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Left Alone

Left Alone: Lonely Starts & Broken HeartsLonely Starts & Broken Hearts (2005)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


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I want a patent. I want a patent on using the term 'broken heart' anywhere near an album title, song title, or any of those song's lyrics. This is primarily to keep bands who could otherwise think of creative album or song concepts from falling into the deep, deep well of cliché. I think at this poi.


I want a patent. I want a patent on using the term 'broken heart' anywhere near an album title, song title, or any of those song's lyrics. This is primarily to keep bands who could otherwise think of creative album or song concepts from falling into the deep, deep well of cliché. I think at this point, the term 'broken heart' has been used more in music than the word 'the.' It's time to end the trend, but nobody gave any sort of notice to Hellcat Records' Left Alone.

Despite the apparent creative shortcomings, Lonely Starts & Broken Hearts is a solid, albeit at times painfully mediocre, blast of punk rock. Dashes of Swingin' Utters and Rancid can be found, alongside some quick splurges of ska parts here and there. It's mid-tempo punk rock done as it's been done so many times before, unfortunately offering little reprieve from the monotony.

The band has a relatively solid musical base, and while they're not playing the most difficult of musical arrangements, at least it's something. The band writes some genuinely fun tunes ("My 62,"), but for those who are seeking something more this is likely not the album for you. Things just become a tad too repetitive as the album wears on. The chords don't differentiate much, only in tempo, and the same sneering vocal style doesn't offer any of the missing variation there. Again, the tempo changes, depending on it being a traditional punk effort or one with some ska leanings, but it quickly becomes monotonous. The lyrics don't fare much differently; simply put, they're redundant.

I will give credit where it's due, however: The band does seem to put a lot of emotion and passion into what they're playing, and that much is apparent after repeated listens to the album. It's just a shame how none of that emotional energy really ever becomes all that effective. The band's energies and passion simply cannot carry over into their songwriting process, and the album's result, while gritty and raw, is just something that falls short. If you find yourself listening to any other Hellcat bands, I see no reason that you won't enjoy the latest effort from Left Alone. But if you need more to break up monotony than a quick, heavy bassline every few songs, you'd be wise to look elsewhere.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
johnnydreadfoote (July 21, 2009)

I dig it. It's a good time!

keylay (March 9, 2007)

garbage band garbage people

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

great album compare to the sh!t that out right now.
it's a little emo-ish sometimes but overall good.

Anonymous (March 28, 2006)

fuck i love this album

Anonymous (March 26, 2006)

I think it's okay besides me and the drummer have a thing he lives by me and he is sexy but overall the lyrics do have a emo-ish sound no offense

Anonymous (December 17, 2005)

fucking brilliant

Anonymous (December 17, 2005)

absoluty fucking great album

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

I disagree with comments said in the above review. I think left alone is great upcoming band I know some lyrics are
soft but like any band some song just dont apeal to some people. looking forward to seen this band play live.

tylerdurden8136 (October 12, 2005)

Just about every song on this cd had me moving like a mad man and just being at a live show all you HATERS will no exactly what i'm talking about.

i know exactly what you're talking about. if you see these guys live, you just can't help but love 'em. so much fucking energy and stage presence...i'd say their live show is better than the actual album.

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

i have to disagree with most of you, while its nothing new, this is some pretty good music. and so what if they write song about being "broken-hearted", alot of bands do. if your reading these reviews,a tleast check the abnd out. and theya very energetic live band. good album.

Anonymous (October 5, 2005)

The lyrics to the album might be emotional but look at the name of the band atleast there keeping it real. Just about every song on this cd had me moving like a mad man and just being at a live show all you HATERS will no exactly what i'm talking about. So keep rocken guys and i cant wait for there next album. See you in febuary. From your boy at W.P.B, FL. (DZ)

Anonymous (October 5, 2005)

The lyrics to the album might be emotional but look at the name of the band atleast there keeping it real. Just about every song on this cd had me moving like a mad man and just being at a live show all you HATERS will no exactly what i'm talking about. So keep rocken guys and i cant wait for there next album. See you in febuary. From your boy at W.P.B, FL. (DZ)

Anonymous (September 22, 2005)

No substance, Not even a good Rancid knock-off, No energy or passion in my eyes. This band reminds me of some local band that has its fans but just really isnt doing anything meaningful. Should of known better especially when the band is called "Left Alone".

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

Slightly harsh review. Yeah, they're not doing anything that Rancid, Swingin' Utters, Ann Beretta etc haven't done before but they do it pretty well.

alahanno (September 19, 2005)

i dont see whats wrong with this record other than maybe a little too much love lyrics. my whole life is the shit

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

This shit is fucking stupid

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 17, 2005)

"Hellcat is Rancid's label for signing bands that sound like Rancid."

i think that's a buddyhead quote but i can't say for sure. truer words have never been spoken though.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

"Hearts and nautical stars?!

Score!"

I laughed.

Scruffy (September 16, 2005)

Hearts and nautical stars?!

Score!

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

I like the ska stuff on here. This band definitley has potential, but it's lacking energy in a lot of the songs

psychoos231 (September 16, 2005)

Thorp should have put this out instead

skankin_in_the_pit (September 16, 2005)

The only positive thing I can say about this album is a couple of the songs remind me a little of Capdown. I can't get through most of these songs without cringing from the lyrics.

gladimnotemo (September 16, 2005)

I wonder why Hellcat put this out. Most of their albums are top-notch, but this seems to be getting really terrible reviews.

notfeelingcreative (September 16, 2005)

Basic rancid influenced punk, I like it, nothing new or outstanding at all, but still not enitrely bad.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

I agree. It's not great. It has a few good tunes ("My 62", "Another Feeling"), but overall it's like, boring stale punk rock with emo-esque lyrics. (I'm not trashing emo, I'm just making comparison).

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