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Good Luck

Good Luck: Without HesitationWithout Hesitation (2011)
No Idea Records

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Good Luck's sophomore album, Without Hesitation opens with the question "Do you think we had it back then?" The answer to that question is a resounding yes. The band's debut full-length Into Lake Griffy was an outstanding record that featured two very distinctive vocalist and some of the sharpest, m.
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Good Luck's sophomore album, Without Hesitation opens with the question "Do you think we had it back then?" The answer to that question is a resounding yes. The band's debut full-length Into Lake Griffy was an outstanding record that featured two very distinctive vocalist and some of the sharpest, most personal lyrics in punk rock this side of Andrew Jackson Jihad. In the three years that passed between the release of Into Lake Griffy and Without Hesitation, not much has changed for the group, stylistically. Matt Tobey's lispy delivery is still contrasted rather nicely by Ginger Alford's more traditional singing style, and they still employ some of the best lyrics in punk rock today. Slightly fuller production helps set the record apart from its predecessor further, but for the most part, we are treated to more of what we've already come to know and love about Good Luck, although the group of songs presented here isn't quite as strong as the last time around.

After Tobey-led opener "All Good People," which seems incredibly pre-occupied with the past lyrically ("Cling to an image of the past / Were you a happy child?") it is on to the here and now. "Our Mess, Our Mark" is a speedy punk rock track with a chorus that features both vocalists going full throttle, as most of the band's best choruses do.

Things are also interesting when the group slows down, however. The first half of album centerpiece "A Song to Comfort the Sick" features nothing more than Alford's vocals over an acoustic guitar. When the full band kicks in the track has an almost Lemonheads-esque '90s alt-rock vibe and is one of the album's strongest tracks.

One issue with Without Hesitation is that all but one of the tracks from the group's Demonstration 2010 EP make less than drastically altered appearances here. While some groups have rerecorded older songs for more widespread releases to great effect (The Falcon springs to mind), after a three year waiting period between albums, it would have been nice to have a few more all new songs.

In Without Hesitation, Good Luck has created an album that can stand on its own merits, but that pales in comparison to its near-perfect predecessor. As previously stated this album is more of what we've come to know and love about Good Luck, but there isn't anything here quite as awesome as, say, "Stars are Exploding." A few more creative risks would have paid off greatly. While calling the album disappointing is a bit too harsh, as there really are quite a few good songs contained on Without Hesitation, there is a bit to be desired.


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literamaniac (February 27, 2012)

I actually really love this record. It's so catchy and I can't stop listening to it. The three songs from the demo are still great, and "All Good People", "It Gets Harder" and "Significant Day" are also great. /opinions.

Blackjaw_ (February 24, 2012)

Into Lake Griffy is so good that this was one of the biggest disappointments of last year for me.

eran_zombis (February 24, 2012)

Novel Figure is the best song they've ever written, and The Story, Rewritten on to the end is an incredible sequence of songs. I tend to skip over the matt songs from the demo, but other than that I think it's pretty strong.

EchosMyron (February 24, 2012)

In which universe is "Stars Were Exploding" regarded as a stand-out track? Anyhow, if the stuff on this album is even worse than that song, I'm happy I didn't bother checking it out.

Neill_Cawley (February 24, 2012)

Nailed it. This review is exactly how I feel about this record. No real standout tracks for me. No Public Radio or Stars Were Exploding or anything like that. Just a collection of okay songs that can be somewhat forgettable. 6/10 is a very fair score. Just because it's not an 8/10 doesn't mean it's a bad record, but there is a lot of room for improvement here.

ZappBrannigan (February 24, 2012)

Yeah this is great album actually. Love the first, but this is more varied. Glad to have something else to listen to by them and looking forward to more.

laserguidedbygod (February 24, 2012)

I don't think it's too harsh to call this a disappointment. Into Lake Griffy is one of my favorite albums ever, and I find it hard to swallow that this is the direction the band takes afterward. I'll still hold out hope for their third full-length though.

stephenharris (February 24, 2012)

That score is WAY too low. Awesome album. The new version of Novel Figure might be my favorite song of 2011.

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