Man Overboard
Heart Attack


3.5
great

Review

by Sam Cowen USER (17 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing ground breaking, it's the pop-punk you used to love.

Even if you haven't listened to Man Overboard, chances are you have heard of their slogan, "Defend pop-punk". It's arguably more famous than any of their music, and there is a reason for that. Man Overboard aren't a bad band, but they have never done anything to stand out either. Their debut introduced fairly standard pop-punk music with three guitarists and two vocalists that showed glimpses of potential, whilst their follow-up self-titled was far less pop and heavier on the punk, and was a little disappointing. In the buildup to the release of their third full-length, Heart Attack, they promised that the growth would be evident.

The album opens strongly, with Secret Pain, a song unmistakably in the style of typical Man Overboard, and then Boy Without Batteries, which has pretty terrible lyrics, but is catchy enough to still justify its inclusion. These are followed by three of the strongest songs on the album. Where I Left You features the two vocalists, guitarist Zac and bassist Nic, trading off vocals in a song reminiscent of a more pop-orientated Taking Back Sunday. The title track is then followed by White Lies, the fastest song on the record up to this point.

While the first half of the record is fairly typically Man Overboard, and would have been at home on their self-titled, things soon change. Hoodie Song is one of the faster and heavier songs Man Overboard has ever written. With backing vocals that could be described as screamo-lite, and best indicates the change in pace the album undergoes halfway through. Open Season is similarly fast-paced, and is easily one of the better songs they have written, and features Geoff Rickley, formerly of Thursday.

They do, however, save the best song for last. Wide Awake is an acoustic number, usually a cliche closer. It is also about missing a girl, something Man Overboard wrote an entire album about (See their self-titled). This song avoids all those traps. It manages to be touching, catchy and well written. The chorus is sung as gang vocals and is strongly reminiscent of The Wonder Year's Living Room Song.

Lyrically the record still falls into classic Man Overboard traps. While many of the songs avoid being cringe-worthy, Boy Without Batteries has lyrics that are simply atrocious, including the lyrics "You want to see something creepy? Remember this? It spent six years in my drawer. It doesn't smell like you anymore." Meanwhile S.A.D. simply should not have made it onto the album, being one of the worst songs the band has made to date.

Despite these missteps, with Heart Attack, Man Overboard have created their strongest record to date. It's not flawless, the lyrics can be cliche, and they still don't really justify the three guitarists, but the songs are all incredibly catchy and they appear to have found the way to balance their most pop-orientated side with the faster songs they are so good at writing.

The sad truth is, it doesn't matter how good this album is, people will lap it up regardless. Man Overboard are never going to write an album with the ambition of The Greatest Generation, and they are comfortable with that. Heart Attack is an album that will allow them to continue to ride the revival of pop-punk.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 22nd 2013


288 Comments


Good review dude! Always found the band passable, forever living in the shadow of TWY and TSSF haha

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013


19927 Comments


"whilst their follow-up self-titled was far less punk and heavy on pop, and was a little disappointing"

um it's the other way around lol real talk was WAY more poppy than their second album.

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IfYouRun
May 22nd 2013


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Essentially the same. They seem to be up alongside The Wonder Years and The Story So Far in this new wave of pop-punk despite not quite being of the same quality. I kind of expect them to get "taken over" of sorts by the likes of Neck Deep, Handguns and more at this rate though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013


19927 Comments


actually maybe i read that wrong you're saying the second album is less heavy on pop?

IfYouRun
May 22nd 2013


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's what I meant, I just somehow managed to type it wrong. I'll ammend it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013


19927 Comments


nah it can be interpreted two different ways depending on how you read it...my bad. I actually liked their second album better though. anyways good review

lucasjcockcroft
May 22nd 2013


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Real Talk is a pop album with guitars



I've heard this is shitty, I need to check it out

joshieboy12345
May 22nd 2013


5371 Comments


Won't this be deleted? Being reviewed before the release date?

henryChinaski
May 23rd 2013


2796 Comments


This was streaming on Spotify wasn't it?

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IfYouRun
May 23rd 2013


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this whole album is available to stream on spotify.

IfYouRun
May 23rd 2013


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And, having checked, now on youtube, having been uploaded by the label.

lucasjcockcroft
May 23rd 2013


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

now andcas made me sad

pepster50
June 12th 2013


331 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely better than hte last one, but this band isn't very good. A couple catchy songs. Easily forgettable. 3'd

KenboSlice
July 13th 2013


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules.

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ProjectFreak
July 31st 2013


1411 Comments


totally forgot this album came out, first single was terrible but i'll check it out because i liked the last album

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joshieboy12345
July 31st 2013


5371 Comments


Not the best in their genre.

SnakeDelilah
January 26th 2014


7930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Man Overboard is reason #25697 for why we need gun control in this country.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2014


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Championing their "Defend pop-punk" motto, prolific New Jersey quintet Man Overboard deliver more of the same on their Steve Klein produced 3rd LP 'Heart Attack'. Again, there isn't a great deal of growth apparent, while at 45 minutes in length, it's also not as lean as their previous releases. But their youthful & catchy brand of old-school pop-punk will be as satisfying as it is familiar to fans of the genre. Excluding the fantastic early career song ‘Montrose’, lead single ‘White Lies’ may just be the band’s catchiest track ever. Recommended Tracks: White Lies, S.A.D, Heart Attack & Wide Awake.

Mistico
March 16th 2014


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's not too bad

doesn't hold a candle to real talk

but dude Davey, agreed, white lies is essential pop punk listening

lucasjcockcroft
March 16th 2014


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this isn't very good



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