The Ataris
So Long, Astoria



by kolzig33189 USER (10 Reviews)
August 15th, 2005 | 19 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

This is a change in sound for the ataris. No longer are they the simple punk rock band who writes just about girls. This album shows progression for the band as they play at some slower tempos and show mature lyrics. This album is good to listen during dull cloudy days as it matches the mood.

This review is upon hearing the album for the 2nd time and is totally unbiased.

So Long Astoria(3/5)-Title track. Cool opening power chord thing. Very average song but very well written lyrics about past memories make it a song with replayability. Ending is also very good.

Takeoffs and Landings(2.5/5)- Again, average song but well written lyrics. An airplane/travel theme. Long chorus is repeated once too much and can old.

In This Diary(4.5/5)-The one everybody knows. Very catchy guitar and upbeat drums. Excellent song about appreciating youth while you’re young. Cool breakdown in the middle.

My Reply(2/5)-Below average song but excellent vocals that are touching about a girl who’s very sick and has written a letter to the band. Could have been written better with more parts cuz the lead guitar gets boring.

Unopened Letter To The World(4/5)-Well written song. Upon hearing I said wow I wish I could write lyrics like that. Lead guitar part sounds a lot like title track but sadder.

Saddest Song(2.5/5)-Opens with like an organ or similar instrument. Very quiet, un-ataris like song about the singers kid and regretting hes not there a lot. Chorus is simple but works well, but shouldn’t be repeated as much cuz it gets old.

Summer 79(3.5/5)- A summer feel with good lyrics about hanging with friends one last time be4 school. Upbeat and catchy. Only bad part is bridge cuz it kills the energy.

The Hero Dies In This One(4.5/5) Excellent song that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. About a loved one who moves away. Awesome mix of ideas and tangible scenes this is the best lyrics on the album. Highlight is the hard hitting bridge.

All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know(2/5)- Sounds exactly like second track between guitar and drums. Lyrics don’t make a lot of sense. They experiment with some screaming at the end which doesn’t work well.

Boys of Summer(4.5/5)-The other one everybody knows. Good writing as they capture the essence of the original by Don Henley but still make it their own. Awesome drum breakdown in the bridge.

Radio#2(3/5)-Decent song about music today and why it sucks. Cool synth/keyboard sounds. A song I wish would take root but doesn’t as its message is very true.

Looking Back On Today(4/5)-Sounds like stuff off of End Is Forever. Song that could go on any guys mixtape to a girl(do ppl even make those anymore). Not much variety but excellent lyrics that they manage to not make it sound like a whiny emo song.

Eight of Nine(5/5)-The best song on the cd hands down. The problem with sounding the same and repeating is gone as not one line is repeated. An awesomely written song about self discovery and some awesome metaphors. An excellent closer.

Bonus tracks
I Wont Spend Another Night Alone-(3/5)-Not as good as original version. I like how the drum fills were miked loud in the original and how there was no chorus after the second verse. Still good but not as good.

Saddest Song-acoustic(1/5)-Full song isn’t great this is horrible. The lyrics are sung dull and there is no energy whatsoever. It feels like theyre saying lets just get the album over with.

Album has its good points but does not compare to their earlier work.

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August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

I would have rated a lot of the songs on this higher if I were you. Certainly, The Saddest Song acoustic doesn't deserve a 1. I love the orchestration in it and love the song as a whole. This was the first thing I ever listened to by the Ataris and wasn't disappointed. I guess the long time Ataris fans don't like this album because it lacks the fast paced punk rock of their previous albums. I guess that's understandable. Anyways, on your next review add a little bit more detail on the songs. Can't wait for "Welcome the Night."

August 15th 2005


Good review.

The hero dies in this one is a great song.

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August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

You didnt like "The Saddest Song"? Not even the acoustic version? wow, well good review anyways, my 2nd favorite Ataris CD, although Boys Of Summer has been WAY overplayed. Still can't believe you dont like The Saddest Song...

August 16th 2005


I'll agree with you totally on "The Hero Dies in This One" that truly is a mighty song. I'd have to go along with dragon guitarist on "The Saddest Song" i think that's a real highlight, and i think you rated a few of them a bit low. But a good review and some good comments. And the lyrics really are awesome.

November 17th 2005


yeah i really didnt like saddest song cuz it is a bit repetitive

November 18th 2005


saddest song > acoustic saddest song

ADU Guitarist
January 27th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Can't wait for their new album to come out. Less than a month!!!

May 22nd 2006


this was a pretty good album, but it was very repetitive. almost every song sounds like the last one with a few exceptions, but the lyrics are pretty good, my favorite from the album was definitely "the runway lights are the deepest blue like the color of your eyes" i personally prefer their older stuff, but this album is a good album. go into more detail if you want to do a tbt, but other than that, alright review.

May 22nd 2006


I rather detest this band. Okay review, but it could have had alot more detail.

The Sludge
May 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I had a "rad'er" verson of Radio #2, it came on a bonus "Columbia" disc when I purchased the Orange County soundtrack quite a few years ago. (also it introduced me to Zebrahead.)

Its kinda ironic that the radio they so proudly preached against, became them with this album. It got boring quick.

March 1st 2007


Boys Of Summer cover = kick ass

March 13th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

I agree, Boys of Summer is a highlight of the album...not saying much for their own stuff =P

March 5th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

favourite cd ever! great songs! welcome the night sucked, let's hope the new record is gonna be more like the old one again.

June 7th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe I'll listen to this one day.

June 12th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

^^ i was just thinking that

Digging: Cosmic Church - Ylistys

August 17th 2011



May 15th 2012


Man, I love the Boys of Summer cover.

July 8th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

This is my favorite ataris album this thing is under rated

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