Rx Bandits
The Resignation


3.5
great

Review

by Ganondorf USER (1 Reviews)
April 4th, 2006 | 127 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


So, this is RX Bandits second album, after the much acclaimed ''Progress'' album. And boy, has progress been made. Out growing the ska-punk roots and fufiling that suspicion that they could be something more, RX Bandits truly blossom on this album.

Staying true to their reggae roots, the album deals with a fair bunch of social/political issues. Opener ''Sell You Beaufitul'' burts straight out htere with a rockign anthem questioning superficiality in today's society. Fluctuating from punk, to ska, to reggae, and back again, this song twsist and turns through the verses, with some neat guitar work, before exploding all over the place when it comes to the chorus. The same is true of much of the album, with Newstand Rock probably the most conventional slice of hard hitting rock on the whoel album. And it dosen't dissapoint.

Songs like Overcome dig deeper into their reggae roots, starting with a calm, chillin' bass line, but by the end upping the tempo so much, mirroring the frenzied urgency behind the song's anti war message. The middle duo,, Never Slept So Soundly, and Taking Chase.... are easily my favourites on the album, the former building up nicely with nice instrumental work, giving a sense of calm and peace, while at the same time conveying the singers emotion with the greatest of ease. The chorus takes a route down the pop-punk road, but still manages to stay true to RX Bandits signature sound. The latetr song starts of with soem addictive guitar work, then mixing up the ska and reggae in a song which really showcases the band's style very well.

Even the longer songs such as Mastering the List offer massive hooks, which grip the listener and entice them to sing along to every word. Pal-Treaux has another brilliant, catchy chorus, bringing the ska and generally lifting the mood. If I was to make on criticism of this record, however, it would be that alot of the songs can end up sounding very similar, and I feel that this is due to the band creating a sound which is pretty unique (well I personally don't listen to anything else that sounds like this), and so the mind automatically links all the songs together. However, once you listen though the album, and identify songs which you really like, these songs stand out so much more, in other words, the album has to grow on you, because when I first heard it, I actually HATED it.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
spoon_of_grimbo
April 4th 2006


2241 Comments


weird way to end a review, and judging by most of ur comments, this deserves more than a 3.5....

i like what i've heard off of this, so....

*fires up limewire*

Zebra
Moderator
April 4th 2006


2647 Comments


This is a good album, I'd rate it slightly under a 3.5. I like a lot of these songs just because they are catchy but the Rx Bandits just sound stupid when they try and go political.

Ganondorf
April 5th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno, I guess I just thought that the album was good, just not good enough to be a ''4'', I more praised the album's style rather than actual qualtiy throughout the reviews anyway.

Catchthe22
July 13th 2006


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If I dont need to dance, I'll pull this album out to relax, groove and rock with.

skankinBassist
September 5th 2006


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Second album? this is their fourth full-length release... But anyway, it's one of my favorite records of all time.

Dried Muffin Remnants
October 31st 2006


297 Comments


This is really a very good album... Not typically my thing, but it's very well-done. Objectively this deserves a 3.5-4.

Taxman
July 5th 2007


82 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think it deserves more recognition than that.. i think this album is an amazing piece of work and I think every song is great..the guitar work is excellent.the vocals, the drums, the bass, the keys,. everything is top notch... i dont think there is much more I could ask for

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 8th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

another lackluster rx bandits review, ughhh gotta fix this problem. This album deserves better. Decrescendo is INCREDIBLE live.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 30th 2007


2241 Comments


finally got around to buying this the other day, and it arrived in the post this morning. atm, i'm liking it probably a little bit more than "progress," or at least equally. once i've gotten all my end of term coursework out of the way, i daresay i might make this my next review...

TheShadylurker
May 20th 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better then their newest release for sure
This Message Edited On 05.20.08

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 20th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoaaaaa now.

KritikalMotion
July 22nd 2008


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love them so much now.

Tracks 3 and 4 are incredible.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 4th 2008


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is so good.

Digging: D'Angelo - Black Messiah

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


17231 Comments


RX Bandits are criminally underrated.

handoman
November 26th 2008


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 26th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're partially right redsky

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


17231 Comments


Partially right? how am i partially wrong?

dub sean
November 26th 2008


980 Comments


RX are very talented and I love the music, but I hate the singer's voice.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


17231 Comments


the above statement confuses me.

londoncalling457
November 29th 2008


2615 Comments


He enjoys the instrumentation, but does not like the singers voice?



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