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on 23 March 2003
~~~~~"Last one out of liberty city burn it to the ground!", crash, LTJ just got another devotee! And before you know it's over you think they're gone as the banjo leads into "Help Save The Youth Of America From Exploding". This album doesn't quite relive the energetic passion of Losing Streak but seems albeit impossibly completely different with that same LTJ sound. The lyrics in 'Hello Rockview' are far superior with Vinnie really capturing the spirit of that small town kid who just want's something more. Then even greater is how they merge all the songs in the cd inlay into a coherent comic book!!!
All put quite simply this album rules! It continues on from Losing Streak quite nicely despite the step down in pace it is still great from start to finish with great guitar solo's a lively new brass sound piercing through providing an amazing entrance on "Nervous In The Alley" one of the top tracks of the album.
This album certainly sealed LTJ as another great Ska Punk band that could no longer be denied, their unique sound seems to be progressing further and better making sure that it doesn't die out by allowing it to evolve. This album marked the beginnings of international stardom for LTJ and with each album it can only get better.
Other highlights of the album are "Motto", "History Of A Boring Town", "Al's War" and "Big Crash".
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on 15 December 2001
i would just like to say that this is my all time favourite. i bought this once having heard all my best friends are metalheads at a friend's and i was hoping that some of the somgs were similar in catchiness, and i was NOT disappointed in the slightest. listening to it was one of those amazing moments when you realise that not only do all of the songs rock but that it is a whole new exciting bacnd to explore. luckily i got losing streak with hello rockview so had a strating point but once by one i have bought all of the albums, including one or two rare imports, and while all of the albums differ slightly in their ska content, for me, this was a perfect mix of ska and punk that other bands hadn't struck nearly as well. it opened a new genre to me and never fails to get me so pumped up and motivated. best tracks include, history of a boring town, great rhyth in the chorus to compliment the catchy tune, nervous in the alley, one of the best ska intros yet... but the best thing is all the songs are so good i keep alternating my favourite song. this cd can never be boring and is the best party asset to any serious skapunk fan. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on 8 October 2000
from the outset of this disc the power and blatant skanability of the tunes and the down to earth small town blues of the lyrics blends too create a completly dazzling album.
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