Against Me!
As the Eternal Cowboy


2.5
average

Review

by Pete Mossberg USER (22 Reviews)
February 27th, 2006 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


It seems that since 2002's "Reinventing Axl Rose", Against Me! has become everyone's favourite band, and considering that album, they could very well deserve it. The band plays an original brand of folkish punk that'll get your toes tapping like crazy, and that really tickles the sing-a-long nerve each and every time a chorus is reached.

"Reinventing Axl Rose" got raving reviews everywhere, and it was also that disc that landed them a recording contract with Fat Wreck Chords. Possibly the hardest thing for a band to do is to follow up a success like that. Does Against Me! succeed where too many others have failed? No, to be completely honest, they don't. This isn't a very good album, and mostly because it seems rushed, and somewhat forced.

The first thing you notice is that it only has 11 songs, and it's done in 25 minutes and 10 seconds. That's the first clue that this isn't as worked through as it should be. Another clue is that, even though Against Me! has their very own style of uncomplicated sing-a-long punk rock, this seems a bit too uncomplicated. Many of the songs are based around just one chord progression with basically just one vocal melody over it. Although the band in most cases find ear-pleasing melodies and choruses, I feel that there's a little something missing. That something probably being effort and variety, and those things are (at least to me) pretty damn important. And adding an instrumental imtermission, only repeating a few chords, is solid evidence that they're not giving 110%...

On the plus side, this is still an Against Me!, and all the crucial elements are there - the aforementioned catchy choruses, the snotty, hoarse, screamed vocals, the rock'n'roll attitude and all that. And this is a nice break from Fat Wrecks otherwise pretty unoriginal punk (I love Fat Wreck, but they've never really gone out on a limb, have they?), as the band at least does their own thing, and they do it good.

The best songs on "As The Eternal Cowboy" are "Cliché Guevara", "You Look Like I Need a Drink" and "Slurring the Rhythms", probably the three fastest songs on the disc. Where the other songs are a bit slow, and therefor lack a little energy, these songs really pick the album up.

In conclusion, this is not going to make my list of Best Albums 2003, and if you're interested in getting into Against Me!, I suggest you get "Reinventing Axl Rose" (No Idea Records, 2002) and just enjoy. If you're already a fan of them, of course you should get this, but don't expect to get blown away. Unfortunately.



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mx
Moderator
February 27th 2006


739 Comments


Why are you posting so many reviews in one day? I'm trusting you that these weren't copied, and that you just had them saved on your computer or something.

Pete
February 27th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I had them on my computer from the site I used to write for (www.punktrigger.com) which is no more, and I thought I'd share my opinions. I thought I'd rather post them all at once, than just sneak one in every once in a while. I hope that's okay?

mx
Moderator
February 27th 2006


739 Comments


That's fine, no problem. Just checking to be sure =)

Pete
February 27th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Phew, now I'm done review-abusing Sputnik for this time

204409
Emeritus
February 27th 2006


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya Pete you're pretty cool. I think this album is better than you do. Also "uncomplicated" is a wack term. You treat them like they're the Ramones but there's a lot of cool riffs and fun sloppiness burrowing in the "punk sounding" mix.

Pete
February 27th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wrote this review quite a while ago (around the time the album was released), so I can't say I stand 100% by it. I should give this album a few more spins, but the old stuff rubs me the right way so much more

Anglachel
April 5th 2006


152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I too think this album is better than your making it out to be, Pete. But you gave excellent reasons for your opinion.



Good review.

onionbubs
July 2nd 2017


6433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how the fuck is this the only review for this



like not just the default, the only review



I'm actually double checking to make sure this is the only review for it

Digging: McCafferty - Thanks. Sorry. Sure.



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