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40 Hour Train Back to Penn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2003
The Movielife's new album has followed on in the same style as 'has a Gambling Problem'. They have changed their style slightly from their debut to a more Drive Thru sounding style, but whilst still obtaining the characteristics that make them so good. All the songs are of an excellent quality, although the first 5 are possibly the best and so could have been moved about on the tracklisting but there are some great melodies and hooks. It is pop punk, but there are elements of hardcore form their early days. However, anyone who has been a fan for a while won't be disappointed as although their is less hardcore and more of a feel good vibe, there's no denying that this is a good album. One thing is that the album is a little longer than previous ones and there are deeper lyrics in which vinnie tells of stories, such as how thew band nearly died on 'Jamestown'. The last track is acoustic and shows a new side to the band which can only be a good thing. My only complaint is the similarity of some songs. If you buy this, give it time. I originally thought it was fairly mediocre but I changed my mind a few listens later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2003
Drive Thru Records has to be my favourite label, with such bands as New Found Glory, Finch, The Starting Line and Allister to name a few. Last year in Febuary this band suffered a serious car crash and they are lucky to be alive, if they wernt this brilliant album would not have been released. The Movie life are back with their First major LP and its amzing. These guys are kinda a mix of new found glory and finch. There is some screaming on the album but it is mainly heart felt pop punk. Best song is 'Kelly Song' the opening line of it is a killer 'Kelly cries, the makeup runs from her eyes she feels untrue' Get this album it will not let you down. These guys are gonna be big. Buy if you like any drive thru records band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2003
Heart felt melodic hardcore with a punk punch. Powerful riffs and intriguing hooks make this record a regular on my play list. Passionate lyrics including ones about the bands near fatal car crash (Jamestown) make this band believable and add a touch of emo. The opening track "Face Or Kneecaps" is a jumpy power-laden anthem whilst "Kellys Song" among others displays the Movielifes sensitive side. A greta album well worth purchasing pockets of brilliance but it leaves you feeling half full compared with their live capabilities
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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2003
This is The Movielife's first full length album on Drive Thru, their last was This Time Next Year on Revelation. That album was angry melodic hardcore with a frenetic pace throughout and some great singalong/shoutalong moments. Personally though, I prefer this.
40 Hour Train Back To Penn is named after the band having to take a train back to their home after their van went over on a corner. That nearly made them quit, I'm really glad they didn't because this is a fine piece of work. That event also inspired the song Jamestown, the first single, which is as good as anything on This Time Next Year. The album makes a blistering start with Face or Kneecaps and Jamestown but then goes on to show maturation and diversity. There's a beautiful re-hash of old song Sailor Tatoos as a bonus track and tracks like Ship To Shore and Keep Never Changing have great lyrics and a slower pace. There's brilliantly simple pop-punk like Hey and Scary in the middle too, that betters the stuff on the Drive Thru EP. This is not for everyone who likes the movielife as its not as fast or angry as the last full length but I really like it. It's definitely worth checking out if you like any other Drive Thru band.
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on 20 January 2005
This is a great pop punk/emo/hardcore album."Kelly cries" is a good heartfelt song and shows whats decent in pop punk these dyas. Just when we thought real music had gone after the likes of Busted *shudders* we get a 1st class album from the movielife which deserves a round of applause
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2003
This album is unbelievable!When you first buy this (and I think u should!), after the first listen u wont be amazed at it.but it took me about 3 listens 2 really get into it and im now addicted to it! every song is outstanding and none sound the same. The highlights are "face or kneecaps", "jamestown", "scary", "hey" and "ship to shore". My fave is "ship to shore" by far!not many people have mentioned this on the other comments, but i thit on the album!its strong lyrics and catchy guitar riff at the start make it an unbelievable song.i am not too fond of "kelly song" as i thought i would be(after most of the reviews saying it is a highlight),but it is still a good song.
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