Bouncing Souls - Comet (Cover Artwork)

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls: CometComet (2012)
Rise Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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As a Bouncing Souls superfan, I will go to bat for just about anything the band has released up this point. Those first seven records are essential, life-affirming listening for punk fans. Heck, "Kid" was my high school yearbook quote. But even I can admit that the band has had somewhat of a creativ.
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As a Bouncing Souls superfan, I will go to bat for just about anything the band has released up this point. Those first seven records are essential, life-affirming listening for punk fans. Heck, "Kid" was my high school yearbook quote. But even I can admit that the band has had somewhat of a creative backslide as of late. The single series that became Ghost on the Boardwalk yielded some great tunes, and even flashes of the band's old humor, but as an overall record, it came off a little homogenous. Follow-up Comet is a lot of firsts for the band: First for Rise Records, first time recording with Bill Stevenson and, unfortunately, the first disappointing Souls album.

The Souls have been gradually shifting away from punk rock since The Gold Record. That is to say, Gold and Comet's best tracks are the least punk ("The Pizza Song," "So Jersey," the covers for the former; "Coin Toss Girl," "Ship in a Bottle" for the latter). I actually wouldn't mind hearing the Souls pursue that path more, if only because it would allow the band to expand its scope.

When the Souls stick to what's worked before, they kind of rip themselves off a bit. Opener "Baptized" recuts the intro to Anchors Aweigh's "Blind Date." "Static" sings about the radio for the umpteenth time. "We Love Fun" repeats the same word over and over until it loses all meaning, just like "Badass," only not nearly as awesome.

But then a track like "Coin Toss Girl" will come on and just sound effortlessly catchy and fun. It also briefly pulls a Misfits out of nowhere ("I think I'd like to marry her / I think I'd like to bury her"). Comet finds the band occasionally trying to return to its faster style, but honestly, I'm OK with the Souls slowing down as they approach middle age.

Comet isn't a terrible album. It doesn't contain any embarrassing lows, but it also doesn't have any soul-lifting highs either. Rather, it has a couple of tracks I wouldn't mind hearing live (and really, it's not like Ghosts ever penetrated the band's live set too deeply, so I doubt this will impact their shows in either direction). It doesn't taint my memories of the band. But after writing this review, I doubt I'll think about it much, and I've never felt that way about a Souls record before.


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jeffernator (November 28, 2012)

Better than The Gold Record or Ghosts on the Boardwalk. I think they recaptured some of the energy they lost after Anchors Aweigh.

hbwlons (November 14, 2012)

Its a really good Souls album, the review is bogus. Baptized, Fast Times, Coin Toss Girl, Comet, and Ship in a Bottle are great Souls songs.

balaka2 (August 24, 2012)

well, that was terrible. a few mediocre songs and a bunch of really crappy ones. can i get my money back for something i didnt pay for? maybe it's time for a brief hiatus, followed by some reunion shows for their 25th in a few years.

iamdamian (July 30, 2012)

I really liked this record. Its a deconstruction and a throwback to older days, while keeping their new found sensibilities. It's a good solid record, and I think I might be the only person who actually REALLY, REALLY likes "WE LOVE FUN." It's not perfect, it's not new, but I don't want perfect or new. I want the Bouncing Souls and we got them. I'd give it a solid 4!

Oh and shameless self promotion: I interviewed the band in Denver, and we talked about the new album and how their 20th anniversary shows directly influences the writing process of the new album. We also talked Kids, Adulthood, Rise Records and Pete talked a little bit about a potential side project that would be very much in the vein of RISE RECORDS. All that and more at: http://mostlyharmlesspodcast.com/archives/407

tarpiswoods (July 17, 2012)

I really really wanted to like it... but Its just ok.. a dissapointment for me.

hatetheplacelovethechords (July 15, 2012)

Probably the blandest thing the Bouncing Souls have done. It's about even with Hopeless Romantic for me. It's just... there.

sweetser (July 11, 2012)

Solid album, I think their best since the self-titled record. Nice to hear them expanding into new territory pretty smoothly.

keithus (July 6, 2012)

This one really grew on me. Even their good albums have a handful of tracks I have to skip over, this only has one. "We Love Fun" is an embarrassment.

dave1985 (July 6, 2012)

Don't listen to anyone who thinks "The Pizza Song" is good.

facetofacereunion08 (June 26, 2012)

Best since anchors. Really like the production on here

klutzycpt (June 26, 2012)

Best songs the least punk? This review is lame. Comet is the Souls' best since How I Spent My Summer Vacation hands down.

Spazway (June 24, 2012)

This album has some songs I'd like to marry (coin toss girl, fast times), some songs I'd like to bury (we love fun). Some great ones, but I doubt I'd ever let my iTunes play through the album as a whole again.

punkrocprincess (June 24, 2012)

honestly.. I've read your recent reviews and you are an idiot!! Sorry you garage band didn't work out a**h***!! Your "Pennywise" review was terrible and this review is terrible!!! FIRE THIS GUY!!!

Romune (June 22, 2012)

Good but not great. It wont see as much playing time in my car as The Gold Record did.

wallrock (June 18, 2012)

The first spin I didn't know if I was into it but by the third time the hooks had set in and I really started loving this.

Garrspete (June 14, 2012)

Best since anchors

HeinTerweduwe (June 14, 2012)

I think it would be cool to say I prefer this band's older work and generally I do hate it when bands slow down their songs. But although I've been listening to their releases since their early years, it's only in the last couple years with their last 3 releases that I really started to consider this as one of my favorite bands ever. I really like this album a lot again and maybe there is some poor lyrical content in songs like "We Love Fun" and "DFA", but hey, an old song like "Olé" by them hadn't either. Almost all of the songs on this new album just sound great to my ears once more.

gugl0003 (June 14, 2012)

I haven't heard this yet, nor do I think I will. Score is for the artwork.

cincypunkkirby (June 14, 2012)

This is a solid Bouncing Souls album. If you've ever liked them, I don't see how you couldn't at least like this a little. My only complaint is that it needs to be a little longer!

oldpunkerforever (June 14, 2012)

Not HISMSV or Anchors, however very good. Saw their Troc show and they were brilliant. Cheap Girls sucked however -oldpunker-

misterspike (June 14, 2012)

The Bouncing Souls always make me Smile.

elephantdwarf (June 14, 2012)

Someone just learned how to use Illustrator...

flowerfeeder (June 13, 2012)

We Love Fun is probably in their top 5 worst songs of all time. Maybe even the worst.

Baptized and Static are killer though that it doesn't matter. Good album.

frenzalrhomb (June 13, 2012)

plus i ran into pete on the street and he gave me a low fiive

frenzalrhomb (June 13, 2012)

they played 8 new songs at the troc show - but they also played 28 songs in total so that was alright by me

Rope5 (June 13, 2012)

Forgot to mention, leave your "Joe Lies" handmade sign at home, it wont end well...

Rope5 (June 13, 2012)

Went to the tour opener last night at Black Cat in Washington DC, im happy to announce that the live show is still as fucking great as it has been the past years, they only played 1-2 new songs, so make shure to go support and go dance it up...

paulrulzdood (June 13, 2012)

it's OK. problem with 10 track albums is even if there's only a couple duds, the album just isn't that great. and this does have a couple duds.

but there are some solid songs too. "baptized" rocks, "comet" is really cool, "coin toss girl" is indeed in their "gold record - so jersey/springsteenian" vein, and done quite well. "we love fun" and "infidel" are throwaways, but the last track is pretty cool too.

what is this, their 10th album? for a 10th album it's pretty good.

notfeelingcreative (June 13, 2012)

It's a bouncing souls album. Its not as great as "how I spent my summer vacation" but I certainly wouldn't call it their worst. Ah what do I know I'm a souls fanboy!

Adp (June 13, 2012)

I prefer Comet to Ghosts On The Bordwalk. It's much faster and louder. I agree that some of the songs have similar structure, even though they still sound like good Bouncing Souls. The bigest weakness of this album is, that it's too short.

damnitsderek (June 13, 2012)

Drop "Coin Toss", "We Love Fun", and "DFA", and this is pretty solid.

Michael_Berryman (June 12, 2012)

i like it.

danperrone (June 12, 2012)

soooooooooooooooo bad...who knew all the metalcore kids talking shit when rise signed them were right??

ak3punk (June 12, 2012)

Reasons why this is a fucking solid album:

Production: The Souls have never sounded so good. Bill Stevenson did a bang up job on this. It sound's sharp and punchy, such a "full" sound"

Cohesive: "Ghost's.." was a great album but it sounded like a bunch of singles thrown on a disc. The new songs from start to finish sound like they were all meant to be on the same album.

It sounds like the Bouncing Souls!!! I feel this album is getting shit on for the same reason people are trashing the new Pennywise. It's what you would come to expect. There aren't any real "risks" taken on the new album, and it isn't a departure from their "sound", if it was you'd probably hate it even more. Sure the songs are clean and catchy, the days of writing super-fast/sloppy songs are over. If you are looking for solid songs from one of the best punk bands you should listen to this. It's going to be on my summer soundtrack for sure.

theproblemwithfire (June 12, 2012)

horrendous album cover, lame music.

SoldOut (June 12, 2012)

All Hail the Souls! This is a standard album for them and it still sounds pretty good. Stoked.

irhc (June 12, 2012)

Even an okay Souls album is better than most of the other stuff I hear.

BluthCo (June 12, 2012)

I like these songs about as much as the ones from "Ghosts on the Boardwalk," and they feel more cohesive as an album than "Ghosts."

Thumbs (June 12, 2012)

Get the shit out of your ears/brain.

Thumbs up.

conebone69 (June 12, 2012)

"Ole" wasn't written by a group of men in their forties.

That actually makes "Ole" worse, does it not?

Comet is perfectly acceptable and an improvement over the Gold Record and 20th anniversary sessions.

Not great but not terrible by any stretch. I'll go more in depth later

wellchangetheworldwesang (June 12, 2012)

Well, i do love fun.

sometwo (June 12, 2012)

Terrible album. We Love Fun? DFA? Give me a fucking break.

Back when they actually loved fun, they didnt sing about it, they sang about bmx bikes and 80s movies. Back when they were down for anything, they didnt sing about that either, they sang about throwing toilets off the fucking roof.

These guys are aging so disgracefully, and their lyrical content is so fucking lame you'd think it's a joke. No one expects them to be the same guys they were in their twenties. They act like every song needs to be a party anthem or a prom classic. What happened to fast songs about bullshit? They used to be so great back when they werent trying to be. Night on Earth killed this fucking band.

They need to reevaluate this shit heavily. And they should be outlawed from singing about the fucking radio.

damo (June 12, 2012)

so angry i bought this album. It's crap rehash of everything they have done before but shit. How many times can we have the same fucking riff/song structure? muted guitar before poppy song? yeah lets do that again! try and recapture former glories by doing the usual slow, anthemic final song? yeah why the fuck not?

and the "we like fun" song is horrible

it's like fuck all effort has gone into this record. I'll calm down about it soon. I should have learnt after seeing the same bollocks live set with greg not trying time and time again but i thought they may just pull something outta the bag.

ah well, football season starts in 2 months

sweetsugarpezz (June 12, 2012)

I know labels don't mean much in this day and age but shit, even these guys are on Rise? I feel older than shit right now.

thepopeofchili-town (June 12, 2012)

"Ole" wasn't written by a group of men in their forties.

frenzalrhomb (June 12, 2012)

we love fun is no dumber than ole and everybody loves that tune.

misterspike (June 12, 2012)

I agree with Bryne. And, like the Souls, I love Fun.

Bryne (June 12, 2012)

Joe makes some good points, but I think this record is a lot of fun.

gtodorov (June 12, 2012)

I think I have aged.

angryderek (June 12, 2012)

this thing is a pile of HOT SHIT!!!!

bongsmcj (June 12, 2012)

maybe its not their best, but its a solid record and is easily better than any of the bands up on 'exclusive streams' right now...

Mrcips (June 12, 2012)

Oh DFA is a classic song already

Mrcips (June 12, 2012)

Looks like I am the only one who loves this album.

thirtyseconds (June 12, 2012)

"We Love Fun" is nowhere near as bad as anyone is making it out to be.

baseball (June 12, 2012)

This seems harsh. This is a lot better than Ghosts on the Boardwalk. It's not as good as the Gold Record. As far as new Souls goes I'll take it.

peeps2828 (June 12, 2012)

this is a good album

phillypunk (June 12, 2012)

Maybe the b-sides in the vault for the Comet sessions will hit the web sooner then later and make up for the 10 tracks that even the most honest hardcore BS fans will have the balls to say are going to go down as the worst. Even if Comet may disappoint many of us long time Souls fans,these guys still fucking kick ass live and I will continue to see them live until they no longer got the gasoline in them to do it anymore. I still got faith in these guys and look forward to future albums that will make up for this part of there catalog.

raveneffect (June 12, 2012)

Pretty "eh" record. The Bouncing Souls really fell off after Anchors Aweigh. The Gold Record and Ghosts On The Boardwalk have their moments, so does this one, but that doesn't mean they're good albums.

MN_DrNick (June 12, 2012)

Oof dah.... I whole heartrendingly disagree with everything in this review.

thepopeofchili-town (June 12, 2012)

" It doesnâ??t contain any embarrassing lows"

I think "We Love Fun" qualifies.

EchosMyron (June 12, 2012)

Shut the fuck up, renaldo. Go give Punk Goes Pop Volume 15 a seven.

renaldo69 (June 12, 2012)

Anchors Aweigh - brilliant. this record...not as...

but still not too shabby..

shevchenko pwned!

ozmanx (June 12, 2012)

Yeah "DFA", "We Love Fun" and "Infidel" are some of the bands weakest songs but other than that it's fine and dandy by my standards.

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