Alien Ant Farm
TruANT


4.0
excellent

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (24 Reviews)
September 13th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Truant shows that Alien Ant Farm are more than just a Michael Jackson cover band

Alien Ant Farm is a band whose musical style is somewhat hard to describe. They’re too poppy to be considered metal, but too heavy to be considered alternative. Because of this, many listeners simply lump them with the nu-metal scene from the early 2000’s, and Alien Ant Farm are simply considered as “that one-hit wonder band with the obnoxious music videos” by most listeners. This is a shame, they’re actually quite good.

Their 2003 sophomore effort, Truant, shows listeners, both new and old, that the band are able to produce solid music in a variety of styles and tones. For example, lead single “These Days” is one of the most uplifting and catchiest tracks in the band’s career. The chorus, “These days are great / And so are you / Would you like to work with me? / I’d love to work you”, is one of the happiest moments on the entire record and leaves you in one of the greatest moods imaginable. The penultimate track, “SS Recognize”, however, is the polar opposite. The riffs are chunky and nasty, and the lyrics are very bleak and hopeless, detailing a story about two people getting lost at sea, a very scary situation itself. As the song escalates, Dryden Mitchells’ vocals become more frantic, and the story ends with both of the ship passengers fighting and (presumably) killing each other.

Speaking of, the lyrics have just as much of a variety to them as the music. They range from homesickness (“1000 Days”) to divorce (“Hope”) to having your elementary school crush growing up to be a drug addict (“Sarah Wynn”). Alien Ant Farm knows exactly how to keep your attention, from the well thought-out lyrics to the large range of musical styles to the great instrumentation. In fact, the instrumentation is another positive aspect of this record. Bassist Tye Zamora is very skilled with his instrument, his basslines stray away from Terry Corso’s clean cut and tight guitar riffs, and drummer Mike Cosgrove’s fills are interesting and enjoyable. Of course, not all of the album’s tracks are winners, “Never Meant”, for example, is a track that just comes and goes without making much of an impact on the listener.

However, Truant is yet another example of this band’s talents. The songs are insanely catchy and gets stuck in your head for days. The lyrics are interesting and the instrumentation is just great. Truant shows that Alien Ant Farm are more than just a Michael Jackson cover band.



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Supercoolguy64
September 12th 2014


2473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feedback is welcomed and such and blah

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ExplosiveOranges
September 12th 2014


3904 Comments


Nice rev, man. Pos'd.

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Supercoolguy64
September 12th 2014


2473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thnx

DirEnRefused
September 12th 2014


2241 Comments


“These days are great / And so are you / Would you like to work with me? / I’d love to work with you”

It's "I'd love to work you." I only say because I know this album back to front lyrically, haha.

Supercoolguy64
September 12th 2014


2473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

close enough lol
gonna change that anyways

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2014


10383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

AWESOME ALBUM glad you reviewed it

i remember the time i tried to learn Rubber Mallet on drums and lol that didn't work out too well

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Calc
September 12th 2014


12370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this record.

Supercoolguy64
September 12th 2014


2473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nuthin but love itt

XingKing
September 13th 2014


11078 Comments


It's interesting that everyone ignores their first record Greatest Hits, not that I enjoy it very much compared to the other three. Super underrated band that deserves better than the 3.4's and the 3.3 that they've got

Ecnalzen
September 13th 2014


6825 Comments


ANThology has some good stuff. Attitude is amazing.

I have this, but I kinda never really listened to it.

XingKing
September 13th 2014


11078 Comments


Anthology is great. This one took a long time to grow on me but it has some really catchy choruses and sometimes the instrumentation is surprisingly solid (That intro/chorus of Goodbye? Yessss)

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 14th 2014


13454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wag band

PappyMason
September 14th 2014


1401 Comments


Nice review, man.

I remember picking this up for like two quid back in school.

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