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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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While I was contemplating ways to write a review for this year's Warped Tour compilation I read the others Adam has written for the past two for inspiration. I sincerely contemplated copying and pasting his from 2003 and simply changing the band names around a tad. He hit the nail on the head perf.
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While I was contemplating ways to write a review for this year's Warped Tour compilation I read the others Adam has written for the past two for inspiration. I sincerely contemplated copying and pasting his from 2003 and simply changing the band names around a tad. He hit the nail on the head perfectly - There's too many bands that aren't on the actual tour, not enough unreleased material, bad mixture at times, but all-in-all for the price it's worth a shot.

As aforementioned you get a lot for a modest charge. There are 50 songs and you're not going to enjoy every one of them, so don't anticipate that and you might enjoy the compilation. Quality songs by a handful of the heavyweights like New Found Glory (whose unreleased "No News Is Good News" now appears on three recordings), NOFX, Anti-Flag, Thursday, Descendents, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, et al. Throw in a some good tunes by the bands in the middle ranks Motion City Soundtrack (the version of "Capital H" is from the re-issue of I Am The Movie in case you were wondering how many times this band could re-record the track), the Matches, Lawrence Arms, Death By Stereo, Coheed & Cambria, and Matchbook Romance to name a few.

The track listing flows like hitting the 'scan' button on your car stereo, switching between a pop-radio station to modern rock and then over to talk radio. Squashing Good Charlotte between Bad Religion and the Casualties on disc two is rather awkward. Atmosphere and Chronic Future spread the genres a little more by adding a slice of hip-hop to the buffet. A significant amount of much pop-punk-emo material makes up the bulk of the compilation and not enough punk, especially for a tenth year anniversary of a punk rock festival…but hey, whatever sells.

Down near the end of each stage are a few lesser known acts. The mood and flow of the discs dies here as most of these bands have sounds that are akin to the run of the mill scream laced post-punk that's plaguing the scene like a ton of frogs. Although, Denver Harbor shows quite some potential with their strident guitars and harmonious vocals that certainly stand out above other stale souls. I'm sure there are quite a few people eager to hear the Hazen St. track, however, there's absolutely nothing special about it and hype is rapidly chewing this band apart.

50 songs for $7 is a deal no matter what you get, in this case the content justifies its price. The variety of bands and the moods created by the music set the pace for this year's edition of the Warped Tour. Those selections may not be the perfect choice for a remembrance of a decade's worth of summer memories but it's still quite enjoyable.

 

 
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MeMe (October 27, 2004)

flogging molley kicks ass whoever thinkgs they suck can go to their boyband.com u fuckin faget!

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

flogging molly is just plain gay dude. if you listen to that shit and actually dig it, you're corny as hell.

Anonymous (July 24, 2004)

Hey andrew13 Nofx isn't going to be in pittsburgh the whole erin is having a baby thing

~exploitedyouth~

Anonymous (July 24, 2004)

Lightweight Holiday is on there, they're the only band that matters bitches.

No no they arn't actually they suck and can go back to Ohio

lostinthecrowd13 (July 23, 2004)

Ok I just scrolled down and saw Kirby has already answered my question. I'm an ass.

lostinthecrowd13 (July 23, 2004)

I know Fenix TX broke up some time last year. Did the remnants of that band create Denver Harbor? Because they sound almost exactly alike, atleast the vocals do.

andrew13 (July 22, 2004)

i love the chronic future song... wouldn't really call it rap tho...
the atmosphere song blows tho... the more i hear of these guys the happier i am i didn't buy their cd... the only tracks i've liked so far are trying to find a balance and cats vans bags...

i can't wait to see the casuaties, matches, nofx, bad religion, flogging molly, anti-flag, and the code in pittsburgh... that is going to kick ass...

andrew13

Fuzzy (July 21, 2004)

The first warped tour comp with Bad Religion, Bosstones, Descendents, Mad Caddies, and a few others was really good. All the others I've been "ho hum" about.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"These comps should be called "50 or 52 bands that kissed Side One Dummy's ass in the last year, regardless if they're on Warped Tour or not."

"exactly, all these bands come off to me as fakers and I wouldn't waste my money on this shit. Maybe I should get into Jazz or something because this music is really stupid."

decendents, nofx, flogging molly, bed religion are fakers ?? how is that ? what is a faker ? is fakers even a word ? you are the one who looks "really stupid"

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"These comps should be called "50 or 52 bands that kissed Side One Dummy's ass in the last year, regardless if they're on Warped Tour or not."

exactly, all these bands come off to me as fakers and I wouldn't waste my money on this shit. Maybe I should get into Jazz or something because this music is really stupid.

kirbypuckett (July 21, 2004)

God I hope you know that Denver Harbor is 1/2 Fenix TX. They are amazing and their new album on Warner Bros. will kick ass.

AHHH I KNEW THE NAME SOUNDED FAMILIAR!!! I SHOULD HAVE DONE MY RESEARCH!

- Kirby

:(

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

tim on the cover, looks like a pretty high jump...

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Lightweight Holiday is on there, they're the only band that matters bitches.

gladimnotemo (July 21, 2004)

"Who still buys comps, anyway?"

Give 'Em the Boot.

They hold up better than a lot of full length records I own.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

"I'm still amazed that these comps sell as many as they do every year - I believe they've been averaging around 50,000 copies sold. Crazy. Who still buys comps, anyway? Especially ones with previously released material.

-Scott"

If I see a comp that's cheap and has several bands I'm interested in checking out on it, I'll pick it up.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

God I hope you know that Denver Harbor is 1/2 Fenix TX. They are amazing and their new album on Warner Bros. will kick ass.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

These comps should be called "50 or 52 bands that kissed Side One Dummy's ass in the last year, regardless if they're on Warped Tour or not."

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

easy tour and comp to diss., found two new bands that i hadnt heard of. I win !

adam (July 20, 2004)

Yeah but most of the tracks from that live CD were not from the Warped tour, they were just various live tracks the bands had lying around, so that doesn't count.

-adam

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

uh.... they did do a Warped Tour live cd.

World Warped or someshit like that.

maverick (July 20, 2004)

I'm still amazed that these comps sell as many as they do every year - I believe they've been averaging around 50,000 copies sold. Crazy. Who still buys comps, anyway? Especially ones with previously released material.

-Scott

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

I like the Warped Tour disks, but I wish they included more unreleased or rare material.

adam (July 20, 2004)

Oh man you were far too nice to this record. We're 10 years into this tour and we've yet to have a record comprised of either live music from the tour itself or featuring a track listing that accurately reflects the lineup. Of course there are logistical problems in doing this, as the CD is released prior to the tour and certainly finalized prior to the lineup, but the solution of "quantity over quality" results in incredibly disposable and unmemorable releases.

I realize this is geared at the new school, so you'll need to sit through quite a sea of emo-pop trash before you hit that lone song that you're really looking for.

-adam

klasticono (July 20, 2004)

It seems that a Warped Tour compilation should feature live tracks from each of the bands at the tour that year (or the year before, whatever) and recorded at the tour.... But maybe that just makes too much sense and not enough money.

BSD (July 20, 2004)

Chronic Future suck so bad... It's not hip-hop, it's like Sublimecore or something, and it stinks like your shit.

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