Various Artists (Punk)
Punk Goes Pop 5


2.5
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by Sam Cowen USER (17 Reviews)
November 7th, 2012 | 129 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not very punk. Not very good.

Another year, another entry in the Punk Goes... series. This year they return once more to the most successful variation, Punk Goes Pop, where a series of (supposedly) punk bands cover pop songs of their choosing. The series arguably reached it's peak back with Volume Two, featuring some good covers from the likes of Silverstein, A Day To Remember and Bayside. The last two have had a few songs, but for the most part, quality has been declining rapidly. Now, we have Volume Five.

It starts off promisingly, as Memphis May Fire tackle Grenade by Bruno Mars. It avoids a trap many other tracks fall into, that of becoming a chug-ridden snore, by using mainly clean vocals and steering relatively clear of the metalcore genre. It does it well, showcasing vocalist Matty Mullins impressive capabilities. It's not groundbreaking, but it's a start.

Similarly, We Came As Romans do a good cover of The Wanted's Glad You Came, they use unclean vocals tastefully and the electronics suit their usual style. Craig Owens does a nice piano-led cover of Coldplay, although it drags a little towards the end, while SECRETS do a surprisingly good job of covering Gym Class Heroes' Ass Back Home.

Mayday Parade cover Gotye's Somebody I Used To Know well, with a tongue-in-cheek appearance from Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes to sing the female vocals. It works really well, and is one of the better covers on the record by a long way. Similarly, The Maine cover Cyndi Lauper (yes, really) and pull it off. They take a simplistic approach to the first verse and chorus and build the song from there. The appearance of Adam Lazarra from Taking Back Sunday is well implemented and cements it as one of the best songs here.

Sadly, for every good cover, there is one just as bad. Forever The Sickest Kids manage to make Rihanna seem like a musical genius, and in the process make their singer's vocals sound totally androgynous, while The Word Alive have recorded the most annoying chorus in history with their cover of Kanye West's Mercy.

Taking the prize for the worst cover on the CD is Like Moths To Flames. Their attempt at covering Fun.'s Some Nights is so dreadful it's hard to comprehend. The intro is sung incredibly badly, and then the song becomes the usual metalcore breakdown-fest. It is the sound of a group taking this years breakout band, and defecating all over one of their singles, for almost five minutes.

Elsewhere Crown The Empire cover Maroon 5 and could have pulled it off if they just got rid of the repeated vocals on the chorus, and Issues do a bland cover of Justin Beiber. Oh, and Breathe Carolina actually attempt to cover Michael Jackson. Yeah, that happened.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2012


19933 Comments


Album stream? or do you mind linking a few songs?

Digging: Coldworld - Melancholie

IfYouRun
November 7th 2012


294 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It came out yesterday.

Mayday Parade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftE9uSPpecs
Memphis May Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fg4JPORYWs&feature=related
Like Moths To Flames: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2_XyafwIhE

Evreaia
November 7th 2012


4045 Comments


seeing the band list alone makes this an insta-1

sspedding
November 7th 2012


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the only good cover i ever heard off these was tdwp's Still Fly

henryChinaski
November 7th 2012


2796 Comments


Terrible.

Digging: Empires - Orphan

ViperAces
November 7th 2012


12466 Comments


They even butchered Boyfriend omg

ViperAces
November 7th 2012


12466 Comments


issues have made the impossible!!!!!!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2012


19933 Comments


thanks i'm expecting this to be terrible but thanks for the links. are those at least the better songs? lol

Evreaia
November 7th 2012


4045 Comments


1 it

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2012


19933 Comments


@Evreaia, lol you shouldn't 1 an album just because you think it's gonna be shit at least give it a chance.

henryChinaski
November 7th 2012


2796 Comments


2.5 is too generous

Chortles
November 7th 2012


17998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

oh lord

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny

Evreaia
November 7th 2012


4045 Comments


Atari I already heard 5 of the song, and all of those where downright awfull

i guess I can tell this would be a 1 for me

Chortles
November 7th 2012


17998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

damn kinda want to 1 this now

Evreaia
November 7th 2012


4045 Comments


do it

IfYouRun
November 7th 2012


294 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Atari85 Mayday parade yes, Like Moths To Flames hell no

IfYouRun
November 7th 2012


294 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This bordered on a 2 for me really, 2.5 is a tad generous, as someone said.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2012


19933 Comments


i was just giving you a hard time Evreaia. from what i'd heard your rating is pretty accurate.

what a pointless release they need to bury the whole punk goes pop thing.

Chortles
November 7th 2012


17998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i guess i should listen at least a little to be fair

Evreaia
November 7th 2012


4045 Comments


Indeed, same with all bands involved



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