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Wakefield

Wakefield: American MadeAmerican Made (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JosephJoseph
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Wakefield begins their debut album by delcaring themselves sell-outs, in an attempt to sarcastically assert themselves as cooler than everyone that calls them sell-outs. Well, since most people aren't members of a decent sounding pop-punk/emo band, the Wakefield guys are probably cooler than anyo.
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Wakefield begins their debut album by delcaring themselves sell-outs, in an attempt to sarcastically assert themselves as cooler than everyone that calls them sell-outs.

Well, since most people aren't members of a decent sounding pop-punk/emo band, the Wakefield guys are probably cooler than anyone that'll call them sell-outs. LIke me.

Wakefield, you're sell-outs.

Just about every song on the album is your basic catch-ridden teenage rant about girls. And they didn't write all their songs on their own. Boo.

The guitar work is somehow reminiscent of any majorly successful pop-punk bands you could think of. I am reminded of New Found Glory, Sugarcult, and even Simple Plan all over the album. Except for the emo tracks, the guitar work in which could be a cross between Jimmy Eat World and something I can't quite put my finger on.

Maybe the biggest saving grace this band has, is that every band-member vocally contributes something to the album. Their single, "Say You Will", has a whole lot of harmonizing, but since this is pop-punk, and not emo it doesn't involve any long drawn out notes, so it's like one big sing-a-long with the whole band. The thing is, after hearing it a few times, you probably will feel like joining in.

Unoriginality aside, this album is a fine listen for the average pop-punk and emo fan. It's even littered with emo tracks, like "Heaven's Coming", and with the whole band singing, it's a bit of a different experience. Especially since it's not horrifically off-key, like Taking Back Sunday tends to be. Since this album is a bit of a hybrid between pop-punk and emo, switching between the genres at every other track at times, it's hard to judge. The emo is a lot better than the pop-punk. The pop-punk is a bit generic for my tastes. But overall the album is a solid listen, without any tracks sounding bad enough to flat out skip over.

Definitely check it out.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

They actually did write every song on "American Made." Not that I am a huge fan. Call it intuition, call it personal knowledge of the band. Either way the record was written primarily Jd with a lot of melodic input from Ryan; musical input from Mike and Aaron. Reguardless of the mundane redundant theme, the record was produced by Matt Wallace. That gave them one more point, for me at least, on their Album Score.

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

okay
first off
i think wakefield rawks
i think the song *sold -out* is hilarious simply because you *sell out* to get famous. they aren't really famous now are they. at any rate i like them a lot. wether they are sell outs or not. the music appeals to me, and all of you saying crap about them... well it doesn't really matter cuz its you're opinion.
i

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

this CD is AWESOME

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

steve sparks sucks. tim wakefield used to be an infielder in the minor leagues, until one of the coaches saw him fucking around with the knuckler. the rest is history.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

i give many props, i am so sick of this terrible music and the ass pounding sailors that listen to this shit.

COBRA-VERDE (June 12, 2003)

Give the guy below me props for being right on.....

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

yes Joseph you are a fag and Wakefield should die.

insinceredave (June 11, 2003)

Another band that breaks the mould and pushes the boundaries of punk even further!

insincere dave

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

this cd is so shitty, these guys are such pussies-i can't believe they tried to tour with river city rebels

melvyl (June 10, 2003)

this review jumped more between stuff than i bet this band does on stage.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

I think you guys missed the point of the review.

First off, sell out means you sold your creative control to a major label for the sake of making money, in essence losing the ability to communicate any useful message through your lyrics. That's what this band is. Their whole album is about relationships. We've all heard enough about that right?

With that in mind, you can't expect to garner any interesting messages from this band's music. So what do you judge it on? The quality of the musical content of the album.

OK, so if I still haven't lost you, this album is pop-punk. I didn't connect it to good charlotte because I've only heard one song by them. Anthem. I tend to shy from making comparisons to bands I don't know much about. Anyway back on track. Wakefield is pop-punk. Is it good pop-punk? Maybe to you, that doesn't exist because it's utter trash compared to the latest release off Fat Wreck Chords. That's fine. I respect that opinion. In fact, I tend to share it a little. But when I review something I tend to judge it based on its own merits. This is good pop punk. This is hook-ridden, power chord filled, and even has emo slid in along with it. With that in mind, the teenage female something corporate pop punk princess is gonna love this shit. In fact, I know a few of those, and they DO love it. And beg me for the copy of the cd that I got for free to review from the label. I gave it to em. If you bought it under the pretense that it was something it's not because of my review, then I sincerely believe you're an utter moron. Why? Because I told you what the album was. I told you it was sell-out pop punk with emo in between. With all that information, it should be up to you to decide whether or not you would like the cd. That's what I try to accomplish with each cd review I write; an accurate portrayal of the album, to the point that someone can make their own judgement on whether or not it would be good, simply based on what I've said. Don't look at the score, look at the content, and come up with your own opinion.

Oh, and another thing, for you "Is and is not punk" kids that I hate to an unhealthy extent... if you buy cds just because they reviewed high on punknews,org because they're "punk", you're an idiot. Get your own opinion.

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

this cd was a piece of crap at best... if you like really awful manufactured pop-punk... please by all means buy this crap, because it's for you!

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

HEY! don't be talkin' shit about the former mets southpaw. C.J.'s a cool guy, he has talent but knows his limitations. I talked to him a few seasons ago about whether he thought he was going to make the Mets' rotation at all, he basically told me "not a chance." He's almost past his prime, but once he hits his early 30s, if you put the guy on the rotatin of a mediocre team, 3rd or 4th starter, with the other 4 SPs young'uns, he'd probably notch an ERA somewhere between 4 and 5 and still be a good veteran leader for the others, giving the mediocre team a good chance to finish above .500 and thus build for a soon-future playoff run. this of course only goes well if the offense was good to start with. not atlanta good, but good enough to keep the team in games.

~ inagreendase

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

jee im such a goo writer that i will critisize a persons review. that makes me cool......i wish i was an english teacher

CaptainCrunch (June 9, 2003)

Who else is a knuckleballer other than Sparks and Wakefield?

If this band's name truly reflected their talent they would be called C.J. Nitkowski. Thats how shitty they are.

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

Sparks hasn't won a game yet this season working out of the bullpen. He's a nobody; Scott Radinsky would be better than him. Wakefield is solid, but did anyone see him get nailed in the shin by a fastball the other night against Milwaukee? Haw haw!

CaptainCrunch (June 9, 2003)

Steve Sparks is the top knuckleballer in the majors right now.

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

I don't know Scott. I think Wakefield was in his prime with the Pirates. He's still an effective pitcher but lately he and the rest of the Bosox pitching have been getting shit in the way of help from their hitters.

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

This review has the id 1984.

That's unfortunate

Strewtho (June 9, 2003)

This review jumped around all over the place, first kinda bashing them, then boofing them by the end. warf.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

AMERICAN Made?!? HAHAHAHAHA!............how pathetic. Patriotic bands are painfully idiotic already........adding in really horrible, tepid pop emo trash isn't gonna make it any better.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

Is anyone else totally and completely lost? I clicked on the review to read some high-quality bashing of the newest "sell-outs," which the review was at the beginning (although I wouldn't call it high-quality). All of a sudden, it's like Joseph turned on his/her MTV and was brainwashed by the oh-so-cute, pogo-ing quartet.

punky (June 8, 2003)

sounds craptacullar

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

Tim Wakefield was the man on the Pirates...Then he got better.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(grrr)

thefirstfive (June 7, 2003)

yeah right. tell that to elliot and further seems forever

Kurt_F (June 7, 2003)

Um, they don't play emo. FOR THE LAST TIME, EMO IS NOT SLOW TO MID-TEMPO, SAD SOUNDING MUSIC WITH HIGH OR SOFT VOCALS AND TWINKLY GUITAR PARTS. Get it right. Go listen to Indian Summer to get your emo fill.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

i saw them with the bosstones once. the lead singer was like, "let's turn this whole place into a mosh pit" and people responded with the middle finger salute. not a good band.

CaptainCrunch (June 6, 2003)

How could they be sell-outs if this is a debut? Don't you have to change to be considered a sell-out? Since they started out as complete dog shit, when they actually sell out does that mean they will make good music? I'm confused.....

I saw these guys a few weeks ago and they were pretty run-of-the-mill for pop-punk. Garbage.

But it got me thinking...are kids going to make fun of shit like this in 10 years the same way people make fun of shit like Vanilla Ice and New Kids on the Block now? And a long time from now are the pop-punk giants like NFG, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte going to do summer tours like all the 80's hair metal bands do now, and a bunch of people in their 30s are going to get all hyped up and go see a bunch of 40-something pop-punkers bounce up and down on stage while they reminisce about the good ol' days when pop punk was king? And is Blink 182 going to do a 'farewell' tour every summer and charge 350 for nosebleeds? Does anyone else ever wonder this?

lieutenant (June 6, 2003)

As a (self-proclaimed) English major, I am obliged to fill you in with my opinion on Wakefield. Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap.

As for Simple Plan, I must add, from what I have heard from them (I work at a chain record store, is that OK?), I cannot even touch their music. You the kind of music is written for certain television commercials, in which what you are hearing IS music, though its obvious that the songs are not really songs? It's like that. But an album of it, and what the disc is is not even a television commercial.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

you just insulted the whole album and then at the end you say it's solid and a good listen...fuck horrible review, go DIE.

-Taylor's Boyfriend.

FortyMinutesWest (June 6, 2003)

"I am reminded of New Found Glory, Sugarcult, and even Simple Plan "

Not really a gripe, but you make it sound like Simple Plan is a big leap from those other bands.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

haha that's funny, you just sounded like now the term sell out is cool so you're not gonna call this band sell outs

priceless

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

Joseph, pleaseeee stop making reviews. Enough pop-punkers have entered the building. Also, not all of us are happy little suburbanites who have 15 bucks to blow on a CD we don't know why we should buy. WHAT SETS THIS APART FROM THE REST OF THE NEW, SHITTY, POP ROCK TREND?

Nothing...

I actually bought this piece of shit.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

So, basically, here's the review:

This album is unoriginal, typical MTV pop punk, whining and trying to be sensitive. They sound like NFG and Simple Plan quite a bit, also. But please listen to it.

FOUR STARS.

This band licks dick.

TahoeJeff (June 6, 2003)

Reel Big Fish still ARE better than these "sell outs"

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

well, maybe other people like it. its just funnier and less confusing when you dont misinterpret recent history. but that's just my opinion. no hard feelings.

inagreendase

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

i was figuring wakefield could use the knuckleball for people who deserve it more like good charlotte, mest, or carrot top. i didn't know my misreferences to pop-culture seems to bother you. i thought that was the part the people love about me.

Ramo

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

oh yeah, and reel big fish also placed "sell out" as the opening track on their majors debut. Of course, more people can agree that the fish are actually good, or were, etc.

inagreendase

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

Ramo shut the fuck up. If you're gonna join in an unrelated correlated discussion to this band, at least get your attempt at a pop cultural mention right! A FUCKIN KNUCKLEBALL BETWEEN THE EYES!!! TIM FUCKING WAKEFIELD IS KNOWN FOR HIS KNUCKLEBALL. don't talk if you can't get your facual attempts straight. he could throw a curveball; but why wouldn't he just throw his signature pitch?

now that that's through, i'm also shocked the Good Charlotte clones were not properly titled such. i've said it before, and i'll say it again, the only thing worse than good charlotte is a band trying to emulate them. I was shocked this received a good review, I was clicking on the link preparing to see even WussEmoRock talking shit about this talentless group of persons. But I guess anything can happen...

inagreendase

thefirstfive (June 6, 2003)

This album is called American Made. This album is why people dont buy American.

TahoeJeff (June 6, 2003)

Even proclaiming themselves sellouts isnt original...Didnt Reel Big Fish do that way back in like'96?

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

A curveball right between the eyes. Bean those sons of bitches.

Ramo

FortyMinutesWest (June 6, 2003)

Tim Wakefield should sue these guys.

slippy (June 6, 2003)

to me this review made the cd out to be decent, but it got 4 stars. why oh why. i havent heard this but my guess is that nothing too original is going on here.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

to me they sound like mest and i fuckin hate mest....with a passion.

Ramo

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

They hosted some Nickelodeon show one Saturday night. It's like their new SNICK where they get different people to host...well they did, and that's all I have to say about them

tenderbransonx (June 6, 2003)

hey I seen these guys. Well, not really, I seen there name on a mesh hat though and that was enough for me.
Steven
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FortyMinutesWest (June 6, 2003)

Hahaha, Wakefield.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

This is the first review of this I've read that didn't mention the Good Charlotte link. Huzzah.

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