Whilst this album is Hot Water Music's most commercial-sounding yet, this factor undeniably works in their favour, as it is also by far their best. One of the few bands out their who know how to create truly emotional music, this is an album that warms your heart and your soul. Thr tracks that appealed most to me were 'Jack Of All Trades', 'Choked and Seperated', 'In The Gray', and the beautiful 'Sunday Suit'. You have to buy this album - you need. This is what punk music should be all about.
I bought this album after being recommended it by a friend, and it literally hasn't left my CD player since. A really emotional rollercoaster ride. Hot Water Music are absolute genius', as is this album. A brilliant mix of punk-rock. If you don't buy this album, then you are, quite simply, missing out.
Hot Water Music remain one of my the most true adrenalin soaked bands of replacing dysphoria with a chorus of hopeful angels.... ....but it digress. This record starts like a rocket. The first song and title track is a classic HWM song straight. The bass incidentally on this track reverberates back thorough to your soul and cranks your bones into the realms of excitation. Paper Thin is classic too. But i agree with Diluted, that this sound lacks the impetus that No Division brang to their sound. Whether it is dumbed down is not the question. I don't know what Walter Scheifells brought out in them, but i hell as sure want it given back to them. Walter - your next project awaits! This still remains a great record. You will enjoy for years to come. Nice one!
This is HWM's first recording for Epitaph - the largest of the "independent" punk record labels. Many die-hard fans were worried about the move and maybe their worries were justified. The songs are still there, the shout-along choruses, dual gravel-filled vocals, and the great lyrics. However, what has gone is the Hot Water Music sound which made their last two records such classics. The guitar sound has been smoothed out, the bass is polite, and gone is the massive drum sound. Please don't misunderstand me, this is a good record with some of the best punk rock songs of the year. It's just that to hear them in their full glory you'll have to see them live or hope for another live album - I've got my fingers crossed!
I had been waiting for this album since the release of No Division, which is one of the best CD's in my collection. The album sounds...... different. Gone are the overdriven messy guitars, smooth bass (its gone punky twangy now) and the drums are low down in the mix. Something that cant be explained though is why the vocals have also become less rough. The songs are good, but nothing compared to all of their previous releases. Lets hope they regain their old sound with the next record.