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Midtown
Forget What You Know


3.5
great

Review

by Hep Kat USER (124 Reviews)
March 24th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Last summer, the magazine Guitar World ran a huge article on the “New Jersey emo explosion.” Now, since I’m a (somewhat) proud resident of this state, I thought it was pretty cool about all the comparisons that it was drawing to Seattle and the grunge movement of the early 90s. Needless to say, it also got me interested in a few bands that I had heard of, but hadn’t necessarily heard.

So one day after work I made a short trek up to the local boardwalk on a CD purchasing mission. You could relate the prices of CDs up here to that of a mall’s: expensive. However, I didn’t really care much. Three hours (8 CDs, 3 shirts, and a lost paycheck later) I returned home to listen to my new finds. I just so happened to pop Midtown’s Forget What You Know into my stereo first.

As soon as I pressed play, I was met with the intro track “Armageddon,” which is essentially a chant of “So hard to believe what you’re looking for,” which are the intro lyrics for the first song, “To Our Savior.” “To Our Savior” starts off strong with good instrumentation and great singing (particularly for this genre, the slightly grittier vocals are a welcome change). “Give It Up” starts of with a little bit of bass, but smoothes out into a nice, melodic song. This is the first song that you might consider truly “catchy.”

“Is It Me? Is It True?,” starts off the slowest of the songs so far. It’s an emotion-packed song about a person being a pathological liar or something of that nature. Hey, as long as they’re not screaming and singing about suicide, I dig it (not to follow the emo stereotype, of course).

“God Is Dead,” is a piano intro for the next song, “Whole New World.” “Whole New World” is probably the best song on the album (at least in my opinion). It has well-written vocals, good instrumentation, and a hooky chorus. It’s also got a nice, somewhat mellow theme to go along with it. “Empty Like the Ocean,” conveys a simple emotion: anger. What Midtown is raging against in this track, I may never know. What I do know, however, is that this is a good song with excellent (if depressing) lyrics.

“Nothing is Ever What It Seems,” is another one of my favorites. It’s got a faster, more energetic feel than the latter track, “Empty Like the Ocean,” so they compliment each other well. ‘The Tragedy of the Human Condition,” is another filler track. It leads into “Waiting for the News.” This song has a nice, ambient feel to it. This is made apparent by the piano work and the soft, mellow guitars. It climaxes in a slightly harder chorus, but it’s still a welcome change of pace.

“Until it Kills,” is a very poppy song. It has a good, laid-back feel to it, so that’s hardly a bad thing. “Hey Baby Don’t You Know We’re All Whores?,” is something of an interesting song. It certainly brings back the emotion, but Midtown’s assessment of the whole world as being full of whores is…odd (to each his own, I suppose). “Help Me Sleep,” starts of quietly ambient, but than matures into a louder, catchy song. Hooks galore, this is probably the song you will sing along to most.

“Manhattan,” could be classified as yet another filler. It’s ambient until about 1:35 when it actually breaks into music for about 30 seconds, and then back to ambience. I guess this was so Midtown could warm up for Forget What You Know’s finale: The 13 minute long “So Long As We Keep Our Bodies Numb We’re Safe.” This song also contains two bonus tracks, “Celebration” and “Sister Golden Hair.” I always thought the trend of putting “hidden” songs into the end of another song was fairly pointless, but I’m not one of the million or so artists who do it, so maybe I march different drum beat.

All in all, Midtown has a strong effort with Forget What You Know. It’s a good album with well-written lyrics, good instrument work, and whine-less vocals. It’s a welcome change of pace from the radio-ruling emo, and I like it. I’d recommend fans of the genre picking this up, as well as pop-punkers or any other rocker in general, I suppose. And of course, this should be required purchasing for residents of New Jersey, so we can all stay active in out budding “Seattle.”


Pros:
Good instrumentation
Great lyrics
Excellent vocals

Cons:
Some songs follow a similar format
Can be boring
Fillers

Midtown is:

Rob Hitt - Drums
Tyler Rann - Guitar/Vocals
Gabe Saporta- Vocals/Bass
Heath Saraceno - Guitar/Vocals



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pyramidman
March 24th 2006


1340 Comments


good review
great band
will check this album out

Zebra
Moderator
March 24th 2006


2647 Comments


I've heard one song by Midtown on an old Warped Tour comp. It was catchy, and that's about it.
Good review.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2013


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*march 24th 2006 hep kat writes review for pop punk band



...7 years go by......



2 comments



fuckin sputnik

Skoop
February 9th 2013


2201 Comments


Yea and this is really good, wish gabe would quit cobra starship and reform midtown

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah cobra starship is a joke even though a couple of their songs are catchy

Skoop
February 9th 2013


2201 Comments


Agreed, gabe really has a great voice but if you listened to the last cobra starship album you would never know

Ecnalzen
February 9th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is good stuff. I started listening to these guys pretty much right before they called it quits.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice ecnalzen. their other albums are great too i might actually like their debut the best.

Ecnalzen
February 9th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have been thinking about checking out their previous stuff. I bought this after seeing the video for Give It Up. Song rules.

joshieboy
March 24th 2013


8270 Comments


Give It Up- Burnout 3 Takedown Soundtrack for the fucking win.

BMDrummer
July 27th 2022


15117 Comments


actually rules

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2022


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

revisited last night and this still slaps

BMDrummer
August 9th 2022


15117 Comments


might get tickets for the Worcester show

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2022


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh whoah, didn't realize they were doing a reunion tour.. that's awesome









BMDrummer
August 9th 2022


15117 Comments


watched some live video and they still rawk

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2023


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://chorus.fm/news/midtown-announce-new-ep/



I could care less that it's a covers EP, just stoked we're finally getting something from this band again after about 20 years



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