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Baxter: Baxter (Anthology)Baxter (Anthology) (2002)
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Contributed by: homiehomie
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Wow. Chicago has it made. Alkaline Trio, The Arrivals, The Honor System, Blue Meanies....great bands. And now (or then) .baxter. And this is a double CD! If you kids have heard Rise Against (and who hasn't, we all love cheap Fat Wreck comps), then you have heard former .baxter. lead singer Ti.
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Wow. Chicago has it made. Alkaline Trio, The Arrivals, The Honor System, Blue Meanies....great bands. And now (or then) .baxter. And this is a double CD!

If you kids have heard Rise Against (and who hasn't, we all love cheap Fat Wreck comps), then you have heard former .baxter. lead singer Tim. If you have heard The Lawrence Arms (again with the Fat comps), then you've heard former .baxter. drumer, and I believe guitarist at some point, Neil. Unfortunately for you Fat-heads, these guys sound nothing like their current Fat bands.

Disc 1 is their self-released album "Troy's Bucket" from 1997. And it sounds self-released. You can hear a band really trying, but without any real studio production, it falls flat. A band that relies on atmosphere as much as .baxter. needs, well, more money or a better producer. There are several standout songs, like "Zinc Oxide" and "Flacidity". They just don't come through as well as they could here.

Disc 2 is a little more convoluted. Tracks 1-6 were recorded in the summer of 1997, 7-12 were recorded in 1995, track 13 is live with no discernible date of recording and, finally, tracks 14 and 15 were recorded in November 1998.

Highlights of Disc 2 for me were #5 "Shrivel", which is like a bastard child or Refused and No Motiv, but in a good way, #10 "Failure" - it really shows the potential of this band from their early days in 1995, and #12 "I'm A Cop" - just a nice hardcore blast in amongst an atmospheric, At The Drive In-ish double CD.

Like most truly independent artists, .baxter. suffers from poor production throughout, but their stellar songwriting and (I hate to say it because I don't want them lumped in as an emo-band, unless it will help people buy this CD) emotional approach to their music really shines through. Fuck, I would have loved to see these guys live. Consider yourself lucky if you have. I give the band a 10 and the album an 8.

 

 
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Baxter (April 19, 2011)

The album is definitely the best album I have ever heard. The song "I'm a Cop" is the best song I have ever heard.

fuckmefuckyou (December 24, 2007)

In case anyone wants to pick this up, Interpunk is selling these again.

Anonymous (February 10, 2003)

or [minus]

preacher (February 10, 2003)

it's just as stupid as putting names in []'s. like [spunge].

Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

what's with naming bands like .this. ?
i can think of 2 others:
.hopesfall.
.moneen.

Geetarchick (February 8, 2003)

Both TKT and Rise against are amazing. Baxter was decent but I think that opinion is because of the bad recording. I have this double cd thing and its not bad, but its not as good as TKT or Rise against. Pretty good review though.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

"i thought baxter was from MILWAUKEE"

I think your thinking of boxer.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Ramo, you nailed it. Killing Tree fscking rocks

pope_schlomo (February 8, 2003)

Baxter is good.
Rise Against is very good.
The Killing Tree is fucking brilliant.

Ramo

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

John Emerson? I have a live Baxter set w/ the Alklaine Trio from like 97ish. It's pretty good.

greg0rb (February 7, 2003)

Hey homie, thanks for doin' the review and getting me out of it. Scott gave that to me a while ago to review, and I think it's ok but i didnt know what to write about it.

That live track 13 was recorded at my hometown venue, the Knights of Columbus in Arlington Heights, IL, by the guy who always does sound there for my band's shows. That was my favorite part of the Cd.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

i thought baxter was from MILWAUKEE

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Good review, but just an average band. I expected so much more from the likes of Neil and Tim. Oh well, its still really cool to have!

homie (February 7, 2003)

Song #5 is Shrivel not Shirvel. Has onyone got any comments about thier live show???

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