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Lucky Boys Confusion

Lucky Boys Confusion: CommitmentCommitment (2003)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Lucky Boys Confusion, being a suburban pop-rock group from Chicagoâ?¦usually gets pigeonholed with many other less talented suburban Chicago groups. You may be surprised at what you hear out of these guys. They write a very distinct blend of punk, reggae, and hip-hop music to create a unique sound. Their first CD, released in 1998, was raw but showed the band's enormous amount of potential. The band then gained a following in the Midwest and released a single, "Dumb Pop Song" to the local stations here in Chicago. They picked up a major record contract along the way with Elektra, while touring profusely. They then released an album, "Throwing the Game", their first from Elektra. This album screams party, to say the least, with most the songs being about partying, drinking, smoking pot, and running from cops. It turned out to be an extremely underrated album, mixing elements of several genres while being quite catchy. The CD's main single, Fred Estaire also got plenty of spins here in Chicago, being a pretty unique pop-rock song inspired by the great Fred Estaire, of course. Not to mention these guys put on a hell of a live show.

The album starts off with somewhat of a surprise: a short intro track with a very reggae/dub feel. The rest of the CD then turns to what this band does best, write catchy rock. "Hey Driver," the band's new single, which is a good example of what the album sounds like, with a catchy fist-pumping chorus, although the lyrics are a bit weak. Stubhy's lyrics are much more personal and heartfelt then their previous albums and his voice has gotten stronger and more defined. Standout tracks on the first half of the CD are "Mr. Wilmington" and "Broken." Next comes another surprise track, "Sunday Afternoon," with a heavy reggae feel and a guest singer on hand. The album closes solidly with more pop-rock, some great tracks being "Something to Believe" (a tune about religious struggles) and "Medicine and Gasoline." The CD ends with an outro that is pretty much an extended version of the intro.

If you're looking for a complicated musical experience, don't look here. If you're looking for a mind-blowing album, or a CD to add to your best of 2003 list, I wouldn't suggest this either. This is more mainstream than Lucky Boys Confusion's earlier efforts, but their lyrics have matured and their songwriting has improved. Staying true to their pop-rock roots, while showing their potential to break out into other genres, these guys have finally written their own breakout album.

 


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ValientApathy (March 26, 2007)

Now, I'm a big fan of Lucky Boys Confusion, to start off.

This album was a lot different than their previous 2 albums (Growing Out of It and Throwing the Game) and their EP (Soapbox Spectacle), but you had to expect it, they're maturing as people and maturing as artists. I don't see the problem with them dropping their ska feel to their songs.

With the differences come problems, however. Throwing the Game is, in my opinion, their best album upto date. Commitment isn't forgettable, but it surely isnt great.

Also, about everyone bashing the band, grow up. If you don't like the music, that's cool. If you like it, it's more of a following for the band. These guys tour a hell of a lot, and they deserve every bit of credit they get. I'm sure if you made and album and toured to promote it, you wouldnt want your music to be bashed.

thedarrien (July 2, 2006)

hmm. I've never really been able to get into this band. I find that they are better live [I saw them with the Dog & Everything and Treaty of Paris a long time ago, still one of the most entertaining live bands/crowds I've seen.] than they are recorded. They do have a few decent songs though.

also, Stubhy's kind of an asshole.

routman21 (July 21, 2005)

their lyrics are pretty good, something to believe has the best...but being from the suburbs of chicago, and their guitarest coming out of my hometown naperville..i've been on the bandwagon from the first time i saw them live, which is quite a show

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

i've been an LBC fan since they came out i do miss the ska but they still are pretty good and all of these people that talk crap and dont leave a name are just mad that LBC isnt like all of these other bands that people say are cool so they decide to listen be an indivudial go on what you think is good not what the media says is cool think for yourself and my name is chuck my email if anybody wants to respond to this comment is norbcal89@aol.com

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

THIS BAND ROCKS! great guitar work with simple lyricks and some good fusion

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

I LOVE LUCKY BOYS CONFUSION! not only is there music awesome but they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and they are willing to talk and answer question that their fans might have. they put on an awesome show EVERY time! stubhy, jason, adam, ryan, and joe...you guys rock

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

I'm from Europe and even I know them. They're pretty kickass, it's my second favourite band.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Good Band.

notfeelingcreative (July 10, 2004)

THis band is fun. Who giuves a shit who likes them or whether or not they meet your stupid textbook definition of punk?

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

OH yes, to add to the comment I made below, for I have just finished reading everyone elses! I would just like to say that music is an expression of self. If you feel that lucky boys are not your genre, then so be it! Then if they are well that is great! If you don't understand what genre is then shut up. The thing is these guys are wickedly awesome (as people) and they work their butts off everytime they are on the road, like I said they do what they love. All of you people out there that think that their music sucks so be it, but get off your high-horse and come down to the ground and realize that you are not the regulation on good and bad, you are just a listening audience. Not everyone needs has the same opinion. You cannot live on the fact that you do not like THIS band, but instead dwell on what you love, leave the people who like them alone. Just find your thing, and rock out with your cock out. (if your a girl, go get a chicken)

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

I think that this band has reached their potential and that they are able to create an album this timme with not the normalcy of their past, but instead with maturity that they have grown into. This album is not about their highschool experiences anymore, it is about them becoming adults, about adult music. I feel that this album is to those dedicated fans, not those fair weather ones. It is all about those who have loved them from the get go... write what you know... write what you love... they do what they do because they love it, it is just an added bonus that other people love it just as much.

Anonymous (January 7, 2004)

isnt that a rude boy?

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

how do you know that someone in "the shitty" band posted it? did the little bunny tell you?

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

I will trash them if I feel like it. I use to be a huge 420 Geek fan but this no cd is some of the worst shit I have heard. I only good thing about this album is the to reggae dubs that open and close the cd and also that Half Pint makes an apperance on the cd. Besides that they are all dumb pop punk songs. I don't know what happen to them. They use to have an in your face funky rap reggae style. Very familar to old school 311

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

"this band fuckin kicks ass, all you other people are full of shit, just because you don't enjoy the music doens't mean you have to trash them, atleast they have a great sound, unlike a lot of the underground bands that think if they yell into the mic that they will make it, and the truth is they won't, people can connect to these guys, but hey whats it matter they will have money and you won't...good logic there guys
peace"

hey i thought you guys would like to know that a member of this shitty band posted this.

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

I didn't mean, I being the person who typed the big long anti-bashing article below, that we are not entitled to our own opinions. To rephrase we are entitled to our own opinons about whatever we want, but no one deserves to be reffered to as "they're a piece of shit band." What if I said "you're a piece of shit kid" and you would respond "give me one reason." My point is the album shouldn't be bashed, it should be criticized. Give some backing (valid reasons too) to what you say. And keep the low down garbage out of it. It's worthless. Just like "you suck" or "you rule" isn't a great review at all.

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

People don't have a right to their own opinion?

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

Hey, geez I can't believe the naughty words that come out of all your 10 yr. old mouths. Maybe if anyone actually took the time to listen to this album they would take it for what it is: Brilliance.

I've written 30 songs for a pop punk band up in Duluth, MN. In my mind anyone who writes a song that is at least catchy deserves a pat on the back, especially if the song is punk (the most evolved form of music to date). The talent that these guys contain isn't to be overlooked by how "weird they look" or their name or where they're from.

It's music, get that through you head first.

Lucky Boys Confusion has one of the greater sounds I've heard off of any album ever. They know how to do things and get them right. The mix is awesome, the structures are predictable (but so is most punk), the melodies are catchy, and most importantly, it's a piece of these 5 guys that will live in history. It's their album, not yours, and you have no right to bash it.

When you've written as many songs as they have, recorded them all, recieved a major label contract, and played around the country well more than you should have to; then come back and start chipping away at what you think is wrong with this album.

If you can't listen with an open mind than why listen at all.

(FYI: For those who don't have any idea how great these guys are take a look at their album notes. Look who they've played with look who else is recorded on the albums. That should set you a little more straight.)

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

this band fuckin kicks ass, all you other people are full of shit, just because you don't enjoy the music doens't mean you have to trash them, atleast they have a great sound, unlike a lot of the underground bands that think if they yell into the mic that they will make it, and the truth is they won't, people can connect to these guys, but hey whats it matter they will have money and you won't...good logic there guys
peace

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

hghmm

keep in mind that although this band does very well in chicago, outside the midwest they dont do well at all.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

whom ever wrote
"lucky boys confusion...bringing shame to the land of lincoln for 5 years running"
could not be more correct.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

no = know. I was on the phone when typing this. Whoops!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

ive been masturbating that long... and i still think i find a better more efficient way to do it every time. Of course i am familiar w/ it, but that doesnt mean that somebody can't do it a different way than I. In fact their way may be better....I welcome all suggestions..

p.s. - there was a small egotistical bit of sarcasm in this message

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

The year was a reference point that I am familiar with what people like in general around here. Do I think I'm special and no everyone? NO. But being involved with it for so long it's kinda hard not to become familiar with it!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

watch out! battle of the old scenesters!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

What point were you trying to prove by telling us how long you've been listening to punk exactly. Just because you've been, in the scene, (by the way that term is CRAP) doesn't give you the right to say anything. This band may suck, but they drive around in a van all year and tour their butts off. Their DIY, thats punk rock. because i said so and i've been 'in the scene' since 93....ugh

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

eh check yo'self befo' you wreck yo'self.

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

"the music nazi is pissed watch out you punk points will be subtracted and you will wallow in the shame of being uncool and not with it beacause the all mighty scenster from 1995 has declared so"

I think you've proven my point. Thanks. It's obvious you're pretty stupid so I can understand why you're unable to address what I said.

*waiting for irrelevant childish comment*

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

utter crap, one of the worst bands around

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

i havent heard this yet.. but "throwing the game" was a good cd.. something to put in the cd player now and then for a good listen. and for good quotes like " theres always the backseat"

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

pure shit. (i think scott already said this though)

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

ok. i come to this website all the time. you people make me laugh. everyone takes this shit so seriously. but it's just music. if you don't like LBC, hey thats cool. you probably wouldn't like my band either. no problem. but why get all upset about it?

everyone gets on here and argues what cd is more punk or whether or not this is crap, and if someone has an alternate opinion, they are stupid and should die. seriously, who gives a fuck? i don't care. just enjoy the music, and to hell with all the bullshit that you people try to make seem so important.

oh, and LBC rocks. yay.

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

the music nazi is pissed watch out you punk points will be subtracted and you will wallow in the shame of being uncool and not with it beacause the all mighty scenster from 1995 has declared so

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

"all bow to mr. anonymous below. He obviously is the missing link that the underground music scene has been looking for ever so hard. He is a golden god and should be treated as one....1995.... You must have invented the music scene. Congratulations on being the first person to ever like music. Once again you have proved to us that only your opinion matters and that people are not allowed to have their own taste in music. All hail to the music nazi for we have sinned against him and his flawless musical tastes."

I knew this was gonna happen. I happen to mention something about how long I've been listening to punk to prove a point and some idiot would make a comment about how I think I'm special. Big surprise! I should have a put a disclaimer for people who are too stupid to figure it out on their own. Did you even read the post? I mentioned the date to show that I'm not totally clueless to what people like around here and what people general listen to. So, fuck you.

funkisdead (November 3, 2003)

whats all this discussion about?
its plain to see that this is just terrible, terrible "music."

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

"Like I said I am not a fan of their music but I am even less of a fan of people spouting off trashing bands when they clearly have no idea what they're talking about."

See I'm even less of a fan of people, period.

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

all bow to mr. anonymous below. He obviously is the missing link that the underground music scene has been looking for ever so hard. He is a golden god and should be treated as one....1995.... You must have invented the music scene. Congratulations on being the first person to ever like music. Once again you have proved to us that only your opinion matters and that people are not allowed to have their own taste in music. All hail to the music nazi for we have sinned against him and his flawless musical tastes.

oh yeah..... I went to h.s. with some of these guys and their lead singer is a tool. their drummer is a really nice guy and got me into nada surf. I praise him for that. They are alright. Forgetable pop/rock at best

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

"I can't think of a single person that likes this band, has seen this band live, or has ever heard them."

"yeah, most everyone that is above 15 hates these dudes, especially in chicago"

"Is that why they sell out every show they play in Chicago, including a 2 day Metro set of shows at the end of every year which is also designed to highlight the new up and coming Chicago bands? Or how about that they sell out the Canopy Club at U of I every time they play it, usually 75% in presales? This also refutes the second comment there because almost every LBC fan I have ever met has been in college.

Like I said I am not a fan of their music but I am even less of a fan of people spouting off trashing bands when they clearly have no idea what they're talking about."

Take a look at who goes to these shows, that's the point. Like I said they have pretty much no connection with the punk/hardcore/emo scene here. It's mostly pop-punk radio geeks who have shitty taste in music. Like I said:
"I can't think of a single person that likes this band, has seen this band live, or has ever heard them." I've been involved with the music scene around here since 1995 and I still believe my comment is correct. Only trendy dipshits like shit crap!

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

their band name sux, however, i think this is one of the better pop punk albums of the year. their old album had alot more ska and funk type songs, this one is more pop punk. very good pop punk. they have little energy live, however they are very good musically live. very tight (goldmember voice) yes i can see, very toit. hey driver, beware are awesome and the song w/ half pint on it is agreat pop reggae song, almost sounds like sublime but obviously not as good.

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

for everyone that doesn't like these guys at all, at least you have to agree that these guys have a hell of a following to consistently sell out the metro every time they have a show there. I figured these guys werent going to be too well accepted here though

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

DISCLAIMER: I am not an LBC fan but the following people need to be corrected:

"i have never heard this band, though i assume that they are very bad."

So basically you are no better than the 13 year olds who let the radio and MTV dictate what you should listen to, because you assume a band is bad based on comments from other punknews posters? Please, educate yourself, listen to an album once or twice before you hate it alright? I mean I listened to the new Brand New before I slagged it. I also listened to the new AFI and for the first time since the mid-90's I actually thought they had something interesting going on.

"I can't think of a single person that likes this band, has seen this band live, or has ever heard them."

"yeah, most everyone that is above 15 hates these dudes, especially in chicago"

Is that why they sell out every show they play in Chicago, including a 2 day Metro set of shows at the end of every year which is also designed to highlight the new up and coming Chicago bands? Or how about that they sell out the Canopy Club at U of I every time they play it, usually 75% in presales? This also refutes the second comment there because almost every LBC fan I have ever met has been in college.

Like I said I am not a fan of their music but I am even less of a fan of people spouting off trashing bands when they clearly have no idea what they're talking about.

Ted_The_Bellhop (November 1, 2003)

I enjoy these guys. They are a pretty fun band.

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

dignin = whack. noble stabbings!

dignin (November 1, 2003)

me janelle=rimjob

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

I like them.

(Isn't it what punk is about to say what you think even though everyone disagree? There ya go, I am punk.)

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

yeah, most everyone that is above 15 hates these dudes, especially in chicago

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Don't be mean to Chicago because of this band. We have lots of bands to be proud of, dick!

Anyway, I can't think of a single person that likes this band, has seen this band live, or has ever heard them...unless I count myself. This band is a joke to anyone but the bar band losers that like them. They have pretty much nothing to do with punk rock or the scene here. They're just...I dunno what the fuck they are.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

lucky boys confusion...bringing shame to the land of lincoln for 5 years running

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

meh, learn to take things for what they're worth.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

one of the worst albums of the year. right up there with story of the year and simple plan.

TheMarc (October 31, 2003)

I usually never say this, as it's almost always possible to find some positive characteristic about any band: but Lucky Boys Confusion is horrible.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Oh how can you say such a thing - SCREECHING WEASEL REDEEMS ALL. Don't you forget it.
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

I don't want to sound like a senseless hater, but I guess that's impossible now...These guys and Mest are the reason why Chicago should be excluded from the midwest. Not even AL3 can make up for the shittiness.

funkisdead (October 31, 2003)

this is the worst fucking band name ever, with some shitty fucking music, and i would undoubtedly destroy them in a strangling contest if this record was playing to fuel floods of rage.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

i have never heard this band, though i assume that they are very bad.

what i really want to say is that these guys are probably the weirdest looking band ever.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

i heard all these guys are doing time for molesting kids. i guess they were "touchin' the children foe all the wrong reasons" hahahahahahaha

FortyMinutesWest (October 31, 2003)

What Scott said.

funkisdead (October 31, 2003)

peter from over it sings backup vocals on this cd.

maverick (October 31, 2003)

Shit.

-Scott

sk8punx4evr (October 31, 2003)

it's astaire.

ba-motherfucking-zing.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

learn to spell retard - fred astare

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