Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


4.5
superb

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
June 12th, 2006 | 1962 replies | 71,643 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


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Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb

Third-wave ska never really interested me. I occasionally listened to Less Than Jake a few years ago, but they were never one of my favorite musical acts. Ninth grade begins and this kid's in my English class and he's a total ska nut. He recommended Streetlight Manifesto to me, and I downloaded not expecting much. Boy was I wrong. Streetlight Manifesto is one of the coolest bands that I have ever heard. Period. Streetlight Manifesto formed from the remains of Catch 22's former line-up. The lead vocalist and lead-guitar came and invited a few others from Catch 22 and One Cool Guy. They began this musical project, and it's quite spectacular. It has really changed the way I look at ska. I used to find it loud and obnoxious, but now it's turning into one of my favorite genres.

Everything Goes Numb is Streetlight's debut album. It begins with the typical ska intro, horns blaring. The musical work on this album is simplistic when you look at the guitar's perspective. The horns on the other hand, boy are they good. They really drive the songs throughout the album, so if you're not into the trumpet-thing, exit this browser window right now. The drums are also insane; they carry the songs like no other. I guess it's applicable to call Tom Kalnoky a music genius. The lyrics on this album are some of the best that I've seen in a while. They are deep enough to make a point with some great detail and they're not just lines of over-analyzing a single topic, as we see with many artists today. Some say Streetlight Manifesto are too fast. Well, my response to that is "Well, you're a donut". I've made a few of my friends listen to them, and sometimes I get blank stares. This one kid read the lyrics, and was anticipating hearing it, but shuddered at the horns. It made me sick how someone could resist the awesomeness of this album.

Point / Counterpoint
I've got a gun in my hand but that gun won't cock
My finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked
and I can't stop staring at the tick tock clock
and even if I could I would never give up.
With a vest on my chest, a bullet in my lung
I can't believe I'm dying with my song unsung.
And if and when I die won't you bury me alone?
'Cause I'll never get to heaven if I'm singing this song.


Now that I mention "Point / Counterpoint", I've got to say that it's my favorite track from this album. It's incredible. It begins with the line above in-front of some acoustic guitar. Before you can grab your hat, you're tossed into the track at 60mph. The horns come in and it's truly magical. Though I recommend reading the lyrics while you listen the first time, it seems to be more enjoyable then guessing every word, because the song is extremely fast. It's also the 2nd longest song on the album, so that works out for me very well. If I were to recommend one song from this cd to someone, this would most likely be it. After a slower bridge about four minutes in, you may just hit the repeat button before the song is done. Such a beautiful anthem should never go without massive respect.

As with everything in life, there are actually downsides on this album. I make it out to sound perfect so far, but I've got to mention a few things that I don't really like here. Well, for one, the vocals are kind of raspy at times. It's a typical punk voice, and a lot of people don't really familiarize with that kind of sound. Another thing being that while all of the songs are rhythmic and catchy, they tend to get repetitive at times. It's like "Well, how long can I head-bang to the same song?" After about the seventh or eighth song on the album, it gets a little old. But thank God that the ninth track is slow and is a huge variation on the past tracks.

A Moment Of Silence
A moment of silence, please, for those who never get the chance
They show up to the party, but they're never asked to dance
The losers, the liars, the bastards, the thieves
The cynicists, the pessimists,
and those that don't believe in nothing


"A Moment Of Silence" is the slowest track on the album, and one of the best in my opinion. It opens with some really dramatic horns, and precedes into the lyrics above. To quote Kithkin in the other review on this album, Tom was a bit of a music nerd growing up whilst in Catch 22. The song doesn't pick up speed, which is the case for a few "slow-song impostors". After all is said and done, this is the song that you'll be singing when you're stuck in a traffic jam. It's that catchy, and the lyrics are incredible.

In the end, Streetlight Manifesto are a love or hate thing, based on what I've seen with my listeners. In my opinion, they are fantastic. With very few negative features, and a bunch to love, Streetlight are here to stay and will hopefully keep making music. I am really looking forward to a future release from them. If you like ska, Streetlight Manifesto will do things to you that you never thought possible before. If you don't like ska, the same usually applies.

Recommended Tracks
Point / Counterpoint
A Moment Of Silence
A Moment Of Violence
Everything Went Numb


Also:
The follow-up to this Keasby Nights was a re-make of a Catch 22 album. It's a good rendition of it, but I was looking forward to NEW music. To me, it was a bit of a let-down.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NEDM
June 12th 2006



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im trying to get back into reviewing, kind of like how Stella needs her groove back.

EDIT: And she got it too.This Message Edited On 06.12.06

Zesty Mordant
June 12th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a great review for an excellent album. However, I can't believe you didn't mention "Here's to Life". To me, that is the best song on the album. Other than that, the review seems pretty spot on.
On a related note, I'm patiently (albeit barely) waiting for the new BOTAR full-length. Streetlight should have a new album sometime this year as well.

NEDM
June 12th 2006



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still need to download some BOTAR. Yeeah, Im gonna go do that...

Yeah, so... BOTAR own me. I downloaded the EP and it's kickass.This Message Edited On 06.12.06

Zesty Mordant
June 12th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do it. You'll thank yourself.

Zebra
Moderator
June 12th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm seeing them on August 6th.
This is an excellent album but I still prefer Catch 22's Keasby Knights. Point/Counterpoint is amazing and is probably my favorite Catch 22/Streetlight song. Although this album is excellent there are countless ska albums that blow this out of the water.
Nice review man, I liked how you put some lyrics in the review since they are very important.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the few ska albums I've heard that I can actually get into. Solid review, and "Welcome back" I suppose.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

smokersdieyounger
June 12th 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a short review of a album thats long (for its genre), but still a good one, but you should add more to this.

One of the best ska records Ive heard in a while.

kno_kontrol
June 12th 2006



448 Comments


BOTARs version of Here's to Life is tenfold better than streetlights version. This is an amazing cd, even if you arent a fan of ska, Tom Kalnoky is a song writing genious.

Your review was pretty good, but it seemed a bit disjointed, ie the area where you talk about what isnt good about the album. It seems quite random. It was still pretty good though.

The Sludge
June 12th 2006



2169 Comments


I've heard of this band quite a bit from my musically inclined friends. So this is the album to start of at?

NEDM
June 12th 2006



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it is the album to begin with.
Thanks for the feedback all of you, and the part about the albums negative points was a little weird because it was weird for me to talk bad about the album. Ill go look at it again to see if I acn make any changes.

Trexrosphere
June 12th 2006



50 Comments


well i remembered my password

so i decided to go on
its a good review
and your welcome for streetlight.

kno_kontrol
June 12th 2006



448 Comments


Zebra is a commie. Keasby Nights is one of the worst albums lyrically pre-Hawthorne Heights

Pyramidman
June 12th 2006



1340 Comments


-quote-
BOTARs version of Here's to Life is tenfold better than streetlights version. This is an amazing cd, even if you arent a fan of ska, Tom Kalnoky is a song writing genious.


know kontrol, you just confused the hell out of me

Pyramidman
June 12th 2006



1340 Comments


great reveiw btw, SM are incredible

The Sludge
June 12th 2006



2169 Comments


Listened to Everything Went Numb on here, awesome stuff. I need to listen to more ska, my brain thrives for it.

NEDM
June 13th 2006



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go for it man!

Blindguardian
June 13th 2006



186 Comments


I've listened to this enough that I can (poorly) sing along to almost every song all the way through
I agree with you, Point/Counterpoint is my favorite song on the album as well, just for the chorus

pattern_recognition
June 13th 2006



950 Comments


This is such a great album, even for the un-ska'd, such as moi

iliketoplaydrums10111
June 13th 2006



128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good Review

I love Streetlight, if they came out with a full length and BOTAR did too, 2006 would be the best year ever.

Hatshepsut
June 13th 2006



1997 Comments


You're finally back.



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