No Use for a Name
The Feel Good Record of the Year


3.5
great

Review

by pogostick1 USER (10 Reviews)
July 4th, 2008 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine sitting in the driving seat of a car on autopilot, driving through some beautiful scenery. yes, the surroundings look nice, you're pretty comfortable, but there's nothing better than grabbing the wheel and feeling the road for yourself.

Now just imagine that statement, sans grabbing of the wheel, and you've got a pretty good picture of what this album is like.


The Feel Good Record of the Year?

I don’t think so. It’s good, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not going to make the top of any critical lists this year, let alone the feel good list. The record has some excellent tracks, the punkier numbers the biggest punchers, such as ‘Biggest Lie’ and ‘I Want to be Wrong’, incidentally the opening one-two. Both the good thing and the problem about this record is that it stays too close to home; it sounds like a random selection of old No Use For A Name songs, with new names, new lyrics, and (occasionally) new tunes.

High production values improve the record, leaving it sounding as slick and clean as the singer’s voice. Speaking of which, Tony Sly delivers with melody, in harmony with the tuneful sound. NUFAN are a cleaner cut punk band than many, with less of a juggernaut smash to them that the likes of Rancid, The Casualties and others possess, but with a talented array of musicians performing they don’t miss the mark much. Tracks like ‘Pacific Standard Time’ and ‘The Feel Good Song of the Year’ (well they had to have a track called that didn’t they?) glide by nicely, but others such as ‘Domino’ and ‘Yours to Destroy’ are less refined, but are still listenable.

A nice surprise was the piano-led ‘Ontario’, a beautiful track, my favorite of the softer ones on the disc. ‘Kill the Rich’ and the superior ‘Sleeping between Trucks’ are other less brash ones. This record is much, much better than the disappointing ‘Keep them Confused’, their last effort, but is by no means a classic in its own right.

One potential flaw with this album is the feeling you get that the band are staying within their comfort zone, churning out new tracks with the same formula as the classic ones. Combined with the fact that they are lyrically slightly less strong on this album also, there is a case for being unhappy with this offering. However, as mentioned above, its much more satisfactory listening than 'KTC', and that at least pleases some of their biggest fans.
An interesting question though; after they stop touring behind this album, how many of the tracks will be retained for future setlists... my guess is not too many at all.

Any previous fan of NUFAN should (and probably will anyway) pick this up though, and if you're looking for a way into the band, you could get this, and then be pleasantly surprised by some of their older records later. Don’t go expecting the feel good record of the year though.



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Intransit
July 4th 2008


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Someone needs to edit this. It should be "The Feel Good Record of the Year". Strizz doesn't know how to read.

craigy2
July 4th 2008


551 Comments


Cool review man! it makes me want to check them out though im not too sure that id like them that much tbh. id like to hear ontario because the idea of a piano-led, beautiful track clocking in at only 1:55 intrigues me. nice summary btw

StrizzMatik
July 5th 2008


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Huh? And on a side note, where the f*ck did my review go?This Message Edited On 07.05.08

Intransit
July 5th 2008


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Database crash about a month and change ago. All reviews since February were lost.

And by that I meant that album was titled "Feel Good Record of the Year" not "Feel Good Album of the Year"

StrizzMatik
July 5th 2008


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh. Derp-de-derp. Yeah this album is good but I don't think they'll ever touch Making Friends or Leche.

BMer916
October 8th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the music on this album was very consistent with NUFAN's other albums, however, the lyrics were totally weak, i'll stick with NUFAN's other solid albums, maybe this is a sign that its time to hang'em up.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great band

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Willie
Moderator
November 9th 2012


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn Willie you really are a hardcore NUFAN fan.

it's like you came out of hiding just to represent this band. rock on man

Willie
Moderator
November 9th 2012


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha ha. The only NUFAN album you didn't comment on is the one I reviewed.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Which one? making friends? i'll check it out man.



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