Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knife Man


4.5
superb

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
September 27th, 2011 | 12 replies | 3,504 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sorry guys, here's a shitty review.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Andrew Jackson Jihad has always been quite the interesting duo. Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty have been playing guitar-and-bass folk-punk tunes since the early 2000’s, and have garnered quite the devoted fan base in the process.

It’s not hard to see why, with their infectiously catchy and uptempo interplay between acoustic guitar and upright bass combined with endlessly witty lyrics ranging in topic from religion, how cool smoking makes you, Sean’s abusive father, and how much hipsters and white people suck. AJJ carved out their very specific niche with their first few full length albums and numerous DIY releases.

2008 saw the duo moving away from their sound, not in a stylistic way, but by incorporating electric guitar and the occasional drum beat into the mix, much to the chagrin of pretentious idiots everywhere. 2011 brings a new album from Andrew Jackson Jihad, and with it the listener finds the band embracing the full-band sound even more, while still staying true to their wacky folk-punk roots.

Knife Man is very much an Andrew Jackson Jihad album, regardless of how much electric guitar and drumming permeates the album. Over the album’s 44 minutes and 16 tracks, there is an even mix of the acoustic Americana tunes and the newer full-band centric jams. The lyrics are still as witty, sarcastic, and cruel as ever, it’s still a knee-slappin’ romp in the hay, and the duo manages to put out their best release in the process.

Whether it’s the kazoo backed “American Tune,” a humorous take on how straight white males dominate America, the obvious tip of the hat to The Ramones that “Distance” is, the incredibly tongue in cheek “Sad Songs,” or the epic, heart-wrenching closer “Big Bird,” AJJ runs the gamut of their past catalog and their many influences, managing to enthrall the listener throughout the entirety of the album.
Knife Man’s finest moments are too numerous to point out every one, but the most memorable come in the form of those witty one-liners that AJJ fans have come to expect, and boy do they deliver. In “Distance,” Sean asserts that “He hates whiny f**kin’ songs like this, but I can’t afford a therapist. Sorry guys, here’s a solo!”

The lyrical content of Knife Man is so fascinating in that it conveys so many emotions so perfectly, often changing numerous times within a single song. “Fucc the Devil” starts out humorously and sardonically, but ends emphatically, Sean noting that “I wanna go away for a while, cause the things that I have seen are turning me into a ***ty human being.”

Andrew Jackson Jihad’s talents are on full display here, and Knife Man is never short of sarcastic wit, heartfelt poetic waxing, and catchy folk-punk ditties, of both the electric and acoustic varieties, and even if “folk” or “punk” really don’t sound too enticing to you, I suggest you pick up Knife Man and give it a spin, you may be surprised.

4.5/5



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Comatorium.
September 27th 2011



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Written for my college newspaper, sorry if it blows.

oh fuck complete with annotations for the prof. lemme fix that...

wabbit
September 27th 2011



6975 Comments


summary is boss.


Reads really college newspapery

Comatorium.
September 27th 2011



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah it does, but i figured hey i wrote it, why not post it for sputnik to tear apart.

iFghtffyrdmns
September 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

DynamiteKyle (4.5)
Knife Man takes the band forward in an interesting, and good direction. They have evolved immensely ...

Robin Smith STAFF (4.5)
I wanna give a shit again...

Mike Allen (4.5)
The Michael Jordan of drunk driving played his final game tonight......

stillill124 (4.5)
Even with the added instrumentation and new ideas, AJJ still manages to feel incredibly honest and u...

AND NOW:
Comatorium (4.5)
Sorry guys, here's a shitty review.



I'M NEVER GONNA FIT IN WITH THE COOL CROWD WAHHHHH

Comatorium.
September 27th 2011



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I would have made this review a 5 had i felt like the review justified it.

iFghtffyrdmns
September 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

But it's a 4 wahhhhh

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2011



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Five 4.5 reviews, holy shit

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011



17195 Comments


It's really good. I still think Can't Maintain and People... are better though.

FrankRedHot
September 27th 2011



6448 Comments


Sounds like Chad Kroeger.

Comatorium.
September 27th 2011



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I feel like this is just as good as both Can't Maintain and People... but it's a completely different beast from People... and expan+ds on the sound from Can't Maintain into something even livelier.

It's my favorite album by them right now, but I'm sure that will change somewhere down the line.

elephantREVOLUTION
September 27th 2011



2730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why isn't this on best new music?

Comatorium.
September 27th 2011



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Excellent question.



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