Angel Du$t
Pretty Buff


4.5
superb

Review

by KingOzma USER (3 Reviews)
March 19th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Got a 1,2,3,4,5,right now!

Pretty Buff is the kind of album ‘Real Rock’ fans hate with a passion. While their previous albums were, in their own words ‘a mix between Lemonheads and Bad Brains’ (both respectable influences), Pretty Buff sounds like Busted. Or if they wanted a more credible reference it sounds like a hookier Descendents. The songs on this album don’t deal with lofty issues, they’re all about hanging out with your friends or your fav gal, being in your feelings and having a good time. A lot like what the early Ramones sang about, ya know, the famous punk band who are revered among surface level rock fans as one of the greatest bands of all time. The kind of rock fans who get annoyed that you can buy Ramones tops in Primark when really that’s cool because it means you can rep the band easier.

An issue with a lot of rock music nowadays is the fact it takes itself way too seriously, with fans revering ***ty bands that either beat you over the head with half-baked political drivel while ripping off better sounds from the past or feeling sorry for yourself because you had a ketamine addiction one time but it’s ok because you added a breakbeat or two to your new album so it's actually totally different and deserves 5K’s from Kerrang Magazine. Or literally just being Led Zeppelin, I hear that’s popular now. It’s dull is what it is, I don’t relate. Gimme Busted any day of the week, or better yet gimme Angel Du$t.

Pretty Buff is an album that legitimately doesn't care what you think, if it wants to smash out pure pop hooks one after the other it’ll do it, if it wants to add in a gnarly saxophone solo like at the end of ‘Bang My Drum’ it’ll do it and if it wants to suddenly drop into a waltz to close out its tracks like ‘Want It All’ it’ll do it. By fully immersing itself in established cheesy pop tropes, Pretty Buff treads a very fine line between being absolutely perfect and completely unlistenable but that’s what makes it great. It’s amazing that what’s basically a 30 minute pop album can sound this brave in comparison to all the piss and bollocks that makes up the majority of the mainstream rock sphere. Similar to Turnstile (who share members with Angel Du$t), no influence is off limits for them, like what punk/rock should be like. Like the Ramones! Or The Beatles! Like every good rock band ever basically. Long live Angel Du$t.


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BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2019


2844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yesss, dude.

accompliceofmydeath
March 20th 2019


4738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. I'm kinda glad they dropped any remnants of hardcore they had on previous albums. They work much better as a pop band. I haven't heard of Busted, so I'll have to check them out. I thought this sounded like Buzzcocks on first listen.

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KingOzma
March 20th 2019


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Busted are a pop band from England, proper cheesey ya know, that good shit

botb
March 20th 2019


12844 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Never liked this band, good review

JasonCarne
March 27th 2019


1040 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The hardcore influence is what made this band fun, energetic, and exciting, this is just boring.

drasticaction74
April 5th 2019


1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like I'm at a beach blanket bongo party

drasticaction74
April 5th 2019


1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

scratch that - this sounds like what's playing when the beachgoers are having fun without the persisting nuisance of Spongebob ripping his pants

Kurai
April 14th 2019


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, this is very dull. Pretty much every song sound the same, and the only song that really stood out to me was 'Bang My Drum'. Even the new Busted album was better, at least that had a few half decent songs even if it was largely unremarkable.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 14th 2019


590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every song might sound the same, but they're short, fun, and to the point. cant hate this, sounds slick as shit

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 14th 2019


590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

plus they put on my man benny 4 the bang my drum video so yea band fucks

Kurai
April 14th 2019


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh, nothing really stuck out to me, and by the halfway point I was just waiting for the album to finish. Their other two albums are great though.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 14th 2019


590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitely understand that, first time I spun it I Immediately though the same, but next listen the dancy-ness and saccharine ass melodies really stuck through. pretty substanceless on the lyrical front, but I feel like that just accentuates the care free, fuck it and do a flip attitude the album gives out



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