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Home Grown

Home Grown: Kings Of PopKings Of Pop (2002)
Drive-Thru Records

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This is the third LP for Home Grown, and their first one on Drive-Thru Records. Drive-Thru has given the public really mixed blessings this year. I liked the Finch record, but I was bored to tears making my way through the Something Corporate disc. Also, with the whole Midtown dispute, it hasn't rea.
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This is the third LP for Home Grown, and their first one on Drive-Thru Records. Drive-Thru has given the public really mixed blessings this year. I liked the Finch record, but I was bored to tears making my way through the Something Corporate disc. Also, with the whole Midtown dispute, it hasn't really helped their reputation, or in fact anything at all. They however, sadly under hyped this record. For months upon months, they had nothing up on their website opening except the Finch e-card. Even about three months after it came out, it was still up. The Finch was a good cd, but the hype for it was absolutely ridiculous. Now however, they have the HG e-card up, but its only been up for a little over a week at most. Anyhow, enough about the Drive-Thru talk and back to this cd.

When I first put "Kings of Pop" into my player, I didn't really know what to expect. With a cd called "Kings of Pop", I got a bit nervous, but I was still wondering how it would turn out. Now, after listening to the disc about half a dozen times, I can say that I really like this cd. While it is far from flawless, the tight hooks and catchy songs really make it worthwhile. My only major complaint with the disc is that some songs have truly painful lyrics, which are nothing more than shallow ramblings. "I Love You Not" for example, is one of the stupidest songs I've heard in a long time. However, that is not true for the whole disc, as the majority of the songs do have good lyrics. Take "You're Not Alone" (which along with "Give It Up", was originally on the Drive Thru Comp. "Welcome To The Family"), the lyrics are surprisingly good and contain a lot of meaning. It's really a mixed bag in that department, but as for the instruments, they sound tight and strong all the way through. The drumming is fast, and the guitar and bass sound crisp and clean and also deliver the best of what the album has to offer. The vocalist is a bit annoying at first, but it is easy to get used to him after a few listens. Also, "Kings Of Pop" suffers from the dreaded syndrome of most new pop/punk discs, overproduction. Songs like "Give It Up" and "You're Not Alone" sound really plastic in their new versions, but with that out of the way, both of those are really great songs. Another small gripe is that more than half the songs start out with a distorted guitar intro. It's not really that big of a deal, but for some reason it does seem a bit annoying.

My two favorites are the opener "Tomorrow", which has a really catchy lead guitar riff and pre-chorus and "Cannot Stop The World", which is full of hooks and has some of the best lyrics the disc offers. The rest of the disc really doesn't disappoint as well, each song is tight and quick to get into, even the weaker ones. No songs are really that awful though, except maybe the aforementioned "I Love You Not", which doesn't even contain a catchy enough riff to save it. "Kiss Me, Diss Me", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" and "Second Best" are also a bit weak lyrically due to the aforesaid complaints about the shallow meanings of certain songs, but they have tight instrumentals, which keep them interesting enough to listen to.

So, in all, this is a very good cd. Even with its flaws, Home Grown have another strong LP to add to their belts, and it's sure to please almost any pop/punk fan. Even with the name, "Kings of Pop", it's a really hard cd not to like.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 13, 2006)

this is definitely a classic. the new home grown stuff is good too. they age well, like a fine wine.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Great album, I love this band and drive thru keep up the good work and let more peoples dreams come true.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

this band def. kicks ass, the new cd is gonna be great, but i don't know about drive thru records, because they're starting to sign some really shitty bands, like now all the bands that were on drive thru are all parting, so if anyone from drive thru ever reads this, tell whoever it is in charge of signing bands, look for talent, not for shit, home grown kicks ass, later

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

Pretty good pop-punk CD. I almost completely agree with this assessment, though:
The songs he (Johnny) wrote and sang were tracks #2, 4, 7, 8, 10 & 11 (in my opinion the weakest tracks). But the other tracks (1, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 12) are a lot stronger, more thought out, and just musically stronger coming from the 'talents' of the bassist Adam. He wrote 6 tracks (the stronger tracks that are awesome) and Johnny wrote the other 6 (full of bad lyrics and bad singing). all in all, even though I'm not the reviewer I TOTALLY enjoyed this disc, though not worth the wait, it's a good buy. What they need is a new drummer and a 2nd guitarist...but hey, what I say doesn't really matter in the long run.

Other than #10, I didn't really like any of the songs Johnny wrote. Disaster is an awesome song. My girlfriend (not a pop-punk fan by any means) wouldn't listen to any of the other stuff on my iPod for a while. Kind of got irritating listening to the same some 5 or 6 times in one car ride, but it's still a great song.

TENemorocker182 (July 17, 2004)

THe song
"tommorow"
fuckin rocks my socks
THey are californian rock at its finest
drive thru does it again!

soulbleed (June 6, 2003)

when that one guy sings, i hate this record .. the one who sings 'kiss me, diss me' or whatever. but the other guy is cool.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Only three good bands on Drive-thru, Finch, Midtown, and Home Grown.

Anonymous (January 31, 2003)

This cd could have been better had Adam not singen on almost every song, though in "That's Business" (their first cd) his voice isn't nearly as annoying. back to home grown, they were better when they didn't only sing about girls and had some ska in their music.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

I had honestly never heard of Home Grown until I saw them on the Drive-Thru compilation CD in 2001. I wasn't really too excited about the stuff they did for it, so I kind of passed it over until I saw the CD pretty cheap and decided that I would just go ahead and buy the thing anyway. I gave it one listen and realized that while it sounds overproduced, contains some very stupid lyrics, and sounds like every other Drive-Thru band, it's an amazingly tight CD. The only thing I could ask for was that they get rid of the guy who sings vocals for "Kiss Me Diss Me" and all those other songs that follow suit - he's ridiculously untalented and should abandon all his mic duties completely. It ruins the entire album. Now I can tolerate crap like Bowling for Soup and other silly pop-punk, but shit - you couldn't pay me to sit through those songs.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

I have one word to say OVERPRODUCTION

fuck steve evetts!he should never be allowed to produce another cd again!

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

they were so much better back in the time of act your age and that's business. but they're on drive-thru which is all emo/screamo bands that all suck and sound the same.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

im a pretty big homegrown fan. i thought this cd wasnt as good as their other ones, but i still like it. i wish they didnt sign on drive thru tho. i like most drive thru bands but for gods sake how many more albums are they gonna make where every damn song is about relationships? anyway theyve always had a few songs about relationships, but they were more proportionate with songs with other topics. eh, i guess its just the dtr curse. but allister, tsl, rxbandits, and finch kick ass. and my shit also smells like shit. shit farttttttttttttsssspoooooooooooooooooppppeeeeeeeeee!!!

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

I forgot about the extra songs those are hilarious the mock rap techno and acoustic songs. Damn those are funny!

"Come on, Vietnam. You know I am bomb."

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

This album is good at best. This the only one of theirs that I own but it could use some work. the best is their opener. it's catchy. what worrys me is that some of their songs sound like mxpx and that's not a good thing.

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

Fuck you guys Homegrown is awesome. Thats all i have to say

Anonymous (July 22, 2002)

ya know, i really like homegrown, i really do. i think this album is a downgrade because they can do SO much better work. there are a few catchy songs on here. i also like the opener, and cannot stop the world, but sounds change with every new album and homegrowns sound has really changed over the years. none the less, they put on a fucking awesome show. its not a horrible cd, its just not great.

Anonymous (July 22, 2002)

I've been a Home Grown fan for a really long time. Just to add, people who say Home Grown copied from others is dumb. They've been playing just as long as Blink 182 and if you've been keeping up with their old albums, their sound is one of the most original sound in the genre. I'm not saying that Home Grown is the most talented band but they have really catchy songs, especially from Act Your Age. If you don't like Home Grown, listen to Act Your Age, and maybe you'll change your mind.

Anonymous (July 12, 2002)

my shit smells like shit, i request no one attepmts to handle my shit.

Anonymous (July 12, 2002)

My shit isn't lame. It's hip and exciting.

tgarn (July 10, 2002)

How can you say this is one of the best cds ever? I think that statement should be reserved for bands that are groundbreaking or if a cd changes the music scene. This band is far from doing either of these, not only that they are a simple three chord pop punk band that just copied the many that came before them.

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

this cd is straight up pop punk. unlike most of you idiots who can only poke fun at cds like this, i think this is one of the greatest fuckin cds ever. no im not 14 nor a big fan of blink 182. they should discontinue the comments section on reviews because its full of idiots TRYING to sound punk rock or whatever, those are the kids who think they have to act a certain way to be recognized. so fuck everyone because youre lame as shit

emptycauses (July 10, 2002)

o, and not a 10, a 1

emptycauses (July 10, 2002)

Just the same shit over and over again...1. This isnt Punk2. Lyrics and music = Generic shit3. Why do people still listen to musci like this

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

I don't like much pop punk but Homegrown deffinately put on the best live show that I've ever seen a pop punk band do. I'll be checking them out agian at this years warped tour

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

I remember those days when Home Grown were one of the big ska-punk bands, I heard this contains no ska whatsoever. I'll still see them play at Warped LA onn Thursday at 6 pm though cause their funny guys

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

have no fear they did get a new guitarist... if you check them out on the warped they will be playing as a four piece... album was okay and "adumb" always wrote the better songs "she said..." (off of their first album) comes to mind.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Good Album Horrible live just like blink on the pop diaster tour greenday should have headlined that show!

timis (July 9, 2002)

what? and now you are 15, scott? this band is utter crap.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

well, i'm a long time homegrown fan, but i can't say theyre one of my fav. bands or anything. this album is def. their best. i kinda miss the ska punk shit they used to do, like most ska punk outfits they abandoned it completely (suicide machines comes to mind quickly to). they are now straight up power pop punk.the lyrics arent phenomenal but their better than their old albums where the lyrics were god aweful. jonny does the funny lyrics, the other dude does the serious ones. but live they suck. they get to drunk, try to be blink and tell jokes. even blink sux when doing this.only nofx should tell jokes onstage.they need a lead guitar. they can't sing very well out of the studio eithre. this album has its few weak songs, some filler, but about 7 really strong to awesomem, especially the first 5 songs on the album, if u are a fan of pop punk ala nfg, blink(track six sounds like somehting from dude ranch) type stuff.def. their catchyest material, but haters of pop punk and drive thru should stay away, but i guarantee they'll quickly fill this board up w/ their 2 cents why poppunk and drive thru sux, like anyone interested in the new homegrown cares

AlucardX (July 9, 2002)

"homework, homework, homework. you GOTTA do your homework"

I didn't know about the two vocalists, I apologize for that (I always thought it was the same guy doing both sides for some reason...). Home Grown were a four peice when "That's Buisness" was recorded and i'm not too sure, but I think they were for "Act Your Age" too, but now they are a three peice.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

homework, homework, homework. you GOTTA do your homework. Home Grown is a 3-piece band and there's not 1, but TWO vocalist, which could be a reason why you like some songs, yet hate others. Johnny (the guitarist) who sang a little graspy in their earlier material decided to sing clean in this CD and it didn't really work out for him, the songs he wrote and sang were tracks #2, 4, 7, 8, 10 & 11 (in my opinion the weakest tracks). But the other tracks (1, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 12) are a lot stronger, more thought out, and just musically stronger coming from the 'talents' of the bassist Adam. He wrote 6 tracks (the stronger tracks that are awesome) and Johnny wrote the other 6 (full of bad lyrics and bad singing). all in all, even though I'm not the reviewer I TOTALLY enjoyed this disc, though not worth the wait, it's a good buy. What they need is a new drummer and a 2nd guitarist...but hey, what I say doesn't really matter in the long run.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Why do so many reviews contain the line "when I first listened to this CD I didn't know what to expect" or something to that effect...

4131 (July 9, 2002)

I could have sworn they were a ska/punk band at one point.....

tgarn (July 9, 2002)

I saw homegrown when they opened for millencolin(which Thursday opened for both bands, whick should not happen) and they were horrible. They tried being funny more than they tried to play, which reminds me of an another terrible pop "punk" band, blink 182

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

As the pop goes on- this site should be called pop news.org

maverick (July 9, 2002)

I liked them when I was 14.

-Scott

TheOneTrueBill (July 9, 2002)

i hate homegrown... terrible live band, terrible band... thats just my two cents

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