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Inspection 12

Inspection 12: In RecoveryIn Recovery (2001)
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I have to say, 2001 has been a spectacular year for pop-influenced punk. Between Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, Save The Day's Stay What You Are, and Alkaline Trio's spectacular From Here to Infirmary, there has been no shortage of classic pop-influenced records. What seemed to have been missi.
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I have to say, 2001 has been a spectacular year for pop-influenced punk. Between Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, Save The Day's Stay What You Are, and Alkaline Trio's spectacular From Here to Infirmary, there has been no shortage of classic pop-influenced records.

What seemed to have been missing, however, was something from the alledged birthplace of modern pop-punk. There has been no Southern Californian-style, skate-pop punk of note. Well, until now.

In Recovery is just that record.

Before this record, most of Inspection 12's great pop-punk was available primarily from mp3.com, and while most of it was quite good, it was somewhat uneven. In Recovery is a re-release of sorts of most of that older music, but recorded with an excellent producer, and almost a "Greatest Hits" collection.

Every single song on the record is a winner. I mean, for me, it typically takes one or two songs from a CD to get it stuck in my head long enough for me to listen to the full album long enough to find the hidden gems. (It was "Bloodied Up" on From Here to Infirmary, "Freakish" on Stay What You Are" In this case though, I can't think of any one track that isn't totally memorable right off the bat.

The opener "Secure" opens slowly and then breaks into a speedy, catchy little track. It continues on through a variety of songs, both major and minor in tone, and manages to throw in a variety of instruments, and guest vocalists, including Joey Cape of Lagwagon pulling backups.

And it's entirely appropriate for Joey to participate on this record, since my favourite Lagwagon record Hoss was clearly an influence. Like Hoss, In Recovery is a perfect mix of speedy and hooks. And like the aforementioned Lagwagon record, this one will be a classic soon enough.

Lyrically, there is an honesty that's missing from so much music. There is a genuiness in a track like "Sweet Sixteen" that makes you just root for these guys to be heard. Now, while I've been name-dropping like crazy in this review, I don't want to imply that this record is derivative. It's purely original, and while some of the elements may sound familiar (speedy drums, harmonies, and Fat-style guitars) it's a wholely unique concoction.

Some reviewers may dismiss this, like they do so much of the Fat-influenced music from California, but they'd be doing themselves a disservice. If you listen to this album enough, there are enough nuances, honesty, and strong performances for this to fit in your memory with classics like Hoss and Punk in Drublic.

I definitely recommend this for anyone who likes their pop hooks fast, energetic and full of integrity.


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Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

Ok it is almost 2005 and I am still stoked on this record. I must say that the world missed out on an album that should have reached everyone's ears and I am sorry that it did not. I truly feel that if someone would light a fire under Inspection 12's ass we would see some truly amazing stuff much like what In Recovery showed us. Good to see that they have signed to Takeover but is that the step we are waiting for?. I still see great things for this band and if you have not listened to them then you truly are missing out. If you are looking for a simple temporary solution to your music needs then pass this band on cause this album takes a seasoned listener to really appreciate the effort that was put into this album. I am waiting to see what happens next and Get Rad was not it.

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

this album is ok, but really nothing special. yellowcard is much better, but neither yellowcard nor inspection 12 should be mentioned in the same review as alk3.


Anonymous (August 5, 2001)

This album is simply incredible. My favorite songs are "Hear anything?", "Great Scott", and "Secret Identity" This CD is so catchy and the harmonies are amazing. They are so original with the strings on Great Scott (Sean from Yellowcard plays violin) to the girl singers harmonies on "Photograph". This CD will be stuck in your CD player for weeks. Awesome

guitarer1c2 (July 30, 2001)

This album FUCKING kicks! No denying, it's amazing. The vocals are great, the guitars fantastic, you get the drill. Buy it NOW!

Anonymous (July 29, 2001)

Hey, I already planned on buying this, but your review makes me wanna go out and get it tomorrow. Heh. Thanks for the information.

Anonymous (July 29, 2001)

First off. This record rocks. Second, they arent from Cali, they are from Jacksonville, Florida. I saw them at warp tour friday. Joey sang with them on Red Letter Day. Definately kick ass. A releif from much sappiness in pop punk lately

Josip (July 29, 2001)

good record, i'm impressed by inspection 12, cool band, check out their best song: red letter day

Anonymous (July 29, 2001)

hey man awesome review. i havent heard this band but i'll check them out for sure now!

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