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Searching For A Former Clarity

17 Jan. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Sept. 2005
  • Release Date: 17 Jan. 2009
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • Copyright: 2005 Fat Wreck Chords
  • Total Length: 47:02
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  • ASIN: B0022VPFLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,179 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By billhaverchuck on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Reinventing Axl Rose' is probably my favourite album ever, and so when Against Me! released 'As the Eternal Cowboy' I have to say I felt like I was listening to a new band. That is not to say that it was not an amazing album, but I dont think anyone can deny that the ditsinctive, rough and ready sound of their first album had been in some way polished/diminished. Don't get me wrong I absolutely adore both albums, and I realise now that had the band just tried to emulate their debut, it would have been a disaster and would have gone against the very philosophy of the band. People change, circumstances change and bands change. So with regards to their new release I had no idea what to expect, and thankfully this is probably the best possible frame of mind to have when first listening to 'Searching for a Former Clarity'. The first track 'Miami' actually sounds like it could be from a cabaret show of some kind. Next time someone tells you that singing the word 'Condoleeza' repeatedly would not make a good chorus, then tell them to listent to track 5 on this album. Track 6 'Violence' is slow, which as Against Me! fans will know, is something worth mentioning. However, it is also an amazingly powerful song and had me gripped from the moment Tom opens his mouth. Track 9 will cheer you up and track 14 will bring you crashing back down in a very brutal way. The message is still as bold as ever, the music is exactly what it needs to be and the lyrics (which is what first made the band appeal to me) are as biting and original as ever. If this was an album by any other band I would give it 5 stars but as this comes from a band who to me made the definitive 5 star album I can only give it 4. Please buy this and everything else Against Me! have ever made, as they are a band which has the potential to change the way you listen to music and maybe even the way you live your life, for the better. Peace.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2006
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There is such a thing as a grower, like when you first put on a record and think "whats this???" and then after a few listens it suddenly clicks like god himself said "THIS RECORD IS AMAZING". If you don't believe me, then get this record. Its a weird blend of Punk and Country fried Folk, kind of like going to Billy Bragg's house and partying with Johnny Cash. Thit should, in theroy have you reaching for a large hammer to send it back to hell, but for some reason it just works.Trust me, you'll be glad that you listened to me, because this album will become the soundtrack to your life, its clever without being boring and witty without being juvenile, in short its just that perfect.
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By PughPugh on 2 Aug. 2008
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Allot of people claim there not the same band since the production quality has increased, which may be true, but they still are a great band.

If they keep making them this good, I'll keep buying them.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Don't believe the naysayers 5 Aug. 2006
By M. Brody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm 28 years old. Punk has been my favorite kind of music since I was 16, so I'm obviously not new to it. I am, unfortunately, new to Against Me! I had always heard of them, but I just don't have the cash to buy stacks of records like I used to. The point is, this was my first exposure to Against Me and it blew my socks off. How could people possibly think this sucks or that it's not PUNK AS F***!? (In a modern way, at least.) This is the best punk album I've heard since Refused's "The Shape of Punk To Come" in 1998. There's not a bad song on this album, but the ones that really shine through for me are "From Her Lips To God's Ears (The Energizer)" (who would have known that Condoleeza was such a catchy name?), "Violence", "How Low", "Joy", "Even At Our Worst We're Still Better Than Most (The Roller)" and "Problems". It's been a rough past few years for punk and this is a breath of fresh air to me.

But people think they've sold out, huh? Remember when Jawbreaker came out with "Dear You" in 1995? The punks hated it. It was on a major. They said it wasn't like their old stuff. It was crucified by fans and critics alike. But guess what? It was really a great (and influential) album after all and is now a fan-favorite. Time had to be the judge.

The fact of the matter is, punk fans are terrified of change. They find their little band they like and they get comfortable with them and they expect them to pull a Bad Religion and make the same album for 25 years. (Correction: Bad Religion made the same album all the way up until Recipe For Hate, and then made THAT album over and over again until present time.) So "Searching For A Former Clarity" sounds different than their older albums? So what? All good bands evolve and not everyone likes it (check out Propagandhi for a good example of that.)

I suspect a big reason that some people don't like Against Me anymore is because they are on Fat Wreck Chords. I'm too old to worry about that BS anymore. I've got bigger things to worry about, like Simple Plan on the radio!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Man, you elitist punks piss me off 8 Oct. 2005
By Andrew Haggstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's no wonder i gave up on punk rock. The politics of it are so darn ridiculous. When you've been listening to punk music for about half your life, you start to give up on all the crap and just listen to music because it's good. Anyway, enough ranting.

About a year ago i heard of these guys and picked up As the Eternal Cowboy on a whim. I thought they had a good sound and the first few songs were really good, but the cd was just way too short. I tired of it and gave it away after only one real listen. Well, now this cd comes out and i only hear Don't Lose Touch from it, which i wasn't all that crazy about (but have grown to like) and again, i bought this cd on a whim. Only this time, it felt like a different band, almost. They really have progressed in their skills at songwriting. They have some very diverse songs on this disc that really range in styles. I can't understand why anyone should be complaining. There is some serious passion in this music. The emotion is still there and just as intense, maybe not recorded as raw, though. But what's wrong with wanting the music to sound good? Now, i really dont mind the raw vocals (i just picked up Reinventing Axl Rose and love that one too) and if the guy wants to improve his singing, let him for cryin' out loud. All you punks out there need to stop complaining about your crappy music.

Now, as far as the sellout thing goes: as long as a band continues to do what they want to do and play what they want to play, then they aren't selling out. Who cares if they make more money and get more exposure. Good for them. And i'll end with a bit on the Clash comparisons. Yeah, they are definatley influenced by the Clash and maybe sound a bit like them (but not really) but i doubt they will ever be as original, creative, or inventive as the Clash was. But who knows what the future holds. Best of luck to these guys.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Oh Tom Gabel. 12 May 2006
By roshizzle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to start this off by saying I've been a Against Me! fan since back in the days they were on Plan-It-X records. I still remember the exact day that I was looking through Plan-It-X mp3s, looking for This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb songs, and stumbling onto a little diddy called "Impact" by none other than Against Me!. It's safe to say, I fell in love instantly.

Back then I was an easily influenced high school student who would have thrown a brick through the Starbuck's window at any moment. It's been a few years. I can go to jail now and anarchy doesn't make as much sense to me anymore. There have been new albums released since then. And at every single one, I've heard people call them sellouts. I've been to so many shows that I can't keep each one of them straight. I wouldn't be able to tell you which version of Reinventing Axl Rose is which, considering I've worn out both the album and the EP. So why am I doing all this name dropping and blah blah blah? Because I'm sick of people talking so much about them selling out and turning into just another "emo" band.

The last show I went to, there were some of kids standing in the back. A few of them I recognized from years before. Their styles had changed and they stood there with their arms crossed, upset with the band for "changing their ways." It frustrated me. But then I jumped right in the middle of the action and at the end, as they were closing with "What We Worked For".. we jumped on stage and sang with them. They're still the same old band dedicated to getting out their message.

Sure, the new album is a little more 'mainstream' than the other ones. The lyrics might be a little more predictable and the titles might be a little more contrived. But for me it comes down to one thing:

Tom's voice still makes me want to go incite a revolution.

They're different sure. But this album is 10x better than 99.9% of the stuff that's out there nowadays.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great, creative, melodic ... 2 Feb. 2006
By Christopher Coquard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me begin with this: Woe to you self-named 'old school' Against Me! fans who want to parade their ego's by bashing this new album, your reviews are nothing but trite pretention. I can't stand another moment of your 'they've sold out', or 'they were better when no one knew them but me ...' AGH! Sounds like an old-age home conversation - and guys, you are young!

Onto the album - I was BLOWN away by this album, it is amazing, with almost every track being catchy, and sincere. I also own other Against Me! albums, so I know their older material. All creative bands reach points where they must grow and move on, and AM! has done it beautifully. And I do find a constant with their older material, there is a similar kind of tune in playing that is unique to AM! - kind of folky, melodic - quite clear in 'Don't Lose Touch' and other tracks.

These guys have amazed me, and have re-installed my faith in music. Should they sign on to bigger labels, get bigger shows, and therefore have more fans? OH YES! Knowledge and power are for sharing ... so buy the album, and get your piece!

Great work AM! keep growing and exploring your musical libertarianism ;-[)o [i have a beard - a long beard]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is great. 1 Nov. 2005
By Jonny Danger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sure the sound has changed, but I'm someone that can appreciate that. This isn't for the stuck up "DIY" kids that think if a band gets popular they're selling out. Listen to this and just be honest with yourself, it's good music. I got this months ago and I havn't stopped listening. I feel sorry for you if you can't see how great this record is.
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