Sum 41
Chuck


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
September 26th, 2006 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sum 41 can be a fun loving pop-punk band until you hear this CD. It is a side that some have never seen from a punk band, but a good one once they hear it.

Sum 41 is a band from Ajax, Ontario, and I am sure you have all heard the hits that these guys have done, like Fat Lip, In Too Deep and The Hell Song. This is a CD that takes the future of Sum 41 and puts it in a different direction. It has a lot more metal sound, but can still have that same, classic Sum 41 that all of us have come to love. There can be a lot to love about this sound, or a lot to hate about them. I think it shows the better talent that Sum 41 has, and it really shows how talented of a guitarist they had. He left to start his own band this year in 2006. They have released 5 CDs, 4 of them containing original tracks. They released Half Hour of Power in 2000, All Killer No Filler in 2001, Does This Look Infected" in 2002, and Chuck in 2004. They released another CD called Go Chuck Yourself, which is a Compilation of many of their favorite songs, including the ones I mentioned above.

Sum 41 for Chuck
Deryck Whibley: Vocals, Guitar
Dave Baksh: Guitar, Vocals
Cone: Bass, Vocals
Stevo 32: Drums, Vocals

Dave also goes by the name Brownsound, as in AKNF. He is one of the two guitarists and I must say that he does a fine job at playing the guitar. His solos, although I have heard some say that he rips off Metallica, and even in doing so, he does a splendid job of doing soloing in songs such as The Bitter End and 88. Sum 41 has stayed true to their pop-punk sound by adding a few ballads in there, like Some Say and Pieces. Pieces is a well constructed ballad, and the guitar melodies and harmonies blend in well with the song. Deryck sings well in this song, and really shows that he can be emotional in his songs.

For some reason, Slipping Away sounds like the singer from Blink-182 is singing, but it does have some uniqueness to it, by adding some violins and adding a Yellowcard type sound to the band, except the violins don’t go all crazy. It just adds to the effect of the song. Something I read in another review for this album, on Sputnik, I agree with this. They said that for the single We’re All To Blame, if it wasn’t for System of A Down, these guys would be the most creative and original for coming up with a such song. I agree with them because it is true. The guitar is fast, chunky, and then for the chorus is is soft, relaxing and melodic. It basically shows both sides of the band for you, and it shows them well. The Intro and No Reason stand out to be like this, and remind you of Sum 41 back when they recorded Does This Look Infected". All three of these songs are hard hitting, straight forward, fast paced Sum 41 at their best, while recording a catchy jingle. Another example of a song like this is I’m Not The One, and although it starts off soft, it builds up to the verses and chorus. Deryck does a lot of screaming, and he does it well.

There is the more melodic side of Sum 41, as they have recorded meaningful songs in There’s No Solution, and Angels With Dirty Faces. The first one I mentioned is very strong, and shows the band working as a whole. They then give you the classic sound that you wanted to her in Welcome To Hell. You all know that Sum 41 is famous for their tracks that are about 0:45 seconds long. Glancing at the title, you would think that this would be another. It is actually a pretty good song for only being under the two minute mark. You can actually hear his voice, and understand what he is saying.

As many others have said about these guys, it isn’t your classy, fun Sum 41 pop-punk that everyone learned to love, but with singles like Pieces and We’re All To Blame, Sum 41 can still keep your interest by creating some clever songs. It is still a great CD, and even though their guitarist has left them, they should be able to keep moving in the right direction.

Recommended Songs
We’re All To Blame
The Bitter End
Pieces
There’s No Solution
88



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Acey
September 26th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh crap, i forgot to edit the tracks in bold, let me do that



edit: ok i got it finishedThis Message Edited On 09.26.06

CanonInD
September 26th 2006


359 Comments


punkbass wins

Acey
September 26th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he did do a pretty dam good review, i will give him that

Acey
September 26th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i tried not to go and steal, but i tried to keep it sounding like the others, if you get my point, you did a terrific job

f_u_c_t
September 26th 2006


1406 Comments


*gets popcorn ready* This is a pretty close call.

Acey
September 26th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, snap. hey punkbass, are you going to do the other two sum CD's?

f_u_c_t
September 26th 2006


1406 Comments


we need more (review battles) like this on Sputnik. Ha, I was the first one to say "review battle", i named it, i made history....

You did word some of your sentences funny Acey, you should try using someone to proof-read your reviews.

Oddsen
September 26th 2006


1127 Comments


Review Battle; that sounds pretty Bad ass. Okay review. You should try to make a more "exciting" intro. Think back to when you wrote essays and how teachers tell you to make an interesting introdution. Like an opener; an attention grabber.

Acey
September 26th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, i hope i didnt affend you punkbass in challenging you, and i agree with fuct, we should do more review battles. i will do AKNF, and idk about DTLI?



that was directed to punkbass, btwThis Message Edited On 09.26.06

CanonInD
September 26th 2006


359 Comments


no review the same album so i can pick a winner

f_u_c_t
September 26th 2006


1406 Comments


yes, review the same album! but do an album neither of you are very familiar with yet

Hatshepsut
September 26th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album, one of the few Pop Punk albums I do, and probably the only Sum album I can listen to right now.

The Door Mouse
September 27th 2006


2092 Comments


punkbass wins but defenatly not by a land slide. i enjoyed this review. review battles or wars w/e does sound pretty kick ass

Acey
September 27th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lets do AKNF next, it is better IMO

Acey
September 27th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k, i will get it done.

f_u_c_t
September 27th 2006


1406 Comments


woohoo, That's the only Sum 41 album that I can stand. I saw them live, the same day the album came out.

Acey
September 27th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

, that is really cool, i am working on it right now



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