Various Artists (Punk)
Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6


2.0
poor

Review

by Mutantsnowstorm USER (5 Reviews)
November 18th, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 11/17/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As expected, the people at Punk Goes release another hit-or-miss compilation filled with rushed covers of pop music from the last several months.

The concept of Punk Goes Pop has never been a difficult one: take a handful of “Punk” bands, and have them cover pop songs from the past year or so. This year, there was so much potential for some good cover songs; there has been some fairly decent radio pop dominating the charts lately. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the bands on this new compilation do not manage to craft a decent cover, and fill the audio space with constant breakdowns and screams. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but one would think that after all this time, some of the bands on the record would be able to do something a little more creative with the material they’re given.

The main reason these songs do not work well is because of dynamics. Many of these covers, such as the August Burns Red cover of “Wrecking Ball” or Oceans Ate Alaska’s cover of “Drunk in Love,” don’t even really try to build into the song. They give the illusion of a quiet buildup for the first several seconds, then jump right into the breakdowns and constant guitar chugging with little change occurring throughout the rest of the song. It seems like such a trivial complaint, but it’s one that heavily changes the quality of the song. It’s also worth noting that Ice T appears on the cover of “Turn Down for What” by Upon a Burning Body, which provides for a very cringe-worthy and laughable experience.

Regardless, there are still a handful of songs that are enjoyable throughout the record. Tyler Carter and Luke Holland do a good job at recreating “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore, with Luke doing an incredible job at adding some flair on the drums. Knuckle Puck also do not disappoint with their cover of The 1975’s “Chocolate,” and State Champs deliver a solid, energetic performance of “Stay the Night.” Youth in Revolt do a decent job at covering “Royals,” but decide to throw in a quick breakdown in the latter half of the song that seems out of place.

In the end, Punk Goes Pop 6 is just like its predecessors: there are some good tracks scattered throughout the record, but after all is said and done, it’s a fairly poor album that can’t quite stand on its own two feet. A lot of the issues these albums face is probably due to the fact that the bands have to rush their work in order to get a song featured on the compilation. Maybe if the people behind Punk Goes can stop trying to crank out a new album as quickly as possible, we could end up with a decent compilation for once.


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Mutantsnowstorm
November 17th 2014


504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's been a while since I wrote a review so sorry if I'm a little rusty. Feedback appreciated.



I don't know why I had raised expectations for this thing honestly...

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 17th 2014


6680 Comments


got a couple nitpicks

(edit: fixed)

so... yeah. go through and make sure you are't repeating yourself a bunch of times. aside from that, my nitpick is that a lot of your
analysis is pretty surface level, like "so and so does a good job covering this song" and whatnot. not a bad review for your 3rd, but
could use more depth to make it an engaging read


Mutantsnowstorm
November 17th 2014


504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was worried i was doing that. Thanks for the corrections, I'll go fix those.



With the surface level comment, I don't really know what else to say about these songs mainly cause they're covers

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 17th 2014


6680 Comments


fair enough... never thought about how I might go about that myself. probably why I'd never want to review one of these lol

bloc
November 17th 2014


54364 Comments


Is it just me or did I just hear a bit of Metallica's Sad But True in Turn Down For What lol

Digging: The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

Mutantsnowstorm
November 17th 2014


504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bloc- I was too busy laughing at Ice T to notice haha



johnny: those issues should be fixed now, and yeah only reason i reviewed this in the first place was because the sound off i was making became too long for my taste lol

Supercoolguy64
November 17th 2014


8761 Comments


omg that turn down for what cover

Digging: Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops

someguest
November 17th 2014


29892 Comments


Is it just me or did I just hear a bit of Metallica's Sad But True in Turn Down For What lol


Ain't My Bitch

Digging: Earth - Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version

forthefallencheese
November 18th 2014


91 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"Yo, check this out

This Ice-T

UABB, Upon A Burning Body Bitch

(That's UABBB)

Fuck that, anyway we up in this motherfucker

Security fucking with me, telling me to stop standing on the god damn couches

Now motherfucker, you could get hurt"

Beardog
November 18th 2014


2700 Comments


I liked the Set It Off cover

titanslayer
November 18th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Album sucks but deserves a 3 for the lols

eddie95
November 18th 2014


703 Comments


I bet this sucks badly

Beardog
November 18th 2014


2700 Comments


It actually sucks really hard

KenboSlice
November 18th 2014


2801 Comments


No mention of how fucking good Crown The Empire's cover is?

TheGreatQ
November 18th 2014


2774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Is it just me or did I just hear a bit of Metallica's Sad But True in Turn Down For What lol"



Yeah what the fuck I heard it as I read this comment

Mutantsnowstorm
November 18th 2014


504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kenbo I thought Burn was good but I'm also a fan of the original and the way they did the chorus was strange; still enjoyed it, just not as much as Ellie's version

forthefallencheese
November 19th 2014


91 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Oceans in Alaska's cover was good until the shitty clean vocal line in the chorus. Who thought that was a good idea?

Havoren94
November 20th 2014


62 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Good review! Although I couldn't get into the songs you mentioned were the highlights of Punk Goes Pop 6, I agree that the rest of the album is a complete and utter disappointment. Honestly, Palisades and We Came As Romans are the only bands for me that did good covers but not by much compared to everything else. Volumes didn't really do anything special for me, I don't like Set It Off's vocals, Slaves caught my ear for a second and then I got bored of them, And Crown The Scene Kids' Empire could have made the song "Burn" into something special but ended up making it a mediocre ballad which almost made me fall asleep. If it's safe to say, I think that Punk Goes Pop 6 is the worst Punk Goes Pop album that's ever been made so far. Very disappointed, but hopefully Punk Goes Pop 7 is a million times better next year or the year after.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2014


24741 Comments


Set It Off's version of "Problem" is killer

Digging: wellspring - iris's room

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2014


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Is it just me or did I just hear a bit of Metallica's Sad But True in Turn Down For What lol"



glad im not the only one who noticed that



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