Lagwagon
Blaze


4.5
superb

Review

by fund it USER (7 Reviews)
January 16th, 2006 | 14 replies | 7,615 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Blaze took about 4 years to make. So by the time it came out, fans were anxious to see how much they've evolved from the masterpiece that is "Let's Talk About Feelings" from 1998. Blaze reaches back ever so effortlessly to the good old days of 1995 when Hoss ruled the underground upbeat-punk scene, and it gracefully reminds you a great time when punk rock meant something and was revered for its meaningfulness and heartfelt stylings. Lagwagon magically contorts such nostalgia into present-day revolution with their recollection of great punk tunes with heart.


"Burn" - This song blows me away each time I hear it. The vocals are flawless, the lyrics are one-of-a-kind, and the music makes one helluva lagwagon tune. "...and any fool can play. I'll raise the stakes with another turn. We risk/We roll/We Burn". I love it, it's probably one of my favorite intros I've heard for any CD I own. Thank you again Lagwagon. 5/5

"E Daggar" - Haha, this song is great. It reminds me of a tune called "Lori Meyers" from NOFX, but this one is really upbeat and funny. "C'mon E, it's just a party. Let's go to PartyTown, then we can party down". Obviously, Joey is trying to convince E to join him and his comrads in some disorganized punk fun at a party (that is greatly diplayed at the end with the whistling and Whooing). Great fun tune, this album's got something. 4/5

"Dancing The Collapse" - You have to love the uniqueness of this song while it speeds through a simple punk chord-progression, and it just shows how Lagwagon can tke the simplest of songwritings and mold them into punk greats with a little help from Joey's amazing lyrics and the superb musicainship of each member. Nice Work. 4.5/5

"I Must Be Hateful" - Uhhh, I'm not sure of my stance in this tune. I've gotten used to how Lagwagon writes their tunes, and this one kinda falls of the trail a bit. It's a fast-paced ballad about self-pity and uncertainty, but it's a little too eccentric to be associated with the other great tracks on the disc. 3/5

"Falling Apart" - Psyche! You thought Blaze was gettin weird, but it's kickin' ass now. It's a really funny tune about getting old and fading out. Not too fast, but why push the old guys? Funny lyrics: "Ostheoporosis, glaucoma, and neurosis. The vultures circling above our balding heads". Makes me laugh every time. I think Lagwagon needs a funny song for every CD, and this is it. 5/5

"Max Says" - Great song. Punk stylings gallore in this fast-paced jig about a simple boy living in an oh-so complicated world. Time signatures are being jossled around in the interlude, and I thought that was neat. Enjoi! 4/5

"Billy Club" - Lots of name dropping on this CD, which I guess is afterall reminiscent to Hoss (Track 3 is called Name Dropping for christ's sake). This one kind of slows the CD down, but in a good way. This song is catchy and exuberant, and the audio sample are a great touch to further deliver the message with ease. This song starts off a great section for the CD that reflects on Lagwagon's political standpoint. And believe me, they're not gonna be supporting "Iraq 2: The Search For Georgey's Gold". 4/5

"Dividers" - Joey's heart comes out on this one when he rants about the war going on between Cowboy Bush and the desolate middle-east where we wanna stick our democratic dick in Iraq's bloody Saddam Hussein-run ass. While we do this, we also shun anyone who thinks America is dumb for doing so, thus dividing the nation into redneck nationalists and bleeding heart intelligents. Nice powerful message, leading into the best song on the CD. 4/5

"Never Stops" - It seems like this war never stops. Joey makes it clear that the battle we're fighting's gonna be long and hard, and the fearful and distressed will need to get over it and wait it out. Great political message with amazing music and vocals. Every word is an observation we see everyday, and every observation is seen by all. That's what makes this song important, and the best tune on the CD. 5/5

"Dinner and A Movie" - Takin' a break from bush-bashing, the Lag never fails to give the listener a good love tune in return for their incessent listening and understanding. It's short, sweet, upbeat, and reminds you of an 80's tune off of a John Hughes movie. hey, It's poetic justice. 4/5

"Lullaby" - A lullaby hardly, by the lyrics speak of a resolution that can appeal to anyone that has been jaded by the graphic world we live in. "If I could sing them all to sleep, if I could sing myself deaf, wouldn't it be lovely? Doesn't it sound perfect?" An anthem, for lack of better words, no less, and you'll the enjoy the 2 faces the song seems to have. With dark verses explaining the chaos we feel, and the complimenting chorus where Joey graciously offers relief for those affected by such terror. Great song. 5/5

"Billionaire" - Wow, I absolutly love this song. The whole song is catchy and will get stuck in your head, no doubt. Name one part in the song, whether it be the acoustic intro, to the subtle verses, to the blasting chorus, the short softer breakdown, or the "Leave with an impact" drama the ending brings you, and I assure you one of those, if not all of them, will get stuck in your head the whole day. Great blast of solid goodness. 5/5

"Tomorrow Is Heartbreak" - Eh, good song. Not great, but it's good. Nothing special about it, except for the lighter take on heartbreak and the scar it leaves. Nice love touch. 3.5/5

"Baggage" - Wow. This song is ripe with raw power and energy. It's a great way to end it all, and the punch it throws leaves a throbbing bruise when it's done with ya. "It's a measure of pity, but I won't carry...I won't carry you", AND it's a got a great guitar solo. Excellent way to wrap up the CD. 5/5


Blaze blew me away when I first heard it. 80% of the songs on here are punk gems, thus crowning Lagwagon the kings of SoCal punk. Listen closely...that's the sound of Lagwagon STILL kickin ass after 15+ years in the biz, and they wouldn't have it any other way.

Recommended for your listening pleasure:
Burn, Falling Apart, Never Stops, Billionare, Baggage

4.5/5



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kno_kontrol
February 17th 2006



448 Comments


Good Review, Although I think Never Stops and Dividers are better than Burn. I also liked Dancing the Collapse. I like how you made it a track by track without actually sounding like a track by track.

kolzig33189
February 17th 2006



335 Comments


great cd great review

STFDood84
February 18th 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The mighty Lag is IMO one of the best modern punk bands ever, hands down (fuckin nice dudes too, Flippin smoked a blunt with us!). Good review, Blaze is definitely an underrated album, even by Lagwagon themselves. Shows off Lag's skills quite a bit - plenty of shred soloing from Chris Rest, crazy drumming, great vox, awesome bass lines, great lyrics... not quite as "classic" as some previous Lag records (or as tight as Resolve , but an easy 4/5.

Two-Headed Boy
June 28th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Superb album. All that needs to be said.

TLD
September 5th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. This is my favorite album of Lagwagon. Like said int the review, the song "Burn" starts so f*ckin great. It's just unbelievable. Resove is also pretty good, but it can't come close to this album.

The Sludge
March 13th 2007



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New album that I'm ear raping.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 13th 2007



7926 Comments


I haven't listened to this in, well, since it came out. Decent review but as you should expect to hear here, I'm not huge on track by tracks. You should at least mask them with paragraphs.

descendents1
March 14th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty great, not amazing, not as good as resolve, blasphamers

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 19th 2007



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Faling Apart" is such a clutch song. I was listening to this in the car a bunch last week. It's definitely one of the weakest Lagwagon albums but it's still good.

StrizzMatik
February 17th 2008



3185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rips pretty hard. Lullaby is IMO one of the top Lag songs ever by far.

Tam-Tam
February 18th 2008



93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this CD. Got as muh roation in the few years since it's been out as just about any CD I've ever owned. It's obviously not for everyone (going on reviews and what not), but I loved this CD from the first listen, to the last.

owl316
October 15th 2010



83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a really good album. but whoever wrote this was obviously trying to link lagwagon to politics to much. they aren't a political band, and all the ongs you claimed that were about politics are mainly about society in general.

drasticaction74
September 12th 2011



1729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow I wrote like a jackass when I was 16

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Dunpeal
January 21st 2014



3656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holds up well

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