The Dopamines
Expect the Worst


4.0
excellent

Review

by kevinhatescameras USER (2 Reviews)
January 24th, 2011 | 14 replies | 6,662 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: exceeds all expectations

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Making a pop-punk record in the current music climate means either one of two things. 1) Your band consists of four scrawny young men sporting eyeliner, neon v-necks, and haircuts that suck. 2) Your band goes all out making a catchy and energetic collection of songs sure to please the punk rock lifers and the random teenagers who aren’t aware that Dillinger Four exist.

File Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Dopamines under category two. Expect the Worst kicks in strong with “You’d Make a Good Horsecop” before one-upping its self with the album’s best track “Public Domain.” “Public Domain” is a great example of why Expect the Worst works so well. The track is punchy and upbeat with lyrics that are as smart and cynical as they are straight-forward and catchy. “Cincinnati Harmony” showcases the bands obvious love of songs meant for drinking and having a good time. The guitar leads provide a “get the *** up” feeling and it’s the kind of wit and self-depreciation in lyrics like “ Oh how have I been doing lately? wouldn’t you like to compare. Well since you asked: I’m clinically depressed, I lost my job and everyone thinks I'm worthless,” that make The Dopamines stand out as an honest and talented group.

The drawbacks to Expect the Worst are the same problems that hinder most bands in the punk and pop-punk pile up. The general sound of the songs leaves a want for diversity and makes quite a few of the mid-album tracks feel tired. However, there is a need to acknowledge that The Dopamines have a distinct style and it works. Changing their style in favor of a more diverse or expansive sound could actually take away from the solidity and earnestness that make this band so refreshing. As the record begins to close up tracks like “The Glendora House” and “3244” prove to be solid offerings leading up to closer “It Really Couldn’t Be Any Other,” a minute and forty-two second gem. The bouncy and hook driven sound of the closing track paired with its stop/start bridge and the closing guitar lead bring to mind later era Jawbreaker.

All in all, The Dopamines have crafted an album that can stand toe to toe with genre classics from Kerplunk! to Dillinger Four’s Midwestern Songs of the Americas. More importantly this album goes above and beyond the recent efforts from the genre. Expect the Worst is certainly the best pop-punk offering of 2010. Here’s hoping that the people who were paying attention will take this as a template to make 2011 the next banner year for pop-punk.


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cvlts
January 24th 2011



8917 Comments


whoa, was just listening to these guys a second ago

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bungy
January 24th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww yes fucking good pop punk nice job



Satellite
January 24th 2011



19811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy shit someone reviewed this. good job man.

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Satellite
January 24th 2011



19811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my friend ordered this on vinyl and this is the message they left her on the inside of the box:
http://oi52.tinypic.com/30sdqig.jpg

Kiran
Emeritus
January 24th 2011



5992 Comments


hahaha so awesome

Satellite
January 25th 2011



19811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is definitely one of the better pop-punk albums in recent years. need to catch them live next time they're in my neck of the woods.

bungy
January 25th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha

Hep Kat
January 25th 2011



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that is truly awesome. good live band, wish i liked their albums a little more

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Kris.
August 8th 2011



11367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

CUZ HUFFIN EXHAUSTS BEATS BREAKIN FOR ASSHOLES

guitarplaya91
September 7th 2011



484 Comments


Their split with Dear Landlord is selling for $2.50 on paper and plastick's website.

bungy
September 7th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely worth the price

Hep Kat
October 2nd 2011



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really growing on me as more than just a live band

pmmets07
January 6th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band is going to be my next true love. i am obsessed with the dear landlord split and this rules.

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 21st 2012



4854 Comments


'1) Your band consists of four scrawny young men sporting eyeliner, neon v-necks, and haircuts that suck. 2) Your band goes all out making a catchy and energetic collection of songs sure to please the punk rock lifers and the random teenagers who aren’t aware that Dillinger Four exist.'

wat



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