Rancid
Rancid


4.0
excellent

Review

by brycey USER (19 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Rancid Rancid
Epitaph Records
1993


[URL]www.rancidrancid.com[/URL]

Tim Armstrong Vocals, Guitar
Matt Freeman Bass, Vocals
Brett Reed Drums

After the success that was underground ska band Operation Ivy, Matt and Tim bounce back with raw and hard punk at it’s very best. This is before Lars was recruited into the band, so the songs either had one guitar or Tim did two when recording. On this album, they had Brett Gurewitz (owner of Epitaph Records and guitarist of fellow punk band Bad Religion), and other Epitaph musicians such as Pennywise members Fletcher Drage and Jim Lindberg (to my understanding) on back-up vocals.

As Operation Ivy had done, the songs basically live from the basslines. The guitar in the songs on this album can’t last by itself, just like O.I., so they depend on the bassline to carry the song. Just like the O.I. basslines, they are well constructed, fast and something to admire. The basslines to “Rejected?, “The Bottle? and “Detroit? being my favourite basslines on the album. Matt clearly shows his talent by mixing things up, and not playing root notes alone, like most punk and pop-punk bands today, such as Blink-182, Sum 41 and Pennywise.

The lyrics in this album, when you read them or if you can understand them, are well-written. Tim is a masterful lyricist. The lyrics to “The Bottle? show the troubles of an alcoholic. “It makes no difference when i'm way out of line, things i can't remember comes back to haunt me
a lot of people out there who seem to want me
climb in the bottle and never come out?
, while in “Another Night? the problems of living out on the street are told. “In the dark with the okland skyline, as i cross the city i avoid the landlines, all i wanna do is make it through without dying, all i wanna do is keep on trying. Tim never ceases to impress me with his lyrics, and in this album, his lyrics are more about problems and troubles in life than anything else.

The drums are no different from any other Rancid album to follow. So, I can’t go into much detail with them. The guitar is the same on the most part. Mostly powerchords, which again is the same as any other pop-punk/punk band today. Although, there are some nice riffs here and there, like in “Unwritten Rules? at the beginning, and “The Trenches?.

The singing in the album, is angry and shouting on the most part (by Matt), while Tim has scratchy vocals which he mostly talks through songs. Even though Matt and Tim aren’t the best singers in the world, and their singing tends to put people off listening to them, their singing is perfect for the music. It’s aggressive. It’s loud, and it’s fierce. The backing vocals always make me like their songs more, because it feels as if everyone who is listening to it shouts along and becomes part of the music.

Recommended Tracks:
Rejected
Another Night
Hyena
Adina
The Bottle

This is one of my favourite Rancid albums, because of how raw, and energetic this album is. It’s a must have for any Rancid fan, although if you like this album, you might just prefer “Rancid [2000]?. I give this album a 4/5.


And on a side-note, my 6,000th post. :cool:



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Big Tube
April 18th 2004


15 Comments


You know, I've listened to Rancid for years now, but never bought this album... I guess it's time to pick it up.

brycey
April 18th 2004


205 Comments


You should. It's one of their best.

pixiesfanyo
April 18th 2004


1223 Comments


ree eee eee eee jected

hum i love that song

good album 3/5

RIPJoeStrummer
April 18th 2004


33 Comments


I like it, I'd give it a 3/5 cause I don't think its nearly as good as ...And Out Came The Wolves.

brycey
April 18th 2004


205 Comments


"Rejected" is my favourite song from the album. That's what inspired me to write the review. I'd say either this, "...And Out Come The Wolves" or "Indestructible" is their best album, and remember it's only my opinion.

bruise_pristine
April 19th 2004


66 Comments


Pretty good review. This album is pretty good too Another Night and Hyena are the best songs on this album, but I would say "Lets Go" is my favorite Rancid album.

Pembo
February 20th 2005


2 Comments


Nice review man.

I've been trying to find this album everywhere, I've heared six-odd songs from it and it sounds awesome. I have it on order, so in a couple of weeks I should have the whole collection of albums :D.

Rudd13
July 4th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ADINA!!!!!!!!!




RANCID FUCKING ROCKS

volcom5347
November 19th 2005


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album iz their best next to ...and out come the wolves

rancid rocks
January 19th 2006


1 Comments


cool review, this is a superb album. the bass lines are crazy! im glad that all u people like rancid, im from wales and not a lot have heard of them round here. they are the best!!!!!!!

kno_kontrol
April 9th 2006


448 Comments


this album is easily their best. Its much faster than all of their other albums and has probably their best musically. I dont like slow rancid, and I dont think they are the best ska songwriters as it is.

smokersdieyounger
May 8th 2006


672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was the last rancid album i bought, got them all now, and this one certainly stands out. A good beginning.

georgesblink182@yahoo.com
May 26th 2006


49 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of my all time favourite albums overall, they are soo awesome. i also own all their albums, thubm up Smoker guy.not on your album rating though.

f_u_c_t
August 20th 2006


1406 Comments


im stoked to read that this album got some real positive feedback. This is my second Rancid album i bought, first was And Out Come The Wolves. I'll rate this after a few listens.

KieranVandRakim
November 12th 2009


332 Comments


reeeeee eeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeee eeeeee jected

JaySPNJ
May 14th 2013


66 Comments


And out come the wolves is their best but this isn't bad



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