This is though by many to be the Seminal 3rd wave skapunk album. It is the first and best Catch 22 album. After this album Thomas (now of Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution) left because he was tired of touring and since the bassist and a few other members have left.
But this album is amazing. Fast paced vocals, amazing horn work, and a lot of switching between ska and punk.
1. Dear Sergio
This is a great fast paced ska song with Fun lyrics.
This song has been ruined for me forever. Its good, but Tomas redid it with Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution and added some lyrics that it sorely needed. This version feels short and lacking now. Still a great song, but BOTAR's version is much better.
2. Sick and Sad
Another quick fun song about being sad(but its ska, its always happy). Anyway, starts out with distorted guitar but breaks into a quick ska song with quick lyrics (you will hear that description a lot on this album)
3. Keasbey Nights
Amazing sing along song. "When they come for me ill be sitting on my desk with a gun in my hand and a bullet proof vest. My my my how the time does fly when you know you're gonna die by the end of the night." Other than that its a song about remembering youth.
4. Day in Day Out
Song about independence and a girl I think. Its got a great slowdown part.
5. Walking Away
My personal favorite off of the album, though most prefer either Dear Sergio or Keasby Nights or 9mm. Amazing bass intro and horn work. Its about a date or a relationship that starts off well and falls apart as time goes on.
6. Giving up Giving In
First punk song. Its the i dont have anything but i can rule the world if i want attitude. Its got a great breakdown though. And a great acoustic intro that shows of thomas's guitar skills.
7. On & On & On
A great quick ska song with fun lyrics "you're black I'm white
he's purple but I still don't understand"
What its about? I dont know, probably some personal expirience but its fun as hell to sing along to.
8. Riding the Fourth Wave
Instrumental. Shows off the horn section. Not much more to say. Feels a little out of place on the album to me but meh.
9. This One Goes Out to...
Another song about remembering the past. This time its about what you can learn from past experience. Another quick ska song with fun quick lyrics.
Slower than the other ska songs. Could be about being a dork or loser in high school. Could be about something comletely different. Im not really sure.
11. 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
Starts off about the punk posers but then transfers into a story about people robbing a store. Its another sing along. Its a fun quick ska song.
12. Kristina She Don't Know I Exist
I think this is a personal story about a crush of Thomas's because they dont play it anymore because it was personal to him. It has some great solo's before the last verse. Its slower than most of the songs and has some really great lyrics. A great song about a girl.
13. As the Footsteps Die Out Forever
The only song i dont really care for on the album. I thought it was from a later album the first time i heard it. Its about a mother passing away from a sickness and trying to hide it from her children.
Another anthem song. Great great song. Starts out slow, then speeds up with some sing along "whoa's" and ends the album with the guys thanking people over a great bassline and drumming.
5/5 Its just a great album. Only one song i dont care for and even it is better than a lot of band's bests.