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on 26 June 2002
This album has a mixture of punk and pop like themes. After Making Friends (also by no use) was released in 1997 they were going to more pop like music as opposed to hardcore punk which has been their genre for the last 15 years. This actual album is an emo-punk style one with a cross between the punk of Making Friends and the more soft pop of More Betterness.
No use have taken a more love style focused approach to this album but has extremely catch riffs and great tracks. All songs are at least great if not excellent but it does not rate against the 1997 release. For the more emo-punk turn for no use, it is a good turn as this is successful on their album.
I would definetly recommend this album to anyone that has heard of no use, got previous albums or just like the emo punk style thta has now took over a lot of fat wrecks bands.
Worth £11.99 as there are some great pieces of guitar riffs by Tony Sly and some incredible drumming by Rory Koff.
An album that is up to no uses standards and i cant wait to hear more!!!!!!!
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on 7 April 2003
It's true these guys have evolved over their 15 years or something of existance. In fact I think NUFAN somewhat followed the same path that punkrock set out for me to go. In the late 80's they had a few albums that were quite rough and rumbly on New Red Archives (both of them were re-released a short while ago on Fat BTW), then they had their debut on Fat ("The Daily Grind") which was still rough but with more melody slipping in and "Leche Con Carne" was simply the climax in melody of all times. With the latest 2 albums they remained masters of perfectly mixing melodicy and eagerness, but some more emotion was put into it, especially with "More Betterness" which in the opinion of some (other) people was their weakest effort ever.
I think this new album is somewhat like a mixture of the phenomenal "Leche Con Carne" and "More Betterness"-albums, larded with more technical skills then usual and even a synth ("Any Number Can Play") and violin and cello ("Pre-Midicated Murder") here and there.
The disc starts off with a short poetic musing soft song of which I don't actually know whether it's about a person passing away or a love that's lost. What do you make of it?: "It's never easy to understand why memories hold our hand but people let go". Kept my brain in a tangle for a few moments. Anyway, it's just an intro to the next few songs which are without a doubt sounding more like you'd expect from my all-time favorite bay area punkband.
I have to admit that not all of these songs will get my unconditional stamp of approval, but there's 3 songs that I'm sure will become classics from my collection:
"Dumb Reminders" is the absolute n° 1 song on here which has an incredible mind-sticking chorus that will have you singing along in no time topped with crunchy guitars. The only negative remark on this album is unfortunately best noticed in this song as well; the cymbals could have been recorded a little bit less heavy, they sometimes override the rest of the instruments.
Second one is "Friends of the Enemy": a bit slower paced but here the chorus has that "2-feet-together-of-the-floor-jump-up-and-down"-feel if you know what I mean. And the bass is pumping big time here. It's truely amazing to, that the guitarsound hasn't changed a bit since the replacement of Chris Shiflett (now Foo Fighters) by Dave Nassie (formerly Suicidal Tendencies / Infectious Grooves).
Third masterpiece is "Solitaire" with again not that much pace in the verses, but a chorus that is so damn catchy and guitars layered together magically.
As there was on the previous album, you get a nice duet here when Sly and Karina Denike (from Dance Hall Crashers) do a Sinead O'Conner cover with "Rebel Song". I liked "Fairytale of New York" more though.
These guys spent most of 2001 writing and perfecting these songs and I can only say it payed off. In fact there's more diversity in their sound as on previous albums and I don't own too many albums that include 3 massive songs like the ones mentioned before. If you still had any doubts about this band...bury them! They've always been and will be my absolute numero uno.
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on 8 July 2002
I bought this album after hearing 'dumb reminders' on the Warped 2002 compilation(which by the way is a damn good 2, with a big range of punk on from the bosstones 2 nofx) and the rest of the album hasn't dissapointed me, infact i love every song on it. i can't compare this nu4am album 2 the rest of theirs because i haven't heard them but after buying this thats going 2 change.i reckon if u appreciate good melodic punk your just going 2 love this album, i thought midtown were good but this suppases them its far less sugary, plus there's a suprising cover of a sinead o'connor song on their 2.buy this album! it'll make your life a far brighter and happier place!
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on 9 August 2002
Following greats such as 'Leche Con Carne', 'Making Friends' and the notorious 'Live In A Dive', everyone knew that NUFAN's new album 'Hard Rock Bottom' wouldn't be bad. And how right we all were. As soon as I put it into my CD Player it was like re-uniting with your favourite Britney Spears poster (Not that I have one). Tony Sly's voice may have softened up for this one but it certainly sounds good as his little introduction leads you into the first song which is probably the best on the album. 'International You Day' sucked me in with its 100 mile an hour melodic groove which typifys NUFAN's quality style. Other outsatnding tracks include 'Dumb Reminders', 'Friends Of The Enemy', 'Angela' and the excellent cover of 'This Is A Rebel Song'. If you like NUFAN enough (you know who you are) 'Hard Rock Bottom' is an essential and if you are a newbie to their sound, just get it don't ask why. NUFAN are king.
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on 5 December 2014
Probably the best album from one of the greatest bands of all time. Rest in peace Tony Sly! We'll miss you and your music.
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on 4 July 2002
The is album from No Use, is excellent. it combines brilliant song writing, deep felt lyrics and fast guitar rifts. definatly their best work to date. if you like punk music you will like this.
i would rate this ablum up with lagwagons 'lets talk about feelings' and NOFX's 'so long and thanks for all the shoes'.
its wicked,so BUY IT.
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on 29 December 2002
This has to be one of the most frustrating albums I have ever heard. It serves up slices of perfect punk pop (Friends of the Enemy, Bumb Reminders) which have everything, and show the bands potential. It frustrating because I have to get up and skip almost every other track when the drummer ruins everything by throwing a fit and attempting (but failing miserably) an accelarated beat. A case in point being International You Day, which is supurb untill 45 seconds, when enter the drummer, the song is un-listenable. It wouldn't be so bad, but its exactly the same rancid beat that ruins 50% of the album. I give it 3*s because 50% deserves 5* & 50% deserves 0*s. But i'd say worth it for the good tracks, cos boy are they good...
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