Classics of Love
Classics of Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blackbelt54 USER (8 Reviews)
February 20th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jesse Michaels is not washed up; pure, unadulterated punk is not dead; and ska is still around too, I guess

It is rare that a musician has great success after their band that made them most famous. It’s happened before, but really, who wants to see a bunch of old has-beens playing music (especially punk)? This is even more unusual in a case like Jesse Michaels. He was the lead man of Operation Ivy, a band that burned out when he probably wasn’t even old enough to drink. More than twenty years after the glory days of the influential Bay Area ska-punk foursome, and more than ten years after his other band, Common Rider broke up, Jesse Michaels is sounding just as intense and passionate as that young angsty boy screaming his heart out at the 924 Gilman did so many years ago. Unfortunately, not all members of Operation Ivy sound as youthful as Michaels does today *cough* Rancid *cough*.

Several years after releasing an EP, Classics of Love have released their debut LP. Classics of Love is a band from California consisting of Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider fame, and members of Hard Girls. Their debut EP was mid-tempo punk, similar to, Husker Du or something like that. This album is a bit of a departure from that sound. It sounds more like older punk than a lot of current stuff. Punk is still going strong today, with a ton of so-called ‘orgcore’ bands keeping the scene alive. Don’t’ get me wrong, I love this current punk movement. However, I have not heard a punk album like this in a long time. This album has a real old-school vibe. Classics of Love would not have sounded out of place back in the early 80’s, but their music doesn’t sound dated in the least bit.

This album is uncompromising, in-your-face, and straightforward. The band sprints through 13 tracks in just under 23 minutes, which is common for a punk album. Jesse Michaels sounds just as urgent and desperate as ever, maybe even more so than his days in Operation Ivy. When this CD came in the mail, I didn’t know what to expect. I figured the album would sound similar to the EP. However, when the opening track, ‘What a Shame’ came on, I knew these guys mean t business. This album has the ire, violence, and urgency that only a punk album could have. The album has a little bit of everything. It is primarily a punk album, but it definitely has its variety. It’s got songs that will have you skanking all over the place, such as the insanely catchy ‘Castles in the Sky’. I has are intense, 80’s sounding hardcore songs i.e. ‘Dissolve’. There is a slower, hard rock track in ‘Moving Pictures’. The lyrics often deal with society as well as general life issues. There is a political component to the lyrics, but the lyrics are not overly preachy. . Michaels speaks against greed, selfishness, prejudice, and other common problems that plague the human race. The lyrics are not life-changing, but they are definitely a highlight on the album.

If you like punk, ska, or hardcore, give this album a few spins. It’s passionate and intense, yet also extremely catchy and infectious. It has the old, 80’s hardcore vibe, but it still sounds fresh and new, and there’s plenty of melody. Other than several exceptions, a good deal of the songs on this album sound similar, but the album isn’t too repetitive. It is very short and simple, which might turn some people away, but these people probably don’t like punk. If you want to shout and dance and get mad at society and have fun all in one, this album is for you. It is definitely an early 2012 highlight in the punk scene.

4/5



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Blackbelt54
February 19th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

People have pointed out that my reviews are too formal so I tried to be a little less formal on this one. also everybody go get this CD from Asian Man Records right now and Jesse Michaels did all the album art himself

bungy
February 19th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good job

Blackbelt54
February 19th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude. To try to be less formal I tried to take a few pointers from your reviews haha

jayfatha
February 19th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've listened to this a few times but I just can't get into it. Looked so good on paper

bungy
February 19th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Thanks dude. To try to be less formal I tried to take a few pointers from your reviews haha"

Aha I would never recommend that


Blackbelt54
February 19th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jay: idk what to tell you man... but I'm a huge Jesse Michaels fanboy so that might influence my opinion on this album

bungy: haha your reviews are really fun I like how you don't take things too seriously

Spare
February 20th 2012


5313 Comments


p spectacular album

slashface000
February 20th 2012


38 Comments


Band in 2012 makes throwback ska-punk album

*Listens twice*

Punk is not dead!!

bungy
February 20th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah he listened exactly two times

Blackbelt54
February 20th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I listened to it twice today and none before I reviewed it. Seriously though I've been jammin this for two weeks straight

WeepingBanana
March 16th 2012


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh i'm so excited the see these guys with BTMI! on saturday

anyone else going?

Funeralopolis
March 16th 2012


11560 Comments


i am not i hope u have fun though

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coneren
March 16th 2012


11111 Comments


me too have fun weeping you deserve it

Funeralopolis
March 16th 2012


11560 Comments


sad bannana cheer up

coneren
March 16th 2012


11111 Comments


i wish it was a bandana

Satellite
April 6th 2012


20822 Comments


holy fuck this rules

WeepingBanana
April 6th 2012


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn straight

Satellite
April 6th 2012


20822 Comments


listen to the new no trigger christian

WeepingBanana
April 6th 2012


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay!

Blackbelt54
April 7th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow 3 reviews and only 20 ratings



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