- Audio CD (3 Nov. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Fat Wreck Chords
- ASIN: B0000DGR9R
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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As the Eternal Cowboy
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Better produced than the debut, i.e it doesn't sound like it was recorded in a shed, and with more succinct, concise lyrics this is a barn storming, lean record that ought find a place in any collection.
They have yet to match it since, with the so-so '...Clarity' record and stadia seeking 'New Wave' and likely never will.
This is a record within its own timeframe, from the blistering opening salvo of TSR and Cliche Guevara to the gentle finale of Cavalier Eternal, this is a seemless record in the true sense, 11 constituent parts following easily on from the previous, literally all killer, no filler. Personally, I would site this in my top 5 of all time so highly would I consider its perpetual drive and intangible brilliance. I want a band to make me ask 'how the hell do they sound so incredible?' and despite relatively simple song structures, Against Me! raise the question over and over.
Enough gushing, get involved in this mixed palette of acousti-punk / electro-folk masterpiece immediately!
I've been an Against Me! fan since I first heard them a couple of years ago, and I firmly believe that they are one of the best and most important bands around at the moment. Every release is excellent in its own right, but I have heard some negative press about this latest album - that the improved production dilutes the appeal, that the lyrics are weaker, that they should never have signed to Fat Wreck. All that I can say is that they are wrong!
Certainly more varied than the preceding releases, The Eternal Cowboy hangs together perfectly as an album. Also more upbeat than its predecessors, it would well make the perfect antidote to the ever-lengthening winter nights. The gravelly vocals may not to be to everyone's taste, although they are noticeably smoother on some songs. You can tell as soon as you listen to the CD that the band loved making this album - they have definitely made the most of the extra cash made available by signing to Fat Wreck.
I'm not even going to try to describe the Against Me! sound, as you really need to hear it yourself, but it's fair to say that they are firmly rooted in punk, but with influences as broad as blues, folk and country. If you have even a passing interest in music, then you owe it to yourself to listen to this album!
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But as I listened more and more to the disc, and the songs began spiraling in my head, I realized "As the Eternal Cowboy" is a fitting progression for Against Me!. It's polished but not glossy; this sounds like punk with a budget, rather than a budget with punk in mind.
It's "Calvalier Eternal" which utimately saves the album, though. This is pure Against Me!, and the songwriting drips with attitude. It's the sort of genre-defying song the band has come to be known for producing, and a solemn oath that they will never change, no matter how big the budget or the blurb in Spin is.
See, that's one thing that seperates Against Me! from most punk bands: These guys can play their instruments. It's not just powerchords and crappy solos.
Highlights are the aforementioned Cliche Guevara, Sink Florida Sink, Rice and Bread, You Look Like I need a Drink, Turn those Clapping Hands into angry fists, and the beautiful closer "Cavalier Eternal".
Now, is this as good as Reinventing Axl Rose? I don't know, you be the judge. In terms of musicianship and quality, I'd say so. But a lot of the energy, passion, and sloppiness that you hear on RAR is lacking on this album, and that's one of it's only downfalls.
All in all, this is a great album. Buy it! Also, go out and see these guys live, they will BLOW YOU AWAY.