Various Artists (Punk)
Punk Goes Pop 3


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by Beauville88 USER (84 Reviews)
October 29th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think it’s time for the “Punk Goes…” series to make like a shepherd and get the flock outta here.

As a fan of the “Punk Goes…” series, it pains me to say that these albums are dwindling with each new release. While the earlier versions of the series featured plenty of terrific tracks, it seems like the newer editions only have one or two great songs mixed in with filler. With Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3, the newest entry of the severely declining series, very little has changed: boasting a collection of both the decent and the despicable, which covers on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3 should you check out, and which ones should you absolutely avoid?

For me, I find a successful cover to be something that is as equally enjoyable as the original track while the covering band puts their own unique spin on things. Following this criteria, however, you won’t find many things to get excited about on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3. The World Alive’s “Heartless” cover does a good job of beefing up the lacklustre auto-tuned Kanye original, while Miss I May’s “Run This Town” successfully transforms the popular rap song into a satisfying metalcore number. The best cover of the album, though, belongs to We Came As Romans, as they knock it out of the park with their cover of “My Love”, which successfully combines the synth-soaked verses of the original with the powerful riffs and growls of the band in the choruses.

And with most entries into the “Punk Goes…” series, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3 has plenty of average tracks. You may not prefer them to the original, but Breath Carolina’s “Down”, Mayday Parade’s “In My Head”, This Century’s “Paper Planes”, Sparks the Rescue’s “Need You Now” and The Ready Set’s “Airplanes” are all satisfactory covers and hold their own against the source material. But although these songs are enjoyable for a listen here and there, it’s frustrating to think that none of these bands really took it upon themselves to do anything different or creative with the songs, and the tracks just end up being a curiosity more than a real interesting effort.

But man, oh man, when it rains on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3, it pours: for every half-decent song on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3, there seems to be two no-name metalcore bands with some awful covers to take it’s place. Woe Is Me’s “Hot n’ Cold” is flat-out terrible, Artist vs. Poet sleepwalk through their “Bad Romance” cover, while both Asking Alexandra and Of Mice & Men’s covers are just too generic to get excited about. And it’s not just the heavy covers that are lacking, either: Cute Is What We Aim For don’t even seem like they’re trying on “Dead and Gone”, while Family Force 5 take the prize home for worst cover of the album with their lethargic, tone-deaf rendition of “Bulletproof”.

Sadly, I get less and less excited as the years go on with this gosh darn series. It’s painfully obvious that the “Punk Goes…” series is stuck in a really bad rut, and this is none more evident than with the newest addition of Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3. Boasting the fewest number of quality covers yet, I’d say its worth to check out Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3 if you’re curious, and you might find a couple of favourite tracks among the wreckage, but as a whole, but I wouldn’t really give your hopes up.



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cvlts
October 29th 2010


9746 Comments


goddamit david

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine of Hell

bloc
October 29th 2010


67076 Comments


I will assume this flocking sucks

Digging: PinkPantheress - To Hell With It

Beauville88
October 29th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/punkgoes

LG
October 29th 2010


3050 Comments


I agree on your fav three. Everything else is shite.

therandomness
October 29th 2010


59 Comments


Need you know is awesome. better then the original IMO. down is pretty good too.

Irving
Emeritus
October 29th 2010


7498 Comments


Great review. Pos.

KrissWatts
October 29th 2010


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review man. Such a shame about The Word Alive's cover. My respect for their musical talent has plummeted.

TheAlmightyBungler
October 29th 2010


104 Comments


pos'd for summary alone.

North0House
October 30th 2010


1764 Comments


Lol, yeah, that summary's just awesome.

Satellite
October 30th 2010


26523 Comments


these bands r so punx

Digging: Propagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes (reissue)

bailar14
October 30th 2010


1603 Comments


i fear the day punk attempts to go enrique

pizzamachine
October 30th 2010


14386 Comments


The world would explode.

Xplisit
October 30th 2010


1646 Comments


how dare you say woe is me sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CrimsonChin
October 30th 2010


116 Comments


I just had to change my pants after listening to my love

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2010


31857 Comments


ok i wrote this off when i saw the track list but the we came as romans jt cover is pretty damn good

TheAlmightyBungler
November 3rd 2010


104 Comments


this is essentially every band my local "scene" worships. there are about 17 billion scenesters in my parts, and about 2 shitty metalcore bands per square foot, so my band cannot get booked in a community with enough stages. Asking Alexandria can go die in a hole. the sad part is that i kinda sorta used to be into all this shit.

related note, anyone want my CD copy of Punk Goes Crunk?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2010


31857 Comments


this aint a scene, tho. is an arms race

anyone want my CD copy of Punk Goes Crunk?


text me that shit, bitch

pmmets07
November 4th 2010


5984 Comments


om&m cover is awesome.

bloc
November 4th 2010


67076 Comments


Woe's album is probably the glossiest sounding Sturgis album I've ever heard.

CrimsonChin
November 7th 2010


116 Comments


Or you guys could quit being poonberries and trying to deny how good they are



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