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The Milwaukees - This Is A Stickup (Cover Artwork)

The Milwaukees

The Milwaukees: This Is A StickupThis Is A Stickup (2003)
Does Everyone Stare?

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Lying somewhere between post-punk and indie rock are the Milwaukees, who themselves don't actually lie somewhere between Minnesota and Michigan, but rather good ol' New Jersey. The music is consistently downtempo, but relatively dynamic in the least. It may not be overwhelming arena rock, but i.
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Lying somewhere between post-punk and indie rock are the Milwaukees, who themselves don't actually lie somewhere between Minnesota and Michigan, but rather good ol' New Jersey.

The music is consistently downtempo, but relatively dynamic in the least. It may not be overwhelming arena rock, but it really just comes off as fairly undercharging indie rock. The haunting feeling the opening line of "tonight I choked in my own way" in "Angel With a Knife" presents shows great promise, but from there things just aren't that interesting. Sure, the vocals are strong, the production lets everything get heard nicely, and it's collectively cohesive, but it's simply not enough. It's sort of like a Static Prevails-era Jimmy Eat World practicing voyeurism on an oblivious Texas is the Reason with Dinosaur Jr. awkwardly trying to get in on the action.

The layout is pure sex, however. Some sort of odd, blurry-looking, gun-wielding, baboon-masked, suit jacket-wearing person sneers his mouth on the cover. A mirror image of it is on the reverse side of the liner notes, with the vinyl-styled track listing displayed. Inside, the introduction explains the twelve steps for "Songs and Icebreakers - Rules for Song Leaders." Each of track's lyrics are accompanied by an explanation/meaning of the song, and are also joined by a small picture with a caption of small philosophy or observation. Under the tray is hypothetical (or are they?) blueprints for what would be...a stickup.

 


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Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

these guys rock

maverick (January 31, 2004)

Link fixed, thanks.

-Scott

ThatotherGuy (January 30, 2004)

The link for the site is www.milwaukees.com, there is no "the" in the URL. It took me a minute to catch that. As for this CD, I might buy it solely based on the artwork, and the review to a lesser extent, which has worked out a few times actually. I liked Mellowdrone, and the only reason I bought their CD was the way it looked. Who knows ?

THAT GUY

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

Not bad but their previous record 'missile command'kicks ass. I'd recommend getting that first.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

Milwaukee's Best is a beer...

The hip term for it is "the beast"...

You do the math poindexter.

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

wisconsin rules

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

what the fuck was with that beast comment. [i'm still laughing, but where did that come from?]

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

Comment of the day award....see below.

-sickboi

dazed (January 28, 2004)

This band should change their name to "the Beast". That is all.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This score is for when Randall Simon who at the time was a Pittsburgh Pirate whacked one of the Sausages from the Milwaukee Brewers mascots and knocked her over. Then the press made it a huge deal and the poor girl didn't even care.

- Kirby

bryne (January 27, 2004)

I haven't heard this but that cover art is fucking cool. Score's for that.

devildog1507 (January 27, 2004)

Lame indie shit. Fuck the whole lot of you

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