Rise Against
The Black Market


3.0
good

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (17 Reviews)
July 8th, 2014 | 411 replies


Release Date: 07/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An overall pleasant album, but one that still falls short of Rise Against's earlier material due to uninspired and generic song writing.

Rise Against have been around for a while - more than a decade to be exact. Their breakthrough record came in the form of 'Revolutions per Minute', where they hit the ground running with spectacular hardcore punk that eventually (and inevitably) evolved into the mainstream sound you hear on 'Appeal to Reason' and 'Endgame'. In between that transition we had 'The Sufferer and the Witness', a milestone in punk rock and melodic hardcore that still stands the test of time. The material they released afterwards fell short of its greatness and appeal.

However, ahead of the release of their 7th studio album we've seen words like 'alive' and 'revitalized' thrown around, especially after 'The Eco-Terrorist in Me' surfaced online. The hype train embarked on a full-scale journey. Unfortunately, it reached its final stop rather quickly with the release of 'The Black Market'.

As almost every Rise Against album, it features a great batch of songs that rarely disappoint. The opener and the title track are good examples of this, mixing the familiar punk vibes from Endgame with a fresh blues-style approach. What you'll notice is the sheer diversity - tempo changes, breakdowns, solos and a few technical improvements on songs like 'Zero Visibility' which, accompanied by the energy-filled 'A Beautiful Indifference' really add variety to the album's pace and brings it close to a roller-coaster ride.

Unfortunately, it's not much of a ride in the end. The diversity doesn't make up for the serious lack of anything memorable. Most choruses and hooks are weak, especially on pop-influenced songs like 'Tragedy + Time' and 'Methadone' that sound about as generic as your standard radio rock song. The problem is not the softer approach towards song writing, the problem is that the song writing feels completely uninspired on a vast majority of tracks. There's a lot of filler content, the most tragic of them all is the last song which brings a forced end to a seemingly forced album. 'Bridges' is a terrible closer that leaves a bad taste in your mouth and brings the album down quite a bit.

All this negativity on the music aside, it's refreshing to finally hear a switch from the political thematic of their previous three albums. 'The Black Market' focuses on more personal matters, mainly concerning individuality and relationships among people. Tim McIrath's concern towards natural disasters and religion are highlighted in 'People Live Here' - a mix between the acoustic 'Hero of War' and the superb cello-driven 'Roadside'. Lyrically, it's more appealing than the former, but musically less impressive than the latter. However, there's a distinct feel of intimacy that hasn't been present in any Rise Against song since 'Swing Life Away'. McIrath is completely open on many of these songs, enhancing the album's overall vibe at least from a lyrical stand point.

Ultimately, apart from the 'The Eco-Terrorist in Me' and 'Zero Visibility', Rise Against's 7th studio album does not feel like a band coming back alive. They're merely continuing the tradition they started in 'Endgame', which is writing some pleasant sounding songs that unfortunately fall short of their earlier material. As stated before, the problem is not the softer approach and the even more persistent switch to mainstream. A vast majority of these songs simply sound uninspired and forced attempts at molding another record together just for the sake of it. Lyrically, they're just as stunning, but musically they're starting to age. And not everybody ages well.



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FCY
July 8th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stream here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/station/idra.893245685

Really disappointed with this one, as I've enjoyed almost everything they put out so far.

Owantjaaaa
July 8th 2014


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ah, so it's released
Such a shame how much this band went downhill since The Killing Tree and their first three albums

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BMDrummer
July 8th 2014


7172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Huh, it's already out. Gonna check soon, have a pos

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Artuma
July 8th 2014


13051 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

will suck most probably

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fallenbird
July 8th 2014


3858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review is full of lies but well written nonetheless. You should have given it more time to sink in. 12 hours is definitely not long enough.

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Futures
July 8th 2014


10706 Comments


yeah dude this has been streaming for like 2 seconds lol

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ProjectFreak
July 8th 2014


1347 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

" Lyrically, they're just as stunning"

Rise Against lyrics have never been stunning. Their strength was always in the execution

FCY
July 8th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review is full of lies but well written nonetheless. You should have given it more time to sink in. 12 hours is definitely not long enough.

Lies? It's just how I feel about the album. Almost all their albums had an instant impact on me, this one just doesn't, no matter how many times I listen. Title track is fantastic though.

StKiyo
July 8th 2014


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow, that was fast

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fallenbird
July 8th 2014


3858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thinking of negging because there's no way could could have gathered a strong opinion in such a short span of time. Probs only listened to it 3-4 times.

fallenbird
July 8th 2014


3858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well this album has been different for me every listen and it's definitely their biggest grower.

FCY
July 8th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Thinking of negging because there's no way could could have gathered a strong opinion in such a short span of time. Probs only listened to it 3-4 times."

LOL, says the guy who already rated it a 4. Go ahead, neg, it won't change my opinion though. As won't a hundred more listens.

Futures
July 8th 2014


10706 Comments


that's not how music works really it has to sink in for at least a few days

fallenbird
July 8th 2014


3858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm gonna write a review later this week, but a rating can change over time with ease. You can't change the review (at least not without confusion anyway).

Artuma
July 8th 2014


13051 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

a grower for you might not be a grower for everyone

excellent review, have a pos

FCY
July 8th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"that's not how music works really it has to sink in for at least a few days"

Maybe, but it won't change my opinion that much drastically. I'll still feel like it's their worst so far.


Feather
July 8th 2014


1311 Comments


Good review especially for being pumped out so fast. Will listen tonight.

Faraudo
July 8th 2014


605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far, it's pretty solid, and way better than their last 2 releases.

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fallenbird
July 8th 2014


3858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The songwriting on Rise Against records is usually enough to guarantee a 3.5 for me.

Feather
July 8th 2014


1311 Comments


btw, pos, f da f8rs brah.



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