Fucked Up
Hidden World


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Turner-Heffer USER (38 Reviews)
June 6th, 2007 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ontario 5-piece produce one of the most challenging Hardcore Punk records of all time for their debut.

If there was ever going to be a modern band that was going to completely split its audience in (post)post-modern 2006, I think here we would have our answer. Punk Rock's best kept secret came out of Toronto, Canada and as their catchy name suggests, couldn't really care less who takes notice. Of course, they knew someone would notice as the amount of confidence exerted by every guitar line and vocal howl on this record shows; it is enough to ignore any piece of inevitable piece of criticism that 'oh, the songs are too long for hardcore' and 'I've heard these riffs before in the 80's.' But if you are part of the cult that let F.U into your lives and really felt what it is they are doing, chances are this was one of your favourite records of the year, and potentially, of all time.

The simple fact is, is that not for a long, long, long time have a hardcore punk record felt so alive, so exciting, so full of energy. The fact that this band bothered to do the maturing process before releasing a full release LP is very asserting, and the production of this record (both the incredible instrumental side and the packaging, promotion and general air of mystery surrounding the band) just makes it all the more exciting. Opener 'Crusades' completely smashes, kicks and screams this record (after a lengthy feedback ridden, female vocal intro set alongside apocalyptic sound bytes) into action and is a fantastic introduction to a truly massive record. And this continues on into the first few songs, 'Baiting the Public' for instance is just a fantastic balls-to-the-wall rock out that verges between Black Flag's original style with Pink Floyd's psychedelic rock. Or the "shout-a-long" chuggery of 'Two Snakes' and its title that is confidently riffed though on.

The first half of the album plays like a conventional punk rock album in its conviction and appearance which seems very much convincing enough to make you jump, dance and shout "YEAH!", but then from the title track 'Hidden World' onwards, the tracks get bigger, more expansive and more experimental, all without losing the sound that got it there in the first place - the title track itself end on just a repeating melody being whistled for thirty seconds in a chirpy manner.

Because of all its brashness, its obvious homages to Black Flag and The Clash and subtle hints at experimentation, 'Hidden World' as a whole makes F.U's appeal all the more attractive. Yes, there is a fairly linear rhythm running throughout this record, but its the spaces where it branches off (much like Godspeed You! Black Emperor) that gives this record its flow. To a lot of 'Hidden World''s peers, it will all just seem a bit too much of the same throughout, but for the rest, it is one of the most challenging, mature, thought provoking and most of all; God-dammed "alive" feeling modern punk rock record you'll hear giving the whole genre the massive kick up the arse it thoroughly deserves.

Yes, it is a very long album and yes, there is a lot of repetition, but if you can just turn it up to 11 and sit through it and stay interested (thanks to the few small breathers this record does offer, i.e; the wonderful end of 'Blaze of Glory' and its complete anti-climax after the building crescendo), feel the incredible production, listen to the intense density with the huge amount of layers and appreciate the intelligence, in lyrics, songwriting and concept, this could well be your new favourite record and one you'll return to time and time again afterwards.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Justanothernimrod
June 6th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band pretty much completely consumed my life not too long ago, I thoroughly recommend EVERYONE check out the mp3 I've included with this review. It won't be for everyone but its worth enough for at least everyone to try out (I feel)

also you can stream this album off their last FM page;

http://www.last.fm/music/Fucked+Up/Hidden+World

ta xo

RandyfromPennywise
June 6th 2007


752 Comments


Good review. I won't check this out, but really the band name is great.

Justanothernimrod
June 6th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for the comment at least then! This Message Edited On 06.06.07

cbmartinez
June 6th 2007


2525 Comments


"Baiting The Public" is my fave from this album.

Intransit
June 6th 2007


2797 Comments


I need this. Good work.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 6th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

approve this man! great review. I need to find this.

MeowMeow
June 6th 2007


662 Comments


I'm not a very big fan of hardcore punk, but I might check this out. Great fucking review.

CushMG15
June 6th 2007


1803 Comments


I like the posted song, I'll look into this further at some point. Very good review, you do good work.

Justanothernimrod
June 6th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks everyone, I think yeah this could easily be a band those that don't listen to punk rock all the time could really appreciate (or really hate, either way)

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 6th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I bought it today and find it amazing how they could hold up a punk song for 5 minutes plus and not get too repetitive. It's pretty good so far.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 6th 2007


3996 Comments


This is what I imagine ALL or Face to Face would sound like if they were trying to be melodic hardcore.

Justanothernimrod
June 7th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ALL?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 7th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/band/ALL

ALL.

Justanothernimrod
June 7th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fair play, never heard of them.

Crusades added! everyone take a listen to that too but that first hit of the drums makes me grin from ear to ear every time xo

IgniteYourAvail
June 7th 2007


41 Comments


Fusty Walrus!ed Up!

haha.

But seriously, Fu‪cked Up rule hard.

RandyfromPennywise
June 7th 2007


752 Comments


[QUOTE=Just another Nimrod]thanks for the comment at least then! [/QUOTE]I voted as well.

EDIT: Yeah ALL, do you know the Descendents? ALL is a lot like them. In fact, it is them!This Message Edited On 06.07.07

AlienEater
June 8th 2007


716 Comments


good album but it gets really repetitive

Justanothernimrod
June 8th 2007


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ah fair game yeah I know the Descendents, awesome stuffs.

The opening CRASH on Crusades really makes me smile

Slaapkamers
June 8th 2007


596 Comments


It's good.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 8th 2007


2125 Comments


I listened to the mp3 and thought it was meh, but this isn't my thing at all, so yeah.



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