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Sick Of It All: NonstopNonstop (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Greatest hits collections or retrospectives (for bands with no hits) are sort of a musical sin. They take you out of the context and out of the moment and leave you with a one night stand that you realize you're being charged for only after the fact. Sure you know you are being charged here but what.
Greatest hits collections or retrospectives (for bands with no hits) are sort of a musical sin. They take you out of the context and out of the moment and leave you with a one night stand that you realize you're being charged for only after the fact. Sure you know you are being charged here but what is the cost? The REAL cost? Anyways, there are a few occasions when these things are okay: 1) the band generally didn’t put out that much to begin with and it is all out-of-print so the collection serves an easy official document or 2) the band has some truly truly great songs but in order to find them you have to sit through a bunch of boring swill. Take the Cure for example (Don’t come attack me with oddly shaped flowers or something Cure fans; I love the Cure but it’s the truth). I thought these were the rules, but then comes Sick Of It All throwing me a curve ball, in that they’ve put together a career retrospective but re-recorded all the songs brand spankin’ new! In recent years a few bands have gone the same route, notably Social Distortion and Reel Big Fish, usually the case is the band recorded these songs spread across many labels or labels they can’t get the rights to so here we have it. Sick Of It All end up presenting a mixed bag as some of these tracks needed the fine tuning of a modern studio and bigger budget; others, not so much.
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