The Menzingers
Chamberlain Waits


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
May 9th, 2010 | 247 replies | 23,415 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Music 101: "How to have fun while listening to music," taught by Dr. Chamberlain Waits.

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Sometimes when introducing an album I have strong feelings about, it’s best to provide a little cushion. This is often achieved best by labeling said album as “a grower,” or claiming it “takes a few listens to sink in.” On the other hand, there’s albums like The Menzingers’ Chamberlain Waits, fully-developed and well-articulated. Sit back, relax, because Chamberlain Waits is music for the lazy, so accessible and catchy that it requires little to no effort. The sound, reminiscent of the catchy melodies perfected by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem and The Lawrence Arms, feels more like visiting old high school friends than it does a new piece of music. Like riding a bike downhill, you can just sit back and enjoy the melodies, the passionate vocals and stories, as Chamberlain Waits proves itself to be a surprisingly complete, enjoyable experience throughout. Say goodbye to the complexities of life, the wearisome doldrums, and say hello to the exciting yet simple sincerity of The Menzingers.

Despite similarities to uptempo contemporaries, The Menzingers are perfectly capable of solidifying their own little niche in the neighborhood. With one of the most instantly-gratifying albums in memory, The Menzingers race through Chamberlain Waits like a drag race- fast enough to win, but never forgetting to win, more importantly, with style and flair. “Who’s Your Partner” is the first indicator of the glorious endeavors to follow. With rash, careless vocals, anthemic gang shouting, and a catchy melody to die for, it’s difficult to believe that the following eleven songs are able to hold a candle to the stupendous first. The chorus rages away, “So let those simple songs get caught in our heads,” and you’re reminded again of the honesty and candidness that can engender such passionate music. Simplicity in music can get a bad rap, but The Menzingers prove that catchiness is alive and kickin’. Alas, it’s all that and more.

Energy-wise, The Menzingers display a keen sense of wherewithal, especially with their ability to remain absolutely upbeat throughout without once sounding monotonous or boring. Rather, Chamberlain Waits shows The Menzingers wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Inhibitions have been discarded in favor of a rash, carefree approach that becomes absolutely infectious, without one song serving as an exception. The simplicity serves to push the band forward, rather than limit them. By adhering to a rather strict set of music, instrumentally, the band brandishes a flow that would’ve been unachievable otherwise. From the happy-go-lucky atmosphere of “Time Tables,” to the more nostalgic feel of “Rivalries,” to the grandness of the closing title track, The Menzingers remain true to the catchy, raucous, and most importantly, fun, style of pop-punk (a little heavier on the “punk”) throughout.

Chamberlain Waits is just the type of album that good memories are created around. Never stopping for respite, always displaying an endearing level of sincerity and personal, lovable songwriting to match, The Menzingers teach you how to have fun while listening to music again. Alongside peers like The Gaslight Anthem, Chamberlain Waits is an album that serves to show off all the grandiosity, the enjoyment and careless of music that refuses to make concessions or cut corners. An incredibly consistent reminder of the power of simplicity and catchiness, The Menzingers are a band to be noticed. Open your ears to Chamberlain Waits, and you’ll find that The Menzingers flow in naturally and enjoyably without any difficulty. Without an ounce of pretension, the band achieves something becoming more and more uncommon- cutting out the difficulty of art without sacrificing quality.



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SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


holy shit this is great. rating is a little biased and subject to change, but this is seriously good.

review is subject to lots of editing, as I cranked it out prty hastily... let me know what needs changed if you will please

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

this isn't even pop-punk stop using that stupid ass phrase i mean your whole point is HEY THIS IS NEGATIVE but then you use the term to describe them and it's not like people are going to read your intro and be like "say..." nope they are just gonna pass this up because you said it's pop-punk

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


naw this is pretty pop-punk.. not like Blink-182 pop-punk, but yeah. and no, that's not my whole pt I obviously did a bad job at communicating it then

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

why because it's catchy and because it's fun and because they sing

just call it rock for christ's sake or even punk

O.J. Simpson
May 9th 2010



408 Comments


channing freeman more like panties bundle

Kiran
Emeritus
May 9th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i gotta agree with chan dude. i think where you're getting the pop from is in how the songs are very melodious (stupid term, as music in general is melodious but you know what i mean, i'm talking in punk terms, man) but this is as pop-punk as the lawrence arms are pop-punk or the gaslight anthem's sink or swim is pop-punk.

that said, album is awesome. time tables is such a killer song.

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


idk, yea it's rock, that just seems general, I like sub genres, and this is a pretty common / accepted one. I think it applies well. instead of saying rock that seems too general to even use a genre, and instead of saying punk- not all that accurate i don't think.


but cmon genre arguments are really stupid and never go anywhere

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

then why did you set yourself up for genre arguments in the first damn sentence

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


idk dude i see where you're coming from but i think you're taking me too seriously. it's more of a device to describe the music here than it is a deeply held conviction of mine.

Satellite
May 9th 2010



20675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you reviewed this, Eric. I have to go to work but I'll read it later.

Everyone needs to hear this, though, seriously.

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Skimaskcheck
May 9th 2010



2360 Comments


Sounds good man, if the ratings are anything to go by i'll have to get this! pos!

Roach
May 9th 2010



2149 Comments


"i think you're taking me too seriously"

please leave me alone or i'll call mummy













faggot

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


don't make me bother mum on Mother's Day

Ponton
Emeritus
May 9th 2010



5784 Comments


hmm, never heard anything about this before. Thanks for reviewing eric, ill give a couple tracks a spin. pos

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


thanks jared, to be honest the initial appeal of this might simmer down, but I honestly can't imagine this being less than a 4 anytime soon... it's better than TGA's latest

Ponton
Emeritus
May 9th 2010



5784 Comments


I'm streaming the first track, and I'm getting a rough and faster kind of Spoon-ish feel. I like it

Slum
May 9th 2010



2579 Comments


Good review dude, also lol @ the comments on this

Bitchfork
May 9th 2010



7584 Comments


despite your hatred of the term, some bands do only fit in that genre. Not like There For Tomorrow or such, but yes... there are bands.

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010



19698 Comments


shit I musta written that intro badly... I meant that pop-punk gets a bad, undeserved rap! I don't think badly of the genre... I'm
saying people use it to degrade bands, and I disagree with that use of it.

refer to chan's plans #2, he explains it better than I did, except I think the general use of the term is necessary, I just don't like
the negative connotation

Roach
May 9th 2010



2149 Comments


you've just been pop punked sucker



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