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The Revolution Smile

The Revolution Smile: Above The NoiseAbove The Noise (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: maverickScott
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With the breakup of seminal angst-rock band Far in the mid-nineties, people wondered what would happen to their members. Singer Jonah took the more indie-pop route, with his solo Onelinedrawing recordings, as well as an uber-poppy album from New End Original. Fans of Far were slightly baffled at t.
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With the breakup of seminal angst-rock band Far in the mid-nineties, people wondered what would happen to their members. Singer Jonah took the more indie-pop route, with his solo Onelinedrawing recordings, as well as an uber-poppy album from New End Original. Fans of Far were slightly baffled at this move, as Far, while being rather melodic, was still very heavy and somewhat dark at times. So where did all the frustration go?

With Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, apparently. His new band, the Revolution Smile, is chock full of possibly sincere [but highly marketable] grungy post-hardcore angst. The band's sound, one of perhaps Foo Fighters-meets-Quicksand, is one that's been done a million times over, but Lopez's vocals are compelling, even if what he's singing isn't.

Many of the baker's dozen of songs on here feature a trademark of the mid-nineties alternarock scene - the one-to-two note song [the lower it is, the better]. Far and Quicksand were masters of it; the Deftones still are. The Revolution Smile, however, does it way too much to be taken seriously [and could they tune any lower on "Bonethrower?" I mean, really!].

But even with simplistic riffs, the rock here really does rock. "Payday" and "Alien" are both solid melodic rockers that could easily be topping the modern rock charts. "Orange" reads as a big middle fingers to their former comrades at Buddyhead, with lyrics like "It's hard to talk with a gun in your mouth / how does it feel to be fucked over?" It's probably the darkest and heaviest song on the album, and where a lot of Lopez's gutteral noises sound too forced on the majority of this CD, his growls seem to come naturally with this song.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this band - how they were signed to Buddyhead but Fred Durst stole them away for his own label, et al. To his credit, Durst's mark on this album doesn't seem to be much - this band, to me at least, still sounds the same as when Buddyhead was interested in them. The only blatant Durst-ism on the disc is the misspelling of "Barrel" in the liner notes. I don't know how, but he had to be responsible for that fuckup. Anyway, the disc is a solid, if predictable of rehashed late-nineties hard rock. Odds are this is one of those "special value" CDs on sale at Best Buy for 8 bucks or something. I say it's worth your money until they start charging over 10 bucks for it.

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
funkisdead (September 10, 2003)

oh shit i just fucked up
i'm too stoned to be writing on this board right now
i thought somebody answered my shit
i should just go take a nap.
just ignore my last comment

funkisdead (September 10, 2003)

yeah as soon as i posted that it sounded like the comic book guy. i apologize.
but you used the phrase "uberpoppy" to describe the neo album... i just quoted it from you
they are much poppier than far, and while the onelinedrawing stuff is also melodic and mellow, i dont think it is very accessible.
but who really cares.

dignin (September 9, 2003)

this scores for the singer of this band not wanting jonah to play Far songs live.

GreenVandal (September 7, 2003)

well, the comment about the generic crap was me. I just didnt realize i wasnt logged in. Just thought id let everyone know.

Anonymous (September 6, 2003)

i don't really see how having some name pop up when i type shit makes me accountable. i think it's better this one 'cause there's not worries about offending someone, cause hey, i'm just an anonymous!

dignin (September 6, 2003)

angst rock seems right to me, and how about you get an account so you can at least be accountable for the stuff you say.

Anonymous (September 6, 2003)

Generic made for radio crap. Buddyhead sure can pick em.

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

"To the anonymous person below me:

What did I misstate about Far?

-Scott"

far broke up in '99, not the mid-ninties. minor fact, but when you're writing with this voice like you're a fucking expert, it's really annoying. and angst-rock is a really terrible description of them. not to mention that i don't think water and solutions was dark or heavy at all. and jonah's direction change in onelinedrawing didn't surprise me at all, i mean, several tracks (waiting for sunday in particular) on w&s HEAVILY hint at that change in direction. and NEO wasn't "uber-poppy" at all, aside from a few tracks. the whole "i know everything" voice you use is just annoying as fuck, no offense.

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

I think Durst also had something to do with the completely unnecessary Parental Advisory sticker. One fuck and one shit logicly wouldn't declare something unfit for minors, unless your broham demographic shows that kids want things that piss off thier parents. The Who cussed more than these guys do.

dignin (September 5, 2003)

its much poppier than far, except possibly that song that has the line, " falling up a flight of stairs"

funkisdead (September 5, 2003)

sorry scott
thriller is not uberpoppy
if you only listened to the first track, you would think that
the rest of the disk changes from song to song. it gets pretty emotional at times.

maverick (September 5, 2003)

To the anonymous person below me:

What did I misstate about Far?

-Scott

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

scott, what really bothers me about your reviews is you always start them with some preface where you go on and on about the band's history and significance and it usually sounds like you know jack shit about what you're talking about. your comments on far are case in point. you should work on that (constructive criticism, not an attack).

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

yeah, a boring album from Buddyhead's favorite new nemesis. Yawn.

sk8punx4evr (September 5, 2003)

"The only blatant Durst-ism on the disc is the misspelling of "Barrel" in the liner notes. I don't know how, but he had to be responsible for that fuckup."

laff laff.

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