Against Me!
White Crosses


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Over the past few years, Against Me! have gathered themselves quite a large cult following due to their eclectic blend of punk, folk and alternative rock. Their debut album Reinventing Axl Rose has become something of a classic since its release, and each successive album by the band has been met with almost the same unanimously positive reaction. Perhaps in fear of an impending stagnation, the newest Against Me! album, 2010’s White Crosses is sure to cause a stir with the fans of old. With a new, streamlined sound, Against Me! have reinvented themselves, a daring stunt that may lose a few fans, but it sure to gain them millions more.

To put it quite simply, White Crosses is mainstream rock done right. Catchy enough to ensnare the listeners attention and original to stand out from the pack, White Crosses is the album everybody strives to make, but few have the capability of making. Opening track “White Crosses” is perhaps the best example of the new direction taken; filled with the vibrancy of pop-punk, the song (which also features a welcome folk twang) is immediately accessible, brimming with joyous melodies and a perfect sing along chorus. Of course the band lyrically has not changed in any single way; songs like “I Was Teenage Anarchist” still display the punky pinash that has run through the majority of bands previous discography.

While it’s understandable that older of fans of Against Me! be upset in the new change of direction, it becomes increasingly apparent through the course of the album that on White Crosses, the band has completely rejuvenated their faith in playing music. From the frenzied old school punk attack of “Rabid Decompression” the alternative new wave inspired “Bamboo Bones” or the haunting folk ballad “Ache With Me”, it is almost palpable that the band have satisfied a certain desire to craft an album such as White Crosses even at the potential risk of losing a few fans. So instead of endlessly comparing it to their older material, take White Crosses for what it is; a damn great album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
February 3rd 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually wrote this months ago for RRR but since I don't contribute there anymore I decided there's no reason why I can't post it here as well.

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Ire
February 3rd 2011


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ooooh good album

nifty review

TheSpirit
February 3rd 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

danke my friend

sifFlammable
February 3rd 2011


2741 Comments


nice tits
whys the rating on this generally so low?

TheSpirit
February 3rd 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a much more mainstream record then anything the band has released before, a direction change that I'm sure didn't really please the band's older fanbase.

JWT155
February 4th 2011


9314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this worth checking out if I really liked New Wave?

TheSpirit
February 4th 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have no idea this has been the first and only Against Me! album I've ever listened to in full.

BigHans
February 4th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spanish Moss rules hard

TheSpirit
February 4th 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed!

BigHans
February 4th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Both them and Motorhead are coming to my town next week. I have to choose one. Damn its tough.

TheSpirit
February 4th 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Motorhead dude

Blackbelt54
February 4th 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

decent review, even though I don't like this

BigHans
February 4th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I'll probably pick Motorhead but Against Me! would be fun as fuck to lsee live.

TheSpirit
February 4th 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah blackbelt liking this is the minority around here I think.

tom79
February 4th 2011


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's not terrible, but is overproduced and sounds bland compared to the amazing music this band once made.

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Kris.
February 4th 2011


12424 Comments


album sux lacks teh punx

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2011


17224 Comments


album's pretty dec

guitarplaya91
February 5th 2011


485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

As average as i Think this album is, I still get chills when the first chorus of "I was a Teenage Anarchist" hits. Also the acoustic version of High Pressure Low is awesome.

bungy
February 5th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some of these choruses are huge. Tracks 1,2,8 are good

TheSpirit
February 14th 2011


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I Was A Teenage Anarchist" is easily the catchiest song on the album followed closely by the title track I'd say. I understand the disappointment surrounding the lack of the band's true punk roots, but for me (or anyone else who chose this to be their first Against Me! album), this is one of the best mainstream rock albums to be released last year.



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