Four Year Strong
Enemy of the World


3.5
great

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
March 7th, 2010 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: omg pop-core

"I'm afraid to be, just an example of inconsistency"

Those above lyrics are the main chorus line from the title track Enemy of the World, the latest pop/punk offering from Four Year Strong. In many ways these lyrics hold quite a meaning to the world of pop/punk - for example bands like All Time Low and A Day to Remember fit this lyrical cliché perfectly. But, Four Year Strong have successfully written a catchy, hook laden and - most importantly - a consistent pop/punk album in Enemy of the World, making the threat of their lyrical musings seem harmless.

Enemy of the World is the sophomore release by the band, and major label debut, and from the opening seconds of the first song "It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now" you can automatically tell that the production values have hugely improved, plus the band have wiped out everything that made their debut album so arduous to listen to. The guitar sound is ‘gruffer’, the duel vocals are more melodic and the harmonies are much stronger and not auto-tuned, the musicianship (if possible) is even tighter than before and obviously not layered as heavily. Basically this album is Four Year Strong giving their middle finger and a big ‘F You’ to the genre of pop/punk. Vocalists O’Connor and Day have got rid of the over layered vocals found previously, and sing like they deserve to be wearing the beards that they support so well. Take "What the Hell Is a Gigawatt" for example, the call and response of the vocals are in full effect with clever interplay from vocalist to vocalist in the chorus and verses, there is a much more punchier guitar sound coming into effect in a fully fledged breakdown, giving it a more ‘punk’ sound than anything done previous by the band, as the guitar tone isn’t as clean like the bands previous work. Though don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the band have suddenly turned to the Converge side of heavy, though it is a pleasant sound to hear the guitar cut through the production, instead of being sickly sweet.

Lyrically the band is pretty cliché for the pop/punk scene. Nothing ground breaking is achieved, and no government bodies are concerned on their views:

"Well I can see you're waiting but I don't care
To fill this this whole place up with gasoline
And blow the top off this whole damn thing
Yea cause I don't care"



While this could be thought of as a guilty pleasure, Four Year Strong is too catchy to hide. Their formula of breakdowns and melodic pop/punk choruses work so perfectly that this will be an album that will be really hard for any listener to put down. Four Year Strong have greatly improved their all around sound on Enemy of the World and have proven, that they are definitely not "an example of inconsistency", but a damn good example to any pop/punk bands out there.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A very quick write up that I did on the train to uni today.

Stream on their myspace.

cvlts
March 8th 2010


8986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great read, Douglas.
Reading through it, we seem to agree on a lot of points.

Pos bro

Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey thanks man, solid album hey.

Oh cool ghost neg.

cvlts
March 8th 2010


8986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

who the fuck...?

Slum
March 8th 2010


2579 Comments


That would be me. Lots of run on sentences (The first paragraph is two sentences) and a couple grammar mistakes.

Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well thats cool man, as I said I did this on the train haha.

Will straighten those up, thanks for pointing them out.

cvlts
March 8th 2010


8986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

LGFuad? moar like GrammarPolice lol

Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha too true.

YouAreMySilence
March 8th 2010


3727 Comments


Im going to pos this because of my masssive and obsessive crush on you, it has nothing to do with your ability as a writer.
Js.

Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, fair enough. This is my first review in like 3 weeks, rusty as.

As long as the love is spread it doesn't bother me.

Jim
March 8th 2010


5110 Comments


that's the way dougy.

good review, although i don't know these guys.

Zip
March 8th 2010


5312 Comments


omg pop-core
It's actually known as easy-core. Just saying.

HighandDriving
March 8th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought it was happy hardcore, damn you kids.

ToWhatEnd
March 8th 2010


3172 Comments


I mean I quit trying to figure out "core" labels awhile ago, someone makes up a new one everyday.

Douglas
March 8th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, just some version of 'core' I guess.

LG
March 8th 2010


3049 Comments


If these guys sound anything like Emery with the dual Vocals I'm sold.

kingjulian
March 9th 2010


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Noooo not Emery hahaha this is nothing like Emery.

Good album. Got it today and I'm excited to listen more. Good review!

kingjulian
March 10th 2010


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bumped up to a 4. This is the best the genre has to offer, methinks. I love how the breakdowns are actually interesting; not just open chugs.

Douglas
March 10th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes andcas, I was the same after my initial listens, then it grew on me. I admit there are a couple of filler songs on here, though the standout tracks are fantastic.

BTBAMF; big call, though I am not the biggest fan of the genre, so I would have to agree with you.

Douglas
March 10th 2010


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well that may be true, I think they may have pulled out all the stops since well, they wanted to be
noticed and at least create a fan base. This a more than solid follow up, that's for sure.



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