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American Hi-Fi

American Hi-Fi: Hearts On ParadeHearts On Parade (2005)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: Erin_JacksonErin Jackson
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Cotton candy is nothing but sugar and food colouring whipped up in one of those fancy machines to look like something substantial. When you get it wet or squish it, it shrinks down to just about nothing, but damn, it's tasty. Most people grow out of cotton candy. "It's for kids," they say, as they v.
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Cotton candy is nothing but sugar and food colouring whipped up in one of those fancy machines to look like something substantial. When you get it wet or squish it, it shrinks down to just about nothing, but damn, it's tasty. Most people grow out of cotton candy. "It's for kids," they say, as they venture far from the sticky sweet goodness of the floss. Me, I still love the stuff. American Hi-Fi is kind of like cotton candy: a guilty pleasure to some, a treat to others. It's sweet, but not substantial.

I've heard a lot of ragging on pop-punk lately, most specifically that whole debate in the Chixdiggit! review. Whether or not liking pop-punk is a phase, American Hi-Fi does it right…and for those of us who like a lotta sugar in our coffee, it's damn delicious.

In typical pop-punk style, nearly every song on Hearts On Parade is about girls: lust, crushes, and everything in between falling in and out of love. Lyrics follow predictable rhymes and song structure is straightforward throughout.

"The Geeks Get the Girls" has all the elements of a classic American Hi-Fi song. It's kind of like an update to "Flavour Of The Weak," and just like that release, will be catchy enough to lodge itself in your brain like chewed-up bubblegum on a sneaker. "We All Want Something Real" is the ideal high school anthem, "Highs And Lows" and "Where Did we Go Wrong" have, sweet ska-inspired guitar lines and "Separation Anxiety's" clap-happy elements and toe-tapping percussion give it all the elements of a long-lived radio hit.

 

 
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LapidaryEquipment (July 21, 2010)

Thank you again for providing us with excellent quality rock music.... Anyways, you kicked ass.

kahtc89 (May 21, 2006)

hahaha..this album SUCKs.. I have to admit that I liked Art of Losing..but this Cd is horrible I can“t belive how they change their music from great to this.

Anonymous (July 27, 2005)

horrible review..horrible band...who's idea was this in the first place?

maverick (May 5, 2005)

The first singles off their last two albums were fun, if completely brainless. This shit right here is downright horrific. I couldn't even get all the way through the album. It just sounds completely lifeless and devoid of any passion, whatsoever.

-Scott

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

was this review even neccesary?

i think the phrase "horse shit" would have sufficed for everything written here.

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

Jones, Yeah..it was a joke (hence the 1 star score). It seemed funny when I was drunk.

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

Fucking garbage. If you're over 13 and listening to this, you need to immediately commit suicide.

swingline (May 2, 2005)

someone told me bad religion is pop punk

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

Some people call the Ramones pop punk, while people also call NFG pop punk..........I honestly don't see ANY similiarities between the 2 bands. The Ramones play fast, raw, simple songs with a catchy chorus. NFG (and their kin) play shitty, over-produced pop songs....nothing more....just like this shitty band. American HiFi aren't pop rock, The Beatles were pop rock and they were great, these guys are MTV bubblegum pop and nothing more.

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

Pop-punk and/or pop-rock doesn't have to suck. There is no reason for pop to be a "guilty pleasure" unless it all sounded like this shit, which is does. I can pick up some good pop bands and not be ashamed like I would be listening to this. 4 stars? WHAT?

Sally_Field (May 2, 2005)

I know comparisons are crucial and all...

but cotton candy and American Hi-Fi.

nothnx

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

I want to fuck Erin Jackson's lights out.

-James Toney

boldredletters (May 2, 2005)

Pop punk, girls and crushes? Who did that? I thought pop punk was about nonsense and sniffing glue and hating the man.

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

this site is punkNEWS not punkREVIEWS, the reviews aint punk just the news so stop bitching about the reviews,

I no thats totally wrong and will probably annoy quite alot of ppl but i dont like you either just give me a knife and this can all be over!

Big Chief, thanks for your wasted time

stevejonestherealbones (May 1, 2005)

its not

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

stevejonestherealbones (May 1, 2005)

wait , this is the teenage dirtbag group? jesus christ this is whack

- jones the bones

- stevejones877877numbersatdotcom

- or was that a joke?

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

Oh man, I'm so psyched for this album! "Teenage Dirtbag" was such a great song!!

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

you're so PC you're blind. swingline is right. look at the people you know. god damn. there are exceptions but it's largely accurate.

boba_fett (May 1, 2005)

i used to like flavour of the weak, so i checked these guys out just for old times sake... not quite as good as they used to be in my opinion.

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

Hey swingline, Erin Jackson disproves your theory. She's all about the music and I love her for it. Sure, she likes a few bad bands, but we'll forgive her for it.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

Wow......I hope that kid was joking.But, then again, some people really are just that stupid. I mean, look at the percentage of racists and homophobes we have in this country! It's alarming and depressing. I feel like Apu in that episode of the Simpsons where Homer invites him to the Civil War re-inactment to "be one of the Indians that we shoot"- Apu simply replies "I don't know where to begin on how that sentence is wrong!".

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

I think his theory is funny, although really stupid. But then again, thats why its funny. In fact he was intentionally being funny. But just in case he wasnt....

The proper way to state your little idea would be that all PEOPLE who listen to MAINSTREAM music dont really care about the sound, just the aesthetics. Or they just want a quick and easy to understand noise that they will forget in a week when they hear another one. Or the combination of both.

Men are very very very guilty of this as well. How many dudes do you see doing kung-fu at story of the year shows? yeah, I thought so.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

Hey swingline.

I agree with your women thing! Know what I also think? All white people watch only the three major networks on TV. Think about it, how many white people do you know that don't watch the three major networks.

....

To generalize about women in such a fashion is pretty disgusting. You're opinion is unpopular because, guess what, you're a bigot! People can only be judged on an individual basis, no other criteria is acceptable.

-benz

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

Women are people not generalizations

swingline (April 30, 2005)

i know my position is very unpopular but i just have to mention once again that i truly believe most women do not care about music, but mainly the aesthetics of the band members. how many women do you know that listen to good but unfashionable bands? think about it. my theory claims it will be a fraction so small that it's pointless to estimate and safe to assume all girls need and love to cook steaks and/or iron shirts.

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

What the fuck were you thinking????

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

-!GreenVandal!

tylerdurden8136 (April 30, 2005)

hey maybe I should start doing reviews! ...naw...

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

This score is for the band, review and reviewer. Sometimes you have to draw lines in life: no to racism, no to sexism, and no to MTV pop-rock.

OC

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

Comments:

CUNTS

That is all.

Crookedsuperhero (April 30, 2005)

He's too stoned....NINTENDO!

BV (April 30, 2005)

Lo-Fi beat Hi-Fi any day of the week and No-Fi trumps both.

Also, this band is balls.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

wasn't this guy in veruca salt?

can't fight the seeeeether!

ubershep (April 29, 2005)

Shut up, Erin.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

Are you serious?
What is going to be the next review, friggin Backstreet Boys?

I have plenty of albums for punknews.org to review if they are running out of CD's and substituting them with crap like this!

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

this is really bad. stuff like this is why i still don't trust a lot of the reviews on this site.

-benz

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

pop rock. nothing punk about it. terrible.

milo210 (April 29, 2005)

Is that guy on the cover doing the Dr. Evil thing with his little finger? What a douche.

tahoejeff (April 29, 2005)

Is this a joke? Like that Mest review?

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

YES... golly, I sure love American Hi-Fi. They're the band that got me into PUNK RAWK!!!!

Blah. No. Not really.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

calling this "pop punk" is ridiculous, this is just candy coated MTV pop, there's no creativity and it looks like it was tailor made for the masses. where's a terrorist when you need one? the music industry could use a good jolt.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

i fuckin' hate sugar......drink your coffee black or don't drink coffee at all. fuck cream and milk as substitutes as well. you should like your coffee the way life is- bitter.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

This band should probably give up, and the frontman should reform Veruca Salt and stay behind the kit, where he fucking well should be.

Joe

im-dead (April 29, 2005)

Amercan Hi Fi : Hearts On Parade - 4 Stars
Bad Brains : Rock For Light - 3 stars
Im Dead - Lost All Hope In Mankind

MarkieStabone (April 29, 2005)

you have to give the reviewer props for having the balls to come here and give american hi-fi 4 stars... hot damn!

but seriously, they suck ass.

sickboi (April 29, 2005)

I didn't know there was a such thing as "a classic American HI-Fi" song......blech.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

Fucking can't stand this band....and unless this is a 360 degree turn, with a different singer and everything, I'll hate it. Generic, genetically engineered plastic pop music- nothing more. -Brandon Sideleau

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band fucking rubbish band

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

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worst band in the world

swingline (April 29, 2005)

homosexuality

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

I'm sorry, but the cavity inducing pop punk kings in my world are still All American Rejects.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

Oh, Erin. I thought you were really something, then......... American Hi-Fi?
I still heart you.

-Yeah I Said It

Ollywood (April 29, 2005)

Sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky
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sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky sucky (score is for their talent to crank out sucky songs)

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

Art of Losing is one of my favorite guilty pleasure CDs.

But this one isn't very good. They're kind of doing that Maroon 5 funk thing on a lot of the album.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

i havent heard it, but if its anything like the art of losing i wont like it much.

they need to go back to the self titled album style. that was awesome. this is just regular mainstream rock with a huge cheap trick influence

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

wait......how does this get 4 stars?

this is prtotypical fm drivel.

stevejonestherealbones (April 29, 2005)

fuck...american hi fi? who are they kidding

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

ubershep (April 29, 2005)

The blood is so xXxCoRexXx.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

i heard that single geeks get the girls and it is possibly one of the worst songs ever this cd must blow.....btw i kind of liked flavor of the week for some reason

TheOneTrueBill (April 29, 2005)

I wrote an analytical paper about My Big Fat Greek Wedding (don't ask) and one review that I cited used the same cotton candy analogy. I don't like the movie, I don't like American Hi-Fi, but I do like cotton candy.

Stop ruining it.

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