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Good Riddance

Good Riddance: Bound by Ties of Blood and AffectionBound by Ties of Blood and Affection (2003)
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These guys are punk, no doubt about it. With all the silly debates over what is punk and what isn't, no one can deny these guys the label. They play fast, loud, raw music. Their vocals, while mostly melodic, are gritty, and their lyrics are mostly political in nature. They walk the walk, with po.
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These guys are punk, no doubt about it. With all the silly debates over what is punk and what isn't, no one can deny these guys the label. They play fast, loud, raw music. Their vocals, while mostly melodic, are gritty, and their lyrics are mostly political in nature. They walk the walk, with portions from every one of their CDs going to worthy causes. And they aren't just some band hopping on the bandwagon, because they've been doing their thing for over ten years, have previously released five full lengths and two EPs, and they tour constantly. While their sound at times is leaning towards hardcore, no one can deny that Good Riddance is punk rock. Really solid punk rock at that.

With this, their sixth album on Fat, the boys don't disappoint. It starts off strong with a huge drum fill and a scream by Russ, leading into "Made to Be Broken," a melodic rocker akin to the sound on the "Phenomenon of Craving" EP. "Boxing Day" is poppy song, but keeps their signature edge and has some cool breakdown sections; this track reminds me of tracks off "Ballads from the Revolution." "The Dubious Glow of Excess" has that darker side that was prevalent on "Operation Phoenix," with Russ talking the verses and then singing over the hard-hitting choruses. And of course they don't forget the sound clips from movies and political speeches to start lots of the tracks, like all their albums, along with a satirical cheesy message from the government to top off the album as the secret track.

"There's No I in Team" is my favorite track, a hyper-tempo song with a catchy chorus and an interlude that lays back as Russ sings "We haven't got the luxury / of neutral observation / 'cause when it all is said and done / we stand or fall as one!" with that last line having some sweet harmonies over it making it that much more powerful. "Saccharine," "Remember Me" and "Bobby Baun" are some other high points.

While this new album shows characteristics of their past work, it maintains a better flow than "Ballads…" which, while great, portrayed an almost confused band, with songs switching off from super-poppy to hardcore. This album is closer to their last record "Symptoms of Leveling Spirit" in the raw-yet-melodic punk style they have settled on, yet this album is higher quality songwriting overall than that previous record. While this does not top their classic "Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion," it is definitely near the top of their catalog and should win over some new fans as well as please the old.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

A big disappointment for me, it just had very little replay value. The 3 full lengths before this were amazing though, and this is still a solid album, but a lot less interesting than anything they've released.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

WOAH! I totally agree with the poster below me. I've always HATED this band, but I do think this album kicks fuckin' ass.
Best Tracks:
Up The Affiliates
Made To Be Broken
There's No "I" In Team
Less Felini, More Depalma

rootsradical (July 16, 2003)

never liked good riddance before but this record kicks ass.

greg0rb (June 3, 2003)

Wow, I have a review in the top ten. I guess it doesn't count though since it was one guy who did it.
-Greg
PS It wasnt me.

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

True Good Riddance is death? This CD has a classic hardcore feel to it - which I feel still holds a large amount of intensity. There's still a handful of hard songs. Just because Russ doesn't sound like an angry Rollins in every song doesn't mean they're dead or going down hill. If that's what you wanted, I guess this CD is a bummer to you - but there's no way Good Riddance is dead. Buy this CD everybody.

-gsorvig

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

it is not good, not good at all. It's too calm, too slow. The voice is no more angry.

I'm a big fan of good riddance before the phenomen of craving.

The true good riddance is death

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

Yes, I'm sure. Notice I said influence, not sound.

-gsorvig

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

SKA????
Are you sure you're not listening to Reel Big Fish

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

This is a very solid GR album. Vocally, it goes back to a style similar to that of "For God and Country." Russ' newer hardcore edge/boistrousness is mixed in, but it's there. Call it melodic hardcore if you'd like (especially the first song, "Made to Be Broken"). If that doesn't work for you, I can simply define it as "catchy" hardcore; it really sticks in my head. Over the span of the last recordings I have heard a fair amount of influence from the Adolescents and Sick of it All, among other bands. Really broadly, you can look at the GR recordings as a timeline of what music the band was into at the time. Around the first album there was the Op Ivy/ska influence, then it shifted to a harder Phoenix sound with the touring with Sick of it All/Ensign, and now it seems to have all meshed together. Overall, this CD is what I hoped for.

-gsorvig

Anonymous (May 24, 2003)

Good Riddance kicks ass even in Croatia!

Anonymous (May 23, 2003)

I'm with ya....

Anonymous (May 23, 2003)

we have to get simple plan off the #1 viewed review. I say we try to get good riddance #1.....I'm starting now....

Anonymous (May 23, 2003)

rankin' albums, haha, get it, rankin, russ rankin....WAHAHAHAHA

turdcorn (May 23, 2003)

You can blame all the Philly thankin' on Dave the drummer. He's a Philly guy. You can also thank thank the Philly scene cause it's been stronger then the SoCal scene for years now.

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

"there last record" ?
You can't even spell 'their' asshole

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

ladies and gentlemen, see them when you can. rumor has it this is there last record and then they are calling it quits. -a reliable source

FortyMinutesWest (May 22, 2003)

I can understand evolving musically, but refusing to play your older songs live doesn't make sense to me.

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

quit wastin your time ranking the albums they all rock

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

"dear wyzo you are a fool. Hero of our time is an outstanding album. It rocks hard, way more than factions or unconsciously confined. Those guys alienate their fans and sever their roots."

those fans have all grown up now and are no longer purely into music about skateboarding, thus, they didn't alienate anyone who was actually around at that time, and if you can call growing out of SoCal influenced punk rock tedium severing roots, than they done be severed.

now, at least no one at there shows will ask who has the hack.

wyzo

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

last i checked philly was a city

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

they thank more bands from philly than any other state

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

Good Riddance rocks....everything about them rocks. This was amazingly their best album.

sickboi (May 21, 2003)

I know, I totally imagine him as this old, bitter guy behind a desk with a stained white collar shirt, shitty tie, half-shaven and sweating profusely as he hammers at the keyboard.

FortyMinutesWest (May 21, 2003)

not sure*

FortyMinutesWest (May 21, 2003)

Uh, OLDPUNKER, I'm sure if you've realized this yet but.. your caps lock is on.

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

This band sounds like Vanilla Ice and I think it rocks.

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

I didn't really care for the GR covers album, though "My War" slays.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

OH--
SORRY MOM

LUV - OLD PUNKER

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

sorry old punker, i'm no longer anonymous, i guess you would have found out eventually,

hugs and kisses,
mom

pope_schlomo (May 21, 2003)

bottom line: own this and every other GR album. you'll thank me for making your CD collection sweet again.

Ramo
(listening to SNES killer instincts soundtrack)

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

To anonymous- "poser boy" is that your best.... And rich??????? Why is it that the dumb fucks who try to humor me continue to be anonymous-oldpunker-

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

Jesus I'm stoked to hear this album...HUGE GR FAN HERE. Are their any harder core songs on here...a la "Waste", Fertile Fields, Indoctrination"....etc...any screaming by Chuck & Luke?

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

dear wyzo you are a fool. Hero of our time is an outstanding album. It rocks hard, way more than factions or unconsciously confined. Those guys alienate their fans and sever their roots. After seeing them live with such high hopes i was so disappointed by their cool, condesending attitude towards the kids - the people who put them where they are today.

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

old punker -
you use these english insults and yet you're just some rich suburban american.
i, however, am not, please don't attempt to possess the fury of an englishman, go play some 'football' instead.

the score here is for your poor imitation of an englishman.
tip - watch only fools and horses you'll get a better idea.
If you don't know what only fools and horses is then you're just beyond help, poser boy.

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

Whoah, 4-way tag match.....cool police, grammar police, the police and the dream police.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

Are you the cool police..... Fuckin wanker- oldpunker-

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

good riddance used to be cool, now they just smell like a tree

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

I've had the pleaseure to interview Russ a few times in the past. He sees their albums in a different way than we seem to.

I told him Comprehensive Guide was my favorite, and his response was "Oh, you like our melodic stuff." He seems to look at GR as being Melodic half the time and more of a hardcore band the other half.

He seemed to really find Operation Phoenix as being more of a representation of the "other" side of the band.

Looking at it this way, I would think that Symptoms would fit in more with Comprehensive Guide and I would have to put this CD more with Operation Phoenix.

Ballads falls in between, but more towards Comprehensive.

Anonymous (May 21, 2003)

Black bag confidential-killer song, one of their best-oldpunker-

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

hi, jr from less than jake. thanks for reading the anthem review, and....good riddance....sorry, wrong review.

JR/ less than jake

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

This album rocks hard, best GR...then O.P. You forgot to mention the two best songs on the album- "Up The Affiliates" and the menacing "Black Bag Confidential"

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

They is on Fat. Fat ain't punx0r.

evildeadalive (May 20, 2003)

I'll be picking this up as soon as I gotst some money. As for best GR albums, Operation Phoenix is the best fo sho. Their second album (forgive me for not remembering which is which, I do own all the albums, just can't remember the fuckin names) was the worst. By far... The only good song was the 'Come Dancing' cover.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

i love phenonmon of craving, i dont know what you guys are talk,ing about

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

satanic surfers aren't on a high horse. there old stuff is a different band, its horribly underdeveloped compared to where they have been. Have you heard songs from the crypt or hero...? of course they dont play them anymore, and for good reason.
wyzo

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

I think it shows how talented this band is when it seems like everyone is saying that a different album is their favourite. I haven't heard this one yet but I am excited to do so.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

anyone want to buy this CD from me for $10?

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

satanic surfers used to be cool but now they're just old like vanilla ice

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

GR should go back to playing ska, like on god and country

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

yeah satanic surfers need to get off their high horse

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

the satanic surfers are a bunch of jaded, better-than-thou elitists.
'we don't play old stuff anymore'. Well that's too bad because its the old stuff that rocks and got them the fans they have today. Don't alienate and disregard, just amalgamate.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

rankin is a dick

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

My list would basically be the same as FortyMinutesWest's, but all the GR albums are incredibly high quality. I like this one a lot, but it doesn't have the variety of "Symptoms", the album it sounds the most like.

Whatever, go out and buy this one ASAP cause it's another fine slab of juicy punk rock.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

What the hell is wrong with you people? Who gives a shit about lists and comparisons? If the album rocks, it rocks. What satisfaction do you get comparing their CDs in terms of which YOU think is best. None. Just say this is a really good GR record. If you'd like to make references to their previous work, fine. No two albums by any band (except the Ramones) sound the same.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

Those 2 are my fav's, the rest of the album sounds nothing like em. Although "Ice Cream with the Enemy" and "Nods for Nothing" are ok.

-sickboi

pope_schlomo (May 20, 2003)

i knew it...the pirate ship on the cover killed it. pirate-core won't work unless all members wear eyepatches. I don't know about disappointment I do like "Everyday Ballons and Dinners For Suckers" oh well gotta hear it to be sure.

Ramo

pope_schlomo (May 20, 2003)

i'm an ass...ballads should be no.2 on my list.

Ramo
(no more 2 hour naps)

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

I'm sad to say you will be disappointed with None More Black.

-sickboi

pope_schlomo (May 20, 2003)

god damn you people. I hate lists. why are you making me write a list????

1. Comprehensive Guide To Modern Rebellion
2. Operation Pheonix
3. Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
4. Bound By The Ties of Blood and Affection
5. For God and Country
6. Phenomenon of Craving

By no means this is a bad album cuz i love every good riddance album. especially "decoy" 7 inch.

Ramo
(can't wait for none more black)

FortyMinutesWest (May 20, 2003)

1. Operation Phoenix
2. Ballads
3. Symptoms of a levelling spirit
4. Comprehensive Guide
5 For God And Country

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

phenomonon of craving would come in at #4 on my list...-bigjerk

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

1. ballads
2. comprehensive guide
3. operation phoenix
4. symptoms
5. phenomonon of craving
6. for god and country

best song: heresy, hypocrisy and revenge

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

all GR is good. comprehensive guide and ballads were their best - melodic but with a definite edge, so catchy yet so fast and aggresive at the same time. operation phoenix is outstanding, so angry and so honest, their hardest album by far, i love this album. The phenomonen of craving was pretty good, one for the braves was a great song. The EP was varied and a swift change after operation phoenix, I was expecting something harder when I boughtit, but i still enjoyed it. symptoms seemed a little lacking in heart and raw emotion in comparison to operation phoenix. however it also is a good album. for god and country is OK but a greatly different from their later work.
Bound by ties of blood and affection will surely be a good album. GR are a great, honest, hard working punk rock band. I have seen them 5 times and they never fail to impress. GR are the kind of band that you're girlfriend will like (jeannie, letters home) and at the same time command respect from the punkest punk kids.
These guys along with rise against epitomise what punk should be.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

These are all listed by Quantity of listens. That makes a good cd right? The most bang for your buck.

1. Comprehensive Guide
2. For God and country
3. Ballads from the revolution
4. Operation Phoenix
5. Symptoms of a levelling spirit

Where BBTOBAA stands remains to be determined......

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

As do I. - bigjerk

punky (May 20, 2003)

Why the hell does everyone like Symptoms the best...I think its their worst...

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

I think they peaked at "Symptoms", this adds to "Symptoms", but I wouldn't be surprised if these were leftover tracks.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

1. Operation Phoenix
2. Comprehensive Guide
3. Ballads for the revolution
4. For God and country
5. Symptoms of a levelling spirit

Where this fits in, remains to be seen.

- bigjerk

timis (May 20, 2003)

wow sickboi....i thought "Comprehensive" is their best album to date. hands down....its kind of funny, the time period when "Comprehensive" came out the best albums from other bands on FAT did their best work-> strung out(suburban), lagwagon (hoss), propaghandi (less talk)...etc etc.....now they are just boring bands to me. still good, but no staying power in my cd player

_911 (May 20, 2003)

this album rocks.. may take abit of time to grow on you at first..

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

Worth the wait-oldpunker-.... Now what about social d?????

sickboi (May 20, 2003)

Not as good as "Sypmtoms", better than "Comprehensive".

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