- Audio CD (July 17 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000R7I2L0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
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Coming full circle in their illustrious career, MxPx has rejoined forces with Tooth & Nail Records after over 10 years since their first release. As well as partnering once again with producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery, Demon Hunter) who was responsible for the bands early career, manning the controls on their very first LP "Pokinatcha." Their return to their roots promises to be an invigorating and dominate release that will be a capstone on who MXPX was, and show to the world what this band has become. "This record has something for everyone, the fun, fast pop-punk we all love about MxPx, as well as a more artistic and progressive angle, that shows the bands immense talents and skills" says A&R Jonathan Dunn "This record will put MxPx back on the top of the music world, and re-introduce them to loyal fan base, as well as expand them well beyond the limits thought possible with the band." Secret Weapon is poised to be this summers blockbuster.
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the title track reminds me of bands like pennywise ('reason to believe' cd) and bad religion. it appears that brian baker played the lead guitar of this song :D
very good production as well.
So, being that I have not all that much to compare it to, I'll just start with Panic. I don't actually thing this album is as strong as Panic was, and it makes me wonder why they abandoned their Sideonedummy journey to return to an older record label. Oh well. The CD is still good ol' fasion catchy pop-rock with obvious punk influence and roots. When you listen to an MXPX song or album, there's always the chance that it's gonna be a little too slow and melodic for my tastes, so when I popped this in and heard the first two tracks, it did wonders to ease the anxiety.
Start to finish this CD is pretty well put together, but it does have a few moments when it bottoms out. There are 19 tracks if you buy the copy from... I don't really remember where I got mine, but it had 3 extra tracks, but they could have shortened it to about 15 tracks, ommiting "Angels" "Drowning" "Never Better Than Now" and "You're on Fire" and it would have been a stronger release, those songs are kind of bland and boring.
Everything else is very nice and appealing to the ears. Tom's guitar and Mike's bass do very well together especially in songs where they both have moments to shine like "Shut it Down" "Bass So Low" and "Sad Sad Song" Mike's vocals are right on key once you get used to it (for some reason it took me a while) and the songs often change from slow to fast without or with little warning. The lyrics cover both petty topics like teenage obsession with electronics and myspace and heavier subjects like relationships and the music industries constant pressure on bands to "sell out." All in all it's good fun to listen to when you're in a good mood or when you're in a bad mood and WANT to be in a good mood.
I originally gave this 4 stars but then I couldn't go through with it 'cause I gave bands like "Suicide Machines" and "Time Again" 4 stars, and those bands are definitely better than this one. If I could go three and a half I would but for now it's three. Ultimately worth picking up. I can't suggest where new fans should start 'cause I'm a relatively new fan myself, so maybe someone can tell me where my new MXPX purchase should be.
Highlight tracks: "Shut it Down" "Contention" "Chop Shop" "Bass So Low" "Biting the Bullet" and "Not Nothing" Wow, they have a lot of really good songs on here. Get this CD.
With Secret Weapon, the Boys from Bremerton are hot out of the box. In my view, Mike Herrera is writing at the top of his form. Add flawless production from Aaron Sprinkle, and it looks like a great homecoming for the boys back at Tooth'N'Nail. It recalls what, for me, were some other magic T'n'N moments: Pedro the Lion's self-titled EP, The Huntington's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (live) CD, Off the Record (Remember When), some great O.C. Supertones from Chase the Sun to Hi Fi Revival, to name a few. The best thing about Secret Weapon is that MXPX is back: relaxed, witty, fun, loud, crazy, happy, and not trying to be a band they're not. Lucky for us, because that would deprive of us the band that they are. Here they take their own advice, and realize that being yourself as a unique soul reflecting the creativity of the Creator is the real secret weapon.
Overall a very good album from start to finish. There are a few songs that seem a bit like filler (hence the 4/5) but for the most part the songs are inventive and fun. Or at least as inventive as you can get for a three chord pop-punk band; either way it still works and this is a really fun listen.
Pick this up if you used to listen to MxPx or if you are just getting into them. You won't regret it.