MxPx
Panic


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fox83 USER (9 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2005 | 39 replies | 7,667 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


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REVIEW: MXPX - PANIC
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 7, 2005

I should not be reviewing this album - at least not to a mixed crowd. Since sophomore year of high school I have been investing in all MxPx has to offer, and reviewing one of their albums is difficult unless handing copies to my friends and other MxPx fans.

This review WILL be biased - no doubts there, but this is an album I've been waiting to hear and share with everyone - which is why I obtained it before its release date, ruined the experience of a new MxPx album, and decided to spoil it for the rest of you!

Let's put it out on the table, Before Everything and After was easily the most pop MxPx had ever gotten. Everything Sucks (When You're Gone) as a single should sell that concept to you right now. I didn't hate BEAA, I just missed the MxPx that could create an album worth of crowd pleasers. An MxPx set list is hard to tamper with after years of music, and BEAA didn't have many songs which could hold up to their past. Fortunately, the band went back to the drawing board and released an album which offers a few punk rock gems. While the album isn't quite as good as their past CDs, it really shines at some points and even when it doesn't, you won't find much filler around. The album is quite solid, and if anything it excites any fan into hoping for a great progression in albums to come. In fact, reviewing this album almost compels me to get away from the letter grading and move to a five star scale. I believe B would be the equivalent of three stars, yet a B looks more impressive. Regardless, here's what I think:

1. The Darkest Places - An exciting return to form for MxPx. This song really brings you back to the days of "Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo" with quicker lyrics, more distortion, and the extra punch that BEAA sorely needed. An absolute perfect opener to blaze away from their past album. A+

2. Young and Depressed - MxPx don't miss a beat as they churn into this track. Once again, I can't help get the old school MxPx feel as I hear this album. While it may not have the same insane percussion work that Life In General had, the verses bring a nostalgic feel that fans can't avoid. This song has some quick verses with a catchy chorus which maintains the slight dark ambiance this record has already been glazed with. It's great to hear MxPx singing about anything relating to depression rather than eating popcorn while watching The Late Show. A-

3. Heard That Sound - This is considered their first 'single.' SideOneDummy is too independent to release anything over ClearChannel, but has MxPx ever gotten such a privilege? Even on three albums worth of material on a major label? They haven't - which surprises me as to why they'd make such a radio friendly song as this even as they move away from A&M. Regardless, this song has the typical MxPx feel, but doesn't really do too much for me. Don't get me wrong - it maintains it's place with the rest of the album, but it's clearly meant to open new listeners to the band. A mid-tempo track with catchy riffs and harmonies. The last minute or so justifies a song which is a pop-infused notch above filler. B

4. Cold Streets - So far, this song is a little more edgy than the others. A song about loneliness is still nice to hear after such a sugar coated, ear-to-ear grinning album like their previous effort. Darker distortion fills Mike's chants of "I hear the cold streets callin me!" Verses build into a more uplifting chorus, of course. A good example of what this album is about, although not the most ambitious song on the album. B

5. The Story - Taking the heavier influences a step further after the last track, MxPx begin with a churning verse displaying vocals that remind me more of an emo attempt on Mike's part. It doesn't feel quite in place, but my personal history as an MxPx fan may stand in the way of that. The chorus redeems any of the discomfort of this song. It maintains the catchy punk rock that MxPx got me into. Another good example of what MxPx is going for on Panic. B

6. Wrecked Hotel Rooms - Reportedly the slowest song on this album, Wrecked Hotel Rooms has the usual MxPx production (most recognizable in choice of guitar work) while providing decent vocal harmonies with Mark Hoppus' accompaniment. I can see this song being a fan favorite for concerts even though it's not entirely appealing to me. Hoppus adds a nice touch to the track, and Wrecking Hotel Rooms does add a nice touch to this album as a whole. B-

7. Late Again - Maybe it's my long standing support of MxPx coming across again, but this is probably one of the most unique pop efforts they have had. The song has an acoustic/electric guitar fusion bouncing across a country (no worries) rhythm. It could also be compared to an Irish influence a la the Pogues or Dropkick Murphys, particularly when they are all chanting the chorus as the beat goes on. This song could be seen as annoying after repetitive listenings, but I'm going more with the catchy appeal of it. It's one of those tracks that you'll be searching for after you "skim" over the CD your second time. A-

8. Kicking and Screaming - This song offers a hard-punching chorus while few verses surround it. A pretty straight forward song is delivered with more abstract structure. Aside from the repetitive breaks into the chorus, this song is enjoyable to listen to purely due to the familiar MxPx formula disrupted by the occasional attempts to evolve into something fresh for an album that has supported just that. B+

9. Grey Skies Turn Blue - This song was already released on their B-Movie DVD/CD combo. It's nice to hear the plugged version of this song. I wasn't too into the acoustic version, but this has definitely revived my interest in the song. I would say this song has the most similarity to what was offered on The Everpassing Moment. It's hard to ignore the Costello-influenced keyboard effects. B+

10. Emotional Anarchist - For those intrigued by the title, this song is about a person who avoids any emotional stimulation because of past scars. This song grew on me from the start. Very catchy, yet very different in MxPx terms. The track comes and goes in barely two minutes. Worth it's weight on the album without a doubt. A-

11. Call In Sick - Easily the most familiar MxPx song on the album. This could have been on any of their past three albums. It has the tone of Slowy Going the Way of The Buffalo, the chorus of Everpassing Moment, and the bridge of Before Everything and After. If you aren't following any MxPx references, this is a very memorable, very bouncy popfest of punk. MxPx did well to place it on this album. If they hadn't, it may not have gotten the edge it needed to blend in with the rest of Panic. I can't help but get a nostalgic feel when I hear this song, and now my bias kicks in. A+

12. Get Me Out - Such a strong departure from the last song, and although "Get Me Out" is the hardest track on the album, this isn't something MxPx haven't done before. Slowly Going the Way Of the Buffalo had "Fist vs. Tact," which offered the same effect. I do like "Get Me Out." It succeeds at the screamo attempt more than I thought they were capable of. It's also worth its weight on the album primarily because it doesn't put much weight on. Two minutes come and go, and we are listening to track 13, but "Get Me Out" did not go unnoticed. B

13. Waiting for the World to End - A good song with unique production choices. A hint of strings accompanies the track here and there surrounding the usual catchy melodies and harmonies. Strong lyrically as well - something which I haven't commented much on up until this point. While not the best, it is certainly one of the stronger songs as a whole. B

14. This Weekend - I have to start by saying that this is a much better version of "GSF." Hardcore MxPx fans will feel offended since GSF has been an endearing B side for quite some time, but there are reasons it was a B side and This Weekend is not. A slow bounce surrounds this closer. A perfect song to end a perfectly imperfect MxPx album. Play this one for your girlfriend when she asks who MxPx is (after you play Punk Rawk Show, Tomorrow is Another Day, My Life Story, etc. etc.) A



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Damrod
Moderator
May 23rd 2005



1093 Comments


Not bad, though a bit more information on the musical aspects in terms of musicianship (guitar sound, bass lines, drumming) would make it even better.

Still nice work :thumb:

captain chris
May 25th 2005



73 Comments


I have never been to sure about MxPx, still not 100% come to think of it but this will help me in my view of them, a pretty good review.

smooches xxx

skamskendall
May 27th 2005



1 Comments


all i can say is i pray to God that its better than BEAA.

whaler5
May 30th 2005



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i cant wait for this album to come out

whaler5
June 12th 2005



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i got it. Its probably mxpx's 2nd best cd after life and general

Rudd13
December 10th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was going to review this earlier this year. I used to like the band a lot but all their work gets painfully boring. This album kinda sucks too.

Trexrosphere
January 25th 2006



50 Comments


This... was long. Good, but long. Its obvious you know your MxPx, very well. Honestly, they are one of my top bands i like, but some things i didnt look at like i do now. great job.

Trexrosphere
January 26th 2006



50 Comments


Good review. I love This alblum.

backinhindsight
February 6th 2006



198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought this was a great album and compared to there older albums such as Teenage Politics it really shows maturity in both music and vocals, Mike sounds a lot older, I love this album

backinhindsight
February 6th 2006



198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was looking at the "Top Punk Albums of 2005" thing and even though this album has a high enough score to be on the list somewhere in the middle its not.....why is that?

Hunter555
April 2nd 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a masterpiece and their best album by far.
Their other 11 or so albums totaled about 7 or 8 songs. If you know what I mean.
All 14 of these songs are different, original, and awesome.
I would give it a 5*, but it contains to much of the major 1-5-6-4 progression that hundreds of neo-punk songs contain.
the review sucks

f_u_c_t
June 16th 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album still doesnt have the release date under it, on main MxPX album page.

onefortheman25
June 16th 2006



196 Comments


I'm glad that it got a decent review

Hunter555
June 19th 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First 9 songs are kickass.
The rest eat s h i t .


overdriven101
June 19th 2006



272 Comments


your mamma eats S H I T

f_u_c_t
June 19th 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ its feels like im back in Junior High.

south_of_heaven 11
July 15th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm actually thinking about picking this up. I used to be one monster of an MxPx fan, and I still think they're cool as fuck.

f_u_c_t
July 15th 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah ^^ thats how i was before i picked this up. Used to be a big fan, but really this album didnt help become a big fan again. But really its still a nice buy worth a few listens

jessika
July 20th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i loved this album
still do actually


Hunter555
July 24th 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

overdriven101
[06.19.06]
your mamma eats S H I T
That sounds like something i would say.
I jsut got tired of this overnight.




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