Underclass Hero Import
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|8. The Jester|
|9. With Me|
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|11. King Of Contradiction|
|12. Best Of Me|
|13. Confusion And Frustration In Modern Times|
|14. So Long Goodbye|
UK pressing of the Canadian punksters 2007 album features one bonus audio track: 'No Apologies'. Underclass Hero marks a step in a bold new direction for the group, whose three full length album's, 2001's All Killer, No Filler, 2002's, Does this Look Infected and 2004 Chuck have sold over 7 million units worldwide. 'You Can't help buy grow a little', says Whibley about the band's musical and lyrical maturity. 'We now see the artistic side of music. We wanted to make this the most artistic punk-rock record we could. We approach music differently now. Things now have a purpose. We care about the craft of it now.' The is Sum 41, better than ever...and this time no regrets. Universal. 2007.
Rise up, pop-punk fans, and salute Sum 41: With Blink-182 broken up and Good Charlotte going for a rock vibe, the boys from Ontario stand a chance at reinvigorating the entire stalled subgenre. Not just because the competition has thinned, but because Underclass Hero is just that great. Though nobody would accuse lead singer Deryck Whibley of sounding like Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong, he bites into the politically charged lyrics that course through this 14-track set as hard: "March of the Dogs," "The Jester," and "Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times" are served up with a spasmodic sneer (and, in the case of the latter, a lyric that will resonate with legions of the exasperated: "Confusion's all I see/Frustration surrounds me/Solution's bid farewell/Sedation? What the hell"), and the title track comes bounding out of stereo speakers with both outrage and lit-up energy. On the lighter side, the ballad "With Me" is sweet and simple enough to recall Plain White Ts, and "Ma Poubelle," a French ditty, strikes a weird Beatle-y chord before rapidly dissolving. Does Sum 41 add up to the hottest pop-punk band going, then? For sure. Do the math. --Tammy La Gorce
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I saw a guy bashing it earlier saying it doesn't reach teenagers like it should, well with exception to the song Underclass Hero this album is not about that.
These 3 guys are all married, actually I think either Cone or Stevo is only in a long term relationship and not married yet, all over 25, and all too damn old to keep making songs like In Too Deep, Fat Lip, ect. (ALTHOUGH THOSE SONGS ARE AWESOME TOO!!)
I'm 22 and have been a Sum fan since I heard 'Makes No Difference' on the radio and spent my monthly allowance to go buy the CD, and these guys have never disappointed with any album since as I own them all.
INFACT they have done something other punk bands have a horrible time with, which is growing WITH their fans. Where-as even the "great" Green Day had to flop 2 albums before they realized their fan base was now about 25 and wanted something more mature then Minority :P
These guys, and Derik in particular as he wrote all the songs with Stevo helping on a couple, have hit the perfect balance between songs with punk and meaning in them.
My favs are...
Speak Of The Devil - Brilliant Song, ups-downs, and alot of hidden meanings me thinks ;)
Count Your Last Blessings - Wasn't a HUGE fan of Chuck, although I went to see them when they toured for it, but this song shows they still have that political side to them and can do it without trying to be metal.
Best Of Me - Such a good, honest, deep song.Read more ›
My top 5 on this cd is :
-Confusion And Frustration In Modern Times
-Speak Of The Devil
-Count Your Last Blessings
If you never buy a Sum 41 CD , buy all their Cd because they are all Awesome but buy It In This Order :
-Does This Look Infected?
-All Killer No Filler
-Half Hour of Power
Sum 41 Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The lyrics suck, the music is bad and the guy singing has two kinds of annoying voices: Fast, in your face and annoying and slow, whiney and annoying.
They think they can reach teenagers with this music but I'm a teenager and I don't like them at all. They think that some of their songs are hard rock/ metal but it isn't. No where near it.
So in other words if you like them its fine. Some people do and I am fine with that. But I don't.
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So today I bought the album with some apprehension. I feared that with their last album, Chuck, receiving poor sales and reviews (even though I loved that album) and Dave leaving the band they would revert to their old sound in an all or nothing attempt to be MTV friendly and gain some mainstream appeal.
I am glad I was oh so wrong about my assumptions for this album.
Normally I would never review an album without giving it four or five listens, but I was lucky enough to have to make a six hour round trip with this album playing about 5 times before I finally switched CDs.
Its as if the track "Underclass Hero" is a joke track to fool us all into believing they are trying to make All Killer No Filler 2. Then "Walking Disaster" pops up and hits you like a punch in the gut, and the rest of the album grabs and doesn't let go.
What makes this album so great is that there is a confidence and maturity to this album. Lyrically they have never been better, and their music has never been this varied, while also remaining somewhat simplistic. They do this by using a more varied and diverse take on their old pop-punk sound, a sound that many bands use currently to pollute the airwaves (I'm looking at you Paramore).
Will this albums skyrocket their fame? Maybe. I think there will be a lot of petty complaints against it. For one their will be people who will be angry that this ISN'T All Killer and No Filler 2 (even if it is something much, much better), there will be people who despise them simply for the fact that *GASP* they have a handful of politically charged songs, or the really ignorant idiots will complain that ballad style songs like "Best of Me" and "So Long Goodbye" will like TOTALLY mean they sold out, even if those songs are incredibly well done.
But I think "Underclass Hero", along with Yellowcard's "Paper Walls" will prove to many people that pop-punk didn't die with Blink-182's break up, it CAN be mature AND keep the uplifting energy of punk music generally displays, all while being more diverse musically than the punk sub-culture allows.
To sum this review up (no pun intended) "Underclass Hero" is a truly wonderful surprise of this year music-wise for me and I highly recommend this album. It's easily their best.