Sum 41
Screaming Bloody Murder


1.5
very poor

Review

by ConsiderPhlebas USER (34 Reviews)
April 15th, 2011 | 28 replies | 4,676 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lifeless shadow of what they once were

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Sum 41 have ridden the surf of frontline pop-punk for little over a decade now, leaving a respectable discography in their wake. Whilst their albums may lack that vital, memorable quality needed to produce a classic, it’s impossible to deny the fun that’s been had. From the youthful bounce of ‘Fat Lip’ to the dramatic metal shenanigans of ‘88’, Sum 41 were always the band most likely to coax people onto the dance-floor and pogo like there’s no tomorrow. Who cares if they were more about songs than albums? They always had the good sense to avoid prog, so it didn’t matter. Unfortunately, Underclass Hero was noticeably light on standout tracks, rendering it almost as weak as their debut. And there was just a hint of old-age creeping into the formula, a feeling of grown men playing teenage songs. It was obvious that the band had reached a pivotal moment of their career, with everything riding on their ability to adapt. Screaming Bloody Murder feels somewhat tragic, then, because Sum 41 have just gone through the motions and put out a collage of recycled ideas – one horribly tempered with the juvenile lyrics of old. This failure to evolve leaves them dead in the water from the start, making a long album seem embarrassingly drawn out. It might not be a catastrophe, but it’s close.

The most glaring issue in this new record is a distinct lack of fun. They’re in their thirties, granted, but the seriousness here reeks of a desire to mix the eyeliner-gloom of (recent) My Chemical Romance with the earthiness of Rise Against. It doesn’t take long to realise that the band are capable of neither, as ‘Reason to Believe’ brings the record weakly to life with a blustery, forgettable chorus and some dull crooning from Deryck Whibley. Few songs shine amongst the dreary collection, with ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’, ‘Skumfuk’ and ‘Blood in My Eyes’ providing the most worthwhile material, as they muster up the spectre of Sum 41 in their prime, decent hooks breathing life into each track. Sadly, even these feel too familiar, with every melody reminding you of better songs. And the rest of Screaming Bloody Murder isn’t so lucky. Whibley just does not have the vocal presence to carry the frequent attempts at balladry on this album, robbing ‘Crash’ of its full potential and hanging a weight around the neck of ‘Holy Images of Lies.’ The production is crystal clear throughout, making the guitars and rhythm section sound almost powerful, but the thin veneer can’t hide the fact that, beneath it all, Sum 41 have finally been swept away.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ConsiderPhlebas
April 15th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Blasting Fat Lip out right nows

Ponton
Emeritus
April 15th 2011



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

what have i done

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ConsiderPhlebas
April 15th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You've created a monster

wabbit
April 15th 2011



6745 Comments


You are just trying to piss the people with bad taste off now...so pos.

MO
April 15th 2011



17364 Comments


Man you're in shit disturbing mode aren't you Phleb? Keep it up, oh and good review. Pos'd.

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theacademy
April 15th 2011



27694 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

now THIS is what SBD deserved...

pos'd

might multi-alt pos too

multi-alt pos >>> regular pos

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2011



7011 Comments


I tried to be perfect, but nothing was worth it.

dimsim3478
April 16th 2011



3988 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

When will the hating end?

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2011



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

When will the trolling end?

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MO
April 16th 2011



17364 Comments


"When will the hating end?"

NEVER

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2011



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There is no way people actually like this.
They have to be trolls, they have to be.

MO
April 16th 2011



17364 Comments


Pretty much, this really isn't good at all...and that's an understatement.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2011



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It has almost equal numbers for each rating.
Weird.

MO
April 16th 2011



17364 Comments


from 1 - 3 - 5

mix of sputnik regulars - nostalgic sputnikers - fanboys/kids in high school

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2011



48551 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good point.

thumbcrusher
April 16th 2011



3546 Comments


i have a friend who actually thinks this is one of the best albums ever.

hmmm...

dimsim3478
April 16th 2011



3988 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

It feels sinful to like this album...

GulliKyro
April 16th 2011



357 Comments


First good negative review of this, the others were a musical version of a moviejuice review.

Tyrael
April 16th 2011



20395 Comments


Fantastic review, you really outdid yourself this time.

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ConsiderPhlebas
April 16th 2011



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks, dudes. I really feel like the hating might end any minute. Wait, wait.... there we go.



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