Danko Jones
Never Too Loud


3.5
great

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (204 Reviews)
November 17th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sounds like: A photobooth beatdown.

Do you know that shady salesman that pops up out of nowhere only to sucker you into purchasing some worthless product? I have personally fallen victim on more than one occasion. There was one particular instance that stuck out to me the most. Me an a buddy went walking through a mall searching for anything metal. All of a sudden a pretty, young girl came out of nowhere and started talking to me. At the time, I was stoked and thought to myself, wow, my lack of effort is really starting to pay off. Little did I know that I had just been suckered into one of those Photoshop booths. Before you could say METAL I was holding several face shots displayed in frames, key chains, and mugs in my arms. The bill was 75 dollars and just now catching onto the ploy I refused to cave in to her demands. She tried to squirm her way out of the situation by offering discounts but instead of caving to demands, I smashed the mug like a beer bottle and cut her throat. The other employee started to run away but I chucked the frame in the knick of time to trip him up. I then proceeded to lay down a public beating of epic proportion.

What does this story have to do with Danko Jones? Nothing really but like the previous story I was suckered into a random purchase with a decidedly more positive result. Danko Jones is a three-piece rock band hailing from mighty ol Canada approaching pre-teen years with a birth date of 1996. I first read about these guys in Brave Words Bloody Knuckles expecting to hear a balls out metal record. I must have just caught the last part of the interview, or, not have read any of it all because Danko Jones don’t play metal. They play a semi-aggressive rock n roll style balancing radio friendly hooks and commercial appeal with provocative lyrics and occasionally metal influence. The band delivered a new album ‘Never Too Loud in 2008 which can be best described as a swagger drenched biker bar soundtrack.

The album contains 13 songs shifting between the slower acoustic numbers “Take Me Home" to the mid tempo rockers “Code Of The Road” and the epic “Forest Of TheThrees” featuring guest vocals from John Garcia(Kyuss) and Pete Stahl. Danko Jones bring nothing new to the table, just 13 laid back jams to kick back with your friends. If you can appreciate the power of rock with simple chord progressions, anthemic choruses, and generally inappropriate lyrics you don’t need to look any further. Main man Danko possesses a very easy on the ears vocal style shifting between a smooth crooning cop and a swashbuckling pirate. His melodies are very simple but incredibly addicting. “Something Better”, “Forest Of The Threes” and Code Of The Road are highlights worth checking out. Danko is also the band’s lone guitar player, designing the riffs to follow the vocal patterns instead of roaming around in the open. The riffs are heavy, grooving, and catchier than sexually transmitted diseases. Nothing more to be found, nothing less to be found. The other two members, John and Dan, contribute their respective band positions just as simply and effective. They hold a steady rhythm section with driving low tuned bass and mid paced drumming.

The album has some length to it but makes up for it with a relatively enjoyable listen. Danko Jones employ the safe and standard songwriting technique but execute it better than it sounds. There are plenty of standouts and the lack of any real filler just cements the killer of this album. And let’s not forget to bring up the cowbell. The cowbell is featured on one of the bonus tracks “Sugar Hill” and is definitely worth a peek for all those enthusiasts out there. Overall though, Never Too Loud is a great album to pick up if you’re itching for something ballsy.



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fireaboveicebelow
November 17th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I recall really disliking this, but since you like it I guess I have to give it another shot

good review, dick

Bleak123
November 17th 2008


1902 Comments


yeah dude, good review :thumb:

Chewie
November 17th 2008


4532 Comments


Yay Danko Jones, they're from my home town, London Ontario, woot. Sweet review, I am basically immersed in these guys as it is since they're London's most successful band these days.

Yazz_Flute
November 17th 2008


18811 Comments


I loled at the intro.

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BallsToTheWall
November 17th 2008


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. Glad to see my funk end.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

AtavanHalen
November 17th 2008


17927 Comments


Yeah, I more or less cried laughing at that intro.

BallsToTheWall
November 17th 2008


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have any of you ever been flagged down at one of those before. My hatred towards their insidious ways will not wain, not to mention breaking my heart like that. I almost got stopped once more on saturday. They should be condemned to hell.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2008


16440 Comments


PHOTOBOOTH BEATDOWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


Def. the next Dragonforce album title.This Message Edited On 11.17.08

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2008


16440 Comments


Do you know that shady salesman that pops up out of nowhere only to sucker you into purchasing some worthless product?


HI BILLY MAYS HERE WITH ANOTHER PIECE OF SHIT PRODUCT.


Epic review my friend.

BallsToTheWall
November 17th 2008


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you broseph. Time to start working on a Janvs review.

fireaboveicebelow
November 17th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just for the record you're not the only metal designated driver, I only drink in the solitude of my dark room after hours, plus my name's danny so that means two things happen. 1) porn name: Steely Dan, 2) Designated Danny

PayneTiger777
November 17th 2008


4404 Comments


Nice, another Balls review. I think I might check this out actually.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2008


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review. I like their previous albums more than this one. Still, this is the band that never recorded two similar CDs. Never Too Loud is less groovy and aggressive and thus more accessible than their previous releases. Althuogh I was disappointend when I first heard this one at the beginning of the year, I think it stands the taste of time surprisingly well.

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taylormemer
November 18th 2008


4917 Comments


What's a 'me and'?

BallsToTheWall
November 18th 2008


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who/What/ When and Where?

taylormemer
November 18th 2008


4917 Comments


Quit your jibba-jabba. What's a 'me and'?

rasputin
November 18th 2008


14550 Comments


He's talking about this Balls:
[quote=review]Me and a buddy went walking through a mall searching for anything metal.[/quote]

taylormemer
November 18th 2008


4917 Comments


Finally someone gets it.

BallsToTheWall
November 18th 2008


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah. Well, beats me, i'm late for college so I can't really edit right now. Any proper suggestion is appreciated.

taylormemer
November 18th 2008


4917 Comments


How could you possibly not know what to replace that with!



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