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Bryan Edwin
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Average Rating: 3.63
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Objectivity Score: 69%
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5.0 classic
Gunther Pleasureman
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Menzingers Chamberlain Waits
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt

4.5 superb
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Emarosa Emarosa
Hostage Calm Please Remain Calm
Joyce Manor Never Hungover Again
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Red City Radio To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie
Red City Radio The Dangers of Standing Still
It's been a while since a real punk band has emerged from nowhere. For that matter, it's been a while since a real punk album has been released -- with the exception of veterans like Bad Religion, Strung Out, and Lagwagon consistently releasing (for the most part) 'classic' punk records. Not since The Bouncing Souls' decade-old release "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" has anyone written such powerful, sing-along punk rock. That's why when Red City Radio came to light in 2009 with their debut EP To the Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie, punks everywhere came out of hiding to shout along with four hard-working Oklahoma boys. Two years later, the boys prove that Woody Guthrie was no fluke -- they don't miss a step with their debut full-length.

Paul Pendley, one of the voices behind Red City Radio's trademark scruffy vocals, said "we don't think there will be a huge sonic departure from our EP... big choruses, big hooks, but with some new surprises." I couldn't sum it up any better; if you have had the privilege of hearing the 5 track EP, chances are they had you shouting "we won't be silenced anymore!" at the top of your lungs. Red City Radio took a huge step away from the 'new punk' bands like VersaEmerge, A Day to Remember, and the always atrocious Asking Alexandria to create a sound that many of us believed had been lost in time forever.

The Dangers of Standing Still builds on every strength the band showed in their debut EP. Red City Radio have an uncanny ability to write songs that, if you love punk rock, you can't sit still to. Coming-of-age anthem and lead single Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug exemplifies the band's undeniably catchy choruses and irresistibly charming pop-punk sing-alongs. The song is an ode to being the young, stupid kids we all inevitably grow up to be, testifying that "we were young impressionable kids, we didn't know any better than this." Red City Radio have a universality in both their music and their lyrics that is incredibly passionate without being too preachy or condescending.

A song-by-song analysis would be both unnecessary and counter-productive. Red City Radio is not a band that aims to make one amazing song after another. Instead, they have succeeded in crafting one of the most unique sounds in punk rock today by imposing cigarette-soaked shouts on finely-tuned pop-punk anthems. My one complaint about The Dangers of Standing Still -- and it is a fastidious one at that -- is that the songs can seem to run together upon first listen. This is due largely in part to the fact that most (if not all) of the songs on the album are in the same key. However, Red City Radio has done an amazing job giving each song a distinct attitude, and as the songs begin to grow on you they each take a comfortable, memorable spot in your heart.

I could go on for hours about the amazing album that is The Dangers of Standing Still, but I can summarize their accomplishments in one bold statement: Red City Radio is one of the finest acts in punk rock (and I dare say in all of music) today. Their near-perfected mixture of honesty, energy, passion, and good old-fashioned rock and roll is unsurpassed by any band in the past decade. With the grit of real punk lingering in their pop-punk anthems and hooks that would make Chuck Ragan proud, Red City Radio have made a contentious bid for punk album of the year. And if these four Oklahoma boys don't have you screaming "JOOOOOONATHAN!" by the end of the album, you probably missed the point.

Recommended Tracks:
Two for Flinching
Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug
I'm Well, You're Poison
This Day Has Seen Better Bars ("JOOOOOONATHAN!")
Sharks No Gods
Strung Out Exile In Oblivion
Strung Out Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
Strung Out The Element of Sonic Defiance
Strung Out Agents of the Underground
The Bronx The Bronx (IV)
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Horrible Crowes Elsie
Thrice Beggars

4.0 excellent
A Loss For Words No Sanctuary
A Wilhelm Scream Partycrasher
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First
Billy Talent Billy Talent
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Closure in Moscow The Penance and the Patience
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Gatsby's American Dream Volcano
Hostage Calm Hostage Calm
James Morrison Undiscovered
Lights Siberia
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Mute The Raven
Pearl Jam Ten
PMtoday In Medias Res
Pup Pup
Red City Radio Titles
River Groves River Groves
Rx Bandits Progress
Rx Bandits ...And the Battle Begun
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Strung Out Live in a Dive
Strung Out An American Paradox
Strung Out Twisted By Design
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
Strung Out Top Contenders: The Best Of Strung Out
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Menzingers Rented World
The T4 Project Story-Based Concept Album
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Zero Down With A Lifetime To Pay
One of the best punk albums of the 2000's. A fun, nostalgic throwback to melodic skate punk, With A Lifetime To Pay has no weak points. A captivating album from start to finish.

3.5 great
Alice in Chains Greatest Hits
Audioslave Out of Exile
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell
Billy Talent Billy Talent III
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Cody ChesnuTT The Headphone Masterpiece
Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
Icarus the Owl Love Always, Leviathan
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Jason Mraz We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Jimi Hendrix Experience Hendrix: The Best of Hendrix
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kids In Glass Houses Dirt
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 1: Early Days
Lights Acoustic
Michael Jackson Thriller
Nebula Dos EP's
Nebula Charged
NOFX Punk in Drublic
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rx Bandits Mandala
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Strung Out Crossroads and Illusions
Strung Out Prototypes and Painkillers
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim
The Gaslight Anthem iTunes Session
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Narrative The Narrative
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Vheissu
Tool 10,000 Days

3.0 good
Alice in Chains Sap
Arctic Monkeys AM
Billy Talent Billy Talent II
Cheap Girls Giant Orange
COMMONSOUND The Rapture
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
Hot Water Music Caution
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
Jason Mraz Waiting For My Rocket To Come
Jonny Craig A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer
Kids In Glass Houses Smart Casual
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Paramore Riot!
Rammstein Rosenrot
Rush 2112
Stone Temple Pilots Core
Strike Anywhere Exit English
Strung Out Another Day In Paradise
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
The Gaslight Anthem SeƱor and the Queen
The Gaslight Anthem Handwritten
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Menzingers A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology
The Roots How I Got Over
The Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the Duke
The Who Quadrophenia
Tool Lateralus
VERSA Perceptions

2.5 average
Audioslave Audioslave
Crime In Stereo The Troubled Stateside
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Emarosa Relativity
Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales
Japandroids Post-Nothing
The Who 20th Century Masters
Zechs Marquise Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare

2.0 poor
Jack Johnson On and On
Jason Mraz Mr. A-Z
Sum 41 Chuck
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