Sum 41
All Killer No Filler


4.5
superb

Review

by superpeer USER (22 Reviews)
January 17th, 2005 | 144 replies | 33,818 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Sum 41 - All Killer No Filler


Line up for this album :

Deryck Whibley: Vocals, Guitar
Dave Baksh: Guitar, Vocals
Cone: Bass, Vocals
Stevo 32: Drums, Vocals

Released in : 2001


Sum 41, a mainstream pop punk band, loved by many but hated by many for the same reason. However it would be wrong giving them the same stamp as let's say Good Charlotte or New found Glory. They actually bring out a good album here.

I can't say that sum 41 is truly progressive or that they bring a revolution to Pop punk, they sound quite similar to a lot of bands. The difference is that they do it with competent songwriting and instrumental talent. Sum 41's second full length 'All Killer No Filler' is definitely a step up from their debut, they have matured and the songwriting is better. They also included some renewed songs that originally appeared on their first album. Saying that they matured only applies musically, as they present some playful music without issues, sometimes they truly sound like a bunch of high school brats. I can understand how this annoys some people, but it's all quite charming to me, as they know how to use some serious lyrics now and then.

That's one of the strong points on the album, it's a fun album to listen to. Another strong point is the aforementioned instrumental performance. First of all the guitar work, there's some metal influence in the music, but not as much as on their next album. Except the entire 'Pain For Pleasure' song of course, which is an ode to Glam metal and a song appreciated by many that were weary of sum 41's other work.

Some songs contain some very atypical solos or riffs for the pop punk genre, but then again, solos are quite often not standard in pop punk. For example 'I'm into deep' has a nice tapping solo. The drummer, although seeming mentally challenged, is a talented musician, he has some great drumfills and even a short drum solo here and there. The bass doesn't really 'catch the ear', but he has his moments and he's surely not untalented.

Usually, the most important thing about pop punk is the catchiness of the songs, and there is no lack of this and even though they tend to base their songs on the same formula, they never allow you to get bored. You will be whistling these songs all day. I can't think of a bad song on the album.

The only problem on the album might be the slight lack of variation, although there are some unorthodox influences here and there. The metal influence that I mentioned that even appears in the lyrics : "Maiden and Priest were the Gods that we praised" and in the slightly demonic narrating intro, that could easily be found on any metal album. 'Pain for Pleasure' is the biggest change in the album, but as it ends the album it only seems like a bonus track. There's also a bit of Hip Hop influence, mainly in 'Fat Lip'. Most riffs and melodies are quite alike though, only the summery opening riff from 'In too deep' seems different.

Recommended songs :

Nothing on my back : Just very catchy, with a lot of fast and slow parts
Never wake up : Although this song is only 50 seconds long, I absolutely love it. Nice drumming, catchy, good stuff.
In Too Deep : This song just puts a smile on your face, and you have to love the short solo in it.
Pain for Pleasure : All hail 80's Glam Metal \m/ !!!

In conclusion : A fun, catchy pop punk album that doesn't exist of solely power chords and simpleness and despite of having an ugly album cover the cd is actually quite good.

4.5/5, a definite recommendation for pop punk fans.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bizzyD
February 8th 2005


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okey WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM ASS FACE STEVO IS NOT METALLY CHALENGED

superpeer
February 20th 2005


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shut up. You're a lot more mentally challenged.

ilovesk8ting
April 26th 2005


28 Comments


hes not mentally chalenged Sum is a good band and their getting better

holygrape
June 1st 2005


9 Comments


Wicked album 5/5

Desensitized
July 20th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Their most overrated album, hands down. HHOP and all the ones after this are FAR superior.

Too many of the songs sound WAY to 'samey'....

2 Out Of 5.

Rudd13
July 20th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Overrated, my ass. This is sum*41 at their best. Cause, as we can see, Chuck didnt bring many good news to the fans.

mhmmm, "Samey"?...........sure, I'll buy it.:thumb:This Message Edited On 10.22.05

jimbobcook183
July 21st 2005


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album, i got it when it first came out and i still listen to it. my favs are rhythms and motivation. i dont think the drummer is mentally challenged but apart from that great review

AmericnZero02
August 6th 2005


3340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good album. i dont know if this album deserves a 4.5 overall. But as far as pop-punk goes, its definitely a 4.5. Really really catchy tunes while at the same time some good riffs. "Pain for Pleasure" is a tight track even though its really short.

DaveBakshrockshard
September 7th 2005


3 Comments


Please tell me your joking...
good charlotte...
new found glory...
its insulting that you even mentioned them in the same sentence as sum 41.
all killer no filler is an amazing album.

masada
October 16th 2005


2733 Comments


"Pain for Pleasure" owns. =cO

kolzig33189
October 16th 2005


335 Comments


decent album but no way a 4.5...maybe a 3 or 3.5. there are some good songs but contrary to the title there are some filler tracks

SELHIM
October 16th 2005


62 Comments


I heard S** 41 did something with Iggy Pop earlier. Is that true?

Two-Headed Boy
October 29th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

all killer no thriller more like it.

Two-Headed Boy
October 29th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sorry. My friend made that comment. He's not the most intellegent person...This Message Edited On 04.05.06

Neoteric
October 29th 2005


3243 Comments


Nice comment.

:rolleyes:

TheBassicBassist
February 25th 2006


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's slightly odd that you would hint Steve as being mentally challenged, but I like the review anyways, and have loved the album for a long time now

Drummer Freak 911
February 26th 2006


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In too deep and fat lip were awesome songs

labonza01
March 12th 2006


546 Comments


ive never been a fan of sum 41, but i just wanted to tell you that new found glory also has metal influences in their guitar work, and they put out consistantly good albums. anyway, good review

atheistpeace
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what is your basis of pointing out that steve is mentally challenged? he has the bst dives in the in too deep video!

MyRamona
March 19th 2006


1075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably the best new school pop punk act around. 3/5 (5/5 when I was 12)



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