The Riverboat Gamblers
Something to Crow About


4.0
excellent

Review

by bungy USER (11 Reviews)
June 27th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,989 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Riverboat Gamblers rock the fuck out

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Something to Crow About is The Riverboat Gamblers best showcase of their balls-out, energetic, kidney-exploding live shows. On the band's timeline it lies nestled perfectly between their older, more deranged and lo-fi garagy punk material and the gritty power pop of To the Confusion of Our Enemies. The Riverboat Gamblers have managed to string together 11 frantic songs without losing momentum or running dry on hooks.

I will explain what this album is all about in a second. These catchy songs are crafted all crafty-like, they surge forward, then pause briefly for a timely drum build up thing before the last chorus or to better hear vocalist Mike Wiebe yell incoherently before the song surges forward even harder. But this isn't some bull*** record where annoying users can claim how every time they listen they hear new subtle parts of the music and appreciate more the nuances carefully placed by the-shut the fuck up. Here's one way to hear new things: Listen to something else. Like this. If you aren't stoked by the fourth track, or drunk, you should donate your heart to science or vampires because you aren't using it. The lyrical content can be as riveting as it is poetic like on "Rattle Me Bones",

AGTOTHSOANFRHORSANWAAA
PATATYTATHATEAWTHOO
OH YEAH NUMBERONENUMBERONENUMBEROOOOONE
LORDGODKNOWSIMTHESEVENTHSONRIGHTNOW

YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!
RATTLE ME BONES RATTLE ME BONES


Especially so when you can decipher the words as on the poignant and penultimate "Last to Know" when during the chorus of the album's most melodic anthem Weibe wails, "your suicide note is plagiarism/your suicide note is poorly wrote." What this album is about is the special feeling you get at a raucous live performance. It's the human element of effort and stage presence that seems to be audible in the shouting and sloppy, yet badass, guitar solos. You suspect that even during the recording process, the band was jumping off of amps and diving into the crowd. It's infectious.



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bungy
June 27th 2012



8843 Comments

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got bored

Trebor.
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June 27th 2012



49788 Comments


I always heard this band was good

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bungy
June 27th 2012



8843 Comments

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To the confusion of our enemies is one of the best things ever


I'm listening to the new release now it's definitely better than Underneath the Owl

Blackbelt54
June 27th 2012



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Nice review, what album should I start with for these guys?

bungy
June 27th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This one!

random
June 27th 2012



2259 Comments


"On Again Off Again" rules, though it's not on this.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2012



9033 Comments


Decent band

Owantjaaaa
June 27th 2012



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they pull off an amazing live show

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bungy
June 27th 2012



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On Again Off Again is one of the funnest songs I've ever seen live

bungy
June 27th 2012



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Are there 30 reviews every Wednesday morning?

Blackbelt54
June 27th 2012



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Haha that's weird

Does this band compare to any other bands?

bungy
June 27th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lol I cannot think of a good comparison, they don't remind me of anything

Blackbelt54
June 27th 2012



4268 Comments

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That's probably a good thing I could go for something original, I will check out soon

bungy
June 27th 2012



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It isn't innovative or groundbreaking but yeah

bungy
July 23rd 2012



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no new ratings since the review


i swear this is good

expire
July 26th 2012



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Oh cool, good music being talked about on Sputnik!

bungy
August 18th 2012



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i. swear. this. rules.

bungy
December 18th 2012



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More people need to listen to this really loud next time they get in a car



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