Allister
Last Stop Suburbia


3.5
great

Review

by yellowvinyl USER (2 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


'Last Stop Suburbia' is a catchy 'punk-with-a-poppy-tinge' affair by pop-punks, Allister. Ram-packed to the brim with energetic hooks and plenty a sing-a-long chorus, you just want to jump around to the poppy, upbeat melodies. Allister are a band you can love to hate and in some cases, hate to love. The guilty pleasure of many a 'true punk'. 'LSS' isn't exactly innotive. It's a 'punk-by-numbers' style album and yet manages to retain that punk rock feel to it without delving into the ranks of Simple Plan/Good Charlotte style 'punk-pop'. Maybe it's because Allister don't pretend to be innotive and overly experimental. They know what they are and they're sticking to the formula. Clocking in at 14 tracks, it's a long album for Allister but, sticking to the punky formula, the songs are ultra fast and are over before you can work out what the frontman is singing.

A Short Lowdown On A Few Songs...
'Somewhere On Fullerton', the single release of the album, is a catchy and energetic punky, poppy explosion of fast guitars and even faster singing. I first heard this song on the now-gone punk rock Music TV Channel, P-Rock, a good few years ago. This is the song that got me into Allister. 'Scratch' is the album opener and a speedy little ditty which you will be subconciously singing along to. 'Overrated', so freaking catchy. Some good drumming in the verses by drummmer, David, and generally a good song. 'Camouflage' is a great song. I love the part where,
"You lead a targeted youth, would only talk to certain few", is sung. The funny song on the album is the last song, 'None Of My Friends Are Punks', a humourous little ditty. Just reading the lyrics makes you chuckle. There's nothing that stands out that much on the album, as all songs stick to the same 'poppy punky' formula.

The lyrics are for the most part, your average punky lyrics about suburban life (Radio Player, Westbound) or about 'That Girl' (The One That Got Away, Matchsticks). The lyrics aren't exacty amazing but they are pretty good and the suburban feel definatly works well with the poppy-punk style to the album.

'Last Stop Suburbia' is your average run-of-the-mill pop-punk album but is pretty damn good in-spite of this. It's the soundtrack to suburbia and captures the life of Suburban teenager just, well, living life. 'LSS' definatly deserves a listen if you like pop-punk.

Additional Information

TIM Vocals/ Guitar
SCOTT Vocals/ Bass
CHRIS Vocals/ Guitar
DAVID Drums

And original member,
JOHN HAMADA Vocals/ Guitar

edit
After adding my review I noticed that a band named Union 13's album was put as one of the similar albums. I must have accidentally selected this as I have never listened to that album before. Sorry about that.


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Rudd13
July 5th 2005


952 Comments


Ive never heard Allister, im just posting cause I feel bad no one else has yet.....

Ill listen to some of their stuff and I'll get back. NICE REVIEW


yellowvinyl
July 6th 2005


33 Comments


Haha, thanks for the feedback. I thought no one was going to comment. :P
For some reason the HTML isn't working. I added some bold and italics codes but they don't seem to be showing...This Message Edited On 07.06.05

Sparrow Legs
October 14th 2005


13 Comments


Nice review, I quite like this album, it's catchy.

kolzig33189
October 14th 2005


335 Comments


they are emo but one of the few good emo bands out there

(>dragon~guitarist<)
October 27th 2005


243 Comments


are you kidding me kolzig33189??

kalkal50
October 30th 2007


2386 Comments


kolzig you obviously need teh brain transplant z0r

cb123
May 1st 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everyone needs some nostalgic pop punk in their lives, this is one of mine

flukemmviii
April 27th 2013


22 Comments


the album is worth a lot more than the ratings given to it



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