Millencolin
Kingwood


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (43 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2005 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Let's put this how it should be. Millencolin are a pop-punk band near to perfection. They started out with the rough anthems from Life On A Plate and Same Old Tunes, but in Februrary of 2000 they released Pennybridge Pionners, undoubtedly one of the best pop-punk albums of all time. Now, 5 years on from that infamous album, they are attempting to redeem themselves after the disappointing Home From Home

This album starts straight away, sending you furiously into the blisteringly fast Farewell My Hell. It's hard not to like the feel of the song, because it sounds like their older stuff. The riff sounds quite dark for them, but it has that pop-punk feel Millencolin have created oh-so well.

We get sent through similar songs Birdie and Cash Or Clash, before reaching the surprisingly melodic Shut Me Out. A very soothing intro graced with the typical Millencolin guitar riffs and drum beats make this song perfect, and Nikola's vocals do sound quite poetic to the music.

This leads into Biftek Supernova, probably the fastest song on the record. Clocking in at a mere 2:16, this song sends you through a journey of hastey anthemic music and bizarre lyrics. You don't expect it after Shut Me Out, but it's such a good surprise track the first time you listen to it.

Now the album leads you through more rough songs for Millencolin. My Name Is Golden sounds similar to Farewell My Hell, playing open strings with the hand on the strings to cause a scratch kind of strumming. It sounds so amazing in this song.

Next is Ray, the "radio" single in my eyes. It's the kind of chirpy pop-punk anthem you would expect Millencolin to release, with cheery lyrics and hooks you just can't hate, no matter how hard you try.

This leads into Novo, with my favourite intro of the CD just because of the panning in the first few seconds. The song however sort of drowns off, trying to recreate Shut Me Out as well as it can but failing miserably.

OK, I lied. Simple Twist Of Fate is probably the fastest song on the album, with a total time of 1:26! Personally I don't like this song, it doesn't sound like Millencolin and it doesn't suit their style. But it does a good job and proves they can play a variety of speeds and sounds without losing their "style".

Stalemate is next, which is a bit of a downer in my eyes again. It's hard to create tracks at the end of the album that keep the listener hooked, especially with such a band like Millencolin who's sound rarely changes. Sadly, track 10 is where I lose a bit of interest...

...But Mooseman's Jukebox quickly picks that up. Thank God, a song I love at the end of a Millencolin album. It's superb, the chorus is undoubtedly the catchiest on the album, but it goes so well with this anthem. It's a shame it's only 2:11, but it's probably my favourite song on the album.

Hard Times has the insanely hard task of a pop-punk closing song. It is also the longest track on the album, taking up just over 4 minutes of this perfectly crafted album. It does a good job though, it doesn't make you want to skip it and turn it off, but at the same time it doesn't sound too amazing after the class pop-punk anthems that have just been playing. Also, the outro is very odd, it kind of just skips like a record. Annoying touch when it's playing on my Zen

After listening to the album in it's entirety again and again, I can safely say that Millencolin are back with a vengence. Skater pop-punk is back as long as they are concerned, and it's come to show all these fucking poser "hardcore" bands how to make music for the fans. Sure, most of the songs sound the same, but Millencolin are that good. Maybe this album isn't the Pennybridge Pioneers they released 5 years ago, but they have done a damn good job trying to recreate it!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aussie_Punk
April 23rd 2005


1 Comments


Good reivew, Great Album!! I like every song and i like the fact that Millencolin have never tried to be anything that they are not. I feel they have been able to combine the style and energy of their earlier records with the maturity of there later ones. Five out of Five for me.

Music_Man89
April 23rd 2005


6 Comments


Great review......millencolin cant go wrong in my mind

SkaRobotArmy
April 23rd 2005


24 Comments


ya, i listened to nothing but Kingwood for 5 days straighter after i bought it, it's something of a big compilation of everything they've done. Moosemans Jukebox and Birdie are probably the best songs but i disagree with him on Stalemate, there is not a bad or dissapointing song on this album, but the worst is likely cash or clash.

AussieTom72
April 23rd 2005


2 Comments


i finally bought home from home, and now my millencolin collection is complete, this is probably my favourite album, kingwood is f*cking awesome, i reckon it competes with Pennybridge!

FauxApathy
August 2nd 2005


98 Comments


I love this album... Novo, Cash or Clash,Shut Me Out, Simple Twist of Hate, and Hard Times Are skippable tracks, but everything else I love.

taylormemer
November 30th 2005


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album Kindwood I though was pretty good. Had some good beats and each song seemed to be quite elegant. A good effort from them I think. Almost compartes to some of their other great albums.

kolzig33189
November 30th 2005


335 Comments


havent bought this yet but pennybridge pioneers, home from home, life on a plate are def in my favorite albums list

Red Cap Brain
December 28th 2005


174 Comments


Every Millencolin album is great except of this one.

Mike Rakhabit
March 21st 2006


34 Comments


Isn't as good as Pennybridge Pioneers but is still a decent album. Highlights are Ray and Cash or Clash

Mr. Wee
March 22nd 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i prefer home from home to this but it still premier league stuff

Serious Joe
March 22nd 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Home from home rocks, this is just another piece of brilliance to the follow up of millencolins success

Crack City Rocker
May 8th 2006


19 Comments


Farewell My Hell always gets stuck in my head

calgone
May 13th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is good but not my favorite..
i love the song my name is golden though.
great review

nightwishmaster
November 29th 2006


65 Comments


I love the album to death but Pennybridge remains the best one

godLike
November 30th 2006


126 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this record is their best. It's more an alternative rock album, with a lot of catchiness and more depth as their previous ones; it's more serious. Best track: Mooseman's Jukebox.


Mr_Coffee
April 5th 2007


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great job, man ;)

This is a stunning album. Millencolin is an amazing band. This is not Pennybridge Pioneers, but hell yes it's superb.

Ridethelightning_9
April 6th 2007


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review dude! yeah this album has brought back the Millencolin of old! Home from Home was not wat i quite had of hoped except for the sensational track Fingers Crossed it is one of there best songs!

But nothing will bert Pennybridge it is just pop punk Gold

upagainstthewall
February 10th 2009


839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A great album. and a nice review.




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This Message Edited On 03.31.09

Douglas
May 7th 2009


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Moosemans Jukebox is a awesome song

moulefanggoule
October 27th 2011


5 Comments


Half of this record is great the other half is filler. No one ever talks about 'for monkeys' these days whic hwas as good as 'life on a plate' and 'pennybridge...'. Just my opinion of course......



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