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Justin Sane - Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Justice (Cover Artwork)

Justin Sane

Justin Sane: Life, Love, and the Pursuit of JusticeLife, Love, and the Pursuit of Justice (2002)
A-F Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: SideLinedForLifeSideLinedForLife
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Whoever said this was gonna be a bad year for music was wrong because there are some exeptional cds coming out like Dillinger Four's "Situationist Comedy," and Strung Out's "American Peridox." The list goes on, but on the other hand there are big explosions for pop bands such as Something Corpo.
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Whoever said this was gonna be a bad year for music was wrong because there are some exeptional cds coming out like Dillinger Four's "Situationist Comedy," and Strung Out's "American Peridox." The list goes on, but on the other hand there are big explosions for pop bands such as Something Corporate or Dashboard Confessional. Is there anything that can please everyone.

I'll be to the point, this record was a very solid and refreshing release for Justin who is the vocalist for the loved/hated Anti-Flag. Its a disc containing 13 tracks of Justin's amazing beautiful yet raw vocal abilities. This record is full of angry vocals and the single guitar that is being played which makes this much more enjoyable that Dashboards polished sound. Somtimes he bust out the acoustic guitar in songs such as, "61C Days Turned To Nights," and "Cassette Deck, Road Trip, Grand Canyon" which come out very nice.

As for lyrics don't expect the ol political Anti-Flag songwriting. Songs about life and hard times growing up is what mostly fills this record up. Sometimes though it can get old like in "If Its Good For The Economy, Im For It" which can get annoying when Jusin recites the same lyrics over and over.

"If genocide is good for the economy then I am for it, if genocide is bad for the economy then I'm against it." He does this with different subjects and it leads to skipping this track. Sometimes the lyrics do seem to drag as if he is making them up as he goes along. This only happens a little bit so it doesn't really take away from the overall effect.

If your expecting another Anti-Flag then your not gonna get it. Its nice to see some emotion in Justins voice but still has that "yelling out" trait that he carries in Anti-Flag. This probably will not make it in my top ten list this year for cds, but this is worth the money to check it out. Its too bad Dashboard Confessional is getting so much respect when cds like this are so much better.

 

 
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brangelina (February 7, 2008)

somebody told me this guy was just CRAZY!!

cUzSk0oLgOt0uT (March 24, 2005)

ok..i have this cd...and well...i like anti-flag and everything, but justin sane's lyrics suck. the music rocks...its nice to hear him just play guitar, but if you listen closely to the words...it sounds so stupid. although, there are a few exceptional tracks on it.

you should still buy the cd though, bc lyrics aren't everything. i like the fact that now people can really appreciate justin sane's talents

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

This cd is quite good. I have been a fan of anti-flag for years and years and they still rock. They put on one the best live shows i have ever seen. Justin Sane's solo album is a nice break from the traditional political blasts of anti-flag. This guy is one of the nicest people ever. After a show he stayed and talked to me and waited while i tried to get my camera to work for a picture with him. If you're not into the politics thing thats cool, just dont go around hating on people who are. Its their thing, just let it be. You can fuck with skinhead, racist ass holes though; they have no reason to be douche bags about their guff.

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

great album, with great ballads!! the only thing that sucks me up , are the short songs!! no song is lasts longer than 2 and a half minutes and this is not a good sign, when every song is arranged as a ballad!!!

@ the guy who thought that "if genocide is good for economy, than i´m for it" is a yes to this fucking genocide-shit: have you ever heard a thing from SARCASM???? do you really think justin sane is for that????! man he is a punk, he´s against this shit!

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

im the same person as below i just want to add that despite what i said below, i dont consider nazis punk, so put your guns down.

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

whoa now. I was the person who asked how come nazi punk cds dont get reviewed? Reading reviews of nazi punk bands is hilarious. Have you ever? And i mean Punk isnt a political movement or nothing, so you cant really compare it to other things political. And i mean, punk, really, is being against. Against. The system. Against the norm. And shoot me if you want but nazis are against the system and the norm. Damnit the white supremeist movement in America is called Resistance. Funny yeah. Check out their website if you want to puke all over youself. I forgot what i was trying to say. Oh well.

waste_elite (August 22, 2002)

"how come nazi punk cds dont get reviewed?"

cuz fascism is not punk, therefore there can be no such thing as "nazi punk".

Vien (August 22, 2002)

Nazi's have no balls, no talent, and no self respect.(not to mention no intellegence, no beliefs to justify, no sense of community, and a million other things that makes them a bunch donkey cock smokers.)

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

Hi let me just clarify something for the people that dont know what the hell i am talking about. For one when i said that his vocals are raw yet beutiful i guess i should have clarified that at times the vocals are rough and at other times they are more melodic. Anyway thats for the people who cant understand something so simple. -Rock

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

Cause nazi's got no balls or talent.......but nfg sucks just as bad.

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

Punknews.org doesn't have any Nazis to review them.

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

how come nazi punk cds dont get reviewed?

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

Oh my god, stupid kids make my brain hurt. Do I have to explain it to you like a small child? OK. NO there is NO such thing as having a certain taste in singing ABILITY. You can prefer one singing STYLE to another. But a person with actual singing ability is one who has LEARNED TO SING!!! (you know, someone who spent years learning range, pitch, training the vocal chords to resonate, vibratto etc). Example: Greg Gaffin has a really good voice & you may prefer his singing STYLE to Pavoratti, but you can't even compare the two people's singing ABILITY. I can't believe how badly I had to dummy down my post for this jackass.

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

"There is nothing amazing or beautiful about his voice. That is an insult to anyone who has any kind of actual singing ability." lol what the hell is that? you're trying to act open minded in your paragraph and end it like that? it's not working man. plus, what's "singing ability"? people's preference of singing ability is different, some say pavarotti is the best, other says greg graffin rules, while the rest might say jesse michaels kicks ass.

- n'deso

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

ha ha ha...ha. No doubt Justin sane's political mindedness would make someone say
"Fuck the "leftist punk attitude" its just as stupid to adhering to ANY political point of view. Be open minded for once and here ALL sides of the fucking story, not just what your favorite "punk rock songwriter" tells you to."
I adhere to the left political point of view. And political punk like AF and propagandhi was a doorway to it. Yet i learn from reading and critical analysis and yadda yadda. Yet listening to AF and propagandhi and also being into left politics seems to be what people like this person love to hate.Grow up.Ha!

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

Ok, the first problem: Calling American Paradox(or Peridox, whatever you prefer)
"exceptional" is a joke, I think the word you were looking for is "mediocre". Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues is an exceptional record. Let me tell you, sir I've heard Suburan Teenage Wasteland Blues, & this sir, is no Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues.
Second: When describing Justin Sane's vocals, the word "beautiful" should never come to mind. Saying he has an "amazing beautiful yet raw vocal ability" is like saying a ugly person has offbeat good looks. There is nothing amazing or beautiful about his voice. That is an insult to anyone who has any kind of actual singing ability.

waste_elite (August 19, 2002)

"well then, to the post below me, your a fucking idiot, anti flag are dumbshits and need to stop whining about everything. shut the fuck up you faggots."

that comment doesn't even need a rebuttal, you've proved your intelligence.

Dubar (August 19, 2002)

You people just make yourselves look like idiots with some of the shit you post here. 80% of the comments about this album seem to be from people who havent even heard the cd. Yeah he was inspired to do this by billy bragg, and he may not sound as good as billy bragg, but who does? Guess what? This isnt an anti-flag record. Does it sound good? yes. Are there a couple political songs? yes. Do they sound like anti-flag songs? no. (with the exception of "if its good for the economy...".

The album is called life, love and the pursuit of justice because thats what he writes songs about. It seems people like to bash anti-flag because they're "cheesy" and seem "fake" and I can see where they're coming from, but thats no reason to bash an album you've never heard for the same reasons.

Anyways "Cassette Deck, Road Trip, Grand Canyon" is a great fucking song.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

well then, to the post below me, your a fucking idiot, anti flag are dumbshits and need to stop whining about everything. shut the fuck up you faggots.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

"Fuck the "leftist punk attitude" its just as stupid to adhering to ANY political point of view. Be open minded for once and here ALL sides of the fucking story, not just what your favorite "punk rock songwriter" tells you to."

in other words, you're an idiot for being leftist. as far as i'm concerned, we ARE the other side of the story.

Magnoon-OWI (August 19, 2002)

this kid is a wanker.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

ANti-flag are full of shit. They should put their money where their mouth is.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

ohhh, Justin Sane, political punk all the way, to bad ALL his fucking lyrics are finger poiting everything and dumb slogans that any 14 year old around will sureley sing along to, Isnt it funny how once Fat Mike got Anti flag on FAT he started sounding just like Justin Sane, AKA a fucking moron. Fuck the "leftist punk attitude" its just as stupid to adhering to ANY political point of view. Be open minded for once and here ALL sides of the fucking story, not just what your favorite "punk rock songwriter" tells you to.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

Haven't heard it, so this might be out of context, BUT...

Does that review say that the super-liberal Justin Sane sings that he'd support genocide if it's good for the economy? I'm assuming he's making some comment about someone who's stupid and just does whatever makes money, right? Either way, kind of a dumb lyric.

waste_elite (August 19, 2002)

i love political/activist folk music but i have yet to hear this. i like anti-flag (old stuff) but i can't imagine Justin Sane being able to pull this off.

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

Wow... That is, without a doubt, the single worst spelling of "paradox" I've ever seen.

The album is pretty good though. Nice if you like quieter stuff. His voice gets annoying though.

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

that cover is pretty decent. nice shot from the area at the top of the dusquene incline. anyway, af rocks as well as justin.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

I hate Justin Sane.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

The introduction paragraph for this review was complete useless.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

justin sane is trying to be billy bragg, its a very poor attempt.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

i have only heard 'the critical writing assignment' and 'we found a place'. I like em. And i like AF. But i admit that Justin Sane isnt a terrific songwriter. He has written some great lyrics, for the most part, but sometimes his lyrics are kinda corny,bland and i guess the word is unlyrical. But i'd rather hear "they pass laws ufair to gays!" than "nigger nigger pull the trigger". But thats just me.

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

61C gotta love the songs about good 'ol Pittsburgh!

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/

Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

i hera that!

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