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The Sounds

The Sounds: Living In AmericaLiving In America (2003)
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Contributed by: EddieEddie
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Why couldn't it have stopped with The Hives? After those Swedes made it big here in America, I recall a couple other no-name, generic bands attempting to grab an American following, and The Sounds are doing the same. The Sounds attempt to mix a 1980s punk/new wave/pop flavor with today's rock, co.
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Why couldn't it have stopped with The Hives? After those Swedes made it big here in America, I recall a couple other no-name, generic bands attempting to grab an American following, and The Sounds are doing the same.

The Sounds attempt to mix a 1980s punk/new wave/pop flavor with today's rock, complete with synthesizers, keyboards and a female vocalist named Maja Ivarsson. So basically, they want to be the new Blondie.

Though it's obvious these guys have potential, this particular album just didn't work for me. Rarely do Jesper Anderberg's keyboards comfortably gel with the guitars (an exception comes in the form of "Mine for Life"), and Ivarsson is either average or just awful when it comes to the singing (the beginning of "Reggie" will make your toes curl). The biggest disappointment comes from the lyrics. They are painfully cheesy, and basically follow the old "sex, drugs, and rock ‚??n' roll" clich√©.

At the same time, though, The Sounds sometimes give a few catchy, fun songs, like the opening anthem, "Seven Days a Week," "Living in America," the retro "Hit Me!", "Rock'n Roll," (yes, that's one of the titles) and "Like a Lady." But the dull subject matter and the overall shallow guitars and keyboards keep the album from really taking off.

So it isn't really worth the repeated listens, either. I forgot about the CD only after a couple weeks. So unless you're a big fan of trashy pop, I can't really recommend it. From the derivitive title to the bland final track, The Sounds have created an unauthentic, boring, and annoying album.

 

 
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mart2play (February 25, 2007)

Its cool....i like these guys and their tunes.
Just bought this alblum......Maja rocks!

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

I love it, it is most rad awesome. But I wanted the Queen of Apology song to be on it.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

thank you almighty valentine for telling us who the real deal is and who isn't...we really needed your guidance to sort that out

YourBloodyValentine (November 7, 2003)

To the person two below: please do not compare this band to the Epoxies.

The Epoxies are the real deal, and these guys aren't.

--John

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

i think it's great that eddie started listening to better music. a 10 for that

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

Ugh! This shit sucks.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

I do like this album, but I like similar bands like the Epoxies much better. (Besides, the Epoxies are local to me...so I'm biased. Their singer is hotter too.)

The Sounds are pretty boring live and this record is all production, but it's good when you don't feel like thinking about anything valid. As for being Swedish, they try and use it to their advantage by dangling it all over the place live (I believe she said "the Swedes are here to save you") and to that I say FU, I don't care where your from.

Ted_The_Bellhop (November 5, 2003)

I really hate the sounds. I also know tha you apperciate hearing that.

hungryjoe (November 5, 2003)

Come on now. We all know the best song titled "Rock and Roll" is "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter.

na na na na na na na na na.......HEY!

CallingLondon (November 5, 2003)

that's not deborah harry?

TahoeJeff (November 4, 2003)

oh..another "the band" I saw the cover and knew what this was going to be like..and I totally agree on the Blondie comparison..maja kinda even looks like deborah harry

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

this is a fun album. you twats need to loosen up.

Lunk (November 4, 2003)

i thought this site was called PUNKnews? what's with all the other shit being reviewed here now? there's a place for such reviews and it ain't here.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Start at Lou Reed then go back in time... It was a rock standard. I don't feel the need to, though. I'm tired.

-BSD

Eddie (November 4, 2003)

My point is that you OBVIOUSLY have never heard of a song with said name, or else you wouldn't have expressed dismay within the review...

Care to give me some suggestions, then?

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Too bad dumbass. And you still haven't convinced me you have a clue as to what you write about. But hey, it'll get posted either way. Who cares? My point is that you OBVIOUSLY have never heard of a song with said name, or else you wouldn't have expressed dismay within the review... Sorry, kid, you just come off as a jack ass.

-BSD

Eddie (November 4, 2003)

Fuck...I forgot I wasn't on a message board and needed HTML. :)

Eddie (November 4, 2003)

[B]uh... someone look at everything else eddies reviewed... he's given NFG 5 stars on a numerous occasions... he gives new "garage" bands like this and ok go so he can get a little cred...[/B]

Heh, not exactly. I just discover a lot of better music as the months (and years) go by. If I could erase all those pop-punk reviews, I would.

[B]Uh, that's actually been used a couple of times as a song title. I think anybody writing a review should know that. For all I know it could be a cover of some other band, you seem to know so little about music.[/B]

Yes, I realize "Rock 'n' Roll" is often used as a song title...and usually those songs bore me. (There are many exceptions, of course.)

[B]Does it really matter what country a band comes from?[/B]

Of course not. Did I ever say that in my review?

[B]and... every single song you liked was released as a single here.[/B]

Really? Hmm.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

it's a fun cd and Maja is hot.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

uh... someone look at everything else eddies reviewed... he's given NFG 5 stars on a numerous occasions... he gives new "garage" bands like this and ok go so he can get a little cred... retarted, methinks. just for that i'm DLing all of their songs

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

""Rock‚??n Roll," (yes, that‚??s one of the titles)"

Uh, that's actually been used a couple of times as a song title. I think anybody writing a review should know that. For all I know it could be a cover of some other band, you seem to know so little about music.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

And fuck yeah, fuck eddie.

fuck him.

Does it really matter what country a band comes from? Sweden and scandinavia has alot of good bands, and really, the only band that has made it big is the hives, and they've been a hard working band for ages, as have this band, and i dislike them both.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

and... every single song you liked was released as a single here.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Wow....

They're blowing up everywhere now?!

I mean, it's enough with scott hyping mando diao, do we have to have shit here on every swedish band ever?

This is just a blondie copy, and it has always been, i saw them when they were like 15 years old and it's not even a tiny bit better now. seriously. fucking fuck this band.

But not more than mando diao.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

I don't like Pop usually but this album is an exception. It's just fun pop!!!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

This album is better than what the review says. - Fuzzy

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Whoever reviewed this is an idiot...its not meant to be something original or groundbreaking...its meant to inspire dancing (which it will when i see them in orlando in a week) and to make people have a good time...you must have a depressing life if you look for something deep or meaningful in everything you listen to or read

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

That comment had me fucking rolling. Better than COTDA.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

The album title reminds me of James Brown just before Apollo Creed got killed by Ivan Drago.

Oh yea, FIRST!!!!

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