Amplify the good times



by Damrod EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Some general impressions
This is the third (major) album of the band. Very clear after the first listening is, that the sound has changed. Not that the songs can not be identified to be Donots sound, or a complete new style. But where the previous records "Pocketrock" and "Better days not included" sounded like 'We're all gonna have a good time', this record has sme songs with more serious topics and more 'darker' sounding music to that.

Yet the main focus is still on the usual Donots songs. 'Saccharine Smile', 'Big Mouth' or 'The Up Song' are the well known songs that just fit along a good mooded day. Or to a party. Or to just freak out to at a gig. Between those are songs, that sound more like ballads or mellow tracks('Hours away', 'Someone to blame'). On songs like 'Lady Luck', 'My Stereo's a liar' the main topic is what happened to the 'old' days, when things really where better. And easier.

Really new terrain is explored on "Armageddon", "Worst Friend/Best Enemy", "Private Angel" or "Rollercoaster". These songs sound much more serious then the other ones from the first note. Which is, like I mentioned before, the first time the Donots do something like that. (Except for the bonus track on the Pocketrock Limited Edition, but that does not count :)) Not done bad. Those tracks are, even with the melancholic touch, along my favorites on this album. Especially "Worst Friend/Best Enemy". Very cool guitar riff.

As I own the Limited Edition Version of this record, I have two bonus songs. Nothing really new there. Although I wondered, why such great tracks are only on the special version of this record, and not in the regular track listing.

What I really like about the album:
The exploration of unknown territories in form of more serious sounding songs is great. The band overall seems to have matured. Different and more interesting topics are discussed in the lyrics, and a more critic view on the world is shown. The instumental playing improved also, and many new ideas are shown. Again, nothing that has not been there before. But done very good IMO.

What was not so good:
I always stick to a certain mood. So, if I listen to a more 'darker' song, I'm always about to skip the 'happy' ones to the next dark one. Even if this mix is good, and done pretty good on this album, it brings it's problems. A bit more experimantation would be nice as well. (Some more complex bass patterns for example ;))

"Amplify the good times" is a rock solid example for punk/rock music made in Germany, and amongst my 'All-time-favorites'. This album combines two aspects: Getting a smile on your face with fun- and good mooded songs, or supporting the rather thinking days with more serious tunes. Either way, this album does a good job.

My suggestions to get an impression of the different musical aspects: Worst Friend/Best Enemy (kinda melancholic), Big Mouth (rockish), Someone to blame (mellow, nearly ballad style), Up Song (one 'typical' Donots song)

Rating: 4/5 :thumb:

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January 1st 2004


I like how you did this review. Track by track ratings are overrated. Thanks.

January 7th 2004


i thank you for this review!

great band, was the reason for me to listen to them again.

January 7th 2004


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=streetsweeper]i thank you for this review!

great band, was the reason for me to listen to them again.[/QUOTE]


I'm planning to do reviews on the other two albums too.

Red Cap Brain
August 23rd 2006


Fantastic review. Are you from Germany?

August 26th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I sure am :thumb:

Red Cap Brain
August 27th 2006


Ein hoch auf die Donots. =)

July 21st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Love these guys. Not sure how they dominate so many US Pop-punk bands so hard, but keep it up!!

May 8th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

This band is great, i do like punk but they can't just act like the old bands like the Sex Pistols or Black Flag, but they sound a bit like The Clash. You got to try things new and this album was alright, i like pocket rock the most. They deserve more attention, their newest album, "Wake the Dogs" is pretty much more like blink 182 and Green Day but i think they are better because i like Ingo and Guido Knollmann in the band. Alex is a pretty decent bassist. Coma Chameleon was good, i don't know why someone gave it a 2.5. They sound good.

May 8th 2013



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