kezia classic in my eyes. The first time I decided to listen to K. all the way through, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and chills went down my spine. It displays unthinkable songwriti
Five Iron Frenzy
Our Newest Album Ever!
Set Your Goals
It's All In Your Head
Last Stop Suburbia
The thing about Allister is they are all about writing catchy music, and not about writing GOOD music, and believe me, there is a big difference. While I am a fan of pop-punk, this album to me is like a cheap off-brand version of similar bands in the genre, such as New Found Glory and early Sum 41. Somewhere On Fullerton, Radio Player and Scratch are the highlights of this embarrassment of a pop-punk record.
Dead ends And Girlfriends
While this album is poor, it is still better than Allister's later albums, which feel like beating the same dead horse. You should check out Jacob Thinks I'm Gay, as it features quite a catchy tune and amusing lyrics. Overall, a less-than-average record from a less-than-average band.
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