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Pennywise

Pennywise: Full CircleFull Circle (1997)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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This is arguable the best Pennywise album ever recorded. I know that some people hail "About Time" as Pennywise at it's best, but there are several factors that differ from "About Time" that make "Full Circle" a much better album. Musically, this is classic Pennywise. Fast,agressive, hints of.
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This is arguable the best Pennywise album ever recorded. I know that some people hail "About Time" as Pennywise at it's best, but there are several factors that differ from "About Time" that make "Full Circle" a much better album.

Musically, this is classic Pennywise. Fast,agressive, hints of metal-influenced soloing, minor-threat like riffs. But what sets this album apart from the rest is that of the death of Jason Matthew Thirsk. The band as people and musicians matured, which enabled them to hone in on the music on "Full Circle."

This seems to be a much darker album when compared with albums and gives the sound a heavier feel. The melodic elements really stand out on this album with tracks like "Date With Destiny", "Broken", and the clear standout track, "Bro Hymn Tribute." In terms of Jim's lyrical attack is much more sophisticated, much fits nicely into the music.

This album made Pennywise rethink their roots, retrace their origin, and produce one of the best albums in the late 90's and their best album ever.

 

 
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thomas7155 (August 26, 2007)

Dude, this record is awesome!!! not a single song i don't like. even the shorter songs like "Final Day" and "Go Away" are memorable, not to mention the awesomeness of songs like "Every time" and "Nowhere Fast". and the Live track/Piano solo is a great way to close it.

jimmyjjackamoose (July 10, 2007)

i have the re-issue and it rocks!! even though the original is 10 years old. "Fight Till You Die" "Get A Life" and "Nowhere Fast" are the best songs.

Will_StrungOut (April 22, 2007)

One of the best albums ever in my opinion. Not a bad song I don't think. Doesn't relent.

fletcher70 (October 12, 2006)

full circle is in my opinion the album where pennywise were at thier peak....the album is just one of the most aggressive records i have ever heard.....totally awesome

Anonymous (June 1, 2006)

the lyrics for "Fight Till You Die" are so fucking bad.

Anonymous (December 25, 2005)

"you're all a bunch of cocksucking posers. pennywise, and all the other fat bands and epitaph bands can suck a huge cock for all i care. you want punk? listen to some actual punk music that's different, like toxic narcotic, gbh, exploited, ny rel-x, lower class brats, forgotten, sex pistols and casualties."

immediately disqualified for mentioning the Sex Pistols.

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

simple plan and good chaarlotte sux! sorry guys - but i don't believe you have been influenced by the offspring's ignition.
Full circle is really the best PW record. So i score 10 with all my hands.

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

Fletcher would actually destroy them considering his 1000 feet tall.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Just to educate the kiddies... Pennywise is shit!! Man, people call pennywise punk, then make fun of me for liking The Smashing Pumpkins! Billy Corgan is more punk that Fletcher anyday!

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

i got the sarcasm. I tried joking around a little. I wouldn't even try to convince myself that to be the truth if i tried. laidher dudes

viceroymonarch (December 25, 2002)

I guess the guy two posts down didnt catch on to the sarcasm...

Anonymous (December 25, 2002)

Good Riddance

Anonymous (December 25, 2002)

Pennywise OPENING for good charlotte and simple plan. If I was Fletcher I'd beat those whiney kids up. If youre going out to see Simple Plan, you don't deserve to be in the same room as Pennywise.

burstandbloom (December 24, 2002)

Amen

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

This score is for the sarcasm two below. It is the best form of humour.

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

brandon-do the body count review. i like your reviews and ice-t is a fucking maniac on that album. plus, there are enough good riddance reviews on this site already. it will also piss off the punker than thou elitists like the guy below who liked gbh, toxic, casualties, etc.

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

This is an extremely well written and in-depth review, very insightful.

This is the most unique and creative
album cover I have ever seen.

I can't wait to see Pennywise on their next tour when they are opening up for Simple Plan and Good Charlotte. It's gonna rock...

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

Yes, Melissa sucks a fat one.

The Casualties

BrandonSideleau (December 23, 2002)

What band should my next reveiw be from- Good Riddance, Body Count, or Amen?

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

Yes, The Casualties suck a fat one.

Melissa

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut are two completely different bands with a totally different sound for each. Bad Astronaut is more melodically experimental and folky and strays from the whole "punk" genre while Lagwagon is melodic skate punk with pop and metal influences. The only thing comparable about them is Joey, yet he doesn't sing in the same style.

waste_elite (December 23, 2002)

i honestly think nevermind the bollocks is an excellent album front to back.

and to the guy that rattled off the bands down below:

nobody fucking cares. yeah, i used to think like that... when i was 13.

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

am i the only person alive who realizes that THE SEX PISTOLS SUCK(ED)??? im sorry its true. i appreciate what they did for the scene and all, but really. they blow. BALOOOWWWW.

heres a conversation between me and the sex pistols cd i bought:

ME: play

CD: ahhh i suck

ME: AHHHH

CD: SUCK SUCK SUCK

the end

TJmoney (December 23, 2002)

motherfuck the casualties...they suck, shitty music, shitty vocals, and they tour with hair stylists...how punk is that? they need to tour with good charlotte and call the tour the "punk rock fashion show" but hey it's only matter of opinion...so I guess it's minus 200 punk points for me for this comment...oh well.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

um, the guy who posted below ME, is that a sentence?

and the guy two posts before this one;

get a fucking life, do you actually think anyone will read what you wrote and think to themselves, "geez, that guy's right, maybe I should throw away my fat and epitaph cd's and only listen to stuff that punker than thou pricks call punk"

just wondering.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

to the dork below who posted below me;

...........yawn..............

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

you're all a bunch of cocksucking posers. pennywise, and all the other fat bands and epitaph bands can suck a huge cock for all i care. you want punk? listen to some actual punk music that's different, like toxic narcotic, gbh, exploited, ny rel-x, lower class brats, forgotten, sex pistols and casualties.

Dubar (December 22, 2002)

listen to "my god" or "whos on your side" from the new album, and then tell me they dont sound like bad religion.. its uncanny

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

The problem with what you're saying is that you're wrong. Pennywise does have atleast 3 or 4 albums that are recycled. How many songs about fighting someone or something and doing what you want can one band have? I'm mainly refering to the last few I guess. Sure, bands do use the same stuff but not to the extent that PW does. They actually just get worse as time goes on.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

I don't like Pennywise, but I will comment to all these riddiclous replies.

Pennywise doesn't sound like Black Flag or Bad Religion.

Sure they(pw) have produced similar sounding material for most of their career, but WHAT PUNK BAND HASN'T DONE THIS???

Lagwagon is okay I guess, but Bad Astronaut is head and shoulders above Lagwagon. Bad Astronaut written much better and execute with precision and emotion.

And lastly the best Fat Wreck Chords band is one of these three: RISE AGAINST, DILLINGER FOUR or AVAIL.

BrandonSideleau (December 22, 2002)

Sorry, I just cannot see the similarity between this record and the self titled.....they are VERY different!

burstandbloom (December 22, 2002)

"Definately not Descendents. Black Flag maybe."

I posted this earlier, what I meant was "Dag Nasty maybe." Not Black Flag, PW sounds nothing like Black Flag. Actually they don't even sound that much like DN, but more so than Black Flag. Anyway, my bad.

TJmoney (December 22, 2002)

yeah PW sounds mostly like Bad Religion...this album is pretty rad though. Fight til you die is the coolest song on here. Society and Bro Hymn are good too. but it's true I guess, if you've heard one PW album, you've heard them all. Oh yeah best fat band = STRUNG OUT

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

I know it's been said before, but even though I like PW to an extent, this is literally the same thing as most of there albums. I'd say it's mainly the lyrics and the guitar. The guitar riffs are constantly recycled, not all the songs, but a majority of them are the same 8 chords.

evildeadalive (December 22, 2002)

Hmmm, I'd say more than any other band, PW sounds like Bad Religion... Circle Jerks maybe too..

BrandonSideleau (December 22, 2002)

Suck my dick.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

hey you little fuck, pennywise has made the same fucking album for the past 10 years. go suck a cock and gag bitch.

BrandonSideleau (December 22, 2002)

PW blows Lagwagon & NOFX away in my opinion. Don't start bashing my opinion just because I disagree with you little fuck.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

oh yea, Lagwagon is hte shit. so is bad astornaut. lagwagon rules.trashed and ...feelings are very differnt albums.so fuck that ass clown who said PW is better. i will say i like the PW more than NUFAN but its close. nofx is at least funny and has variety. lagwagon are definately the best band on fat (lawrence arms and D4 are fucking close though)

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

def. my fav. PW album. musically there all about hte same, but this one had that dark feeling to it and it was more serious. "did u really" is an awesome song about death. man that sounded dumb. but yea, broken, fight...,date w/ destiny are all great. it has its duds, but so does every PW album. classic Punk album, in my top 20, one of the first punk cd's i got (actually got it when it was a new release, summer 97 when i got into punk)so i guess thats part of why i think it kicks ass.
cqawknocker

BrandonSideleau (December 22, 2002)

Black Flag?! I don't get it, PW sound nothing like them.....maybe Chavo era, but Keith, Dez and ESPECIALLY rollins era sound nothing like Pennywise. I mean, it's about a billion times different. Have u ever even listened to Black Flag?

burstandbloom (December 22, 2002)

Definately not Descendents. Black Flag maybe.

BrandonSideleau (December 22, 2002)

pennywise sounds NOTHING like Black Flag, NOTHING. Black Flag is the best band ever, Pennywise are great, but not ANYTHING like Black Flag, I'd compare Pennywise to more Dag Nasty or Descendents.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

First off, I'll start by commenting about the person below me: Why the fuck are you sharing your two cents if you haven't even heard the record? You idiot.

Secondly, this release really needs no description, and only one thing really needs to be said about it: I can't think of any other punk band (with the exception of The Lawrence Arms) that can put out an album that's near perfection right after they've overcome a huge obstacle.

This album is sick, and it's definitely one of the best punk albums to be released in the 1990's, and definitely the best release of this band's career (although "About Time (1995)" gives it a bit of a run).

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

i haven't heard this cd, but all the other pennywise i've heard is good ol' fashioned skate punk that gets me mad pumped. they goooooood.

and for the love of God, would you please stop making the pictures in your reviews the size of texas? i can only read the last paragraph because the picture is so damn big.

-reeKo

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

Lets right some harder, more metallic black flag songs, make every chorus something about fighting an unknown something, then talk about how we make make albums for political activists. Then we can go on the warped tour and sell it to our 'political activists" fans. You know there activist cause there at an event that is directly sponsored by fuckin Target and Levi's. Oh yeah. Gotta love these guys. Who the fuck are they so against anyway? They should make that a tad bit more clear in half their albums, instead of just shouting shit like "WE GOTTA FIGHT THEM!!!" Yeahhhhh!!!! I hate this band.

waste_elite (December 22, 2002)

the only pennywise song i've heard on the radio is "fuck authority"

it's a shame because that song sucks. even more so because they blank out the word fuck.

burstandbloom (December 22, 2002)

Pennywise has had their share of radio hits.

Melissa

pope_schlomo (December 21, 2002)

Bad Astronaut is better than Lagwagon. Until the new lag cd comes out in 20-03, I would still think this way.

Ramo

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

i used to really like pw, but i havent really listened to them in a couple of years, but after reading this i but it on and remembered how much i liked them, while yes they are predicable and everything sounds the same, its a good band for kids starting out in punk, and i respect pw a hell of alot more than blink, sum, gc, nfg, or those bands. at least pw has made it without mtv and radio, and they plug all the old bands and play covers trying to get the kids into the older bands, so that cant be all bad.
-modly

Vien (December 21, 2002)

I definitely agree. Lagwagon has always been creative musically too. Before Joey even joined the band as a singer, they were actually once a metal band. Listen to the album "Trashed", and you can see what I mean. It's full of awesome Metal Guitar riffs with a mixture of punk rock to it. A Fat Classic.

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

Lagwagon is one band that has definately not been putting out the same boring shit over and over again. The guy below forgot to mention "...Feelings." Listen to that and then any of their other records and you'll see that they don't repeat themselves.

Melissa

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

They have no soul.

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

Lagwagon putting out the same album? Are you on crack? Listen to Doh and then Double Plaidinum and tell me they are the same. Or even Trashed and Hoss.

Im not a hug LW fan but they have more originality than Pennywise.

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

Best song on the CD - You'll never make it.

JL

eyeball_kid (December 21, 2002)

Poor guys have been releasing the same album for at least ten years. Admittedly it's a pretty good album, but just changing throwing something different into the mix each time would have made them a far more memorable band. Getting a bit more political on Land of the Free doesn't count as throwing something else into the mix either IMHO.

Bryne (December 21, 2002)

I've never heard Bro Hymn anywhere, except listening to the CD at a friend's house or something.

It's not overplayed here.

It's a cool song, by the way.

burstandbloom (December 21, 2002)

I do like this album, as well as some other older PW stuff, but, like NoFx, this band has become so predictable. Although, while NoFx has become boring-as-all-hell to see live (Mike doesn't even try anymore), Pennywise still tears it up (at least for the first few songs, until they all begin to sound like one collective song...). And Bro Hymn is a rad song, even if it is overplayed.

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

this band has no musical originality and they write trite disposable lyrics...FUCK PENNYWISE

BrandonSideleau (December 21, 2002)

This album rocks. Bro Hym may be overplayed, but it's core meaning is still great. It's got some great songs on it.

Vien (December 21, 2002)

I haven't listened to Pennywise in quite a few years, but this is an album I can still tolerate. It just rocks.

waste_elite (December 21, 2002)

their self-titled was the first punk record i ever bought if i remember correctly.

i have no problem with these guys.

pope_schlomo (December 21, 2002)

I still say "About Time" is their best. However, the last great Pennywise album since. Where's the guy that says the pic is too small, enlarge it. That was a good chuckle.

Ramo

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

yeah....ok.

this album is really good. and has a nice black cover
the[]muffin[]girl

Anonymous (December 21, 2002)

i'm pretty sure that the people who read these reviews are all 14 years old, sitting at home and jerking off infront of their monitors. heh heh.

i wish that people would have respect for music, even when they don't think it's 'cool', or just don't like it. pennywise (and every other band that gets trashed talked on this site) is better than any band that any shit talker on this site belongs to, so just save us all the wasted time and shutup.

-porkpie

BrandonSideleau (December 21, 2002)

Pennywise sounds nothing like black flag. Blac Fla rocks and is better than pennywise, but I still like pennywise. I don't see what "all of a sudden" everybody hates about PW, I mean.....NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, etc. etc. have been putting out the same boring shit for years and you still buy it, I think Pennywise is ten times better than those bands, but it's still nothing compared to Black Flag or Minor Threat. Sounds like since all of sudden they're gaining popularity it is the trendy thing to hate them, the responses weren't this negative a year ago. I mean, if you really don't like them then fine, but there are a million worse bands out there.

TheOneTrueBill (December 21, 2002)

pennywise fucking rules. LOTF excluded of course

cruel_random_smut (December 20, 2002)

i liked this cd the first..maybe second time i heard it...after that..well..no.

dongrom (December 20, 2002)

Shitty, shitty review.

DonGrom

recordings (December 20, 2002)

pennywise is a good band. repetative, sometimes. but really, when it all comes down to it, theyre still a good band.

and if your worried about them sounding too much like br, black flag, or even minor threat, you might as well go tell it to a wall. if youve ever been to a pennywise show, they encourage people to listen too the afformentioned groups, becuase they are of course some of their major inspirations. whats so bad about that?

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

I think it has nothing to do with being trendy saying Pennywise sucks. They just really play the same shit over and over again with boring lyrics. They offer nothing new, and if you're gonna copy shit at least make it more interesting. This band is way influenced by Bad Religion but BR is 10x better. PW is such a shitty band.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Woohoo jock cock rock

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

that is really silly to claim to have loved a record and then hate it because something better came along. Black flag is awesome but just because pennywise has elements of bands like black flag is not a bad thing. it's complimentary to those bands.

Really good album, my favorite out of them all.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

I used to love this record... But then I heard black flag, and I haven't touched this generic piece of plastic again.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

last pennywise album I actually bought. I was under the impression they would change songs. I was wrong. Not a bad album, but they killed any value this album had by remaking it in straight ahead and the last shitty one.

I mean, even NOFX throws a tuba in there sometimes.

wyzo

evildeadalive (December 20, 2002)

Ok, seriously, that picture needs to be way smaller!! What the hell? It's the most boring cover ever too..
Hmmmm, I definately do not agree with the review... The self titled and Unknown Road are the only pennywise albums worth owning. After that they all got real repetetive, real quick.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

This album owns.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

the only pennywise album worth owning - bigjerk

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

the picture is to damn big

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

proves, I mean

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Bro hymn is a terrible song. And the fact that it plays in every dance club between some Pink and JLo provos it.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Pennywise sucks and Full Circle is their worst album.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Most repetitive band of all time. This sucks.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

You were correct in your assumption. Pennywise sucks. Their music is dumb and ugly sounding. Not ugly in a shocking way, just shitty. How does hating a band most people like make me trendy? Fuck you!

BrandonSideleau (December 20, 2002)

I love this album, some of the songs are straight up hardcore ("Fight Till You Die", "Final Day") and others are melodic ("Date With Destiny", "Did You Really?"). I think the song "Did You Really?" is very gut wrenching, Jim seems really depressed and angry at the same time. Great album. I'm sure all of the trendy "Pennywise haters" will comment now.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Pennywise sucks.

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