Anti-Flag
The Bright Lights Of America


2.0
poor

Review

by Green Baron USER (107 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2013 | 17 replies | 1,117 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let it burn.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Anti-Flag have a very limited range of subject matter for their songs. Their entire career can be summarized with two words: America sucks. And it's true. Since day one, Anti-Flag have been whining about "*** America" and "*** the man". However, it made sense 12 years ago. The band members were all in their twenties back then, of course they were going to be whiny and conceited. Lead singer Justin Sane is now 35, and is still making the same angry anti-American tunes he was making back in 1996.

Anti-Flag also claim that they are against capitalism, a main part of good old America’s success, but the hypocrisy in that statement is so blatant that it's actually affecting the quality of their work. Since signing with the big-name (and no doubt capitalist) record label RCA, their music has become more poppier than their first few albums. Compare the very good (though still poppy) For Blood and Empire to Underground Network. There's a noticeable difference, but both albums were still great.

Although For Blood and Empire showed a poppier side of Anti-Flag, it was still good, with songs like "The Press Corpse" and "1 Trillion Dollar$", The Bright Lights of America shows the worst part of Anti-Flag's pop sound. The album drags on for 52 minutes, and none of that is well spent. Justin Sane also attempts to recruit a new generation of anti-Americans by letting innocent little children sing in “The Ink and the Quill”. Making repetitive political songs isn’t enough for him, as he attempts to brainwash our youth into following his political stance.

Songs like “Vices”, “No Warning”, and “The Modern Rome Burning” are incredibly repetitive, and offer nothing new to the table. Every single thing that Sane rants about in this 52-minute ***fest has already been discussed in previous albums. To make things worse, the lyrics are completely terrible. “We all have our vices, we all have our flaws / we all have our anger, we all have our love” is one of the most cheesy, inane lyrics I have ever heard from a “punk” band.

Anti-Flag’s main problem is that The Bright Lights of America has the same lyrical content and subject matter as their previous five albums. Aside from a new (crappier) sound, Anti-Flag have not changed since their release of Die for the Government in 1996. Sane still hates everything about Amerika, and the topic has been so overused he sounds Pat Thetic on this album. The quicker he becomes a Canadian, the better.

As Sane cries in “No Warning”, “This is the same sad and boring melancholy story”. And it’s true. Anti-Flag are desperately trying to sound current while completely leaving out the punk elements that made them a good band in the first place. The band has their vices and flaws, and until they get their act together, the next ten years of their career will be nothing but the same anti-American albums over and over and over again.



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NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'm not sure how i feel about this review but nice one

Captain North
March 22nd 2013



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

While I agree this album is shit, most of your criticism seems directed at the fact that they don't like america, as if when you get older you suddenly become okay with everything you weren't before. You just sound like a patriotic dick tbh

Green Baron
March 22nd 2013



19004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's not that, it's the fact that they're still doing it. Since their debut, it's been nothing but the same repetitive shit.

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Crawl
March 23rd 2013



1576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not THAT bad.

MichaelSnoxall
March 23rd 2013



12163 Comments


Good on Justin for sticking to his ideals rather than just being broken in as he got older into becoming another guy who used to anarchic when he was a lad but then became an old, useless cunt.

Spec
March 23rd 2013



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I still got respect for these guys.

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DrGonzo1937
March 23rd 2013



5381 Comments


They're a pretty average punk band though.

DrGonzo1937
March 23rd 2013



5381 Comments


Shit, my 1k comment went on this?! :'(

NeoSpaz
March 24th 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol


this album is ok.
the one after this is better though

XingKing
March 24th 2013



10312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These guys haven't made a good album since Underground Network. Sell outs

MichaelSnoxall
March 24th 2013



12163 Comments


Still love the band, always will. I do enjoy this album quite a bit, but Underground Network has always been my fave.

DrGonzo1937
March 24th 2013



5381 Comments


What is interesting is I could only find one Anti-Flag album on here that had been rated with a 5 by a member. lol No hardcore AF fans here then?

Crawl
March 24th 2013



1576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

All of them have some 5s except the three latest ones.

Spec
March 24th 2013



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Terror State and For Blood And Empire were good though.

@xing

Green Baron
March 24th 2013



19004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So is Die for the Goverment.

NeoSpaz
March 24th 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Die is pretty fantastic

jefflebowski
July 30th 2013



7548 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this really isn't that bad, the title track and the modern rome burning are pretty good

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