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|1.0 awful||iarescientists | March 21st 10|
I have listened to this album and I have foreseen my death: I'll be down in Florida to hang out with Chan and John Hanson. Chan will be working late so I'll go out with John Hanson despite the fact that we fucking hate each other. When we get back to the apartment, I'll be blacked out sitting on a couch and John Hanson will suggest we listen to some music. I'll be too intoxicated to offer a coherent response so I'll be unable to protest when he throws on "White Crosses". Hanson goes in the other room to change and starts espousing some meticulously crafted bullshit rant about the pleasures of conformity as "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" blares. I'll turn around to see Hanson in a lab coat wielding a giant axe over his head and all I'll be able to stammer is "Are you wearing a lab coat". In an effort to make my last moments as excruciatingly ironic as possible, Hanson will wittily retort "Why, yes, didn't you know I are scientists". I'll be utterly filled with dread and loathing and absolute fucking resentment as the axe falls.
TRY WRITING A REVIEW ABOUT LYBURNUM NOW YOU FUCK
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|4.5 superb||Iluvatar EMERITUS | March 20th 10|
I don't think anyone has made as big of a "fuck you" album to their old fans as Against Me! have done here. Luckily, those fans were all dirty, disgusting hippies anyways. White Crosses is louder, more frenetic, and catchier than their previous record New Wave, while providing an even bigger adrenaline rush. This is a new Against Me! for a new fanbase, and its kick-ass.
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|0.0 ||Athom EMERITUS | March 21st 10|
"See, the reason you all like Against Me! in the first place, the reason that they’re even a
band you’ve HEARD OF is because Tom et al have ambition that can’t be contained by playing
dumb basement shows and working as waiters. They aspire to be career musicians. And before
you get all snippy about that being a bad thing, let me remind you that selling tee shirts,
sweaters, patches and beer cozies are the trappings of a lifestyle boutique, not a musical
troupe, so ANY BAND that makes shirts is doing so for the purposes of commerce, even though
realistically, it has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH MUSIC. AND THAT’S FINE! That’s fucking
great. That’s the thing. Propaghandi, Tragedy, whoever, they all fucking deal in commerce.
... Finally, there are people out there (I was one of them) who say shit like “all I want is
to play music to two or three hundred kids a night. I don’t want to be big. I think this is
much cooler.” They say that because that’s an ambition point that they have not yet reached.
Ask Avail. Ask the Suicide Machines. Ask the Lawrence Arms or Strike Anywhere or Matchbook
Romance or anyone who’s gotten to that point and gotten stuck if that was where they hoped
their career topped out. Go ahead. Ask them. They’re all working at bars and landscaping
jobs and shit like that. Meanwhile, Tom [Gabel] is asleep on a bus and he’s gonna wake up
and write songs and then play some songs for a bunch of happy people tonight and it’s
because he’s realizing his ambition. What’s cooler? You tell me. Go ahead. Come into my bar
today and see how many of your favorite songs I sing you. Yeah. I’m real glad I “decided”
not to play stadiums for thousands of people. "
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|4.0 excellent||londoncalling457 | April 7th 10|
Like most of you, this album caught me completely off guard on my first listen. This was not an Against Me! that I was used to at all. I never got into the new sound that began to emerge on New Wave, and was disappointed by the end of White Crosses the first time around. My problem was that I still believed that I was listening to the same band that created the simple yet catchy folk-punk on Reinventing Axl Rose, and the truth is that Against Me! have moved on. That became apparent on New Wave to the dismay of many fans and plain obvious on this record. I was not ready to dismiss White Crosses as garbage and by the end of my second listen, I grew to enjoy it slightly more. Since then, I have played this album atleast 20 times through, listening to it whenever I get the chance: on the bus to/from school, on the computer, in my room, whatever...my point is that White Crosses is far from perfect and I still could make several complaints about various aspects of the record but give it a chance and you will find yourself unable to avoid coming back.
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|2.5 average||Fandog | May 3rd 10|
A pale shadow of their former selves, they can still at least put together decent music. They have lost the hard edge that made them Against Me!, singing heavy political lyrics and making obscure song titles, into a more commerical rock troupe style you can hear nearly everywhere. Not highly impressed with the new album compared with their old stuff, but it is at least listenable. Giving them an average for at least putting together decent commercial rock.
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|2.0 poor||NickelbackFTL | June 19th 10|
TOM GABEL, WHYYYYYYYYY? I liked New Wave, but I can't handle this...
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|4.0 excellent||YouAreMySilence | June 4th 10|
omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymoreomg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore!omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore! omg! omg! they aren't reinventing axel rose anymore!
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|1.5 very poor||anuspudding | March 24th 10|
Against Me! has lost their touch. period.
Wtf happened to the raspy and emotion-filled singing of Tom Gabel we all grew to ever love so?
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|5.0 classic||strawberriesandgravy | July 27th 15|
Aware of the argument for this album being bad due to its glossy production and its departure from "Reinventing Axl Rose"'s style. However, this album was the soundtrack to my sophomore and I couldn't get enough of it. Personally I feel that the only bad song is "Suffocation". I would honestly rate it a 4.5 but I gave it a 5 in attempt to boost its average.
|0.0 ||briefeclipse | June 22nd 12|
Against Me! might as well have called this album 'How to Sell Out and Alienate People'
|3.0 good||gravediggerfuneral | August 2nd 11|
This is a good album in that the songs are very catchy and fun, however it suffers from being overproduced. The growls from Tom Gabel from previous albums are gone, and in them dies the punk aesthetic.
|4.0 excellent||oldaboriginee | May 27th 10|
I actually really liked this. Sure it's not that 'punk' but it sounds like a much better version of Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown
|4.5 superb||AW92 | April 12th 10|
Its different but its a nice change. Sounds like a much more mature against me.
|3.5 great||guitarplaya91 | April 10th 10|
I'll probably get flamed for liking this album a little. Honestly, I've loved against me! for a long time. Yes I do believe their early material is classic, and I DO love them ten years ago more than I love them know, but this record isn't that terrible. If they just changed their name or something, no one would care. It's nowhere near album of the year, but it is a very great listen.
|3.5 great||Boogeyman | March 23rd 10|
Great album. This band had a marked influence on me back in the Eternal Cowboy days, and to this day are still my favorite band to see live, and I definitely dig this album. Their music seems to grow with me, becoming more and more pop sensible as my sweet tooth begins to prevail more and more when it comes to musical taste. So, what many of their fans see as a bad thing I see as a very good thing. "White Crosses," "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," "Suffocation," and "Bamboo Bones" are really great songs. Hell, this album even shares my disenchantment with anarchists. I may believe in many of the same ideals still, whether Gabel does or not is up for debate, but many of my friends from that scene have betrayed me because of superficialities and my desire to actually do well in a capitalist society, so I don't have to starve for my beliefs.
In any case, it's evident a lot of work went into writing this album. Keep up the good work, fellas!
|1.5 very poor||armfarm | March 20th 10|
The title track is ok. But every track that follows is rediculously bland uninspired arena rock.
|4.5 superb||amoeba | October 2nd 17|
|4.0 excellent||covfefe | September 10th 17|
|3.5 great||tlatla | August 25th 17|
|4.0 excellent||gatsby | April 19th 17|
|2.0 poor||wham49 | April 11th 17|
|4.5 superb||Equium | April 2nd 17|
|2.0 poor||Kumari | February 8th 17|
|4.0 excellent||badrip | January 9th 17|
|1.5 very poor||Brandon | January 2nd 17|
|3.0 good||Eminor | December 7th 16|
|2.5 average||kris. | September 11th 16|
|3.5 great||hesperus CONTRIBUTOR | May 4th 16|
|2.5 average||peanut | November 3rd 15|
|1.5 very poor||DaviFuq | October 29th 14|
|2.5 average||mttgry | June 24th 14|
|4.0 excellent||SteveP | May 9th 14|
|2.5 average||Joejk3 | March 25th 14|
|3.0 good||Skoj | March 19th 14|
|3.5 great||RxQueer | February 26th 14|
|3.0 good||Matski | January 22nd 14|
|3.0 good||robin EMERITUS | January 21st 14|
|2.5 average||Wreck | December 22nd 13|
|2.5 average||Zeg | December 22nd 13|
|2.0 poor||wil94 | November 5th 13|
|2.5 average||sncold | June 7th 13|
|3.0 good||hogan900 CONTRIBUTOR | April 3rd 13|
|1.5 very poor||Solisis | September 20th 12|
|4.0 excellent||JP4Hire | September 12th 12|
|3.5 great||jmh886 | August 22nd 12|
|3.5 great||Irving STAFF | July 23rd 12|
|2.5 average||Sirob | July 18th 12|
|3.5 great||coma33 | June 17th 12|
|3.5 great||AdamK | May 3rd 12|
|2.0 poor||Jase23 | April 26th 12|
|2.0 poor||tysly | April 26th 12|
|3.5 great||JWT155 | March 13th 12|
|2.0 poor||Vyndax | January 27th 12|
|3.0 good||Sgian | January 26th 12|
|2.5 average||ThinAir | December 8th 11|
|1.0 awful||Pipt | November 13th 11|
|5.0 classic||divoz | October 3rd 11|
|4.0 excellent||Sconza | September 28th 11|
|3.5 great||Bfd | September 23rd 11|
|3.0 good||mxbrady | September 22nd 11|
|3.0 good||Kumz | July 13th 11|
|3.5 great||Yozzy | June 25th 11|
|4.5 superb||mar1s | June 23rd 11|
|1.0 awful||TSR | June 6th 11|
|4.0 excellent||TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR | February 3rd 11|
|3.5 great||mvood | January 23rd 11|
|2.5 average||Spec | December 29th 10|
|3.0 good||MrHigh | December 20th 10|
|1.5 very poor||X3ni92 | October 28th 10|
|1.5 very poor||Centre | October 21st 10|
|4.0 excellent||Curse. | September 30th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Texture | September 10th 10|
|1.5 very poor||krinkle | August 20th 10|
|3.5 great||bears | August 7th 10|
|4.0 excellent||becdar | July 19th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Valle | June 16th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Zion | June 10th 10|
|3.0 good||Ire | June 9th 10|
|3.5 great||mvdu | June 8th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Acre | May 7th 10|
|2.0 poor||Kiran EMERITUS | March 21st 10|
|4.0 excellent||chaos17 | March 21st 10|
|3.0 good||tom79 | March 19th 10|
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