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Cartel - The Ransom [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Cartel

Cartel: The Ransom [reissue]The Ransom [reissue] (2004)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Cartel play the "undeniably catchy" emotional punk-pop card, as most of you should already know due to the review of the original release of their Ransom EP, self-released several months prior to this, The Militia Group's re-releasing of the album. The Ransom contains some stellar re-mixing on wh.
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Cartel play the "undeniably catchy" emotional punk-pop card, as most of you should already know due to the review of the original release of their Ransom EP, self-released several months prior to this, The Militia Group's re-releasing of the album.

The Ransom contains some stellar re-mixing on what was apparently an already well-produced CD as well as two bonus tracks, "The City Never Sleeps" and "Fiend (Alternate Version)." The former is the newest example of their Lobster Records style, with the clean, soaring vocals of singer Will Pugh and jumpy, sound-filling guitar riffs that actually sound like they're putting effort in such, and the latter a sit-down, acoustic number with loudly strummed chords that again showcase the uplifting vocals from the frontman.

Seeing as how I've never heard the original, It's hard to say whether or not this is worth the purchase for those who already own the self-released version. The two bonus songs are just as good as any of the other tracks on the EP, but I'm about 75% sure the artwork is the same, which definitely could've used an overhaul - the pale-colored bloodstains reak of cliché and just don't fit the band's sound. Much more could've done with the grunge-looking dealie and title-suggesting theme, but I digress.

Their press release might unabashedly call them "your new favorite guilty pleasure," but Cartel have enough talent and creativity to distance themselves far from the pack of pop-punk that better fit the predicting label and quietly sneak into your listening rotation.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

you guys who dont like this cd are f*cking stupid. and they are absolutely amazing live. their vocalist is better than any other out there...except for maybe copeland.

Trailer (April 18, 2005)

i like this cd alot, i didnt like the acoustic song though. plus these guys are super cool and will be huge, wait for the full length....

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

Or the Clash. Poppy as fuck.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

Or the New Pornographers.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

If I want pop, I listen to the shins.

swingline (November 18, 2004)

that's only because i would never want to.

maverick (November 17, 2004)

Hate all you want, but none of you have written better pop-rock than what's on this EP. Totally solid and enjoyable.

-Scott

swingline (November 16, 2004)

i didn't like them when i heard their clip on interpunk and after reading the post below me... i now hate them.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

everyone on these boards is now obliged to blindly hate these guys since they're features on absolutepunk right now

slippy (November 16, 2004)

I like you Brain, but this release probably sucks.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

brilliantly amazing songs. i love the stuff they put out, and am glad they are touring! they cancelled dallas though!!!! the day of the release and they cancel!!! i was supposed to play with them. dammit dammit! hope to see them soon!!

inagreendase (November 16, 2004)

3 stars doesn't exactly equate to loving the band.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

you like really shitty music brian, why did punknews.org bring you along again? You pollute the site with watered down garbage

kenjamin (November 16, 2004)

well the fat man likes his sugar

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