Crucial Dudes
61 Penn


4.5
superb

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
July 27th, 2011 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pizza posi punx.

After releasing a self-titled EP in 2009 that floated around pop punk blogs on the internet, New Jersey’s Crucial Dudes, or “Crudes” for short, quickly began gaining steam. The EP featured 5 original, fast paced punk tunes (think Saves the Day meets Latterman), and a cover of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Subpar production quality aside, Crucial Dudes came out swinging and announced in 2010 that they were working on a full length titled 61 Penn. Several months later, after dealing with unmastered leaks of the album surfacing on the web, Crucial Dudes released their album digitally a bit early via Jumpstart Records’ Bandcamp, and 61 Penn proved to be an excellent continuation of their EP’s direction.

The first track on the album, Mt. Chill, You’re Climbin, is an upbeat instrumental intro that sets the mood for what is to come, and no time is wasted as it flows into the first real track, Doubt. Already, it is obvious that there has been improvement in both the vocal and production departments since the EP, as the mix is now much clearer, yet still powerful and gritty, and the auto-correction on the vocals has been toned down. The vocalist (and lyricist) Jay Bittner combines melody and catchiness with the traditional rawness of punk vocals, giving Crucial Dudes a certain edginess that works quite well. The third track, titled Boom, Roasted (referencing The Office), is the most energetic and perfectly displays the edge and emotion that Crudes pack into their short songs, as Jay shouts about a girl who didn’t stay true to herself, saying, “Neck deep in what you couldn’t be!”.

The album has an excellent balance of speed and tastefulness, and doesn’t pound you with fast drum beats for too long without letting up every once in a while for a break, such as the slower instrumental (apart from whoa-ohs) track Mad Nice, or the bassline buildup in On Leaving. The guitarwork on the album is also notable, combining melodic octave chords and riffs with hard-hitting chugging. If there is one thing to be said about Crucial Dudes, it is that they do a very good job of avoiding gimmicks that tend to be seen in pop punk. For example, their songs are entirely breakdown and gang-chant free, which is always appreciated.

The album wraps up nicely with a re-recorded version of a song from the EP, Small, Bent, and Ugly, which is admittedly one of the most fun songs I have heard in the past two years or so, featuring lyrics such as ”And I know tomorrow’s a better day, and I won’t let my *** ups bring me down again” and ”So let’s pretend that it’s not about fashion, genres, tickets, merch or guarantees”. Crucial Dudes are certainly one of the bands helping not only to keep pop punk alive, but bring some freshness into the genre, and their 2011 debut full length is solid evidence of that. 61 Penn will undoubtedly be one of the best albums that the genre has to offer all year.



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pmmets07
July 27th 2011


5881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This ended up being longer than i wanted.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011


6145 Comments


Added the artwork, will read later.

Digging: Raven Throne - ???????? ?????????

pmmets07
July 27th 2011


5881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

much appreciated. it was bothering me.

Hep Kat
July 27th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool guys, i miss seeing them play around the way

pizzamachine
July 27th 2011


12571 Comments


Nice summary.

pmmets07
July 27th 2011


5881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmmmm

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/27/l_7f5e61490340413bb1419d1220dc621a.jpg

band loves pizza

ffs
July 27th 2011


4878 Comments


cool band name

spaceclaw6
July 27th 2011


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EP's awesome.....Boom, Roasted.

Spec
July 27th 2011


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Crucial Dudes and Daggermouth.

Fuck yes.

Satellite
July 28th 2011


20818 Comments


meh.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


6145 Comments


and a cover of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.

I should probably check this out, this might be very interesting




very good review, have a pos.

dcha
July 28th 2011


990 Comments


Album cover looks like pandas in the thumbnail.

MuhNamesTyler
August 11th 2011


4181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

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AdamK
August 18th 2011


987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kind of like the touche amore of pop punk. With the short emotional honest songs and such.

MuhNamesTyler
September 17th 2011


4181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can Finally feel thaa.... WAAAAAAAAAAARMTH!

Spec
September 27th 2011


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Crudes rule. Right on par with Daggermouth.

Spluger
October 13th 2011


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"kind of like the touche amore of pop punk. With the short emotional honest songs and such."

Personally, I feel like that's Joyce Manor, but I can see that comparison with this band too.

dansxdead
October 15th 2011


438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review dude, album means the world to me and I can relate to it more than anything.

Spec
October 15th 2011


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pretty much.

Spluger
October 15th 2011


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am I the only one who wasn't too big a fan of the EP?



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