Sum 41
Underclass Hero


4.5
superb

Review

by Jimmyfree450 USER (5 Reviews)
June 19th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Plain and simple, this album rocks from start to finish.

Call it a matter of opinion, call it crazy even, but I actually really like this album. This release from the band has been the target of a lot of criticism, calling it "lazy," or "unoriginal." Honestly though, you have to ignore all the negative attention given towards this album. Plain and simple, this album rocks from start to finish, with each song complimenting the next, and each song being a good listen.

The first thing that comes to mind when hearing this album is "Sum 41 are a punk band again." With Chuck, the band seemed to dive pretty deep into the metal category. Maybe it was because Deryck Whibley, at the time, was the only guitarist in the band that was contributing to the writing side (Tom Thacker, a.k.a "Brown Tom" wasn't really part of the band yet, at least writing wise.) Either way, it pays off because every song, minus a few obvious tracks, have a very punk-y feel. Whether it is excellent cuts like Walking Disaster, March Of The Dogs, Pull The Curtain, Confusion And Frustration In Modern Times, or the title track, you will get a great dose of the punk aspect that was sorely missing in the majority of Chuck.

This album also has a fair bit of experimentation within the fourteen tracks (more depending on the edition of the album.) Dear Father is a very heartfelt song that tells of Deryck's father he never knew, with the song eventually cranking the volume towards the end. With Me kind of follows suit, but the subject matter is different, and the volume swells back and forth between loud choruses and more calm verses. Best Of Me is the standout among these tracks, and its also a pleasant surprise to hear a song that a lot of people can connect to as opposed to the obvious political driven tone of this album that might be hard to relate to or fully understand. A notable mention is Ma Poubelle, which is actually quite a funny song if you understand French (looking up the translated version works too.)

I have next to no problems with this album; the production is top notch, each instrument is solid and can hold their own ground, and until Screaming Bloody Murder was released, Sum 41 never played better. My only problem with the album is that sometimes the songs can sound a bit samey (due to the same power chords being repeated from song to song.) Being a big fan of the band, it is safe to say that this album is a worthy edition to any Sum fan's collection, and a worthy edition to any punk rock fan's collection in general. An excellent album from the first track to the last.


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Giving Sum 41 the benefit of the doubt, this album is still too pop-oriented for its own good....

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Mike Stagno EMERITUS (3.5)
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Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF (1)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2013


1622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like your opinion of the album, you prooved your points. Even if I completely disagree with them. Huge fan of Chuck though.

nononsense
June 19th 2013


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Respect. But I disagree.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2013


50450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Do not call an album a CD

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ShadowRemains
June 19th 2013


20844 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sucks

ZippaThaRippa
June 19th 2013


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

was ok. Bought it the day it came out when I was a wee middle schooler

Gwyn.
June 19th 2013


15122 Comments


"This CD"

neg

nononsense
June 19th 2013


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude Zippa is that Rose Leslie as your avatar?

ZippaThaRippa
June 19th 2013


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you know it

Gwyn.
June 19th 2013


15122 Comments


she is i've seen the pic before

edit: fucking ninjas

nononsense
June 19th 2013


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

She's so hot. When she got nude in GoT I jerked it right there.

Gwyn.
June 19th 2013


15122 Comments


you need higher standards for jerk offs




nahahahah what am i saying i jerk off to most things

nononsense
June 19th 2013


3394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

XingKing
June 19th 2013


10710 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is shit through and through. The band ditched every ounce of progress they made with Infected and Chuck and they didn't even revert back to the fun Sum 41 of Half Hour-All Killer era, but into some lifeless Blink 182 wannabe. Half of the songs on here are stolen from other bands too, which they have obviously done in the past, but the songs they robbed from this time around aren't even good in their own right, let alone as Sum 41 tunes. Count Your Last Blessings is the only legitimately good track on here

*end butthurt*

Rastapunk
June 19th 2013


737 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"With Chuck, the band seemed to dive pretty deep into the metal category. Maybe it was because Deryck Whibley, at the time, was the only guitarist in the band that was contributing to the writing side (Tom Thacker, a.k.a "Brown Tom" wasn't really part of the band yet, at least writing wise."

No it's because Brownsound was still in the band. This album sucks seriously. The band went to shit after Chuck.

BigPleb
June 19th 2013


36740 Comments


Band sucks yo

EvoHavok
June 19th 2013


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Everything before this rocks.

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Azn.
June 19th 2013


5612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Call it a matter of opinion, call it crazy even, but I actually really like this album."

cringe-worthy opening line

RobbaqPL
June 19th 2013


160 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

XingKing tells it like it is.

DegausserGuernica24
June 19th 2013


1134 Comments


^ Worst comment ever gj

NapalmCrusader
June 19th 2013


1737 Comments


Verm seriously needs to get laid. He is one of the most annoying twats ever. Album is bland, sadly Chuck was their last decent album, I found this one as a really boring LP.



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