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Stereotyperider: Prolonging The InevitableProlonging The Inevitable (2004)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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I hope you can deal with all the fucking songs that sound the same. With lyrics like this down to the album cover of an upside down city, it is apparent that Stereotyperider are attempting to take a different approach to melodic punk rock with their sophomore album Prolonging The Inevitable. The qu.
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I hope you can deal with all the fucking songs that sound the same.
With lyrics like this down to the album cover of an upside down city, it is apparent that Stereotyperider are attempting to take a different approach to melodic punk rock with their sophomore album Prolonging The Inevitable. The question is whether they succeed, and for the most part the answer is no. While they incorporate a wide variety of grunge and post-punk influences and various guitar effects into their music they are still firmly rooted in melodic punk.

The very first lyrics on the album have the vocalist singing "I've got so much to say," which is ironic, because for the most part the songs have minimalist lyrics relative to their lengths, which average at over 3 minutes usually leading to certain vocal lines being sung repeatedly throughout.

After the intro track "Down As," the group launches into "You're Not Safe With Us," which provides a good diagram for the majority of the album. After beginning with a catchy intro and chorus, the group goes into nearly a minute of instrumentation before repeating the chorus for an extended amount of time. After about 5 minutes, the song for the most part stops and enters a period of what is essentially different noises all leading to a running time of nearly 6 minutes.

This same song pattern of intro/chorus/instrumental/chorus/noise persists throughout most of the album, causing it to feel repetitive and in certain cases too long. Songs that try and shake up this pattern are incidentally the most memorable such as "Worthless," which forgoes a mid-song instrumental for over a minute of intro and a "brisk" 2:55 running time. Another problem that plagues the group is the vocalist's at times off-key delivery. While it is not enough to undermine the band as a whole, it can definitely be off-putting.

While this album would have benefited from more variety in song structure, it still remains engaging with interesting instrumentation and big hooks.

 


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johnrambo (August 22, 2005)

fuck yea. best guys ever. smelliest guys ever. worse than a crabfishing dynasty on the shores of chesapeake bay.

SkolarX (August 22, 2005)

i'd like to retract that comment as i must have been half asleep when i wrote that. it makes no sense, it isn't trashed at all in the review.

SkolarX (August 22, 2005)

that seems to be a really high score for an album that the reviewer pretty much trashed. i saw them open for bigwig a few years ago and thought they were great though i wasn't that into the cd i got at the show.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

shouldn't there be an ending quotation mark in the opening sentance?

dazed (August 21, 2005)

This band used to thoroughly bore me, I enjoy them a lot more now. They're doing something relatively unique by infusing so much post-hardcore in their sounf but it isn't really memorable until you listen to their albums or see them several times.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

This album is damn good - give it a few listens. There are a lot of layers and complexities to digest. Every time I hear it, I like it more and more. Sure, there is quite a bit of experimenting here and some tracks work better than others, but its a very good listen.

ramo (August 21, 2005)

I never seem to get into this band. Since their first full length until now, none of the tracks do it for me.

Ramo

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Terrible band. They should break up and bring back ManDingo... one of the best, if underrated, melodic punk bands of the mid-90s.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (August 21, 2005)

This album's great!

corpseofmymotivation (August 21, 2005)

I used to think I really liked them, but now they really bore me. Nobody here in their hometown even really seems to like them that much.

Scruffy (August 21, 2005)

I like that cover.

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