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Face To Face

Face To Face: Face To FaceFace To Face (1996)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Hailed by critics and fans as one of the most important and creative releases during the brief punk-revival period of the mid 1990's, Face to Face's self-titled 6th album came as a shock to longtime fans - most of which were really beginning to wonder if they even had it in them to make a truly stun.
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Hailed by critics and fans as one of the most important and creative releases during the brief punk-revival period of the mid 1990's, Face to Face's self-titled 6th album came as a shock to longtime fans - most of which were really beginning to wonder if they even had it in them to make a truly stunning album - and it helped change what most mainstream listeners understood as 'punk' music. Even moreso than their predecessors Green Day and the Offspring, Face to Face helped focus more attention on the real visionaries of punk rock - which helped spark a re-interest in bands such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, and the Misfits (although it could have been a coincidence, I like to think that this band deserves a lot of the credit for -not- sucking).

While this creativity was never repeated again on a studio album (at least to date, but I sure hope they make me eat my words with their next release), it doesn't need to be - every song here is near perfect. "Walk," "Resignation," "Handout" (the bassline is pretty much the blueprint for every Blink 182 song to follow), and "I Won't Lie Down" demand repeat listens, and over the years they haven't lost their stay in my stereo.

It's pointless to go over the tones and highlights of the songs on the album, as it is for every other CD that's on this site - but that's just my opinion. However, the status of this album, well - ask any fan of alternative, punk-revival (notice I say 'revival'), ska (revival) - and there isn't a doubt in my mind that they'd say the exact things I've said here. This record was -that- important, and it will continue to be, no matter how the band continues to tredge on, attempting to ruin it.

 

 
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sacrifice_for_life1 (June 14, 2007)

The production on this record is fucking awesome. If you're on a big budget, the way this record sounds is fucking ideal. This and Unwritten Law's s/t are my two favourite albums as far as how they were produced. They push everything to the front as far as sound quality without ever going TOO far on anything. Fucking awesome.

As far as the substance of the album, I think the songs are great. There's just a few songs on this album that I don't think are great, and it just sucks in comparison because the previous two albums I thought every song was amazing (with the exception of "Debt" on BC...didn't like that song so much).

"I Won't Lie Down"
"Can't Change the World"
"Complicated" all are fucking amazing songs. This is a great album. Love the heart.

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Still probably one of the best albums of all time. Just incredible.

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

I just pulled this album out to listen to this morning. Still sounds incredible. Great review.

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

And have you seen them live? Fuckin' awesome.

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

One of the best punk rock albums ever. The best Face to Face record also. Enough said.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

this album is pretty classic, def. my fav f2f, but their sound is so redundant after awile. but 5 years ago punk was different, you have to judge this album by the standards of its time, and when you do that, it is a very good album. i still bust it out every now and then, at least for the first 4 songs, which all kick ass.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Undoubtedly Trever is one of the most sarcastic guys I've ever met. Totally nice, and funny as hell.

Great record by the way, not my favorite f2f CD, but its f2f so it isn't bad

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

and everyone that has met Trever will probably tell you he really cool but he's just one of those cocky/sarcastic guys. Like I bet you could talk shit back to him and he wouldnt care. I dont doubt that he said that, but I dont think he meant it how you took it.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

I think I might have seen that show @ the fireside bowl the other dude was talking about. They were pretty big but ended up playing a really small show, which was probably one of the coolest things I've seen a band do in long time. The place is about 1/2 the capacity of the venues they coulda been playing at the time. They also played a lot of old shit, which was really cool.
-Jay

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

don't turn away = best face to face cd...

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

I don't think this album was anywhere near being their best. In fact, being a long time f2f fan before this one came out, I was disappointed when it did.
I thought the bass lines were by far weaker than Riddle's talented playing.
I like the songs on it, and over time I have appreciated them more, but I don't put this one anywhere near their top.
I think Don't turn away and Big choice were better than this, and IIB was much better.
I did like the fact that this record increased their fan base with the radio airplay they got. They deserve(d) it.

If you don't have this album get it, it is a must in any punk cd collection.

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

Oh man, reading this review has caused me to dig out this album as I haven't listened to it in a while. I don't know, I think it's so great. It's simple, but some things just click. This clicks with me.

TheBouncingSoul (April 6, 2003)

"yea i saw these fuckers at the fireside about seven or eight years ago. i can honestly say that i have not seen such cocky shitheads such as them in a long time. before the show started the singer got out of the tour bus, (yes tour bus at the fireside, i know its funny)looks at the crowd and says infrount of all the kids waiting in line. all these people are here to see how great we are.
assfuckers, after the above statement and other such similar behavior that night i threw out all my F2F shit and never gave a rats shit about them. "

yeah, sure he did

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

God, I love this album. As one of my favourite bands of eternity, this is music that never fails me. And if I may add, Ignorance is Bliss is F2F at their best.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

I have never understood the out and out hatred towords Ignorance is Bliss that so many people seem to have. I guess if you were a huge face to face fan before it came out then you would be dissapointed by the massive style shift the band showed with that album, but it isn't that bad. It is just really different.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

yea i saw these fuckers at the fireside about seven or eight years ago. i can honestly say that i have not seen such cocky shitheads such as them in a long time. before the show started the singer got out of the tour bus, (yes tour bus at the fireside, i know its funny)looks at the crowd and says infrount of all the kids waiting in line. all these people are here to see how great we are.
assfuckers, after the above statement and other such similar behavior that night i threw out all my F2F shit and never gave a rats shit about them.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

i really like this album, but i dont think they deserve credit for most of what the review says. Blink-182 could write a decent hook, and i think saying f2f influenced blink-182 is just fuzzy logic. its a good record, leave all the pedestal raising to the music 'journalists'.

wyzo

at_the_drive_in_21 (April 5, 2003)

Great album for sure - I thought Won't Lie Down was one of the weaker tunes though... Everything else is great though. The intro to this CD is perfect. I'm going to listen to it now. The Live album is fantastic too - maybe the best live album by a band that I've heard... close to AC/DC's If You Want Blood You Got It...

Bryne (April 4, 2003)

This is a damn fine album. I bought it after hearing "Resignation" on a Vagrant sampler.

I agree with Scott's comment on "Handout." It's by far my favorite song on the disc.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

No one is confused about the time in which F2F jumped on the pop-punk bandwagon. No one is confused about thier major label flop where they tried to sound like Bush either. God that release was muy horrible!

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Ignorance Is Bliss is such a damn fine piece of music. It was just such a change from the past stuff. I still think its amazing, and I love Big Choice and the s/t. So maybe listen to it and pretend it isnt face to face, that might help.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

>>I liked these F2F's first few realeases but remeber, these guys were a glam band who tried to cash in on the pop-punk thing that was so popular in the 90's. Anyway this is the album when they began going down the long road of suckage.

OK, yes Trever and Matt used to be in an Iron Maiden sounding band called Victoria Manor, but don't get their switch to punk rock mixed up with all the bands jumping on the boat today. When F2F first started, the popularity of punk music was nothing like it is now. This was back in 1991, before Green Day or the Offspring had even broken out yet.

TheBouncingSoul (April 4, 2003)

at what point was face to face a glam band?

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I liked these F2F's first few realeases but remeber, these guys were a glam band who tried to cash in on the pop-punk thing that was so popular in the 90's. Anyway this is the album when they began going down the long road of suckage.

evildeadalive (April 4, 2003)

Oh, and can someone please tell me the other albums before this? As far as I know there were just Don't Turn Away, Over It (which wasn't even a real album), and Big Choice. Am I wrong?

evildeadalive (April 4, 2003)

I really like the newest album too... better than this even.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

No love for "over it"? That EP is so amazing and underrated...

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

This, Big Choice, the live album, and Don't Turn Away are all 5 star albums. No question. - bigjerk

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

"Hailed by critics and fans as one of the most important and creative releases". Good god no. This is the album when Face to Face started to suck. I always equated it with when the old bassist left and Davey Havok part two joined.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Ignorance Is Bliss really is their best work...

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I'm the one who said it's no Ignorance Is Bliss. It was sarcasm people!!
I can't believe some fucking dolts took it seriously.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Big Choice is the album. oh yeah the old hotness.

Ramo

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

this album and ignorance is bliss were both awful...don't turn away, big choice and the live album are the best from face to face

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Ignorance is Bliss is a terrible album, I saw that same tour in Denver when they were trying to promote it. They would play an old song and everyone was going nuts, then they would play something form IIB and the entire crowd would stop and just stand still waiting for the crap to end...

Big Choice is still their best work to date...

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Thats kind of funny that someone said "its no Ignorance is Bliss". I remember when they played the tour promoting that album and people literally threw shit at them while they were on stage. I've seen them on two tours since that album and they haven't played a single track off it. I dont know if its for good or bad, im just saying its kind of weird.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Don't turn away is one of my favorite punk records of all time, it got me into punk. This is pretty good too, but everything after that has been mediocre.
-Jay

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Oops, I meant that the insinuation that everything they've done since doesn't compare is inaccurate. Looks like I should get my shit together too.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

While this album is phonomenal, the insinuation that everything they've done since is simply inaccurate. C'mon, get your shit together.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

This is a good cd, but it's no Ignorance Is Bliss.

CaptainCrunch (April 4, 2003)

This is the CD that got me into punk. I listened to it for about 3 weeks straight in my car, never leaving my player. Classic.

-Captain Crunch

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Not a bad review. I think you missed the re-interest in Social Distortion (or maybe that was just me). This CD is good, so is Big Choice and Don't Turn Away. I don't think any of them come close to their Live CD. That's just flat out awesome.

I agree with the poster who said their hearts aren't in it. How to Ruin Everything was a good CD, but it just didn't have the urgency behind it that their first releases had.

-Painaxl

strewtho (April 4, 2003)

This is for How to ruin everything, it's a good album, so is the S/T.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

yeah this album is awesome. they were so good live around this point. they always played the troc and it was simply awesome.

TheBouncingSoul (April 4, 2003)

and by the way, i still don't understand whats wrong with "how to ruin everything"...i love that album, why are some so down on it?

TheBouncingSoul (April 4, 2003)

oh how i love this album, and this band, i dont care what anyone says, they're still great...and scott, listen to "put me in your place", its horribly underrated, i love that song...

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I was just listening to this on the way into work today,great cd, great band,the mighty f2f-oldpunker-

paperlantern (April 4, 2003)

ah the days when face to face was good....

Mikeshitter (April 4, 2003)

I don't think their hearts are in it anymore - Trever's off producing other bands half the time, Pete did a stint with Alkaline Trio, and Scott plays with his brother more than he does with F2F these days.

evildeadalive (April 4, 2003)

6th album? Hmmmm... I must've missed a few. I definitley hated this album when I first heard it. It grew on me for sure, but it's by no means great. It's all about Big Choice and Don't Turn Away.

tenderbransonx (April 4, 2003)

Walk The Walk, Blind, I Won't Lie Down-- those are just plain out amazing songs, this album is simply perfect, only topped by Big Choice.
_Steven
www.amiracole.com

maverick (April 4, 2003)

"Handout" is the best Face To Face song ever, and one of the few F2F songs I can even bare to stand on repeat listens.

That is all.

-Scott

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