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Half Hour of Power Enhanced


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  • Audio CD (June 27 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00004TV4U
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grab The Devil By The Horns **** Him Up The ***
2. Machine Gun
3. What I Believe
4. T.H.T.
5. Makes No Difference
6. Summer
7. 32 Ways To Die
8. Second Chance For Max Headroom
9. Dave's Possessed Hair/It's What We're All About
10. Ride The Chariot To The Devil
11. Another Time Around

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Pop punk: "because there is no fourth chord". It’s an ethos that’s served their forefathers well and Sum 41’s 2000 debut Half Hour of Power, sticks firmly to this frantic fretboard formula.

Their hugely successful All Killer No Filler album was recorded only two months after this--to say that they are cut from the same cloth is an understatement, but not necessarily a bad thing. What they lack in the assured canniness that Blink 182 occasionally produce (dirty jokes aside of course) they make up for with catchy riffs and a fine line in pre-pubescent white-boy rap--so much so that you’d think The Offspring aimed "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" at them.

"Makes No Difference" is as close to the brilliance of "Fat Lip" as it gets here, but the breezy "Summer" keeps the adrenaline pumping where the tunes falls short (and a catchy hookline is essential for songs like these to succeed).

Their delinquency is reminiscent of Ash’s 1977 (with similar photo album booklets), but where Tim Wheeler wrote "Girl From Mars", "Bizzy" has written "Dave’s Possessed Hair" with the lyrics "You say you’re a pacifist/Instead you wave your fist." Close, but no Harry Winterman cigar. Quintessential casualties of middle-brow, white-collar, suburban society, this is 30 minutes of power but only 15 minutes of tunes.

Good enough for what it achieved but it’s hard to see if they have the ability (or desire) to evolve and graduate from this tiresome genre and write classics like Green Day did.

Still, they seem to be having the time of their lives while they can and that, apparently, is all that matters.--Ben Johncock


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Format: Audio CD
What Sum 41's first album brings to the table is a small collection of pop-punk masterpieces. Three of the songs are instrumental filler (even though they're good), and one of them's sort of a joke (T.H.T.), but this is just flat out fun and it was served as an appetizer for All Killer No Filler, which brought out the best in them.
The album begins with an Iron Maiden-esque instrumental, which quickly slides into Machine Gun, one of the better songs on this short album. After What I Believe, another good song, it gets to Makes No Difference, the hit single from this album. After an incredible drum solo from Steve on 32 Ways To Die, in gets to Second Chance For Max Headroom. This is without a doubt the best song on the album, simply because it adds a hint of ska. The rest of the album is a few more pop-punk songs, and another instrumental, and the brief disc comes to a close.
What's funny about this is that they actually extended Another Time Around from its usual time 3:22 to 6:52, giving us three and a half minutes of silence just so it can get the duration up to half an hour. Also, I'm glad Dave changed his name from Hot Chocolate to Brown Sound. Cuz the name Hot Chocolate - well, it just sucks. Anyways, I'm recommending this to middle schoolers, simply because you'll grow out of it by high school. Or not...
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I have all 3 Sum 41 albums and I have to say, this is my favourite. It is one of those albums that you can listen to throughout without skipping any tracks. It is a great album, containing a mixture of mainly pop-punk and some heavy metal instrumental songs. Here is my review of each song:
1. Grab The Devil By The Horns - 5/5 - A great start to the album with this minute-long Iron Maiden style improvision. Heavy and gripping.
2. Machine Gun - 3½/5 - A change to pop-punk and a good, fun song. Good to sing along to, especially in the "na na na na na", which is funny.
3. What I Believe - 4/5 - One of Sum 41's most underestimated songs. Good guitars at start and again good to sing along to.
4. T.H.T - 3/5 - A bit of a joke song, lasting less than a minute and containing extremely fast singing. Not bad, but not good either.
5. Makes No Difference - 5/5 - The single from Half Hour of Power and a great song. Introduction makes you interested and the song just gets better from there.
6. Summer - 5/5 - Another great song, included on All Killer No Filler. Fast guitars and drums. Good to sing along to, especially in the chorus.
7. 32 Ways To Die - 3½/5 - A minute and a half instrumental containing an unbelievable drum solo from Steve. Guitars help to make this good as well.
8. Second Chance For Max. Headroom - 5/5 - The best song on the album in my opinion. Highly singable and enjoyable. Changes somewhat with horns later on, and then back again.
9. Dave's Possessed Hair / It's What We're All About - 5/5 - Both songs on this track are great, especially the former, which is about their former bass player. But why two songs on one track?
10.Ride The Chariot To The Devil - 3/5 - Quite an unnecessary track, given that there had already been 2 instrumentals.
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By A Customer on May 28 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a really great EP,but it just doesnt compare with All Killer or Does This Look Infected?.It has some truly amazing songs on it such as Machine Gun (excellent drumming)and Makes No Difference.The instrumentals are great and 32 Ways to Die really show how great of a drummer Steve is.Dave has a few solos which kick arse and Cone's bass is ver good too.Deryck's vocals are good especially on Makes No Difference and Machine Gun,but he does better on the newer albums.One of the reasons I dont find this one as good as the other two is that the songs dont really seem to fit together.AKNF and DTLI?'s songs fit together to create nice punky albums or harder rock on the more recent one.But this is their first so they werent as experienced.Besides that the songs arent near as catchy although a few are (Makes No Difference,Machine Gun,Second Chance for Max Headroom).Its a lot harder to actually come up with one of the song's chorus in your head.These are minor gripes but i think its enuf to bring it down a star.By all means pick this baby up,but All Killer No Filler and Does This Look Infected? are better.
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By A Customer on June 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
Okay, first off, this is not too bad of a C.D. It is about 26 and a half minutes long, with 2 and a half minutes blank at the end, so it's exactly 29 minutes 59 seconds total. Not too bad. I'm gonna tell you a little about what I think of each track.
1. GRAB THE DEVIL BY THE HORNS AND **** HIM UP THE ***- This is the first of the three instrumentals on the album. It is okay. It's only a minute long, so you can usually start off by listening to it. It's all right. I'd give it 6/10.
2. MACHINE GUN- This is a song with only a few falls. One being the whole "gin" part. That almost ruins the song, but some of the chords in the bridge bring it back up a little. 5/10.
3. WHAT I BELIEVE- Not too bad. It's one of the better songs on the C.D. It has a pretty good chorus. Awesome guitaring just makes this song better. 7/10.
4. T(ables). H(ave). T(urned).- This song isn't too bad. Short (45 seconds) but okay lyrics. It could have been better, but then again, what couldn't use a little improvement? 5/10.
5. Makes No Difference- This is the single off of this C.D. It also has some pretty good guitaring with some good lyrics. It's most extrodanarialy awesome. 8/10.
6. Summer- This is a good song. I like this version better than the one of "ALL KILLER, NO FILLER" because of the ending. It's also 10 seconds shorter on here. Not too bad of a song. 7/10.
7. 32 Ways To Die- The 2nd instrumental. Okay, but it seems too long. 4/10.
8. Second Chance For Max Headroom- I like this song a lot. It's also Sum 41's only song with some horn playing on the bridge, which makes this song set aside from the others. This is one of their best songs. 8/10.
9. Dave's Possessed Hair- It's an okay song. Fast paced, but not the best, or worst. Good lyrics, and pretty well made. 7/10.
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