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A Tale of Two Halves,
This review is from: Hey Ho Let's Go - Anthology (Audio CD)
This pair of CDs consists of a startlingly clear division into two quite distinct sections.
The first section (the early years - roughly up to and including 'I Wanna Be Sedated') is as great a collection of Amreican punk as you'll ever want to hear. It takes us back to the very early days of punk, to the time when punk as a music genre was still being defined - and the Ramones were significant in the definition of what came to be recognised as punk rock. There are wonderful pieces of music here. There are no concerns about conventional lyrics, making sense or 3+ minute recordings - it is as rough as a buzz saw, and quite wonderful. Short, to-the-point tracks, great guitar riffs, tons of energy.
The it all goes horribly wrong. The second section consists of putrid, sugary, pseudo-rock. Not only has all the energy gone, not only have the Ramones failed succeeded in writing woeful lyrics, worst of all, they seem to have forgotten how to write a good guitar riff! I'm afriad I found nothing to recommend this section at all. You could virtually throw away the second CD and suffer no loss.
Hence, I would give the first CD 5 stars, the second CD just 1 - all together it has to therefore be 3 stars.