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Adolescents: O.C. ConfidentialO.C. Confidential (2005)
Finger Records

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This is the new Adolescents record. Their last album was released in 1988. That's seventeen years. Lots can happen in seventeen years. For starters, the production on the album is slick. What charmed me originally was the raw, dirty, gritty production from their demo collection. There was such po.
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This is the new Adolescents record. Their last album was released in 1988. That's seventeen years. Lots can happen in seventeen years.

For starters, the production on the album is slick. What charmed me originally was the raw, dirty, gritty production from their demo collection. There was such powerful angst and power behind those songs. But then again, they aren't teenagers anymore. Except for Frank Agnew, Jr., who's 18, and filling in for Uncle Rikk.

What the Adolescents bring on O.C. Confidential is an older, more matured view of the world. Instead of bratty, quick, easy songs, O.C. Confidential is full of 4-chord songs with intricate pieces put together. Songs like "Hawks And Doves" and "Where The Children Play" have rad guitar parts layered on top of each other. Does it mean that they fail to rock? Hell no. But songs like "Guns Of September" and "Death On Friday" are more relaxed and mature sounding than anything else in the band's catalogue. "Into The Fire" has a ska/reggae intro. "Within These Walls" is ultra-poppy/catchy. The title track, "O.C. Confidential," channels the same sort of anger/angst that I'm used to from the Adolescents. "Pointless Teenage Anthem" is a rip-roarin', well, teenage anthem.

All in all, it's a good album and a must-have for fans of the Adolescents. Though it's not quite the Blue Album, it shows a positive growth for the band as maturing punks tend to do.

 

 
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CountDruckula (September 20, 2011)

This album rivals Brats in Battalions for me.

tittytwisterbudy (April 4, 2007)

sorry but this album is fucking awful and has strayed so far from anything good that they really shouldnt be called 'the adolescents' anymore. its not that i dont understand how the memembers have aged and matured (and gotten fat haha) but it seems to me it lacks the integrity that made the blue album so good and a classic. this definitely isnt a 'must have'

MikeStupid (August 18, 2006)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

MikeStupid (August 18, 2006)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 9, 2005)

"*hopes*

Anchors vs. BSD round 3"

should be a pay-per-view event.

i really would pay to see chinatown and BSD have it out in a steel cage match. of course, neither would truly be the 'winner'.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Would it really be worth it? Anchors seems to think that just because I find his adoration of Alexisonfire funny, I must be some sort of mad stalker tracking him down for rape... I don't really care. If he wants to instigate fights on a message board, he can do it with someone else, because I don't feel like playing the internet nerd game anymore.

-BSD

jamespastepunk (August 8, 2005)

*hopes*

Anchors vs. BSD round 3

Anchors (August 8, 2005)

Chinatown just can't seem to keep my name out of his mouth.. er, textbox. You and BSD honestly need to find something better to do than bitch about me so god damn much.

Go play basketball, watch a movie, find a girl, hahaha oh man, almost with a straight face, almost.

CellarDoor (August 8, 2005)

All in all, it's a good album and a must-have for fans of the Adolescents. Though it's not quite the Blue Album, it shows a positive growth for the band as maturing punks tend to do.

Nukka nailed it.

Anonymous (August 8, 2005)

This is readily available at indie heaven Tower Records.

Anonymous (August 8, 2005)

Rikk stopped showing up. He is now in 45 Grave. You can see them on tour with the Misfits this fall.

Anonymous (August 8, 2005)

sickboi, go fuck yourself, you bitch more than the rest of us!

sickboi (August 8, 2005)

I'm glad I barely do reviews. You're all a bunch of little bitches.

CrookedSuperhero (August 8, 2005)

"That's not a fact. Brian most likely didn't like your review, plus staff always take precidence over non-staff reviews.

You're retarded. There is nothing wrong with my review; it's in-depth, unbiased, and explores every facet of the album. It's a much better review than that MMB shit you wrote that featured a Starcraft allusion more ludicrous than anything Anchors has ever written. Just ask me to post it in this thread, and I will.

By the way, "precidence" isn't even a word. Perhaps if you cracked open a dictionary and learned how to correctly spell words, your reviews would be better.

-Chinatown"

Oh no!!!! A spelling error!!!!

Lucky for me, my entire existence dosen't hang on getting reviews posted on punknews.org, and just praying that one single person will complement me, something which you have yet to achieve.

Now that i've seen your review, it's quite clear you spent a lot of time on it. It's far too long, it's boring and you're completly wrong about it. Amazing album? It's a pop album with guitars. I'm surprised Brian didn't post it out of pity, but goes to show how much he dislikes you.

It seems you're just like Anchors, only shittier and you can't get on staff.

darkstarm (August 8, 2005)

i used to write for a video game site back in the day that had a large readership and we got into these kinds of disputes.

there's nothing that makes a site look worse than staff arguing on the site's boards.

not telling you guys how to do your jobs, just saying... maybe talk about this shit in e-mail and not out in the open.

in other news, i've never heard the adolescents in my life.

Anonymous (August 7, 2005)

That's not a fact. Brian most likely didn't like your review, plus staff always take precidence over non-staff reviews.

You're retarded. There is nothing wrong with my review; it's in-depth, unbiased, and explores every facet of the album. It's a much better review than that MMB shit you wrote that featured a Starcraft allusion more ludicrous than anything Anchors has ever written. Just ask me to post it in this thread, and I will.

By the way, "precidence" isn't even a word. Perhaps if you cracked open a dictionary and learned how to correctly spell words, your reviews would be better.

-Chinatown

almostpunkenough (August 7, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

CrookedSuperhero (August 7, 2005)

"I know for a fact that Brian is heavily biased towards Anchors. Last week he posted his review of Sharks Keep Moving's 1999 debut, and this despite the fact that in early June I submitted a review of an album released in 2001.

-Chinatown"

That's not a fact. Brian most likely didn't like your review, plus staff always take precidence over non-staff reviews.

Anonymous (August 7, 2005)

I know for a fact that Brian is heavily biased towards Anchors. Last week he posted his review of Sharks Keep Moving's 1999 debut, and this despite the fact that in early June I submitted a review of an album released in 2001.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (August 7, 2005)

Fags

Crookedsuperhero (August 7, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

stevejonestherealbones (August 6, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

John_Doe (August 6, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

John_Doe (August 6, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

John_Doe (August 6, 2005)

I really liked this album. I was about to try writing up a review myself, but what has been said already is what id say.

Hawk and Doves, OC Confidential, Where the Children Play are all personal favorites of mine.

This album is pretty good, definatley not as gritty as the original one.

skankin_in_the_pit (August 6, 2005)

I'd like some new Faction, and then let's go get cokes.

Anonymous (August 6, 2005)

Haven't heard it but s/t was great.

Id like some new JFA, and then lets skate.

BrandonSideleau (August 6, 2005)

HAHA......I find it pretty sad that, day by day, as bad as Gray Davis was (and he was pretty damn bad)- old "Ahnuld" is proving to be gradually becoming much worse. I just have this image of him in the State Capitol with millions of people breathing down his throat- until he reaches a breaking point and yells "SHUD UPPPP!" Kindergarten Cop style. Yeah, um........actors shouldn't be politicians- good or bad, conservative or liberal- stick with what you know. Oh.....yeah, and the Adolescents are pretty cool.....but I always found them to be a bit too generic and poppy for my tastes. DI and TSOL are both better OC bands.

stevejonestherealbones (August 5, 2005)

way better than that bustamante guy

- jones

inagreendase (August 5, 2005)

Gray Davis = best poster, hands down.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

I found my copy at Virgin Megastore in Orange, but then again they did a CD-release show, there--inside the store! So the CD was not hard to come by.

It was a 8 or 9 song set.

And there was moshing, even though moshing was not technically allowed.

And there was an undercover cop and security yelling "We'll shut this show down if you don't get back!" constantly between each song.

And I got manhandled by some idiot jock, whom I immediately tried to shove to the front so that the cop would eject him--but said jock instead scurried away to the back.

Stupid fucking jocks. Well, at least I got theirs when I raised their fucking car taxes on their jock-mobile pick-up trucks! Fuck them and their domestic-violence-prone proclivities!

Shit, I digressed too long--try finding the CD at Virgin.

Gray Davis
Special Counsel
Loeb & Loeb

TheNightProwler (August 5, 2005)

Oh man, you can't believe how hard it was to find this fucking album. Literally no stores here or online had it on the July 12th release date. None of the stores from the small indie shops all the way to the Best Buy's had it. No one online had it either on the release date except for Interpunk, which they weren't able to get the actual album in stock until a week later, so that's how I got my copy.

My thoughts on this record are overall very positive but I was so built up for this release over the years in anticipation that I couldn't help but feel just a little slight disappointed in that it wasn't absolutely perfect. That's the problem when you wait for an album for so damn long. I could probably write my own in depth review on it but I'm no where near capable in doing that, thankfully...

First off the production is indeed slick but I think the vocals are odd when you first listen to them. I guess I got so used to the live versions of "Hawks and Doves" and "Lockdown America" from the Kung-Fu "Show Must Go Off" DVD/CD combo that it was just bizarre finally hearing the studio versions after all that waiting. But that was just a minor quip that I eventually got used too after repeated listens.

I guess the biggest thing Iâ??d have to mention is that you notice very well that Rikk is missing from the line-up; none of his awesome guitar work is here. I noticed it the most when his guitar solo on â??Lockdown Americaâ?ť that I heard from the â??Show Must Go Offâ?ť DVD/CD was missing here on the album. Itâ??s such a pity that they couldnâ??t have just kept him on the album because you defiantly notice his presence is missing. Thankfully the songs are still strong enough without him; I just keep imagining what this album would have been like with more input from him.

The lyrics are very strong here with so many catchy choruses. I havenâ??t grown tired of this album yet and I doubt I will. Hawks and Doves, Lockdown America, Where The Children Play, California Sun, Pointless Teenage Anthem, Death On Friday, Into The Fire, Within These Walls, Let It Rain, and OC Confidential are all instantly strong tracks that Iâ??d gladly want to hear live along the classic Blue Album material.

So overall this album is defiantly worth buying is the just relentless amount of catchy So-Cal punk songs on here. Itâ??s hard to find a chorus on here that wonâ??t get stuck in your head. They may never be able to write another perfect Blue Album again but that era is past them and this is still a very strong record despite Rikk Agnew being gone from the line-up. If youâ??re an Adolescents fan youâ??ll finally be able to have a studio album worth listening too after the Blue Album.

theundergroundscene (August 5, 2005)

jordan,

i am not blaming you at all or attacking you in any way, man. i just needed an example is all. sorry dude.

rkl (August 5, 2005)

P.S. How does this compare with D.I.?

i havent heard this release yet, so i cant say. but historically, adolescents are a little more accessible/melodic, imo.

a wide range of people listen to the adolescents. with D.I., the listener group is basically people that like 80's hardcore.

pastepunk (August 5, 2005)

especially when pastepunk (though i do enjoy reading that site a lot) threw up that judge review on his site YESTERDAY, and now it's on here

Not that I want to get involved in this, but I submitted it yesterday after I posted it on Pastepunk b/c I noticed the org didn't have a review of it up yet. I had no idea it would get the pass-through so quickly, but in defense of Brian deciding to run with it - the release is a couple of weeks old so it's timely and is something that I feel is "historical" about hardcore, and so is worth the extra look (which is why I submitted me here as well, to reach the audience that Pastepunk doesn't). Thanks for the kind words!

skankin_in_the_pit (August 5, 2005)

I haven't found a copy of this yet but if the other new songs are as good as the songs on that e.p. they put out a couple years ago I'll be very happy. I'm pretty surprised no one is making as big a deal about this release as they did about the new 7 Seconds.

Also I don't know if I can go on another day without reading the Fordirelifesake review. I haven't read a review of some tech-screamo-metalcore-whatever that shit is band in at least an hour.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

On the subject of reviews:

Why not eliminate the REALLY bad ones or the ones that are WAY inappropriate for the site? That way almost everybody wins: visitors get more readable, relevant reviews and punknews.org gets a reputation for being a literate site.

OC

P.S. How does this compare with D.I.?

Crookedsuperhero (August 5, 2005)

Watching the staff bicker is another plus for this site.

rkl (August 5, 2005)

well, we're on the subject of reviews, how long does it generally take for non-staff writeups to get posted?

theundergroundscene (August 5, 2005)

brian,

not to be a dick or anything, but that life in your way review has been in there for probably six or seven review postings, and that fordirelifesake review could have landed on there the day i threw it in queue, cause...well, i would suspect people want to read about a band like fordirelifesake

i don't get the logic, especially when pastepunk (though i do enjoy reading that site a lot) threw up that judge review on his site YESTERDAY, and now it's on here

especially considering anchors has two or three each review posting...it's just kinda beat, dude

inagreendase (August 5, 2005)

why not start posting them 3 times a week?

Given the situation it's been put into consideration for a while.

fattony (August 5, 2005)

if there's over 180 reviews in the queue, why not start posting them 3 times a week? i'm not trying to start shit, i'm seriously asking. i know i'd like to see more reviews, as this is one of the few sites i come to for album reviews.

TheOneTrueBill (August 5, 2005)

Yeah, I ordered it from one of the third party sellers. That's all I ever do on Amazon and most of the time it works out real well. One RFTC album I ordered was bent, but I got the money refunded for it.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

Hey, Bill, did you order it from an independent dealer? It's a fucking easy way to save money, as well as get the item faster.

I'll be honest, the Blue Album was great... I haven't heard the demos, but their 80's hard rock stuff doesn't thrill me. And I'm more than a bit of a skeptic concerning this reunion jive. I haven't heard this record, but why the sudden "return to punk"? Why are all of these old bands deciding that it's time to be punk rock again, after extended stints as hard-rock/pop bands? Do they only like to be playing punk when there's a "boom"?

-BSD

stevejonestherealbones (August 5, 2005)

how the fuck are the goddamned "princes of malibu" on cribs right now? what the fuck have they done...why dont they at least have their father giving the tour since he is the one that owns the goddamned house...i hope nobody supports this piece of shit "princes of malibu" show....its worse than any show on mtv...these fuckers are up there with paris hilton..

FUUUUCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!! !!!!!!

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

TheOneTrueBill (August 5, 2005)

I ordered mine from amazon almost two weeks ago and I still haven't gotten it. I want to listen to this so badly.

inagreendase (August 5, 2005)

so..um....yeah, i guess my john doe reviews not getting posted. Brian if I'm no longer on staff give me a heads up

For the 32583208528932850932nd time, there's over 180 reviews in the queue. You submitted the John Doe review six days ago. Other staff writers have reviews queued since June 3rd, and a cumulated total of 48 staff reviews that were submitted before yours. Learn to wait your turn.

john-311 (August 5, 2005)

I'm listening to this right now and I'm really digging it. I'm actually missing The Adolescents right now in Portland, but they're coming to Eugene on Monday and I might be able to get in free, so I am definitely there.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

honestly, there's probably only been one day in my life since i was 16 when i didn't listen to at least one adolecents or decendents song, and i don't foresee that trend changing in the near future.

jamespastepunk (August 5, 2005)

Brandon, it looks to me like you're staff. Check your profile.

etwiels88 (August 5, 2005)

retro looking album cover for a new album

BrandonSideleau (August 5, 2005)

so..um....yeah, i guess my john doe reviews not getting posted. Brian if I'm no longer on staff give me a heads up, although I'm not if that decision is up to you.

Big_Guy (August 5, 2005)

Why did Rikk leave?

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

first!! this cd rules

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