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All: Allroy SezAllroy Sez (1988)

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To be blunt, I was extremely surprised to see that not a soul on this Web site reviewed the debut album from All, Allroy Sez. Granted, their other albums are stellar, but Allroy Sez is their undisputed best. It stands as a mastery of pop-punk from a band that remains ridiculously underrated, apparen.
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To be blunt, I was extremely surprised to see that not a soul on this Web site reviewed the debut album from All, Allroy Sez. Granted, their other albums are stellar, but Allroy Sez is their undisputed best. It stands as a mastery of pop-punk from a band that remains ridiculously underrated, apparently overshadowed by the Descendents (as they rightfully should be).

Allroy Sez kicks off with a somewhat cartoon-esque opening, running through the ridiculously catchy "Pretty Little Girl," featuring a nifty bassline and a chorus to die for. This trend is repeated through the three following songs, "Hooidge" (an interesting take on saying goodbye), "Sex In The Way" (poppy tune regarding abstinence, perhaps the best song on the album?) and "Alfredo's" (an ode to the band's favorite food joint). From here, the album takes a bit of a down-tempo turn while utilizing some sensational guitar chords to carry tracks like "Paper Tiger," "Just Perfect" and "Auto Wreck."

Despite not being as catchy and fast as the A-side of the album, the B-side is nevertheless just as essential. The album is downright sensational through-and-through, keeping the listener begging for more with the sheer musical adeptness that All wields like its own perfect weapon. The album itself closes with the awesome "Don Quixote," which certainly helps tie this beauty together in a wonderful finish, utilizing backing vocals to accompany the wonderful roar of drums and lead guitar.

One can still wonder as to why All is so underrated--there's a number of reasons they could never have shot into popularity. Perhaps it's because they never really changed their sound much after Allroy's Revenge, who knows? Despite these curiosities, one thing is certain--Allroy Sez is a downright spectacular pop-punk album that deserves far more recognition than it receives. A must-own for sure.


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davebrave4 (December 20, 2011)

My favorite's the S/T. But that's a compilation, so I guess it doesn't really count.

DrGunn (December 20, 2011)

i'd rank 'em: allroy's revenge, percolator, allroy saves, pummel, allroy for prez, breaking things, mass nerder, allroy sez, problematic.

skolarx (December 20, 2011)

Dave's vocals are easily my least favorite of the ALL singers but I would take his stuff with ALL over Down By Law any day. I've heard a few songs off this but never the whole thing, guess I should get around to finally checking it out.

Also SloaneDaley, was that first quip a Harlan Ellison quote? I watched a documentary on him last night and remember him saying something to that effect that I thought was an incredible quote but totally forgot after the movie was done (being worried about your car being totaled after what seemed like a nothing accident can do that to you.)

mouthmoney (December 20, 2011)

love the relevance of some of the reviews on here! GREAT!
I hope someone reviews Abbey Road soon, would love to get the general public's opinion on that one finally.

badastrojon (December 20, 2011)

Breaking Things >>> Mass Nerder > Problematic > Allroy's Revenge = Allroy for Prez > Pummel > Allroy Sez > Allroy Saves > Percolater

Phew. that was tough. Should I mention that I am a huge ALL fan? Also, it is super evident that Chad is my favorite, although I really do love scott and dave too. Chad's voice on Breaking Things though.... Amazing.

kylewagoner (December 20, 2011)

Newer ALL all the way. This is pretty good, but I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed it or thought it was as good as their later work.

adamvms (December 20, 2011)

Dave = Scott > Chad

But I do love all three

SloaneDaley (December 20, 2011)


If people have learning disabilities or english isn't their second language but it only effects their grammer or diction rather than comrehension is unaffected, they shouldn't voice an opinion? How does one get to be as wrong as you? A rare gift? practice?

runneruprecords (December 20, 2011)

ALL is legitimately one of my favorite bands, but I have never been able to actually sit an listen to the first two records.

eatdogs (December 20, 2011)

pummel > everything else...

DrGunn (December 20, 2011)

i love ALL like i love few things in this cold, sad world, but this is definitely one of their weaker albums (probably weakest after problematic). i never thought dave was that good of a fit for the band. loved him in dag nasty, but after that he changed his vocal style about and it never worked as well for me. plus the super-80s reverby production on this one hurts it a lot too. has some great songs on it though, but also some ehhhh ones. even though it's shorter, allroy for prez is like a better version of this album, and i recommend people get that before sez. for me, revenge is the classic of the ALL catalog.

NattyBoh (December 20, 2011)

I love Sez and stuff but I think that everyone can agree that Revenge is clearly their best effort. Scott > Chad > Dave. And this is from a huge Dag Nasty and Down By Law fan.

overdefined (December 20, 2011)

Pummel minus the bad songs is the best. After that I would go Allroy's Revenge and then Mass Nerder.

gherkin (December 20, 2011)

Great album but definitely not their best!!!

I prefer the albums with Chad as well - Pummel, Breaking Things and Mass Nerder - all 3 are fantastic

eatbicycles (December 20, 2011)

I love Price and Reynolds, but this is the best. Nothing cheap on this'n.

conebone69 (December 20, 2011)

I could only get into All with Chad Price on vocals

MN_DrNick (December 20, 2011)

Love the album, but not "undisputed best".

FromAbove (December 20, 2011)

Undisputed best..? Seems like it's pretty disputed. Good album, though

EchosMyron (December 20, 2011)

People who can't compose legible sentences should also remain silent.

SloaneDaley (December 20, 2011)


Now everyone has an opinion but only people well developed critical opinions should voice them. Therefore you should stay silent on the topic of music.

Gontran (December 20, 2011)

I love that album (as I do everything ALL ever released) but "undisputed best"? That's pushing it.

IMO Chad > Scott > Dave

EchosMyron (December 20, 2011)

This band is totally average. Much like the overrated Descendents.

Bastard_squad (December 20, 2011)

"undisputed"? I never listen to this record. I don't like Dave with the band.

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