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MxPx: Before Everything and AfterBefore Everything and After (2003)
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"We weren't the first but were holding our own; 10 years ago the seeds were sewn. A song in your heart gets you up when you're down. like the songs we play we love this sound, we're just like you standin' in the crowd." - MxPx Way back in the hey day of 1997 I ventured off for some fun with my ne.
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"We weren't the first but were holding our own; 10 years ago the seeds were sewn. A song in your heart gets you up when you're down. like the songs we play we love this sound, we're just like you standin' in the crowd." - MxPx

Way back in the hey day of 1997 I ventured off for some fun with my new high school friends on a cold November night down to a little venue in Pittsburgh known as Club Laga. We arrived to a sold-out crowd of about 500 kids. Most of whom seemed to be the same people who where at the Suicide Machines show a few days before. I don't remember too much about the opening bands or even who they where for that matter, but as the night's end drew near a band named "MixPix" took the stage -- No, just "M-X-P-X". Plowing through their songs of pop-punk bliss the band seemed to have everyone in the club dancing, bouncing, and singing along. I was clueless to any of these songs, but it was definitely a type of music that I enjoyed. Songs like "Chick Magnet", "Punk Rawk Show," and "Move to Bremerton" run in my head for weeks to follow. That Christmas I scribbled on my letter to Santa MxPx's album "Life in General." A record I think all of us have heard at one time or another. From there I was hooked, I went out and stocked up on their other records and have followed the band since.

MxPx holds a part in our scene as being one of those bands that have paved the way for similar bands such as Blink 182, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and just about everything on Drive-Thru Records, but at the same time they maintained some credibility. The band hasn't changed much since their high school days of playing snotty pop-punk tunes about religion, teenage troubles, politics, and of course girls. Aside from being picked up by a major record label and a natural maturity in their music and lyrics the trio has stuck to the same basic formula that got them where they are today.

Enter their new album "Before, Everything, and After." My first impression of this album is that it's terrible, pop-trash, and easily forgettable. However, I can't submit that as a review and I know I am far more articulate than that and can explain something that I dislike to back my opinion. So if you care, read on…

The sounds that enter my ear from the minute I press play come off as a very different MxPx. The "pop" is scooted up to first class and the "punk rawk" is left in coach. The band has taken the route of the artists they helped influence and look hungry for that taste of fortune and fame -- As they have since appeared in Pepsi commercials and even in the special features for the re-release of "Animal House" on DVD. The first actual song "Play it Loud" is Mike Herrera professing that the band just wants to play music and essentially sings a very upbeat number describing the band. Although it is a tolerable song you can see the direction the band is taking. As things shift to "Well Adjusted" which is a very juvenile song that I swear Simple Plan wrote. Dragging on, "Quit Your Life" is their attempt at a soft acoustic tune, which seems would fit better on a John Mayer disc than here. "Kings of Hollywood" is that song you expect to hear in a Disney movie like Shrek, although they still claim "Left Coast Punk Rawk." Classic MxPx songs are provided though, like "Brokenhearted," "More Everything," "The Capitol," "You Make Me," and "You're Not Alone," but even these songs just don't feel right.

Out of the sixteen tracks, two filler, nine just seem out of place and forced for an MxPx record. I can't hold the band responsible for wanting to take the route they did, it's been ten years since they started out maybe a change was needed. Unfortunately it's not something that sits well in my ear drums. For your enjoyment there is an enhanced portion of the disc containing wallpapers, buddy icons, and all those other usual goodies. In review, MxPx's latest effort "Before, Everything, and After" is a very forgettable set of tunes that I can almost guarantee will not be spinning in my CD player past today.

 


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bongsmcj (December 23, 2008)

one of my favorite mxpx albums. go fuck yourself if you don't like it.

now that's punk.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Hellz No MxPx is such a GREAT! band. Love the song 'Its Alright'
____Dead Arrival OUT!

Anonymous (February 9, 2005)

poor mxpx.

they were god, for all those other albums, why did they have to change their entire genre? they even had benji from Good Charlotte(more like BAD charlotte) in two of their songs. besides, the album was just plain mushy, like, i think he was getting married, cause they were all love songs. as a personal hater of wannabe punk (good charlotte, blink 182, simple plan, etc.) i think this album was a real dissapointment. goodnye, MxPx. im sorry to see you go.

jon

Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

dear god,

please don't let mxpx make any more gay pop music. i know you hate fags and you won't let this happen. you kind of owe me ever since you took my brother in that car accident.

thanks a shitload,
jim

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

loved this record. i was a bit suspicious at first because i heard it was a big leap from their other stuff, but then again, MxPx have always have been consistent in never making the same album twice. after the pop hooks made me me want to listen to the album in the first place, i am still enjoying the album after many months later on its merits of being a quality collection of songs. i have no time for the punk purists or any of those people who dismiss this on grounds of "not being like old MxPx" or "sounding like Simple Plan", this album is good-time, happy, feel-good music. true, some tracks are weak-ish, such as The Capitol and More Everything, but the first 8 tracks are pure bliss. nuff said.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

Suck my dick kirbypuckett chinga a tu puta madre pendejo mxpx es la mejor banda y tu no sabes ni que decir pobre pendejo vete a la mierda ogt.

Anonymous (August 21, 2004)

they ripped off the cover of sticky fingers

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

MxPx= Blink 182, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and the rest of the crappy pop punk bands.....especially "Well Adjusted"...I thought I was listening to a Blink 182 and Simple Plan duo before I realized it was MxPx......

Sorry, TRIED to fucking like MxPx.....but I jut can't.....

SiD

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

i want to buy that belt buckle that he is wearing

chrisafi (June 26, 2004)

I agree the article is very biased. Someone who hates pop-punk shouldn't be reviewing it.
I like to think I have a very open mind about music in general and I try to keep it that way.
However, MXPX have churned out lots of albums and I can't see any difference between them. They all seem so similar.

At least they should change their sound a bit, encorparate new ideas and sounds in but no. And the fact their music is generally poor means this band is going no-where in my estimation.

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

This is a somewhat biased review. I think mxpx is still more credible than most of the pop-punk shit out today.They still rock.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

i've liked just about everything this band has put out except this piece of simple plan/good charlotte/nfg rip off garbage. this pop "punk" shit has got to go.

Anonymous (October 30, 2003)

This is without a doubt the most mature effort from this great band. The whole album is very upbeat and lighthearted. Even the classic songs about heartbreak (take "Brokenhearted" for example) have a very positive vibe. Musically they're exploring a whole new territory. They still sound as tight as always, but the addition of keys and strings on a few songs make this album very rich in texture. The song that most clearly shows the band's growth in this sense is probably "Quit Your Life," and the background vocals create a very overwhelming atmosphere.
Although the sound is new throughout the whole album, there are tracks that resemble the more traditional MxPx style, like "Well Adjusted," which is a very catchy tune full of energy, "More Everything," and "You Make Me, Me." And of course, the first single off this album, "Everything Sucks (When You're Gone)," deserves much credit as well, for being a very well crafted song with a nice and catchy melody.
All in all, this is a very solid album, and I have no doubt that we'll continue to enjoy great music from this ever-evolving band. Congratulations to MxPx on another job well done.

Anonymous (October 29, 2003)

got it today on import (im english) and i like it a lot. Very very poppy but it's kinda good pop. It's still Mxpx though and i prefer it to ever passing moment.

Anonymous (October 29, 2003)

my name is juan from chicago and i am one of the biggest mxpx fans, probably the biggest from where i am from and throughout the time they have been making music it just keeps getting better and better. there sound on before everything and after has not changed but just matured and they continue to be one of the greatest. i hope everyone atleast listens to it and the make judgement. its great and thanku mxpx for ur music

Anonymous (October 29, 2003)

i've been the biggest and only mxpx fan i know in england for about five years now and just happened to be in florida to pick up the brand new album, i'll say this for every mxpx album and that's that this is fun. no matter how i feel i listen to this cd and feel good, god bless mxpx, the only thing i wasn't happy about is that i have no idea how kris roe features on broken hearted!

Anonymous (October 27, 2003)

After 10 years of defining the pop-punk genre, MxPx releases Before Everything and After, an album that changes the pace a bit. Even if it is not quite what their fans are used to, this album is so much fun that you will forgive them for departing from the formula.
With flashier producers in the mix this time around (Tom and Chris Lord-Alge), the signature MxPx sound gets tweaked and enhanced, bringing some unusual but welcome variations to the standard punk fair.

Starting things off, we have the rallying chorus of “Play It Loud” and the playful and hook-heavy “Well-Adjusted,” which many fans will recognize as the song from the Diet Pepsi commercial. These are followed up by some slower (by punk standards) tracks, but Mike Herrera knows how to craft songs that will resonate at any tempo.

“Brokenhearted” is sure to elicit both sympathy and grins with lyrics like, “You said you never really felt a thing, you said you didn’t like the way I sing… I’m not crying, I’ve got something in my eye.”

“First Day of the Rest of Our Lives” is a romantic confection with a chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head, and it’s followed by “Everything Sucks (when you’re gone),” a theme most people can relate to. The punchy rhythms are accented by a funky guitar riff that almost sounds like it could’ve been borrowed from a country song. But don’t let that scare you! This won’t be showing up on CMT anytime soon.

“Quit Your Life” features acoustic guitars, piano and even strings as an accompaniment for this completely sweet song that could be considered a grownup sequel to “Move to Bremerton.” Even though this is the slowest song on the album, it’s my favorite from this album. Just the perfect love song. The piano resurfaces on “Don’t Walk Away,” another ballad.

“More Everything” is about wanting “more kissing in the car, more staring at the stars, more color outside the lines, more undivided time,” no doubt inspired by life on the road that takes the band away from their loved ones. “You’re Not Alone” promises that “The time is near when I won’t need this phone,” further establishing the difficulties of long distance relationships.

However, “Kings of Hollywood” proves that life on the road isn’t all loneliness, with a killer bass groove and lots of energy as it tells tales of crazy nights on the road and on the town. “The Capitol” keeps things moving as well, and sounds like it could’ve been a b-side from the Ever Passing Moment sessions.

The album closes with “You Make Me, Me,” the kind of song everyone wishes someone would write about them. The punk vibe we’ve learned to expect from MxPx comes through as a backdrop to the lyrics “You make me laugh, you make me cry, you make me live, you make me die.”

This is definitely MxPx’s most mature and varied effort to date. It’s clear that they put a lot of work into the album, and diehard fans should be just as pleased as new listeners.

Make sure you check out the enhanced portion of the CD for some humorous and enlightening features, including behind the scenes video footage and the music video for “Everything Sucks.”

Anonymous (October 23, 2003)

It's not my favorite MxPx album, but hey it's MxPx, so it's still a good one.

boardchick222 (October 22, 2003)

I have been listening to MxPx for years, and I recently bought their CD at one of their concerts, it was like the third time I had seen them live. Maybe I expected too much from them, because I was less than impressed the first time I heard "Before Everything & After." Yeah, "The Ever Passing Moment" was a little poppier than I was used to, but this album is pushing it. They did a great job and put on a kick ass show though, so what can I say?

Anonymous (October 22, 2003)

I have been a fan of the Pokinatcha Punks, AKA Magnified Plaid, AKA MxPx for several years. I own most of their albums, except for At the Show and a couple of their EP's. I am on MxPx's email mailing list and found out about BE&A from their site. As a devoted fan, I bought my copy and LOVED it. MxPx has done some great albums in their time, and this is one of them (-! The first and last tracks are snippets from the rest of the album, sort of samples. Then the Punkin' kicks in, with lyrics such as "Lock me up in a mental penitentary" (one of my favorites) and, of course, "Everything sucks when you're gone." "Quit your Life" is a good song, although I'm surprised to see them do an acoustic song in the middle of the album, and I think it would have fit better as a closer. All things considered, MxPx's "Before, Everything, And After" is generally good punk.

Anonymous (October 21, 2003)

This cd is awesome!! MxPx never fails to produce some great music. I love it and it couldn't be better!

Anonymous (October 21, 2003)

MXPX is getting better every time I hear them. They are really maturing with their music and lyrics. Driving beats and lyrics that really make you feel and understand. It's an amazing transformation that these guys have taken since thier early years. I think this is their best album, both lyrically and musically. Keep up the great work guys!

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

I started listening to MXPX 5 years ago. They are the reason why I listen to punk music today. When I first listened to "Before Everything & After" I didn't really like it. After I listened to it a second time it quickly became one of my favorite CD's they have come out with. They are an AMAZING band!

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

You have to love Mxpx. They're so amazing in their ability to wow you. I love their new sound. I think it is throwing some old MxPx-ers off, but don't be alarmed. This new sound is a good thing. Being a big fan myself, I wouldn't push their album if it sucked. For your reassurance it doesn't suck. Buy their old albums, Life in General or Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, if you want to hear MxPx is all their glory (which they rightfully deserve.)

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

I would recommend that you buy this cd. It is great.

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

Ok i'll admit the first time i heard this cd i was a little disappointed that mxpx had somewhat a news sound. but now after listening to it a few times, i realized that they changed for the better. there sound has really matured, and although their songs arent as fast as before, now they are better written. they also appeal more now to the punk pop demand out there, with benji madden from good charlotte and jordan pundik from new found glory featured. mxpx is a great band with fun to listen to music about all different topics ranging from past girl friends to their faith in god. over all, i think before everything and after is a great cd, and i would recommend it.

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

This is one of the best CD's I own. It's MxPx's Second Best CD EVER!

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

I have been a mxpx fan since 7th grade, So thats been a long 7-8 yrs that ive been listening to them. I fell in love with mikes awesome tunes,songs, lyrics,just everything. From songs about God, growing up, girls, LIFE in general, to songs about settling down, and missing home from being on the road. This is definatly one of the greatest mxpx cds, although, they have a different look and sound, they still sieze to amaze me every record, I love u guys. Go get BE&A
Ben Smith
Summerville S.C

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

the best album.

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

MXPX r are awesome! The album is ace- the guys have grown up since Slowly Going The Way of the Buffalo- punk at it's best!

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

This cd is AWSOME...A ..It has some good old rock that they always play and they threw in a new sound..i mean all you guys who say that mxpx needs to go back to old school need to shut up because you cant have the same sound 4ever plus they will never stop being mxpx and they will never stop playing ther old songs..if you guys think they suck now than thats good for you obiously you arent true mxpx fans.. all i gotta say is MXPX is the greatest band and they will never stop rocking!!

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

Yes it does sound a lot poppier than their other albums, but it still has a good sound. I can say that I liked the sound on their older albums such as "Slowly going the way of the Buffalo, or "The Ever Passing Moment" a lot better than this one, but it still gets an A in my book. I give them props for venturing off and attempting a new sound, even if us old school MXPX lovers still jam to their earlier albums.

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

Hey!!!The new MXPX album Before Everything album is awesome. So go out and buy and listen to it until your stereo breaks!!!

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

The thing that sucks about people who think they like a band that's obscure is that they resent it if they change or become "un"obscure. I respect anyone's opinion based on the music itself, but you can't dislike a CD because it's a) different than the ones before it or b) sounds a little more like something you may hear on the radio.

The new MxPx record, Before Everything & After, rocks harder than any other MxPx record - and I have 'em all! The music is still the same "left coast punk rawk" that has indeed influenced many young bands. And, yes, including Simple Plan and "just about everything on Drive-Thru Records." But isn't that what it's all about? Every band has Web sites and does radio shoes and has a bunch of merch printed up to sell at shows - all to get more well known.

I enjoy bands like The Starting Line, Home Grown, New Found Glory, and Allister from Drive-Thru Records as well as other bands like Good Charlotte - who I saw working their butts off on the east coast before they were signed. I personally say "HOORAY" for bands that rock out and get popular. As long as they don't get like Blink-182 - whose Cheshire Cat CD was the soundtrack to my high school years - who are STILL playing songs for 17 year olds.

MxPx's music has matured along with the band, and all the fans who've been driving around listening to their CDs with the windows down and the radio all the way up since, well, forever! Listen to "Move to Bremerton" on Life In General and then listen to "Quit Your Life" on BE&E. It's the same subject matter, but handled in such a different way that it's obvious that the band are all grown up.

Don't listen to music obscurity snobs who are jealous and possessive over bands they think are "theirs." If you truly like anything, you want to see it be a success!

This is definitely the perfect CD to add to your MxPx collection!!!

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

Wow this album is a new break for mxpx. i really loved the purity and the melodys that came out on this one. this really isnt for you if your hearing mxpx for the first time tho. however, for the people whove heard mxpx's previous works, and now experience this; its fabulous! they have a bright sound that i havent heard before. i really love this new album, and i promise its a must for any fan!!!!

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

mxpx has progressed throughout the years and they did change but they still sound awesome. mxpx will always be great no matta what anyone says.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

I was so impressed. Its the best of their stuff for the last couple of years. Heaps catchy..

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

Love the cd!! It's great, all the songs rock!! Mxpx will always be one of my favorite bands!!!

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

i love this album. it is the best.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

This Album is hooooooooooooooooooooooot!! ;)

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

this album rox. everyone needs to listen to this.

nichole (October 18, 2003)

I think mxpx did such a rad job on this new album. They show they can change their sound and not afraid to try new things. ive been a fan for such a long time and gone to many shows and no matter what they come out with, their still the same guys who rock out on stage and never fails to show people a good time!! I like this new album cause they mix alot of new stuff with some older old school mxpx soundings.this cd shows how much mxpx has grown and i cant wait to hear what they have in store for us next. their genuine in all their music singing abotu stuff that really goes on in their lives and thats so rad cause we can all relate!YAY MXPX!!!!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

mxpx's new album is the best album ever..

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

MxPx is the best band ever!!! You would love this CD. This is the first MxPx cd I've ever gotten, and I loved it the moment I put it in my cd player. The reason why I got this was because of their new single "Everything Sucks." I definitly think you should check out the video. It's hilarious. You may have heard their song "Well Adjusted" a while ago on the diet pepsi commercial, you know, about a kid finding his parents in the mosh pit at an MxPx concert. They've got some of your other favorite rockers like the Halo Friendlies, Benji Madden from Good Charlotte, Kris Roe from the Ataris, and Jordan Pundik from my other favorite band New Found Glory. May left coast punks rule the earth!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

this album is really good, although i like their first albums better. its changed a lot and i think doesnt sound as original anymore, but it could just be me. other than that it is an awesome album.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

this new cd is pretty rawkin..i think they have changed a lot from their previous records..i still lyke it though..keep rawkin guys! (A)

-MIN-

amykat622 (October 17, 2003)

people change and mature as they get older. as are mxpx and their music. there is absolutely nothing wrong with experimenting, adding new things, and making old things better. just because they don't sound like they did on 'life in general' does not mean this new album sucks. if you want all your music to sound the same, more power to you. but don't rag on something you know nothing about. not all songs on this album are a 10, but name one that is. the fact that you want all their albums to be replica's of life in general, show that you can't deal with change, and that you aren't a true fan. like a fine wine, mxpx gets better with age.
-amy

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Definitely not the norm for them but the album does rawk and for those who say otherwise can lick the bottom of my boots!!!!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Mxpx new album Before Everything & After is the best ever and they totally work their hardest on every song so go out to your local store and get their best hit album now.

Love to you all Betty Boo
-Stacy
xoxo

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

When I first picked this cd up and played it, I felt something different. I heard sounds that was Mxpx but with a little twist. I played it through and enjoyed it but stuck with my old school mxpx, then decided to give the new sound another chance. It started to grow on me and I love this new record. Old sound or new sound it's still mxpx. At the core, the guys that love music, write great music, and I love everything about it. No matter what Mxpx still rocks and they put out music that I love!It may take time for everyone to warm up to it but you'll get there and you'll be happy you did. Get this cd, support the band, and enjoy the great...yes great music!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

MxPx is a great band and although huge fans (Like me)of MxPx will wonder what they are hearing for a while, it definately grows on you and to all you haters, shut up.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

MxPx will always rock and that's final.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

chirstain bands are still the greatest. thes guys will be tearing it up for a long time to come. as long as they keep making records, i am going to keep buying. this album rocked and that is all there is to it. and if you didnt like this album then you need to take a look at yourself and ask "am i really punk"

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

This new CD mxpx has just released is amazing! everyone that likes them should buy it and those of u who dont go buy and u will like them.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

MXPX is still the best. i was so amazed when i heard their new album. its so good, even my mom liked it!!!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Absolutely amazing! wot more can i say?! Their stuff is always so original and inventive, they can never put a foot wrong! Truly brilliant album, it's never gonna come outta my stereo!!!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

this is a GREAT album i love it there pass sound was diefferent and that were awsome then and are still awsome. there is nothing wrong with BEFORE, EVERYTHING,& AFTER i love each sound that is on that cd. i still need to from time to time listen to there old stuff. there new album hasnt left my cd player since the first day it came out and i bought it.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

this is one of the best records MxPx has put out it gives u great guitar attacks wonderful bass parts the drummings great and the lyrics are perfect. The new songs have great lyrics about girls life and just being yourself and not another sell out do your self a favor and go buy it

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

i would have given this album a 15 out of ten but it wont let me but this album rocks

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

this cd as great songs an i've been a fan foeever and they get better and better

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

These are 3 of the nicest guys I've ever met. I love this cd. More power to 'em!

Oh, and no, I'm not a 12 year old girl.

boba_fett (October 17, 2003)

umm... is it just me or did a whole bunch of the members from the mxpx community just show up? get a freaking life people.

im willing to bet that 2/3 of you have never heard anything besides this and the ever passing moment. go buy teenage politics and you'll hear how good the band really can be.

and to the guy who said they should go back to the hardcore sound of renaisance ep: renaisance was not hardcore and not oldschool.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

The MXPX boys are back, alive and kicking with their newly released album ‘Before Everything and After’. Over the past 11 years audiences all over the world have screamed, moshed and even crooned with the ever maturing, now men of MXPX. This album is the 12th studio recorded release, and it doesn’t look like Mike, Tom or Yuri will be slowing down any time in the future.
Released on the 16th of September, we see a lower midriff shot including Mike’s tattood arms, his hands in his pockets and a belt buckle sporting the MXPX logo, but that’s just the cover. With songs like ‘you make me, me’, ‘well adjusted’ and ‘brokenhearted’ we see and hear them grow as a group. This album (as many others) stick to the genre of newly aquainted love, broken hearts, loss and squandered youth, but with a style all of their own, MXPX make it sound like they invented adolescent issues. It will be no surprise that this record will soon be in the hands of every teen that has ever been hurt by love.
MXPX, have not only grown as people, but as musicians as well. We hear them in ‘Before Everything and After’, and notice just how much they have developed into a more rhythmic, melodic and tight group of musicians. They are to be commended for their efforts. From Tom’s introduction to MXPX on February 11th 1995 to Mike, now fully grown from his days as a larakin punker, MXPX are now better for the lifetime friendships they developed. It shows on the album.
Grab a copy while you can, and enjoy the ever developing, always maturing sound of MXPX. See you in the pit.
the pokinatcha kids

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

This album is really good. Mxpx, has made quite a few great albums... this doesn't have quite as hard of a sound... but MXPX has never been hardcore and their fans know that. People say they have sold out... they have really just started to grow up a little, which is not a bad thing. BE&A is easy to sing along with, or just to rock out to. If you don't have it yet, GET IT! Trust me, it is one CD you want in your collection.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

This album is great! There is not a bad song on there and you'll have the songs in your head for days! Great job boys keep rockin!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

It's just amazing!!!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

I really hope MXPX going back to the earlier sound, the earlier sound was more punkrock!
but now...ooh shit this is a kind of mainstream sound, and so mutch poppunk!
Come On MXPX you can do better than that!
go back to The Renaissance EP sound!!
By the way, mxpx Rawks anyway!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

I love the new MxPx cd it's awesome i listen to it every time i'm in my car which is alot and i'm blasting it, also telling everyone about it.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

The new sound is wicked. I can't get these tunes out of my head. It's awesome to here the Boys from Bremerton bust out an acoustic track I can't wait to hear what they have in store for us next.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

This album is unreal!! This record has so many catchy tunes that will rock your socks off! If you a true punk rock fan this is the Album for you!! This cd had a huge following to live up too and if u go out and get it you will know that my the songs that back it up!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

if youre that dumb,to think that this is bad then youre dumb, how could you say any of it is out of place, ive loved these guys from thier earlier stuff, i have all of thier stuff and it fits right in. this new albumn is better than anything i have heard recently, there is NOTHING wrong with this release at all. i cant believe anyone would say one bad thing. anyway but this albumn and see for yourself that the few people who say its bad are wrong.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Awesome cd!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

I have most of Mxpx's previous cds and I really loved this one above the rest! Before and everything after is really a great cd!

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

MxPX ROCKS!!! keep rocken!!love the album!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Best MxPx album known to mankind! A crisp, up tempo, upbeat sound makes everyone rock out to it! A must have for your collection!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This is one of the best cds I have bought in a while, It was great it is a pick me up cd, like if you need to laugh or what not listen to this cd.

MxPxer42 (October 16, 2003)

Awesome album all the way around every song is well written and performed BEAA should come Before Everything And After every Cd Purchase you make this year

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

dude a 10 cuz MxPx is sweet and other good stuff and u know!!11!!!1!!

-B.J. of O.C.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This Cd is WAY AWESOME. GO GET IT NOW!!

Mons (October 16, 2003)

I don't know how anyone can disagree with this album. This album is amazing! There are few albums out there that have the sort of sound that keeps you listening through the whole thing. You know what I mean? The only reason why I didn't give this album a 10, is because the first and last tracks aren't really songs. But otherwise, this cd is in my player all day everyday, and has been for the past couple weeks. Don't let anyone tell you different. Go and buy "Before Everything and After"!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

it's a great album

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

I love this cd, its always great to hear new matrial from MXPX!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

ok for one thing mxpx is the greatest band they have been tryin to make it big for 10 years ans i think that this cd will make it happen!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

amazing cd by an amazing band

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

one good album from mxpx. and all you "hardcore" kids can go suck a dick, got nothing better to do than talk trash cause your bands have been around for like 20 years and had no sucess??? what now! sluts!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Great cd from a great band

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

If you dont have this cd you are a loser tell all your friends this cd rocks

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

great go out and buy it one of the best out lately.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

who gives a f*** what this article says! the onlything that is different is that they added some effects. just sit down and listen to the guitar progressions and the lyrics, its the same formula that they have had, and gets them fans.this cd kicks ass and stop with the sell out bull! they are the best band alive.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

i love it....love mxpx too...whoo hooo seeing them live in november yay

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Alright now, MxPx rocks....all of the fans know that. But this album...whether you're a new fan or an old one...is awesome. All the songs kick, Left Coast Punk Rock ON!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

ah man this cd is good. a lot of new things like the guitars. its different and i like it. go out and but this cd. i mean it.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This CD is great i got it the first day it came out. I can relate with a lot of there songs, The CD kicks so much ass its my fav cd right now i lession to it all the time its worth the moneies dudes

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx is by far the best band ever, everything that they write just keeps getting better and better, this cd is the best yet!! With the guest singers, Benji Madden, Kris Rowe, Jordan Pundik and the Halo Friendlies, this cd is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This Cd rocks! You people need to get it!
To the people that think they sold out because of the religon songs, the have 3 christian songs on the new Cd so shut the f*** up!!!! Great cd!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

it was the best cd i've heard this year! where do they come up w/ this stuff!!! c'mon....lets c more of them around! MxPx kix ass!!!!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This cd is awsum !!! i luv well ajusted !!! its awsum !!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx rocks my socks off! there so awesome. even though they changed their style their lyrics are still true to themselves.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx is an awsome band and just because they cahnge the style dont mean they change the music its and awsome disc!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx's new album "Before Everything and After" really kicks. If you thought they were good on their last album, you'll absolutely love them on this one. The vibrant punk sounds rockin' from this CD will make you an instant fan...if there's one new CD that I could recommend to anyone, it's MxPx's album "Before Everything and After"!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This MXPX CD is by far the best MXPX CD out so far. Any MXPX fan should go out, and buy this CD right now! Plus, it's an enhanced CD, so that's cool, too.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

i think mxpx is an awesome band ... i dont care if they changed there style alil but .. i think they should do whats good fer them

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

could have been a lot better. if you dont own it, go buy Life in General instead. if you do own it, listen to that and pretend that you are listening to the new one. you will be happier that way. or you could go buy it. i did and i dont regret it. i just wish it was a little better.

PunkOwnzU (October 16, 2003)

Mxpx's new album "Before Everything and After" is one of their best in my opinion. When you hear it then listen to some of their other albums you realize that their sound seems more mature and has great substance this time around. From the song "Play it loud" to the lovely song "You're not alone" It's just really great to hear them back again in full gear. Even if you don't like them or think they're just a bunch of 'Punk Posers' I'm pretty sure you'll find at least one song you'll like. Even if you don't want to admit it to your friends.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MXPX undoubtedly one of the best punk band ever!!! Before Everything and After rocks like hell specially for you emo lovers!! (EMO ROCKS!!!!) Not my fav MXPX cd but definetly one of my fav cds of all time... features guest performers of Jordan Pundik (nfg), Benji Madden (GC), Kris Rowe (ataris) and Halo Frendlies

Fav Songs:
Well Adjusted
First Day of the rest of our lives
Quit your life
The Capitol
You're not alone

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

AMAZING. this cd fucking rocks. i've been their fan since i was 10. i love so much. they're new stuff def. rocks. fucking go out and buy it!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

hey u guys should check out their new alvum before everything and after. its so cool and if u get the chance check out their music vid. "EVERYTHING SUCKS WHEN YOURE GONE" its hillarious but till u check it out bye!!!
~jade31792@yahoo.com~

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

this cd is awsome.. worthy to be called great. everyone need to pick up their copy now

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

I think this album is just MxPx growing up. While at the beginning I was convinced they had sold out and sat there staring in horror, I am now convinced that this a good record.
Bremerton rocks! You people don't even know how hard it is to get out of towns like Bremerton, I know I used to live there, so people that bash MxPx need to kiss my ass

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

I thought this album fucking rocked. MxPx are one of the best fucking bands ever. Thank you.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

"Before Everything & After" should have been titled another great one from MxPx. My favorite song on the cd is 'Kings of Hollywood' from the titled I guessed that it would be a great song, and it is.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Hands down this album is the best MxPx album out so far. They have been around forever, and if you are a classic fan of MxPx you may not like it because it contains a more pop sound to it. It is hands down one of the best albums of the year. I suggest to anyone who likes MxPx or and other kind of punk to go out and get this album because it rocks!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

mxpx is really cool band ..i love their new CD is really good just like the rest of thier CD's . The song everything sucks is really good!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

This is the punkest cd or the band !los amo mxpx ! son una verdadera verga del punk rock norteamericano

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

At first I was worried like everyone else that this was going to be the cd, that mxpx was going to sell out. All the other bands are doing it so I figured their time had come too. Then I heard the new disc. I was amazed. mxpx has been making phenomenal records for almost 10 years now and some how they keep managing to out do themselves each time. Every new disc is more amazing than the last. I was impressed with the new razor sharp, cleaner sound and high energy on this cd. The new effects make this album unique but they still have that classic sound that is strictly mxpx. The guys from mxpx have done it, they have stayed the same yet put together an album that has some brand new sounds blended nicely with old flava’ and energy. Mad props.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx has rocked my socks off for as long as I've listened to them, every song on this album gets stuck in my head. It's worth buying just for the song "Well Adjusted" alone.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

i loved this CD

gkainz (October 16, 2003)

I've seen some reviews of this album that range to "This is the best MXPX cd ever recorded" to "I hate it"

You, more than likely, will love it or hate it. It may not be as good as some past albums but that, to me, is the band maturing in thier genere, with or without some fan's tastes.

I love this album. The lyrics, albeit a little emo, are amazing. Open the booklet, read them w/ the song.

I think the best songs on the album are as follows...

Well Adjusted
Quit your life
It's all right
King of Hollywood

I love it.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

MxPx has been around for 10 years and their style of music is continuously changing. They are one of the only bands that can actually keep it together for 10 years and they are still goin! Before Everything & After is a good example of the bands continuous change. It isn't as "edgy" or "loud" as some of their old stuff but it is definately just as good!! so EVERYONE should go buy this album TODAY!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

I'll admit, this album is a little slower than their earlier years. But the music quality is much better. Instead of plain old common time they mix up the time signatures alot and play in so many different keys. Their old punk stuff, sure it's fast and fun to slam dance to but its all major notes and generic walkups and walkdowns. This album really shows their quality as musicians as well as poets. Buy the album because you like them and their music, don't sell out to the same old fast garbage, which everybody can play. Part of staying young is being educated and versitile

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Dude this album truly kicks ass!!!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

this album kicks ass!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

mxpx is an awesome band

boba_fett (October 16, 2003)

somebody is gonna kill me for this im sure:

i like this cd. (kinda)

i just bought it cause it was 10 bucks at future shop so i figured why not pick up? i own all their other stuff, ill get this too. i was planning to at some point and the price got me.

well i went home and listened to it and i say: it sounds hardly anything like the ever passing moment so that means it has to be good. thats what i say. its not 5 star material, its probably not 4 star but thats ok. ill give it that cause im a forgiving kinda guy.

if you like mxpx then this isnt bad, if you dont like them or have never heard their stuff, this cd is not for you.

***TROGDOR the BURNINATOR***
(strikes back)

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

aye,
you stupid bastards don't think about snakes and frauds, or else you'd dump your passionately religious bullshit back down the stupid faggot face it came out of, you pop-punk shits. is the golden weasel youth containing free goblin denim weekly?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

okay, i loved mxpx, right up till this cd. i regret in saying that i believe they have sold out on this album. it's crap. however, most of you guys are the saddest losers i've ever seen. reading these reviews, you just bash mxpx for the standard "bleh, im a punk! fuck authority! bleh!" reasons. it's sad. who cares if they're christian. who cares if they're pop-punk. bash them and be able to back it up, not just because they don't fit your idea of what is supposedly "punk".

oh yeah, and whoever mentioned punk crediblity points, go lay down in traffic. idiots like you are why this scene is dying.

toma (September 26, 2003)

despite the terrible reviews and comments here, every time i see this album i'm tempted to buy it... so far i've resisted, but for some reason it keeps tempting me. i know i won't like it, but i want to buy it anyway. kind of like the time i bought take off your pants and jacket, then listened to it once and never listened to it again.

notfeelingcreative (September 25, 2003)

"I'm okay you're okay" is the only song I can come close to tolerating from this band!

boba_fett (September 25, 2003)

"as i listen to this album it occurs to me that most of the songs have little to know meaning to them whatsoever. but then.....

punk rawk show
move to bremerton
im ok you're ok
want ad
doing time

none of these songs had any substance to them, they were just fun. so is this album, it's just not quite as fun."

dude you took the words right out of my mouth.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

*little to no

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

as i listen to this album it occurs to me that most of the songs have little to know meaning to them whatsoever. but then.....

punk rawk show
move to bremerton
im ok you're ok
want ad
doing time

none of these songs had any substance to them, they were just fun. so is this album, it's just not quite as fun.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

"You're right dude. They totally sold out. I liked Punk Rawk Show, but seeing them on something like a rice crispies commerical just ended it there. I guess a lot of punk rock is shifting that way, though, unfortunally. And whoever said the woman belongs in the kitchen can f off. Go away, no one cares about that measily opinion. Okay, I'm done."

"Hey fuckhead that said women don't belong in the kitchen. That's an opinion too. To the fuckhead that said they do: Bro, if you gotta girl email me f9xy9@unb.ca"

why do i get the impression you are both 12 year old girls? maybe because you're both idiots. if you hate sexist stuff maybe you should go here: http://www.punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=2243

its not that far away. its on this site. theres more stuff you might have a fun time reading. and to the punk who wants to know if i have a girl: yes i do. mow i know youll say "yeah right" but what the fuck do i care? are my feelings going to be damaged by your witty remarks? no.

-boba_fett

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

Crap.
And who came up with the cover for this??? THat's the stupidest shit i've ever seen. "Hey, let's make the cover be the croch region of one of you guys". "okay, that sounds hip, man. right on!"
Stupid fuckers.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

Mxpx use to be way better than 'Before everything and after'. They just take the wave of Pop-Punk like a lot of other groups. It's a marketing move i guest...

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

Hey fuckhead that said women don't belong in the kitchen. That's an opinion too. To the fuckhead that said they do: Bro, if you gotta girl email me f9xy9@unb.ca

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

You're right dude. They totally sold out. I liked Punk Rawk Show, but seeing them on something like a rice crispies commerical just ended it there. I guess a lot of punk rock is shifting that way, though, unfortunally. And whoever said the woman belongs in the kitchen can f off. Go away, no one cares about that measily opinion. Okay, I'm done.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

Correction, I am nine, and MxpX is not better than ANY band. They are the scum of music. That's right. "Everything sucks" when mxpx has fans, and quite clearly, they are all fuckin' retarded.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

How 'bout this? You don't like it, don't listen to it! And, for all those people pissed off about how poppy MXPX is, they've always been that way! You want irony and jaded social commentary? Listen to Bad Religion or Pennywise. You more into slitting your wrists and taking pills to kill the pain in your heart caused by that girl who dumped your skinny ass? Play some fucking whiner baby emo shit. Too hard core for that even? Go play some Rancid...yeah, Lars has a mohawk...that's REAL bad ass. Seriously though...just take MXPX for what they're worth...pop punk that's a fuck of a lot better than most of the shit that's being cashed in on as music these days. And by the way,I am not attacking any bands I have previously mentioned. I know some dumbass 12 year old is going to try to bitch me out about dissing their end all be all favorite punk band, Rancid.

j*

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

for the kids that listen to this, most likely still in high school and taking their psats...
mxpx : punk :: velveeta : cheese

and not in a good way

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

the best thing mxpx ever did was tour with DASHBAORD CONFESSIONAL.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

first impresion was that it sucked.... then sumone said they sold out and i thought that that person sucked. mxpx is growing up it was a gradual change they didnt sell out theyre doing what they want. what is wrong with that. if you dont like it dont buy it. just because they made an album that you dont like doesnt make em' sellouts

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

rage.

im gonna murder your mother.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

People who like this band should be lynched. I've heard all their albums, basically all their songs, and in conclusion, i realized my friend is a complete moron with a lack of musical taste, and everyone else who likes this band are simply wasting flesh which we can send over to starvin' marvin.
This band should also be castrated, and publicly hung. I demand to cast the first stone at what would be one of this country's best accomplisments.
Murder this band, and their fans.
Peace Out honkies.

applecore (September 24, 2003)

yes.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

these guys have done it right since they started. they've got some of the best heads in punk rock and they've never settled. if you can't stand their rock everyone should be able to at least respect them for their views. mike herrera knows what the fuck hes talking about. .. more than i can say for a lot of fuckin douche bag cliched "pop-punk but really just emo-i-want-to-get-rich" bands. thank you.

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

so all of you are douche bags, and Im a douche bag for reading all of your lame replys. But I will give credit to the guy who said " "WORST_MxPx_ALBUM_EVAR!!"

WORST SPELLING OF EVER EVER!"

That was funny.

the album thing too. now go out to some shows and be punk or whatever you do.

Im sure your band is terrible, so lets review your crappy demo. OH, and your singer sucks, and kick out the fat drummer no one likes him and he isnt funny.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

i've been listening to these guys since '98 and my first album of theirs was life in general. i honestly think this is their best album, its the catchiest. i can see how alot of old school fans will miss the old fast tempo stuff. but after 5 albums of that, it hink these guys wanted to change it up

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

Benji from good charlotte did guest vocals on two tracks...

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

to the kid down there raving about NOFX and the religion issue......

mxpx still has songs about religion. almost as much as they have for awhile. they toned down their jesus talk cause their 'christian' label ripped them off.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

What would JESUS not do?

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

sorry but, blink 182 paved the way for this repetative band and all the others.

AlbertFreddyIngram (September 22, 2003)

once again i hate you anonymous.

and to the gocart the boganator or whatever the name is, flash back two years when they were headlining and Good charlotte and slick shoes backing them. they always put on a great show(although the same one everytime), but now they are backing the same shitty bands that they helped out before, which sucks for MxPx because all the mtv kids come along and say "hey, whos this new band MxPx, they sound just like Good Charlotte, wow how gay" well you kids are wrong, Good charlotte is gay and so is anonymous.

~AlFred

CallingLondon (September 22, 2003)

i always hated this band. they always sounded like generic punk to me.

boba_fett (September 22, 2003)

mxpx has to stop touring with bands like new found glory, good charlotte and dashboard. the worst part is that mxpx is only an opener. they should headline their own tour with a few respectable bands and play some old stuff.

that is if any respectable band is willing to play with them.

*-_- TROGDOR the BURNINATOR -_-*

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

That was a joke.

-Justin

Poisonthesink (September 22, 2003)

"WORST_MxPx_ALBUM_EVAR!!"

WORST SPELLING OF EVER EVER!

turdcore92383 (September 22, 2003)

You knew it was coming when MxPx got paired with Dashboard for their fall tour. I thought it was an odd combination.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

i really liked the renaissance ep, even given the current state of crap punk. i think this record is a travesty.
and this is funkisdead.
funk is still dead.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

NOFX did not invent contemporary pop-punk as we know it today.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

Hey guys.

Remember when MXPX wrote songs about Jesus all the fucking time? Then they get signed to A&M records and all of a sudden the Jesus stops? I think that's pretty much the epitome of the cliche, "selling out". Am I right or am I right? How much integrity do you have when you sell out your faith?

And if that argument doesn't do it for you... They are still talentless morons. MxPx is just a watered down christian rip-off of NOFX. Yeah, NOFX. You know, the band that pretty much invented what we know as contemporary pop-punk.

Oh yeah, and they suck, too.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

to quote a big fat-ass panda from soth park,

"Oh no...I'm a saaaaad paaanda" (sexual harrasment panda)

i used to like MxPx, but shit, dude, this is pointless, meandering dribble.

where, o where, has my little mxpx gone, O where o where could they beee?

toma (September 22, 2003)

"I always thought that MxPx would be the next big thing in pop punk."

nonono, mxpx don't want to be the next big thing, remember?

AlbertFreddyIngram (September 22, 2003)

"we all know that dude ranch was BEFORE chesire"

You mean - "I am a complete jackass"
I hate you anonymous.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

I give the album a two but that
spectacular crotch shot gets a 9 1/2!!

Those christian youth sure are packing!

Thenick (September 22, 2003)

well you know what i think sucks....

when anyband that is notoriously branded 'uncool' because they went mainstream, or are 'trendy pop-punk' i.e. mxpx, new found glory(face it, everyone was in love with nothing gold can stay oh so many years ago), ataris (same goes with anywhere but here), any review or comment is immediately discredited and shrugged off.

if someone says a new album is band, or took a turn for the worse, all the fanatics jump on the reviewer and say "get over your 'punkness' and accept that they dont suck, just because 12 year old girls like them, and they dont live in the gutter, doesnt make them not punk", regardless of the quality of music.

and anyone praising it gets the, whole, "grow-up this is washed up garbage, they should give it up already", again, regardless of quality.

so really.. reviewers will never win.

TheProblemWithFire (September 21, 2003)

Oops, I accidentally gave this CD a 10. I'll give it a 5, considering I haven't heard it all.

TheProblemWithFire (September 21, 2003)

Just like most people here, I fell in love with this band when I was about 15. I loved Life In General.

What is this shit? I haven't bought this album. I've heard about 4 songs off of it, and I know it's something I won't spend money on.

I kept thinking that after Slowly Going the Way...that these guys had something special and they were going to make some amazing albums. Then 'The Ever Passing Moment' came out. Now this comes out. Terrible.

I always thought that MxPx would be the next big thing in pop punk. I guess that title belongs to Good Charlotte now.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

ugh, this sucks. and i'm not saying that cuz its the cool thing to do or cuz i need punk points either.

boba_fett (September 21, 2003)

that was all really freaking random.

*-_- TROGDOR the BURNINATOR -_-*

boba_fett (September 21, 2003)

i remeber when mxpx used to be good. what happened to those days? i still think they have one good LP left in them and im still waiting for it.

and wtf? here i was thinking that they were going back to the old school style with the PxPx punk all over the place but now it has been relegated to just above mikes crotch. wierd.

at least they do a good live show.

and finally: i guess if you have to give credit to somebody it belongs to greenday. but life in general got a lot of exposure and slowly going the way of the buffalo went gold i think. id still take mxpx over blink any day though.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

Actually this score is for MTV movies and MTV ( the home of mxpx's new target audience) in general.

Fucking ratings system.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

I saw mxpx on some terrible melodramatic MTV movie my friend's roommate was watching on MTV the other day. That was pretty random. I haven't heard this and I really have no desire to. This score is for MTV's TV movies.

PS - Kid Dynamite - Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems is truly a thing of raw beauty. We need a review of that.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

1998 was when they re-released chesire cat.

we all know that dude ranch was BEFORE chesire and we all know that dud ranch came out in 1997 with major label affiliation plus cargo.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

yeah... "Dude Ranch" came out in 1997. so "Chesire Cat" was well before that.

"Dude Ranch" was a much much bigger album in terms of getting attention than "Life in General" was. Don't you remember when "Dammit" was all over MTV? And they were already pretty big before that. "Chesire Cat" got a fair share of attention, certainly more than "Pokinatcha" or "Teenage Politics." Remember when Blink and Bigwig were opening up for Less Than Jake before "Losing Streak" was out? It would be a really big mistake and silly assumption to say that MxPx paved the road for Blink. They were pretty much going on at the same time, separately (although Blink was bigger). And they owe it all to Green Day.

The MxPx EP on Fat Wreck was decent, but not particularly impressive. Moments of quality. But just moments.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

yeah i found that hard to believe too but thats what their website said and i cant find anywhere that sayd differently.

AlbertFreddyIngram (September 21, 2003)

cheshire cat: 1998?

-*****

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

As painfully mediocre bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan infiltrated the mainstream, you could always say "well, at least we'll always have MxPx - a good pop/punk band. With this record, you can say that no longer.

Pop punk dies with this album.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

Thanks Mr. Shrek commentator

Shrek is much better than MxPx

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

MxPx:
first 4 song demo:1993
pockinatcha: 1994
teenage politics: 1995

Blink 182:
Flyswatter: 1992 (demo tape)
buhdda: 1998 (originally 1994)
cheshire cat: 1998

holy shit! seeing as neither of the bands heard each others first demo tapes it would appear they came to be at the same time!

there. now everyone can sleep at night.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

mxpx was inspired by Social D and NOFX and, at least on the last album, a little bit of Elvis Costello. unfortunately, any postivies they took from them are gone. now they sound completely generic. although occasionally there is a hint of The Who on this new album, but only superficially.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

DEAR JESUS!!!
This SUCKS and so does MXPX..........

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

Haven't heard it yet, but I just want to point out that Shrek isn't a Disney movie, and that it's actually a reaction to the sugar-coated sweetness of the Disney movies.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

"i really think that Blink 182 and MXPX were inspired by the Romones. I dont think either was copying off of each other. so suck a fat one."

Well, it's the RAmones... and Blink and MxPx have nothing whatsoever to do with them... Whereas the Ramones took 60s pop and rock, distorted it, sped it up, and made the lyrics macabre, these two bands utilize nothing to do with that... If you listen to a lot of 60s music, especially the Beach Boys and early Beatles, you'll see where they got their general direction. These new pop-rock bands sound nothing like 60s- inspired music... To be honest their sound is just really crappy, bland and unoriginal.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

"This record is on par with Green Day's "Warning..."

You're kidding right?

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

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

This record is on par with Green Day's "Warning," which I think is one of their better ones. It's not as punk-oriented, but it's there. And the songwriting is much better on it. Maybe MxPx will follow Green Day's lead and go back to the punk after they get their "kumbaya-ya's" out.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

i really think that Blink 182 and MXPX were inspired by the Romones. I dont think either was copying off of each other. so suck a fat one.

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

The majority of these bands aren't quite
able to write mature lyrics as they get older, I'm sure the new Blink 182 will have at least four songs that mention boners and poop!

Anonymous (September 21, 2003)

Mosh for jesus!!!

AlbertFreddyIngram (September 21, 2003)

Not that any of this nonsence matters but...Blink's Cheshire Cat(did you forget about this CD) was released in 1994, and MxPx's Pokinatcha(did you forget about this CD) was realeased the following year in 1995. So.......WHO GIVES A FUCK. You people sound like a bunch of old ladies in a sewing circle, because who really cares if its blinks falt for inspering Mxpx to write this shitty record X amount of years after these two bands have already established themseves.

~Alfred

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

to the guy who said that mxpx doesnt deserve credit for paving the way for blink:
of course they do. blink wasnt "well on its way" when mxpx released life in general. life in general was released in 1996 and dude ranch by blink was released in 1997. mxpx came first. and besides, people listened to life in general and the stuff that came after it. nobody listened to blink again until enema of the state. and nobody really listened to them in the beggining anyway. mxpx had 2 lp's out when life in general was released and 3 ep's. blink had one demo tape that wasn't even on a label. so dude, mxpx came first by far.
now if you're looking for the last mxpx cd worth buying it was the broken bones ep. had those songs and more like them been on the ever passing moment everybody would have liked that cd.
mxpx: please release a good lp before i die.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

Hey Mxpx, you're not 16 anymore. Grow up

-bemused-

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

So... when is there going to be a review of Kid Dynamite's new album of older stuff plus DVD "Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems?"

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

no one outside of Chritain music listened to mxpx until life in general. or at least very few. and blink was already well on their way at that time. it is just silly to give mxpx credit for influencing blink. and mxpx is so incredibly derivative, to begin with.

but green day gets credit.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

"hey woman get back in the kitchen. you know what im itchen' for? i want some pie and i dont know why"

Holy shit, that was great.

-Justin

eyeball_kid (September 20, 2003)

Well, at least the cover Reminds me of the Ween 'Chocolate and Cheese' cover. Mmmmm....

toma (September 20, 2003)

"wow dude, you have some serious rage.

i think the reason why mxpx's music sucks these days is beacause they all went off and got married. yeah im pretty sure they're all married. so what are they gonna sing about? not "hey woman get back in the kitchen. you know what im itchen' for? i want some pie and i dont know why."
if they sang about that it would at least be funny. but singing about girls when your married is kinda lame. they should go back to tooth and nail and try to release something good and the call it quits. if they hate tooth and nail too much then just call it quits. this record is an embarrasement.

oh yeah... i like their old music."

i think the reason their old music is better is because at least then they sang about something they believed in. their anti-american songs were always kinda fun too, cuz they seemed to out of place in amongst the christian ones.

toma (September 20, 2003)

"im pretty sure blink was around before mxpx. or at least at the same time, they didn't "pave" the way for them. ie dammit! what about greenday!"

mxpx started up in 1992, i *think* pokinatcha came out in 1994... so yeah that predates blink 182 by a couple years

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

*because*

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

wow dude, you have some serious rage.

i think the reason why mxpx's music sucks these days is beacause they all went off and got married. yeah im pretty sure they're all married. so what are they gonna sing about? not "hey woman get back in the kitchen. you know what im itchen' for? i want some pie and i dont know why."
if they sang about that it would at least be funny. but singing about girls when your married is kinda lame. they should go back to tooth and nail and try to release something good and the call it quits. if they hate tooth and nail too much then just call it quits. this record is an embarrasement.

oh yeah... i like their old music.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

im gonna do you guys a favor and let you in on some advice.........these guys are not cool, they never were cool, they never will be. paving the way for blink 182, good charollette and simple plan, thats no accomplishment. none of those 4 bands classify as musicians. they have stuck to the same style because that is all they are capable of playing. if you are in 6th grade and an mxpx fan, thats understandable. if your any older than that you should shoot yourself in the face. buy this album if you want to hear about some 30 year old with gel in his hear sing about how he still cant get laid, just like you. you fags should just fuck eachother. pop punk sucks you fags.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

This review pretty much summed up my feelings about the new MxPx album. Although it is still better than most other pop-punk out there like good charlotte and simple plan, it just seems really generic and weak - just like the direction the ataris took on their last release.

There are way too many drawn out mushy love songs on this disc. Is Mike still looking for a woman? Geez, if he can't get laid or find a decent chic after being in a successful punk band for over ten years, then he's got a problem. I find it harder to relate to the stuff MxPx has put out as of late. MxPx is a great band, but they could be simply amazing with just a little bit of aggression or better message in their music.

My advice to MxPx, don't become another crap pop-punk band pumping out disposable tunes you'll be hearing at frat parties for years to come.

FatTony (September 20, 2003)

I was considering writing a review for this album, but it wouldn't have been much different from this one. Anyway, this band used to be great. Life in General and particularly Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo are great pop-punk albums. Then the band put out The Ever Passing Moment, a step in the wrong direction, but not without its moments. Then came The Renaissance EP, which sucked royal ass and I chalked it up to just the band experimenting and trying out something different. Now, with the release of this album, I no longer give a shit about this band. This album is fucking terrible and, if not for two less-than-stellar releases before it, would have been a huge disappointment.

I also find it amazing that the band has now been together for over 10 years, yet their abilities as songwriters and musicians have not improved one bit in that decade. In fact, they seem to have taken an already simple form of music and actually managed to dumb it down even more, to the point that it's downright boring and totally not energetic. The songwriting on Life in General is more interesting than this shit, and they were like 17 when they made that album!

I just can't say enough awful things about this album. Spend your money on the new Rx Bandits or Thursday albums.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

Excuse me, did they forget all about the "Renaissance EP" they put out just two years ago? I really thought they'd be returning to that style of music.

I guess that was just a one-off deal.

Oh, well...maybe they'll put out another one-off, fast pop-punk EP in the future, just to keep us old "punk dinosaurs" happy...

I like this band, but I can wait 'til then.

ElVaquero (September 20, 2003)

man, people still think this band is cool? fuck, i feel old

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

Ok, so clearly this isn't their best record, but it's not as bad as people seem to think it is. They've been saying how they've been moving away from the blazing punk they used to play, while still letting it remain as an undertone, which is exactly what this album is. Some songs are better than others, and I agree that 'Kings of Hollywood' is too radio-friendly and was probably written to make A&M happy. And I like the filler songs and how they sum up the record as a whole. Yes it's poppier, but who cares? The songwriting is tight and I can't really ask for more than that. Everyone else can suck my ass.

TheMarc (September 20, 2003)

"This album grows on you."

So does bacteria, but I think we'll all agree that their latest album was horrible.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

This albums will grow on you.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

"oh yeah my mom is a huge Blink 182 album"

I think you have some problems at home...

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

"You can act as cool as you want, but you all know this is way better than that piece of shit that was passed off as an album "Indestructable'."

LOL, a-freakin-men

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Great album and you all know it. Stop being too cool to like good music. No one is impressed. MxPx is one of the few bands around that play good pop punk.

You can act as cool as you want, but you all know this is way better than that piece of shit that was passed off as an album "Indestructable'.

Oh yeah I went there.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Something that does stink though about any review I have ever been to is it seems that every one bashes the band. Though some focus on the music, most are like this band sucks because they arent punk enough or this band has been around ten years and finally they can do what they want as a career and that aint cool cause its selling out. Who cares...I mean i love underground music but there comes a point where a band works hard and they deserve something. Sure it stinks when a band sells out but what would you do in their shoes. Heck, I can think of alot of bands that stink and just because many of us have outgrown MxPx doesnt mean they stink. Our taste of music has changed.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

I like this band. They arent the greatest band of all time, but if it wasnt for them I wouldnt be into punk and other genres of music. I cant say I listen to them anymore but I do remember the good old times.

themuffingirl (September 19, 2003)

im pretty sure blink was around before mxpx. or at least at the same time, they didn't "pave" the way for them. ie dammit! what about greenday!

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Do they still sing about god and religion?

oh yea and the "my cousin is a HUGE mxpx album" killed me. thanks for the laughs

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

it got a 4 out of 5 from AP probably because they have been a cover band before. AP is always nice to bands they put on their cover.

they also are pretty good at taking albums at face value and not worrying about personal politics about bands. they gave the All-American Rejects a 5 out of 5 or something like that and said it was a great pop-rock album. im assuming they looked at this mxpx album as a great pop album, which it is. it just sucks if you're hoping for what the band used to do.

wannabepunktony (September 19, 2003)

I am really confused on how this got a 4 outta 5 from AP, but I guess that's only because they didn't listen to it, heh.

Wow, I thought they couldn't get any worse than, "The Ever Passing Moment," or whatever the hell their last LP was called.

Just yuck.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

I guess I can't get get mad at these guys for making an album that they wanted to make...just as long as they continue to put out little ep's or something that show us what they are really capable of (renaissance ep) I'll keep buying in hopes of another Life in General or Slowly....

WackyWabbit (September 19, 2003)

my review of the new thursday, 5 out of 5....can't find anything wrong with it. My review for this new mxpx.....i'd rather not comment on that. let's just say they were once pretty good for their kind of music

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

gave up on these guys after the buffalo album....man that title is kinda ironic now...

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

that was a great review... good job man

AlbertFreddyIngram (September 19, 2003)

As if it wasnt bad enough to be in a pepsi commercial, but it was A DIET PEPSI commercial.

oh yeah my mom is a huge Blink 182 album

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

this is a great album when compared to simple plan or good charlotte, but for what these guys are capable of it sucks.

inagreendase (September 19, 2003)

How long is it taking Aubin to write that Thursday review? Sheesh, are you really that speechless?

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

"Thats all it is. There are a lot worse albums out there by a lot worse bands."

Hahaha, I don't think there are many bands worse than MxPx.

-Justin

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

You guys are all going based on judgments you made about an album most of you haven't heard all the way through or listened to more then once. I will be the first to admit that when I heard a few mp3's, I thought it was crap.....but once i got a hold of the whole album and listened to it all the way through several times, it grew on me. I think this is their best album since Life In General. It has a few songs that are corney, but for the most part it is a solid pop/rock album. Thats all it is. There are a lot worse albums out there by a lot worse bands.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

ok i've meant to say "fan" instead of "album". but damn that shit was funny when you look at it. too bad I make the funniest jokes by accident.

Ramo

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

"my cousin is a HUGE mxpx album..."

Oh man. I'm still laughing at that. My roommate is looking at me funny trying to figure out what's so funny that it caused me to laugh nonstop for close to two minutes now. I know it was an accident, but still the funniest thing I've seen in a little while.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

WORST_MxPx_ALBUM_EVAR!!

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

The album cover sums up what direction MxPx has headed into. MxPx was one of my favorite bands but after hearing this cd I'm kind of embarrased to say that. That was an excellent review by the way. This cd makes the Ever Passing Moment look like brilliance. At least that cd has some melodic influence, this cd is just pop with no catch or melody whatsoever.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

I have a cousin that's a big Ten Foot Pole album, but he got dropped from his old label.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

your cousin is a huge MxPx album?

that's awesome

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

i agree with you canadian adam: crotch pics suck ass (except if it's a woman's).

as for this album, my cousin is a HUGE mxpx album. he has never badmouthed them at all. and he says this is the wackest shit he heard.

get this album if you want to cringe.

Ramo

inagreendase (September 19, 2003)

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inagreendase (September 19, 2003)

Ha to Adam.

These are all really bad midtempo versions of Ever-Passing Moment, this is one of a handful of extremely disappointing releases to come out this year.

The score is for "Shrek."

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

After the direction they took on the last one I figured this was gonna suck too. I liked "Life In General", but I never listen to it anymore now that I'm beyond the age of this band's target audience(middle school).

adam (September 19, 2003)

"Hey guys what are we doing for the album cover?"

"What about a band member's crotch?"

"Didn't the rolling stones do that already?"

"Yeah but I figure we ooze way more sex appeal, so noone will notice. Plus we won't have to pay to put a little zipper on the front"

-adam

FortyMinutesWest (September 19, 2003)

I'm proud to say that I never liked this band.

timis (September 19, 2003)

this cd is terrible...but i must say..."Life in General" is in my top 20 all time favorite punk rock cds....

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Oldpunker must be under the influence of crack and/or heroin.

awaitingyes (September 19, 2003)

mxpx was the the band that got me into punk rock back in '95. at that time they were playin small venues for a small crowd of people. it's weird to see them now on a pepsi commercial and their cd in target. i think that's good for them. they're making a living off something they love to do. however i was disappointed in their last cd before this one, and i probably won't be picking this one up. i own every cd before this one and slowing going the way of the buffulo is prob my fav, but sadly i've kind of lost interest in this band. they are still alright in my book and i will never start bashing them cause if it wasn't for them i prob would still be listening to some shitty music.

heybarmold (September 19, 2003)

I don't give a shit what anyone thinks. I fucking love this band. But not like i think they're the best punk band in the world, but SGTWOTB, Life in General, and Teenage Politics were great. But this record is a sad excuse for an MxPx album.

But i still like this band.

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Yes thats me below-oldpunker-

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

I like it, better than the last one, i wish these guys would get their due.. Good pop punk done right-oldpunker-

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

Kill me, I like these guys. I don't know why I like them, but I do. This cd isn't that great. Like the reviewer said, it has some classic MxPx songs on it, but for the most part the rest of the songs seem out of place. Though I do think it is better than there last release.

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