Park
Building a Better ________.


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
September 17th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop-punk extraordinairres, Park, are at it again with Building A Better ______ which continues right where It Won't Snow... left off.

Listening to music rather extensively, it’s natural to develop some bad habits. Personally, I have a habit of holding certain bands to higher standards, especially based on past releases or albums I’ve heard previously. This became pretty obvious to me with some recent releases. Daisy, by Brand New, was always lingering in the shadow of The Devil And God..., Ursa Major was hard for me to separate from Third Eye Blind’s self-titled. Is this healthy? I’m not sure, but it’s struck me once again with Park, pop-punk extraordinaires.

Let me clarify, Park was a rare, lucky find for me. I can’t take credit for it, it was a recommendation, but I immediately fell in love with the sharp vocals, dark lyrics, and impeccable riffs on It Won’t Snow Where You’re Going. Eventually, I felt content enough with Park to move onto the rest of their discography. Building A Better ______ , their curiously titled 2006 release, was next on my list.

Would it have the same effect on me as It Won’t Snow?

Well, let’s find out...

In many ways, Building A Better ______ is not a whole lot different for Park. Many of the songs here could easily fit onto a previous record, with my previously mentioned adjectives that work so well I’m bound to repeat them- sharp vocals, dark lyrics, and impeccable riffs. It’s also structured very similarly. It’s got the slow, a bit sappy love song, “Angeles and Errors.” The early, catchy standout with biting lyrics, “Mississippi Burning,” that begins with, “More nightmares/Someone wake me when they're through/Stop my lover's ghost from trying to protrude (You're burning, you're burning) It's chaotic, but I've got it/You're letter scratched across my throat/Like some painter's ink, spilled the canvas soiling parts of me.” Ladd Mitchell and his vocals get a little intense sometimes, and this is portrayed well on the aforementioned song the follower, “Who Is Aliandra,” nicely. Another one of Park's forte's is the precise percussion. It's hard to nail this down to a song or two, because the drumming is a standout virtually throughout the entire album.

All in all, Park’s sound remains relatively constant, not just throughout Building..., but arguably throughout most of their career. They still remain masters of strong structure, twisting and turning your generic punk-pop anthem into something entirely different. Closer “Hide and Seek” displays their penchant for this aptly, and I left them album with a good taste in my mouth, wanting just a little bit more.

The biggest draw to Park, personally, is the pop-punk “sound” without the shallow cliches. The instrumentation is incredibly proficient, all the way from the fast-paced “Chica Chica” (which has an amazing chorus, by the way) all the way to slow-burners like “La Amoreoux.” The dark, intense lyrics are a big turn-on, but the typical pop-punk fan may shy away from these. My biggest complaint would have to be the lack of catchy single-worthy masterpieces that were oh-so-evident on It Won’t Snow... “Mississippi Burning” serves the purpose adequately, but a few more of these would have made this listener much more content.

So, is this as good as It Won’t Snow?

No, I don’t think so, but it isn’t bad by any means. A great addition to Park’s catalogue, Building A Better ______ is a great place to go after you’ve digested Park’s magnus opus.

Recommended Songs:
Mississippi Burning
Who Is Aliandra
Chica Chica
Hide and Seek



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Comments:Add a Comment 
devsol
September 17th 2009


347 Comments


goddamn that album name makes me want to punch faggots

EasternLight
September 17th 2009


2700 Comments


please dont punch me

SeaAnemone
September 17th 2009


20826 Comments


Please don't punch Eastern. violence is NOT condoned under my reviews.

americanmusicmachine
September 17th 2009


3953 Comments


good review. I like it won't snow, I heard this one sounds a little like minus the bear, so I sorta want this pretty badly.

SeaAnemone
September 17th 2009


20826 Comments


I wouldn't compare it to MtB in any way, shape, or form, except both bands are great at what they do, but that may just be me.
still check it out.

americanmusicmachine
September 17th 2009


3953 Comments


yeah I heard that comparisson on absolutepunk so I figured it was misguided.

Yotimi
September 17th 2009


6546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IMO, the most inventive pop/punk drumming of all time is on this album. They aren't mindblowingly fast, but so creative - kinda like The National's Boxer. Album rules too. A Message is my fave though - the guitars avoid all pop/punk cliches and sound friggin amazing.

Digging: Sand Circles - Motor City

redsparrow
September 17th 2009


431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Park kicks all kind of asses

SeaAnemone
September 17th 2009


20826 Comments


You're completely right about that redsparrow, no personal, harsh, and degrading argument there.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


10198 Comments


Listening to this now. Anyone who enjoys these guys needs to check out Cauterize.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 29th 2009


10198 Comments


Hmmm. Is this better than It Won't Snow...? Is it? It might be.

Hmmmmm. Hmm.

Yotimi
October 29th 2009


6546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not quite. It is much more polished though.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 29th 2009


10198 Comments


Yeah I have it, have had for ages. I think it might be better than Snow. Hmmmm hmmmmm hmmmmmmmmMmmMMMmmmmMMMMmMMM.

SeaAnemone
October 31st 2009


20826 Comments


Hmmmmmmmm?

qwe3
July 3rd 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums goood



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