Sum 41
Half Hour Of Power


3.0
good

Review

by USER (14 Reviews)
June 18th, 2005 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Sum 41 - Half Hour Of Power

Mercury Records 2001

Introduction:
This is the first offering of the canadian pop-punk band. I don't know if this is supposed to be an LP or an EP, for the songs are fairly short and a lot of the songs are instrumentals full of metal-influenced riffs. The proper songs are about near the 3 minute mark and are full of powerchords, straight- forward lyrics and the occasional 5-note solo. Basically the band's song structure.

1. Grab The Devil By The Horns And **** Him Up The ***
One of the instumentals. Starts off with quite a fast riff and then lots of muted powerchords come in, in a Metallics-like manner then comes to the riff at the beginning with a slow tempo. The band shouts 'yeah' and comes into another riff until fade-out.

2. Macine Gun
Basically one of the best songs on the whole album. The lyrics are about abuse of alchohol in the traditional pop-punk way. Has a nice solo at the half way point then a break. After this it has lots of 'na's" and then a "freak-out!" The drums are a highlight and are better than average. A sweet drum line closes the song.

3. What I Believe
A slower song, like a pop-punk ballad if you will. A slow riff like something out Sweet Child O Mine. The lyrics are about lies. Not the best song on the album but good to get into the Sums.

4. T.H.T.
This is a really fast 40 second song. You wouldn't know the lyrics, you would have to look it up. Near the end it goes into a one-off chorus. It's over before it's even started

5. Makes No Difference and 6. Summer
I really hate these songs and I tend to always skip them. They both sound nearly the same. They are way too pop-punky for me. Very mediocre and bland and boring. Well, you get the picture.

7. 32 Ways To Die
An amazing drum solo, It starts off slow and the double bass and the bass drums are used. Then he moves on to the snares, then the cymbals and then some power-chords come in and dave uses some wah. This instrumental shows off steve's drumming very well

8. Second Chance For Max Headroom
The drumming on this track is very strong aswell. Not a personal favourite for it is too long. Being the longest track at 3:51. I hate the vocals on this track, it sounds like he's singing all the wrong notes. At the end, WTF?!? Trumpets? How very ska!

9. Dave's Possesed Hair/ It's What We're All About
This is the original version of the song on the Spider-man soundtrack. Has the beginning of What We're All About and then goes into a completly different song. Quite mediocre. In the last minute, they manage to put most of the rapping part in 60 seconds

11. Another Time Round
It's quite slow at the start and then goes punky. It's an alright song I guess. They leave it to run at the end so the album would reach 30 minutes(Hence the title, geddit?)

Pros
Drumming is strong throughout
Some of the riffs are quite cool

Cons
It sells at a full album price
The songs sound the same
Way too short


Verdict:
The band who gave pop-punk it's name. This album has it's up and downs and most of the songs sound the same but this band has talent and are just young people having fun with music.

3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pixiesfanyo
June 18th 2005


1223 Comments


"The band who gave pop-punk it's name."

Shut up.

masada
June 18th 2005


2733 Comments


I bet Joey Ramone is turning in his grave.

This Message Edited On 06.18.05

masada
June 18th 2005


2733 Comments


Don't argue with me on the Ramones.This Message Edited On 06.18.05

Damrod
Moderator
June 18th 2005


1093 Comments


If there was a band in the 90s that gave pop-punk it's name, then it would be Green Day. Everything apart from that would be wrong.

Which is wrong anyways, as Joey Ramone stated himself 'The Ramones play Pop-Punk'

Berserker!
July 6th 2005


73 Comments


Well your opinion happens to be incorrect.

Desensitized
July 20th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this one. The next album is nowhere near as good as this one is. It's quite different sounding throughout, it doesn't sound just like pop-punk.

Killtacular
July 20th 2005


1314 Comments


Sum 41, eh? Meh, everything by them I've heard wasn't anything special. Your review could've used some'ore detail, too.

francesfarmer
July 21st 2005


1477 Comments


their best album was "all killer", but this one was ok. the review wasnt bad: ill give this album a 2.5/5

AmericnZero02
August 5th 2005


3354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not a bad album, definitely not the best sum41 album, but still not a bad album. not a very good review my friend. while your review wasnt too short or anything, it was too biased. like what you said about tracks 5 and 6. okay you dont like them, WHY? "they sound the same and theyre too poppy" isnt helping anyone.

Mirror.Circuit
January 25th 2006


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i actually like this album the most out of any of theirs,it seems so carefree compaed to everything else.
by the way,release date was 6/27/2000.

Mirror.Circuit
January 25th 2006


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and i hope you didnt take the rap seriously.
on their dvd with does this look infected?,they do that rap in a convenience store.
they're mocking yo boys,much like the offsprings pretty fly(for a white guy).

El Coyote
February 10th 2006


4 Comments


I hope I can find a few better reviews than this before the end of the day.

Hunter555
February 12th 2006


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Constant, You could not have been more right.
Eliminator jr., your'e a moron.
THis album was good, but I think that Sum's albums got darker and better as they went along.
Did y'all know that Stevo was 14 when they made this album? wow


alexander
February 17th 2006


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really like "Makes No Difference".

Neoteric
February 17th 2006


3243 Comments


I hope I can find a few better reviews than this before the end of the day.

I know, the review sucks (even though I wrote it ROFLCOPTER )


Crack City Rocker
February 21st 2006


19 Comments


i kinda like sum 41 theyre alright. by the way The Descendents should be the ones credited with starting pop-punk definately not this band.

TheBassicBassist
February 25th 2006


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album, but the review is kinda.....not what a review should be......in some parts

bizzyD
March 19th 2006


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

quote:Did y'all know that Stevo was 14 when they made this album? wow:un quote


Stevo wasnt 14 u dumb ass jack face think for a second if hes 25 now in 2006 this album was made 6 years ago minus 25 by 6 what do u get.... sure as hell isnt 14 u idiot lol

The Jungler
March 19th 2006


4827 Comments


Normally I'de think you were being a little to harsh on that poor fool, but yea, he is kind of a "dumb *** jack face"

Hunter555
March 21st 2006


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow you're mature. Ijust checked and he's 22.
and... Green day is not pop punk, they just have a few up-beat songs.
p.s. to bizzyDickeater, your'e only supposed to type lol when you write something funny.



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