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Impossibles

Impossibles: ReturnReturn (2000)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Anyone who's read this site more than once knows a few things. First, I'm consistently self-depreciating. (See, I did it right there) and two. I love Weezer. Why? I don't know. I guess, under all my hardcore, emo and punk leanings, I love a good pop-punk song. I suppose that's forgivable. .
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Anyone who's read this site more than once knows a few things. First, I'm consistently self-depreciating. (See, I did it right there) and two. I love Weezer. Why? I don't know. I guess, under all my hardcore, emo and punk leanings, I love a good pop-punk song. I suppose that's forgivable.

Anyway, I got a copy of the new Impossibles record. I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I liked Anthology okay, but I'm not too big on the ska-punk. Only Less than Jake can really do it well. I did, however, like the less-ska-tinged stuff. So I thought I'd give this new record a try. What can I say?

The album starts with a spaced out little intro. You can hear a modem dialing in the background. It's quiet. Then, those guitars kick in. Thick guitars. Very Weezer-esque. But it doesn't stop there. The vocals come in; they're great, catchy, and harmonized. Weezer anyone? Of course, I could accuse this of being derivative, but like Reggie and the Full Effect, it's more of a tribute, with it's own catchiness, and sensibilities, than a purely derivative work. I guess when people use that cliche "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" they were talking about the Impossibles. These guys really love Weezer, and it shows. But they're very capable songwriters too. Adding a little here and there to really make their own sound.

It's cool, because while they do sound like a retrospective of both of Weezers records, they also manage to throw in a little Hot Water Music, and some pure punk rock energy. So, while some reviewers will dismiss them because they sound like someone else, those reviewers just aren't paying attention. This is a great band, that happens to wear it's influences on it's sleeve. They've got good influences, and they write great songs. Where's the problem?

 

 
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Anonymous (June 15, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

GlassPipeMurder (July 22, 2005)

Impossibles were untouchable when they played ska...however they were still almost as good playing punk/emo-punk. The lyrics here aren't quite as clever as their on their Anthology, but the disc is still an overall great achievement for a band that completely altered their sound.

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

I actually like an Impossibles album! Probably because it's not filled with ska beats, and horns all over the place.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

i love this album
-benz

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

I liked these guys better when they were ska. Oh well, track one is really good.

sXe_nick (January 2, 2002)

man right when the band breaks up i start to enjoy them... sad........

Anonymous (July 8, 2001)

i hadn't heard of the impossibles until i saw them live with less than jake and the fueld by ramen tour...there were these three guys with impossibles soccer jerseys that they had made themselves...i thought, "jeze...there's the fan base of that band..."...but they were great...i bought both albums and i can't get enough of them...i just can't wait until they come back again...unfortunatley, they're not playing the warped tour here...oh well...when they do decide to come, me and my friends will make our own impossibles shirts.....

Anonymous (April 2, 2001)

lately, for some strange reason, i cant stop listening to weezer. i think there's something in the water around here.the immpossibles are ok.both of these bands are on warped,too.then again, what band isn't.

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