Comeback Kid
Turn It Around


3.5
great

Review

by Zachary J. Dixon USER (76 Reviews)
September 13th, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Monotonous, non-creative, and totally fun as hell.

Comeback Kid is a hardcore band hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, that have certainly made a large impression on the modern hardcore scene. They certainly do well to prove why this is off of Turn It Around, a record that is as safe and sterile as it is blood-pumping and fun. It’s an interesting conflict of statements, really, because the lack of originality or differentiation should ruin the album much more than it does, however this isn’t necessarily the case. While they hardly contain the visceral throat-shredding that bands like Converge do, nor do they have the technical prowess that more mathcore-inspired hardcore does, there is an undeniable level of charm present off this record.

While the songs are better when being listened to as a whole rather than dissected by each individual instrument, there are some strong points to be noted, particularly in the drumming. It is somewhat standard fare for modern hardcore, as there is more vibrancy and energy than anything truly off-the-wall or creative. Still, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been punched in the gut with drum fills such as that off of “Changing Face”. The drums, being the strongest point of this record, certainly cruise along nicely on a massive wave of crashing cymbals and pulsating fills.

With a lot of the power being reliant off of the drumming, however, the weaknesses in the other band members becomes evident, namely the vocalist. I can’t knock on him too hard-he sounds like he’s passionate, honest and like he’s truly enjoying what he’s doing-but this doesn’t exactly equate to anything interesting. It’s charming yes, but it’s essentially a copy-paste of thousands of others dime-a-dozen hardcore bands. Between slightly power-lacking shouts and predictable gang shouts, it becomes a little trite. He does, however, occasionally spice things up with much more gruff, abrasive sounding screaming, but these moments are rare. The other weakness present would be the guitar work, all this is somewhat more off-set from some true gems of guitar work. Usually it’s just a mix of open chords, chugging, and guitar riffs that exist solely to keep a pace and rhythm, however off of tracks like “Operative Words”, there is some glistening melody that manages to breakthrough, and it’s simply heartwarming. There are also occasions where a heavy-hitting riff manages to push through, such as off of the beginning of “All In a Year” which deserves at least a head nod (or two).

All of this is why there is a something of a duality in this album. It is, for the most part, an indistinguishable record. Hell, if someone played this back to me a few days from now (aside from a few tracks), I probably wouldn’t know what they were playing unless they told me. Yet somehow, this album is still more fun than it should be. It conjures up the images of angry youth that it seems quite dead-set on accomplishing, and for that, it’s commendable. “Forget the past, what’s done is done”. Really, these themes have been done in much more creative ways, with much more creative instrumentation to back them. Because these themes fail to stop being true, and because the need for an album that you can enjoy without putting much thought into it will always exist, Turn It Around manages to be a short and entertaining listen with a hint of nostalgia alongside it. Indifferent to opinions and unashamed in its simplicity, it is an anthem to the youth, for the youth.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
kingdedethefifth
September 13th 2017


3810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good album even if somewhat uninteresting. As usual criticism is appreciated.

Ovrot
September 13th 2017


13004 Comments


i'm here to laugh at you

pos'd


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BlackwaterPork
September 13th 2017


623 Comments


Nice review, pos.

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ZippaThaRippa
September 13th 2017


10153 Comments


Ovrot you fucktwat

Ovrot
September 13th 2017


13004 Comments


zippa more like actual loves and cares for his friends
lol what a nut

ZippaThaRippa
September 13th 2017


10153 Comments


Fuck off you can't prove that

kingdedethefifth
September 13th 2017


3810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh special thanks to ramon aka cryptologous for giving IMMENSE help with this review

McTime50
September 13th 2017


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got done listening to this, fun little album.

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MarsKid
September 13th 2017


5331 Comments


I'm glad this is different from the initial write-up

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kingdedethefifth
September 13th 2017


3810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What do you mean I see nothing different



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