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The Menzingers

The Menzingers: Rented WorldRented World (2014)
Epitaph Records

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The Menzingers have written yet another great album entitled Rented World. Only, this time, they have taken a step back from the sound they had on On the Impossible Past and created an album that seems like it could have easily come out between that album and the one before it, Chamberlain Waits. In.
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The Menzingers have written yet another great album entitled Rented World. Only, this time, they have taken a step back from the sound they had on On the Impossible Past and created an album that seems like it could have easily come out between that album and the one before it, Chamberlain Waits. In other words Rented World seems to have some aspects of their older material, some aspects of their last record, and plenty of new sounding tracks.

The two songs that they released before the album came out, "In Remission" and " I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," are two fantastic tracks. However, they saved another very hard rockin' song called "The Talk" that maybe could have even fit in on A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology. For them, this is fairly traditional song that absolutely kills! They brought back more of their screaming in the choruses and this song has a lot more of their blatant anger that their older material had. Also, like their older albums, they even end Rented World with a solely acoustic song called "When You Died." Even the song "Bad Things" seems like it could have fit onOn the Impossible Past. It's one of the more darker sounding songs on the album with some fairly depressing yet deeply personal lyrics: Don't wait up for me my friend/I've been planning to watch the world burn down/All your friends are dead and gone. Even though some of these songs seem to be reminiscent of the Menzingers' older material, they all show a lot more maturity and growth in their song writing.

And don't think that this record this is just a rehash of older sounding material in new forms. It's not that by any means. The song (maybe you can even call it a ballad) "Transient Love" has a very different sound and melody than The Menzingers have had in the past, but it is filled with the dark and self-reflective lyrics that the they are famous for: I used to lie to myself all the time/I was always overreacting/Screaming ??I'm gonna die.'" Interestingly, this song runs just over five minutes, which is probably their longest song to date. It is also worth noting that Joe Godino does an excellent job on the drums on the song "Rodent." That song has a very distinctive and complicated beat than what The Menzingers have typically have used in the past.

Long time fans of The Menzingers will most likely be very happy with Rented World, but new listeners who may have just discovered this band should probably wait to listen to this record and check out their earlier stuff first and then definitely come back to it.

Note to my fellow vinyl nerds:
700 copies of this record were pressed in half cream/half black vinyl, 1000 copies were pressed in half clear/half white vinyl, and the rest were pressed in black vinyl.


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saveourship (March 30, 2015)

I can definitely say that the Menzingers stepped up their game from On The Impossible Past, which is a great record. Don't get me wrong, I just truly think they found their sound on this one. I am admittedly not a huge fan of Chamberlain, or Technology, so maybe I don't have room to talk here, but in my opinion, this album is perfect front to back. The combination of smart lyrics, catchy hooks, and seamless transitions definitely makes this a great listen, as I have found myself playing over and over. It doesn't hurt that their live performance is very on par with the recording, which gives it a very real feel. This is music that this band is trying to make relate-able at home, or at the show, and it works! I hope to see them continue down this progressive path and continue to break the mold of pop punk, while still giving nods to the great ones who have come before them (I hear a lot of Weezer and Pixies influence in this album). 5/5 in my book!

SwissCheese (August 23, 2014)

Great fucking album. Menzingers can do no wrong.

woodprop (May 20, 2014)

Much better than the Impossible Past (that album was just too poppy), but I'd still put it a little bit below Chamberlain Waits

Probably gonna be my album of the year. Love pretty much all the Greg songs on this one, and most of Tom's as well.
I don't love The Talk, Sentimental Physics, or In Remission, but the other 9 are A-plus songs. "When You Died" is my favorite album closer in a while.

icerc (April 28, 2014)

It took two listens and a few lyrics lookups but like others here it has grown on me and I enjoy just about song. Not a fan of Nothing feels Good Anymore.
This one sounded the most depressing to me. Though I will say one of my favorite songs on this album is the downer "When you Died" as the singer describes trying to break into heaven.

I was dressed in all black and I hoped
That nobody would notice and boltcutters I was hiding
Underneath my oversized jacket

There are no Gates or Casey substitutes here but there are a bunch of great songs none the less.

Nocashstyle (April 28, 2014)

This record has grown on me like crazy

souls21 (April 25, 2014)


Just curious what songs you put into your "great", "good", and "skippable" categories because I've always found your opinions to be similar to mine and wanted to see how we compare. Thanks!

hesitationstation (April 25, 2014)

I was gonna give it a 7, but I'm definitely getting that "give it more listens" vibe. Definitely didn't catch me like "Impossible Past" and "Chamberlain", but that's probably a good thing. As much as everyone (including me) wanted an "Impossible Past Part Two", I think a different record like this is probably going to be better off in the long run. Or maybe not. I don't know, these just all seem like definite growers to me.

Except for "The Talk". What the serious fuck?!

pwnther (April 24, 2014)

This record grew on me a lot. The songs have been stuck in my head for awhile. Is this really the best album review write-up you guys could do?

johnathanrambo (April 24, 2014)

I love this record.

FromAbove (April 24, 2014)

It needs more spins than their previous efforts, but it is definitely growing on me. Both On The Impossible Past and Chamberlain Waits clicked at once with me

filbunke (April 24, 2014)


Fair enough, but I think you understood what I meant. This sounds more like a random collection of songs. Some of them feel out of place. Every album doesn't have to be a concept album but this one doesn't feel cohesive.

For me, Rented World has to many bad songs and it lacks much of the elements that I love about Menzingers.

pokinatcha (April 23, 2014)

Gone are the guitar riffs, layered into the background progression and transitions, and missing are gang vocals or even just harmonies sung in unison. It's evocative of many sounds -- grunge in particular -- but emblematic of none. The record appears to have an entirely different set of musical references than those that came prior. It feels polished and solipsistic.

TheJerk22 (April 23, 2014)

I'd say it's pretty good, I can't say as good as On the Impossible Past but still good nonetheless.

telegraphrocks (April 23, 2014)


"Historically, the term "album" came from a collection of some form, and in musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century. When long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album."

That's right, kiddo! An album actually IS a collection of songs!

cincodemilo (April 23, 2014)

Really really awesome. I listened to the leak a few weeks ago so I've had some time with this. At first I was sort of turned off and decided that they weren't punk anymore and this sounded too much like a Weezer record.... But then I stopped being a fucking asshole and realized that this album has amazing songs. I don't know if I'll ever love this like I love Chamberlain waits or On The Impossible Past but there's no doubt this will be in my car cd player for a year.

filbunke (April 23, 2014)

I'm a bit dissapointed with this one. It feels more like a collection of songs than an actual album.

No tracks are really outstanding to me. There are some good songs but, all in all, the album is just okay. Good, not great.

77punker (April 22, 2014)

Another excellent effort...these guys keep getting better...can't wait to see them again in Philly on 5/31...playing with PUP who I'm starting to dig...going to pick up their new release before the show...

sadastronaut (April 21, 2014)

their best album. the talk, rodent, where your heartache exists and i don't wanna be an asshole anymore all rule. this review sucks though.

NewKid (April 21, 2014)

Album is amazing. Every album has been a progression and a solid one at that. Haters gonna hate.

skankaholikk (April 21, 2014)

Review sounds like a forced high school essay.

Good album, still hasn't grown on me to be any better than Impossible Past.

loganrich (April 21, 2014)

It's good. The only low point for me is the last track.

conebone69 (April 19, 2014)

It's better than "On the Impossible Past". But I've also lowered my expectations as well.

They're not going to top either "Chamberlain Waits" or "Hold On Dodge" at this point.

devilwidget (April 19, 2014)

The Talk isn't that bad! Worst song on the album, but not as awful as it could be. Theres six very good songs here (nothing feels good anymore is an excellent pop song, if you give it time), and three more pretty good ones. Its only the talk, my friend kyle and bad things that seem substandard to me. The last song sounds REALLY similar to a pearl jam tune from one of their later albums.

misinterpreter (April 19, 2014)

Would also like that add that "The Talk" sounds nothing like their debut album. They would never have put a song that by-the-numbers, simplistic, safe, or risk-averse on their debut album.

blaarg (April 19, 2014)

Their worst album by far. Boring riffs, uninspired lyrics, low energy... Every element of this feels like a step backwards from On the Impossible Past.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and stick around for the next one. Chamberlain Waits is still one of my all-time favorite albums, maybe they'll pick things back up.

misinterpreter (April 19, 2014)

"In Remission", "Asshole", "Rodent", "Transient Love", and "Sentimental Physics" are all great. "My Friend Kyle" is pretty good. "When You Died" has grown on me a lot, but the lyrics could have been a bit better. "The Talk" isn't much more than a Green Day imitation, lyrics and all. Feels really out-of-place on this album. "Bad Things", "Where Your Heartache Exists", and "Nothing Feels Good Anymore" are pretty mediocre tracks.

7/10 album at best, their weakest to date. The review describes it as a step back, and it is.

skolarx (April 19, 2014)

In Remission still sounds exactly like Anywhere with You by Saves The Day to me but that isn't a totally bad thing (completely musically, vocally a totally different song for sure)

overall the album didn't grab me like On Impossible Past did, at least yet. that one took a few listens to hook me too

keithybobeefy (April 19, 2014)

I've loved everything that these guys have put out so when I heard this I was instantly excited and also pretty cautious with my expectations. Bands can only put out so many great records in a row, right?

Well, I was stupid to be cautiously optimistic sense this record is amazing.

RubiksPube (April 18, 2014)

I only really like about six songs from their last three albums, but the stream of this is awesome. I pre-ordered it from Epitaph and still no early digital download... Fuckers.

Aplomb (April 18, 2014)

Good stuff, although I thought it'd be better. The first five songs are basically the shit and then the rest is hit or miss.

davebrave4 (April 18, 2014)

Filbunke already made my comment.


damnitsderek (April 18, 2014)

7/10 sounds about right. Absolutely love Rodent, Transient Love, I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore, and In Remission.

Album would be stronger without The Talk and When You Died.

telegraphrocks (April 18, 2014)

Some great songs, some good songs, some skippers.


mattbeall (April 18, 2014)

Not a fan of this one. Still wish these guys much success, though.

renaldo69 (April 18, 2014)

'Transient Love' reminds me of The Cure a lot. 'Nothing Feels Good' is also a pretty 90s era badass sound. These tracks really help make the album for me.

johngentile (April 18, 2014)


We now post reviews on day of release or when it officially streams (if possible). When you think about it, an official stream is basically an official release.

holy_hack_ben (April 18, 2014)

What ever happened to not reviewing albums until their official release date?

stevenj (April 18, 2014)

That transition in "The Talk" into the part where he sings "got no attitude" is so cringeworthy and awful. I can't believe they let that on the record. Front-loaded as usual, Hearts Unknown is pretty awesome. My vinyl came yesterday and track 1 on side A is warped, bummer.

Blackjaw_ (April 18, 2014)

Not the best review...

Really good album though! The last song is a bit of a stinker, and "The Talk" is ZZZZZZ.

Wyld_stallyns_rule (April 18, 2014)

300 copies were also pressed on splatter, as well as a clear blue/black mix for the Euro store. None of them turned out looking like they were supposed to, though.

That said, I haven't listened to this yet, as I'm waiting for it to show up in the mail. Anticipate good things.

filbunke (April 18, 2014)

"The Menzingers have written yet another great album entitled Rented World" - I didn't know they had released other albums called "Rented World". How many are we talking?

Also, there's a lot of "this song could have fit on that album" in this review.

Need to listen more to this before I can rate it.

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