CKY
Carver City


2.5
average

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
May 16th, 2009 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Ingenuity is not hard to find if you look in the right places. Regardless of how complex one band is, there are still manners of producing something wholly unique. The Minutemen did it, Joy Division did it, and countless other bands have done it. Though, it’s important to keep in mind that individuality does not necessitate quality. When CKY originally started out as Oil and Foreign Objects, they started unique. When they became CKY, they started unique. But when they continued CKY…nothing really happened.

Carver City is the supposable “return to form” for the band assumed from the 5 year writing process. People thought an issue was Roadrunner hindering their ideas, but nonetheless CKY has returned with an album fully their own…which is basically the problem. Nothing has changed in their whole career; they’ve again stuck to their triplet riffs, beginning to sound fairly stale at this point, and effect-driven songs are the main feature once again; however, the band does not seem to know how to progress their sound because one listen to Carver City is enough to allow one to assume they are using ample guitar effects to mask their inability to produce something original.

Hellions On Parade begins with the Escape From Hellview riff played backwards, which is actually a pretty cool idea. Unfortunately the rest of the song is extremely typical of what any other CKY song does, complete with a lackluster chorus, something the band has never really had a knack for in the first place. And She Never Returned is more pleasing of a track as it harkens to the Volume 1 era, but then Rats In The Infirmary is possibly the stupidest song of the year what with the chanting chorus looking like this:

“RATS RATS, They’re living in the infirmary!
RATS RATS, and they’ve been crawling all over me!
RATS RATS, we feed them in the infirmary!
RATS RATS, and they’ve been crawling all over me!”


Lyrically the album doesn’t differ from any of their previous outputs, but you have to wonder why this track is even on the album at all because the music holds no redemption.

The middle of the album is truly the only enjoyable area, introducing a relatively nostalgic element, possibly the one concept CKY has always excelled. Keyboards galore are spurred throughout the album but are put to actual use in these four middle tracks. Imaginary Threats features enjoyable melodic lead sections, The Boardwalk Body is just well-arranged amongst every instrument present (specifically drums and keys) and easily the best track on the record. Plagued By Images sounds like a complete rehash of Shock And Terror with an addition of jaded vocal lines, but the keyboard breakdowns are gorgeous, and then Karmaworks is just a nice, calmer track. But once Woe Is Me begins, the album dies. You might think Old Carver’s Bones will be a cool track with its evil riffing until they drag the song out far past its interest, and The Era Of An End is yet another attempt at an epic closer they’ve always done but falls on its face by using generic lyrics and trying far too hard to come across as meaningful.

CKY, in order to denounce their stagnation, needs to learn to experiment not with guitar effects but with songwriting, something they could easily strive for as they already have a wholly unique sound. As they stand now, however, they are merely trying to get by with a clutter of songs that don’t stand apart from anything else CKY has done, so now all one can hope for is that this actually is the “end of an era”.



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fireaboveicebelow
May 16th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a very scornful 2.5

Willie
Moderator
May 16th 2009


16131 Comments


Good review. The guitar player for this band did a solo for the opening track on the new Believer album, but I've never got around to checking this (or any of their albums) out.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

fireaboveicebelow
May 16th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm fairly sure you've heard them on the tony hawk games though, his guest spot on Medwton is nothing like this band though

Willie
Moderator
May 16th 2009


16131 Comments


I've never played the Tony Hawk games. I'm pretty hooked on Bad Company's online part. That sucks that his guest spot is nothing like his actual stuff. Oh well.

jingledeath
May 16th 2009


7104 Comments


RATS RATS RATS

TheNewWhack
May 16th 2009


1472 Comments


Deftones reference jinfledeath?

mothergoose
May 16th 2009


308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I actually like Rats in the Infirmary. I just pretend I don't know what he's saying...

AmericnZero02
May 16th 2009


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Rats in the Infirmary was sick but the rest was pretty mediocre. Maybe I should give this another listen. The album art is still savage.This Message Edited On 05.16.09

mothergoose
May 16th 2009


308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Great review, though if nothing else, the vocals have improved dramatically. The vocals on all prior albums were horrible, now they're decent at worst. That was a large part of what led me to rate it so highly. However in 3 days of listening I've already dropped my rating half a point, and I'd be BSing myself if I didn't think I'd drop it to a 3 sometime in the future. I suppose the only way I could justify a 2.5 rating here is if everything else ever played on the alternative rock station was between 1.0 and 2.0 (which is actually probably the truth.)

mothergoose
May 16th 2009


308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I'm basically trying to say in so many words that I'm ashamed at how much I like this album...

fireaboveicebelow
May 16th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha, no I understand why someone would like this but I just can't accept that they aren't doing anything new with themselves

Iamthe Nightstars
May 16th 2009


2315 Comments


I haven't heard this yet, but the rating really disappoints me because I was hoping these guys would come out with something as good as Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild. If this really isn't that good then that's probably the end of anything great from CKY.

Wizard
May 16th 2009


19612 Comments


but I've never got around to checking this (or any of their albums) out.

Be warned Willie, these guys are really good at covering up how shitty they are (thank Jackass and their television show CKY for this).

Awesome review. Band really sucks.


Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

kitsch
May 16th 2009


5107 Comments


i srsly doubt this is worth a 2.5 but good review

rotterdog
May 16th 2009


489 Comments


That cover is awesome. Never really liked these guys.

Waior
May 16th 2009


11461 Comments


Rats rats rats, I was going to review this. Great work though.

Essence
May 16th 2009


3588 Comments


all the fire
all the guns
why did you have to shoot the nuns
why did they say
why did they pray
to false gods with their guns?


THERE YOU GO CKY, I IMPROV BETTER SHIT THAN YOU
This Message Edited On 05.16.09

fireaboveicebelow
May 17th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

awesome

Rats rats rats, I was going to review this. Great work though.
don't let me stop you, what did you have in mind?
i srsly doubt this is worth a 2.5 but good review
thank you, and yes it's a 2.5 at best

This Message Edited On 05.17.09

Ire
May 17th 2009


41822 Comments


My god I thought this would turn out great. fuCKYou

Waior
May 17th 2009


11461 Comments


don't let me stop you, what did you have in mind?


Nah, you hit it perfectly.



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