Less Than Jake
Hello Rockview


4.0
excellent

Review

by TNT USER (4 Reviews)
April 28th, 2005 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Sorry if this review seems terribly short and to the point, but I wrote it in a rush. Bear with me!


Chris - Vocals/Guitar
Roger - Bass/Vocals
Vinnie - Drums/Lyrics
Pete - Trombone
Derron - Bari Sax
Buddy - Trombone


The Songs


Last One Out Of Liberty City kicks off the record with a high-pitched squeak, and from there on the song kicks it into full gear. As one of the faster paced songs, Last One Out Of Liberty City definitely starts Hello Rockview on a good note. The bass line is off the chart in this one. The opener alone sets the tone for the rest of the album.


Which then leads us into Help Save The Youth Of America. An almost acoustic sounding guitar introduces the vocals; this song has a really good melody and rhythm. However, it's the electric is what makes this song really enjoyable. The chorus is also quite awesome and well penned. This is one of the better arranged tracks on Hello Rockview.


The best known song on Hello Rockview, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads, is the main reason why I purchased the CD from the beginning. I immediately recognized the song from a videogame (I believe it was a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game) and made a promise to myself to go out and buy the album that it was on. Low and behold, this is a great song. On the other hand, it is slightly overrated and gets a bit repetitive and tiring after dozens of listens.


Five State Drive is up next, and I love the horn section in it. More than anything it sounds like it belongs on a much earlier LTJ album, but only because it sounds a lot less hard rock and a lot more ska. As with most of the songs, I again like the chorus, which is catchy and stands out.


Nervous In The Alley has always been my personal favorite song by Less Than Jake, if only because of the awesome intro than anything. With heavy bass stomps throughout, awesome lyrics, an even more awesome chorus, and just an overall ska feel, this is your best bet for a good time. Definitely the number one LTJ anthem ever.


Song numero seis, Motto, is one of the only songs I don't really like. It sounds and feels like filler material, and much too pop-punk perceptible. The lyrics are the only thing that I find to be worthy of praise, but this really deserves to be on a "MTV Best Of" compilation, not a Less Than Jake album.


But back into the game is LTJ after History of a Boring Town comes swinging through. A lot of people have complained that this song is far too poppy, and while I do actually agree, I think it's a good change. Unlike Motto, this song actually has a good pace and beat, and the chorus is untouchable. There's also an interesting story to add to it all.


"Where's the politics?" I felt like asking aloud that question as The Great American Sharpshooter blasts from my earphones. But regardless of the oddball title, this song is pretty rockin'. Quicker than anything you've heard so far on Hello Rockview, TGAS is a minute and twenty-eight seconds of excellence.


Danny Says is yet another filler song, but I give it the edge over Motto by just a little. While it has no good bass or guitar lines, the drums more than make up for it. But again, quite a lackluster and skippable number.


Before the thirty second mark in Big Crash, I loved it. It begins to slow down, but then picks up again with an extraordinary chorus and continues on in a stylish fashion until the end. Another great song, regardless of the minor pause in excellence for the twenty or so seconds.


Theme Song For H Street is another song that seems to belong on another album, not this one. Three fillers now...


Richard Allen George... No, It's Just Cheez is a short but sweet affair, and I love how it's poundingly speedy. I would've loved it even more if it last a minute or two longer, though! The vocalist, Chris, sounds awesome in this one. The drunken chant to end the song is a waste of time, but hey, LTJ can have fun with their songs sometimes :]


Scott Farcas Takes It On The Chin is the coolest. The beginning drum pedaling is a great way to start, and the best of the whole record!


And what is there to say about Al's War, the ending to an epic record? Three words: What a bang!


So what are you waiting for? Go buy yourself a copy of one of the best ska CD's out there!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
choke383
April 29th 2005


66 Comments


the game the meltalheads song is from Street Sk8ter

choke383
April 29th 2005


66 Comments


my two first fav song were Richard and Big Crash, now its Als war and motto.
its a good cd, all songs are good


TNT
May 30th 2005


2 Comments


It was also in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
June 2nd 2005


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice REview! i fucking love this cd. out of the 4 ltj cds that i have, this is probalby the 2nd best. hey, thats still ok. um... i guess that that's all i have to say. again, nice review. YAY!

bassmaster81
June 2nd 2005


11 Comments


does anyone know if less than jake has ska sucks on an album?

Chilly-Bean-Bop
June 2nd 2005


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think that it probably is. go to lessthanjake.com and then discography to try and find out. i know that it isnt on any of their recent cds. there are a lot of songs and crap thats on that page though, so it might take a while.

Desensitized
July 20th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Theme Song For H Street' is filler? It's my second fave on the album. The only mediocre song on this one is 'Great American Sharpshooter', this album is excellent otherwise.

angelo_d_necro
September 9th 2005


43 Comments


this album is one of my guilty pleasures, its just good dumb fun, and can't be faulted for energy or enthusiasm

kolzig33189
October 17th 2005


335 Comments


awesome cd. history of a boring town is probly my favorite cuz of the arrangement and lyrics. excellent review

Zebra
Moderator
October 17th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to love this cd when I was younger. This was my favorite LTJ cd, the first three tracks were awesome. I'll have to pull this out and listen to it again.

NuMetalMania
January 19th 2006


325 Comments


Awful, the first time i heard this CD i automatically threw it across the road.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
January 19th 2006


344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

:eek:
:upset:

drumorange
February 14th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all my best friends are metalheads is one of my alltime favorite songs. I even covered it in my ska band..

kolzig33189
February 14th 2006


335 Comments


and i would like to say in this review that those people who think that guy from green day or blink 182 are the best punk bassists ever have defintely not heard any of rogers linesThis Message Edited On 02.14.06

Yasgotcha69
February 16th 2006


18 Comments


Can somebody tell me what album "Soundcheck" is on? I own most of the Jake albums and I can't seem to find it on any album listings anywhere--even on the ones I don't have.

Was it released on an EP or something?


itastelikeink
February 16th 2006


27 Comments


which tony hawk is it on? i wanted to hear less than jake for the longest time, but nevergot around to it. i want to find it. and who the hell is jake

Desensitized
February 19th 2006


136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Soundcheck" is on "Losers, Kings, And Things We Don't Understand".

"All My Best Friends Are Metalheads" is on Tony Hawk 3.

This is one hell of a great album.

itastelikeink
March 3rd 2006


27 Comments


ha ha!!! finally!! i found the cd, and it was well worth the journey to target. one hell of a good cd. but i still dont know who jake is

itastelikeink
March 3rd 2006


27 Comments


i figured it would be a member of the band like breaking benjamin, because benjamin is the lead singer. why they are breaking him, i dont know.

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
March 19th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First LTJ album I ever got. I got into LTJ because of THPS3. It had All my Bestfriends are Metalheads on it, and it made me want to get this album. This album didn't leave my cd player for monthes after that, and even now, it quite often frequents the car stereo and the mp3 playlist.



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