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Mean Jeans: On MarsOn Mars (2012)
Dirtnap Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Folks, I was not emotionally prepared for the latest Mean Jeans release. Not only does take the band take its pop-punk all the way to Mars, but the members are no longer a living tribute to Ramones rip-offs. I audibly gasped at the presence of guitar solos, of additional instrumentation outside of t.
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Folks, I was not emotionally prepared for the latest Mean Jeans release. Not only does take the band take its pop-punk all the way to Mars, but the members are no longer a living tribute to Ramones rip-offs. I audibly gasped at the presence of guitar solos, of additional instrumentation outside of the standard guitar/bass/drums set-up, at the notion that the band would jump to its End of the Century without writing a Rocket to Russia. For a moment there, I forgot my existence, so great was my shock and dread.

Then I remembered to stop being melodramatic and I slammed On Mars right on in my earholes again. Turns out Mean Jeans can still be good, even when they slow down on tracks like "School Lunch Victim." The important thing is that they still write catchy, fun little ditties about getting drunk-and-a-half.

Besides, that whole downplaying the Ramones influence really is quite mild. Tunes like "Forever in Mean Jeans" and "Ready 2 Rip" definitely carry a certain stamp. It's just not as overt as on Are Your Serious?. But they all still sing like Joey Ramone. They're still playing pop-punk. And they still have hilarious song titles ("2 Twisted 2 Luv U," for example). So while "Don't Stop Partying" is a lot slower, giving the chorus more room to breathe, it's still very much in the Jeans' wheelhouse. These are party jams.

Oddly enough, diluting the Ramones worship might have done the band some good. On Mars feels hookier, better. Are You Serious? was a great record, but a lot of its songs disappear in a flash. On Mars feels better written, like the band intentionally set out to make something a little bit poppier, and therefore more memorable.

Or maybe they just smoked too much weed in the studio this time around. I don't know. Point is, On Mars might not be the album fans expect, but it's the one they need. Mean Jeans are growing up, for whatever that's worth.

 

 
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655321 (September 6, 2012)

i never thought this would be the type of album to grow on anyone, but damn it just gets better and better!!!

culturerevolution (May 8, 2012)

I wasn't a big fan of this album when I first heard it. Now I can't turn it off.

mouseteeth (May 1, 2012)

This album is fantastic, a serious grower. It's going to be everyone's summer album, just wait and see.

EchosMyron (April 19, 2012)

After a couple of listens, I`d probably rank this above the Sonic Avenues and Real McKenzies albums, but below Meltdown by the Mind Spiders. Very good stuff, with "Don`t Stop Partying" as the clear highlight. However, 2012 remains an underwhelming year for no-frills punk so far. And the upcoming releases calendar is totally barren.

charliedecker (April 18, 2012)

Best release so far this year..for what it is. love it.

losergeek (April 18, 2012)

I'm really liking the album, but it is taking more time to warm up to then Are You Serious which was just such an assult of catchiness. Just like the reviewer, I had to put aside some preconcieved ideas after the first listen That being said, I believe this will have more staying power for me in the long run. Really looking forward to finally seeing them live in June.

BikeMordy (April 17, 2012)

The Ramones nerd in me is forced to say that they would have skipped "Rocket To Russia" AND "Road To Ruin" to get to "End of the Century". Just saying. Oh, and this release deserves a much better rating than this. It's one of the best punk releases of the year already.

preston (April 17, 2012)

I can't wait to hear this.

istapledmyfoot (April 17, 2012)

god i fucking love this band. psyched for this.

thisrespirator (April 17, 2012)

This record is good, and I agree with most of what you said, but I still don't like it as much as Are You Serious?

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