Set Your Goals
Mutiny!


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
July 12th, 2006 | 57 replies | 38,954 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Set Your Goals - Mutiny!

Pop Punk and hardcore get mixed around a lot these days. Painfully so, in fact. I don't think I have to name names, but I will anyway, Victory Records. However, when I say pop punk and hardcore, I really mean the pop punk that lies closer to pop, like Good Charlotte or Relient K, and really mean post-hardcore, which uses screaming instead of shouting and whole bunch of arpeggiated guitar chords. The result is really just pop/pop punk music with a slight edge from the screaming and non-power chord guitar work. However, all crossovers of these two genres don't need to be so banal and expected. Instead of taking the saccharine poppiness and sophomoricism of Good Charlotte and poor impersonations of Frodus' guitar work, why not lift better combinations from each genre? One example of such a different type of cross pollination is Set Your Goals. From pop punk, they lift the catchy melodies, but these feel more like the ones of Rufio and Bodyjar, and a positive youthful attitude, and from hardcore they lifted the shouted vocals, energetic pace, and also the positive youthful attitude. The combination is deadly catchy and considering pop punk's youthfulness is more whimsical and wistful, and hardcore's has more conviction and dedication, that combination too feels incredibly fresh and enjoyable. By stringing together elements and genres we've all heard before in a more original way, there is actually something original to be found in mixing pop punk and hardcore. And I'm writing this in the year 2006, where it seems as if the well had been tapped eons earlier.

The previous paragraph though feels more in reference to their [url=http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=4434]self-titled demo[/url], which has an even mix of hardcore and pop punk. The new album Mutiny! is much more slanted towards pop punk, though hardcore elements like gang vocals, beat slowdowns (not quite breakdowns), and a faster pace are still present on this album. Set Your Goals' shift to a more pop punk vibe has oddly coincided with me relistening to all of my pop punk, the resurgence of important poppy punk bands like Bouncing Souls and Lifetime, and a forum wide rediscovery of New Found Glory, which has seemed to listeners from sputnik to the hardcore forum. Even more oddly is that Set Your Goals seems to lift more and more from those specific bands on Mutiny! than ever before. The main vocals are much more like those of New Found Glory (they feel like they've gotten clearer in tone and jumped up a few notes) and a lot of the chord progressions used are eerily similar to those used by Lifetime on Jersey's Best Dancers.

It would appear that this album has landed at just the right time to have its greatest impact or relevance, but for some reason I haven't gotten into as much as I expected. I was a massive fan of the self-titled EP, but this is a different matter. My immediate reaction to most of the songs is overwhelmingly positive, but after a few listens, I lose interest. Tracks 1-4 and the last track, "Echoes" have yet to get old after 15+ listens, but the middle of the CD drags after repeated listens. I like each of the song individually but to hear the CD in full length can be tedious at times. I think this is because the reason to listen to Set Your Goals are their catchiest moments. They have that element down, and pull out their best hooks, riffs, backup vocals, etc. on "Work in Progress," "Mutiny," and "Echoes." The ending contrapuntal exchange between vocals on "Echoes" could be listened to on repeat and never get old just because of its lovable, catchy jumpiness at the fastest and most resonant moment of the song. "Mutiny" has the best vocal performance on the CD making the lyrics incredibly memorable, and the cheesily catchy acoustic intro to "Work in Progress" gets me every time. The well-roundedness and brilliance of these few tracks reappears at other moments in other songs all around the album but don't last long enough. In some songs like "We Do It for the Money, Obviously!" and "Dead Men Tell No Tales," there is a ton of great content that feels underdeveloped or underexploited because those songs don't even elapse one minute. In other songs, the cool moments are alternated with weird half time slow downs that I guess are supposed to sound like poppy breakdowns but are not particularly interesting or fun. In either case, I feel like there needs to be a stronger focus on exploring the best material and jettisoning the mediocre half-breakdowns that plague the album.

Overall though, this is a good album. When trying to review it critically the album feels sub par, but that doesn't change the fact that I've been loving it and listening to it on repeat recently. It just loses its kick after multiple runs through, but when revisited after an extended break can also be great. These songs aren't going to redefine any genre boundaries or do anything beyond what Set Your Goals established on their EP, but they still have some shining moments. If anything just let the three best tracks here find their way onto some kind of "Summer Jamz '06" mixtape.

Recommended Tracks: Echoes, Mutiny, Work in Progress, We Do It for the Money Obviously!, To Be Continued...



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Knuckleheadz
July 12th 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How are you gonna talk about influences and not mention Kid Dynamite or Civ?

Good album.This Message Edited On 07.12.06

Jawaharal
July 12th 2006



1832 Comments


Good review. This sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Angry Balled Fists!
July 12th 2006



33 Comments


Gret album.

We do it for the money obviously, mutiny, this very moment, to be continued and echoes are my favourite songs.

good review.

edit - your reccomended tracks are actually pretty much the same as mine haha.This Message Edited On 07.12.06

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 12th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dude knucklez, I feel like of all the CIV songs I've heard "Set Your Goals" is ironically the least like Set Your Goals. Kid Dynamite ya very much so. However, they're sounding less like Kid Dynamite on this album.

team_racket
July 12th 2006



13 Comments


when its good, its really good due to some memorable songs that i can play over and over. not a classic by any means, but it is still one of the most fun adrenaline fueled albums ive heard this year.

ninjaXcore
July 12th 2006



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh, I like it. A lot. Definitely not as good as their demo though.

Luxor
July 14th 2006



166 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I would like it a lot more if I hadn't heard the demos first. Takes a while to get used to the new versions

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 14th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never heard the demos and I heard that the demo of "Echoes" was absolutely awesome.

(>dragon~guitarist<)
July 17th 2006



243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this album and the cross of hardcore and pop punk.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 17th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Have you heard the EP?

ninjaXcore
July 19th 2006



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the EP owns. I like their Jawbreaker cover. And man, Goonies is like, the coolest song ever.

(>dragon~guitarist<)
July 19th 2006



243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No is the EP good?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 20th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

EP >>>> Mutiny

irtehmitchell
July 20th 2006



15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

loving it. can't wait to see them aug 3rd

Justanothernimrod
July 20th 2006



478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review man, better than mine because the criticisms are for more concise, appropriate etc. I guess I was being "posi" for mine.

Agree with you on the middle section not being quite upto par too.

Concubine
July 31st 2006



333 Comments


I've only heard This Very Moment from this album, and it's really good.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 7th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like that half the people who are posting in here have been digging stuff like Megadeth haha.

Jack Wilson
November 7th 2006



313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is my favorite pop punk album thats been released. every song is awesome.

ToWhatEnd
March 25th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So yeah, this is some pretty legit stuff.

Oppie
May 29th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this rocks! Not as much as the reset ep, but still, an awesome record! Too bad i can't find their demo anywhere...
Also very curious about how they sound live. Anyone seen them perform?
Great review by the way, comes very close to how I feel about SYG.



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