Against Me!
Reinventing Axl Rose


3.5
great

Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
December 20th, 2006 | 195 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Anarchists are funny creatures. I remember my first encounter, or known encounter, with their kind. It was about 16 months ago, and as usual on a September afternoon, me and my neighborhood chums were out playing some football. Another kid, who we happen to call Milhouse (because he just popped up in my house the first day he moved to the neighborhood) was playing, and I noticed a beanie with a large, italic “A” on the front. I asked him, what exactly that meant, and he responded “It means I’m an anarchist! I do what I want!” Suddendly, a car came around the bend, and Milhouse started freaking out, saying “Oh shit if my mom sees me wearing this hat, I’m dead!”

Of course, me and my other friends found this contrast of statements quite humorous, and so, we proceeded to make fun of him for, well, we’re still making fun of him, though in less frequent doses. But one gag I remember distinctly is deciding to make a mix CD for him. In the search for songs, I came across Baby, I’m an Anarchist! by Against Me! Of course, I had to download this song for our friend, and after a listen to it for myself, I downloaded a couple of their other singles as well.

Over the next 12 months, I frequently listened to the songs and quite enjoyed them, but never committed to obtaining a full album, in fear that these anarchists would be as full of shit as our friend, Milhouse. But, finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer, and I finally downloaded the bands debut LP Reinventing Axl Rose.

Now, only previously hearing “Baby, I’m an Anarchist!”, “Sink, Florida, Sink”, and “Don’t Lose Touch” I wasn’t quite ready for what was awaiting me on this album. Those songs consisted mainly of soft vocals, when I heard Tom Gabel screaming his heart out, it had me quite surprised. Another surprise was the content of the opener Pints of Guinness Make You Strong. With a name like that, a person can’t be blamed for thinking the song was going to be a mindless song about getting drunk, but instead, it happens to be an ode to lost love. While Gabel’s voice may not be appealing to most, there’s no contesting that it’s full of emotion when he sings lines such as “Well I swear to god that I'll love you forever/Evelyn, I'm not coming home tonight”. With the songs “marching-band” like drums and Irish riff, and emotional lyrics, it instantly become a favorite of mine, and is still my favorite song off the album to this day, but that’s not to say the rest disappoints.


I happen to be a big fan of the drums, and not just because drummer Warren Oakes has one of the greatest beards ever worn by a musician, but instead because of the pre-chorus to I Still Love You Julie where Gabel in the band belt out the fantastic line “Maybe somehow/this scam/will still save us all!” and starts beating the hell out of the drums. It may be a simple task for any drummer, but here it’s used perfectly, and very catchy. Personally, I find the bass a bit disappointing. Just as Andrew Seward’s beard fades in comparison to Oakes’s beard, I often can’t tell if it’s the bass I’m hearing or the drums, though I suppose that’s the production teams fault, and not Seward’s. However, there are some very notable basslines on I Still Love You Julie, Waking is Still Honest, The Politics of Starving. Just like the bass, the guitar isn’t too spectacular. It mainly consists of simple chords, but every once in a while there are some pretty nifty riffs, such as the 50s-esque riff found in the intro to Baby, I’m an Anarchist!.

But where Gabel may lack in his guitar playing, he makes up for in writing the lyrics. Against Me! are quite the political group, and the best example of this is the oft-mentioned, Baby, I’m an Anarchist. It’s a breakup song of sorts, detailing how Gabel has had enough of his democracy loving girl. With lines such as “Through the best of times/Through the worst of times/Through Nixon and through Bush”, it’s a fun listen for the anarchist in all of us, and a little of that anarchist will feel the heartbreak when Gabel wails “But when it came time to throw bricks/Through that Starbucks window/You left me all alone”. Another song detailing the life of an anarchist is the tune Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious which greatly describes the beliefs and morals of anarchist much better than some teenage tool proclaiming “I’m an anarchist! I do what I want”.

Anarchists are funny creatures. Some are just there, so they can say “I don’t care what you think, I do what I want” and have no idea what being an anarchist truly is. But then there’s our friends Against Me! who truly understand the concept and will die full of pride for their loyalty to it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I TOLD YOU TO PUT SOME PARAGRAPHS TOGETHER

wtf man wtf those three littles one could be combined into a nice big one.This Message Edited On 12.20.06

iarescientists
December 20th 2006


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did, but it didn't do it, and now I just edited it.

JEEZE!!!!!!!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok have your vote whore

iarescientists
December 20th 2006


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Chan]ok have your vote whore[/quote]

Shhhhhhhhh! Not so loud, Jack the Ripper may be lurking about!

metallicaman8
December 20th 2006


4677 Comments


Great work, especially with the intro

pos-age

The Sludge
December 20th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tend to like this album, like I had fun reading this review. Anarchy is something that I think I'll never grasp for the simple fact it's based on no rules, and we ALL need rules.

Intransit
December 20th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good work on this one, although you could have put a bit more into describing the album.

I think every member of the band contributes to this one excellently. The songwriting is pretty arsekicking as well. The only things I dislike about this album is the shat production and Gabel's screaming voice. 8 Full Hours of Sleep is one of the greatest songs ever though.

Also, I think a lot of people seem to mistake some of the lyrics for being serious. Tom Gabel has said before that lyrics to songs like "Reinventing Axl Rose" are really meant as a jest to people who hold those views.



iarescientists
December 20th 2006


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

canyoneer, I sent you a friend request on last.fm like a week ago and you've yet to accept....is it cause I smell bad

(my username on that is rsoxfan22)

Intransit
December 20th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

chu talkin bout Willis?

hahah, I didnt get the email sorry. I just added you.

Henrik
December 21st 2006


26 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums ever... And Against Me! aren't anarchists, at least not anymore. This is in my opinion their best work, but everything before searching for a former clarity is awesome.

iarescientists
December 21st 2006


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And Against Me! aren't anarchists, at least not anymore.

Wikipedia indicates that they are, but I suppose that's not always the most reliable source.

But thanks everybody for the feedback, votes, adds to last.fm, etc.



Henrik
December 21st 2006


26 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ohh yeah, they were once, but now they got on a major label.

viva la revolucion
December 23rd 2006


14 Comments


The lyrics to Reinventing axle rose are not making fun of people who think like that.. at all.

you're mistaking the fact that "baby i'm an anarchist" is tounge in cheek.

EffigyOfTheDamned
December 23rd 2006


11 Comments


If there's anything that really pisses me off about a band is the vocals, and this band's pissed me off plenty.

WIth that said, the lyrics give me a couple seconds of smiling (Of course I had t o READ the lyrics, I couldn't quite understand the screaming, and even with the lyrics in front of me, the vocals were still quite hard to follow).

f_u_c_t
December 24th 2006


1406 Comments


I want this album

south_of_heaven 11
December 25th 2006


5435 Comments


Ok, for seriousness now....is your name really Zach Savage? Cause I know a guy with that being his real name...

EDIT: nvm, the guy I know is like, a year older than me...which you are not.This Message Edited On 12.25.06

f_u_c_t
December 25th 2006


1406 Comments


isnt Zach Savage Slater from Saved by the Bell?

Edit: nope thats Mario somebodyThis Message Edited On 12.25.06

iarescientists
December 25th 2006


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, my real name is Zach Savage, but I live in Connecticut, so you probably don't know me...

TheArtois
February 6th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favourite album ever. Purely because of one thing. Passion.
Its just amazing.

Zmev
February 14th 2007


983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

isnt Zach Savage Slater from Saved by the Bell?

Edit: nope thats Mario somebody


Mario Lopez.

This album is pretty good.



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