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Whippersnapper: The Long WalkThe Long Walk (1999)
Lobster Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: thirtysecondsthirtyseconds
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I think it's pretty safe to assume that everyone, at some point or other, has suffered one of their favourite bands breaking up, and maybe have never really recovered. A band that they would do just about anything to hear one more record, or perhaps see live. For me, the band that comes to mind more.
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I think it's pretty safe to assume that everyone, at some point or other, has suffered one of their favourite bands breaking up, and maybe have never really recovered. A band that they would do just about anything to hear one more record, or perhaps see live. For me, the band that comes to mind more than any other is Whippersnapper. And this is their best album.

The Long Walk is one of the few discs I own that not only is missing a single track I would ever even consider skipping, but also sounds as fresh as the first day as I heard it. In fact, "fresh" is one of the words I would use to describe it, along with "faultless." Their debut album, whilst amazing, was nothing like on the scale of this: Pretty standard, poppy skate punk really. This, however, is completely different. Every track is loaded with creativity and texture. The strange thing is, this album isn't as instantly catchy as America's Favorite Pastime. What we have here are incredible bass lines played behind, but never out of the foreground and some excellent guitar work and backed up by more than adequate drumming. Add to the mix equally cleverly layered vocals (sung by the entire band) and the result is staggering. As for that bass sound, I have never heard anything like it. It's very deep, rich and toneful. It adds so much to the album.

Oh yeah, in case you hadn't guessed yet, yes, this is one of those reviews where someone basically textually cracks one off to one of their favourite albums. Sorry for that. I will do my best to tell you how it sounds without breaking out into fits of huge appraisal. This is pop-punk, but not pop-punk. It's much more creative than that. Take the lyrics for example. No "love" songs here. The lyrics (mostly dealing with personal struggles) are the sort that are worth picking up the CD insert for, but don't leave the reader clueless as to what the songs are about afterwards. Poppy hooks have been traded in for creative guitar and bass work, which, in turn pave the way for the accompanying vocals, completely lacking in catchiness (especially on first listen) but with a subtle melody. In fact, I would say Over It (another Lobster band) in terms of vocals, only sharper, less emo and with superb, seperate, more melodic backing lines.

This CD is just a joy to listen to; it flows so well and is never boring. Sometimes I put it on to sing along to, sometimes I put it on to appreciate the instrumental side. Take "Clothes Horse" as an example. A wonderful intro, which introduces each instrument in turn, then into a main riff, followed by vocals for a minute or so and then featuring one of the best instrumental sections I have heard, before finishing with a different vocal section. All the way through creative and just damn good. Not to mention that this album sports one of my favourite closing tracks. A fantastic instrumental section which builds up with lead vocals and then backing to a fast octave chord riff as the album ends.

I will end it here; I can't write reviews for shit and I have been debating to write this for literally months because I know I can't give this the credit it deserves. So, another ten then by an "obsessive fanboy." All I can really say is if you appreciate something slightly different but not so different you end up with some crossover disaster genre like grindgospeljazzcore and like albums poppy, fresh and have an ear for amazing guitar and bass work. Buy it. You will love it. For people who already have this; you know what I'm trying to say right? Help me out here people!

 

 
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Daviedos9966 (May 16, 2013)

Awesome album

shorthold (January 30, 2013)

listenin to this album for time in years, still fresh, vocal melodies & lyrics are spot on

casualdlirium (November 18, 2007)

top 3 cd's of all time

JustinUCR (March 29, 2007)

excellent album! I saw them on this tour headlining over a friends band in Chicago and was blown away.
I got the America's Favorite Pastimes record and maybe listened to it once...
This is such a fantastic album that really does defy a good description?!
angular-pop-punk, technical punk rock, I don't know...

this is a record you absolutely cannot go wrong with picking up...give it a few listens and it will sink it's claws deep into you.

pabstboy (September 24, 2005)

Definetely the album that got me into Whippersnapper. I saw them open for my fav band Strung Out and holy moly was I impressed. I do have Appearances Wear Thin in my top 5 all time though.

nikobart (September 21, 2005)

Crazy review for a crazy album

I agree with each of your words

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

Yea this record is a classic in its own right, but "appearances wear thin" is a fuckin sick record. The drumming alone is worth listening to, not to mention some sick production value on backing vox and a bad ass bass sound. The songwriting has always been there and I think remains on their final disc.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

Only Lobster release better than this one...Mock Orange "Nines and Sixes".

AlmostPunkEnough (September 20, 2005)

i've been reborn into my love of this. it's one of those albums that somehow never seems to get old. i think "Appearances..." is just half a step below this, but still incredible. sometimes i think this really may be deserving of a 10.

Lobster should have kept up the every-3-year greatness: 99 - this, 02 - Staring Back - "On"... 2005... nothing anywhere near this good, unfortunatley

is it out of print now?

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

Ok, first of all, I agree with most of you about the album. The Long Walk definitely tears most records of this genre to fucking pieces. Everything about this record is amazing. The production is great, the arrangements are great, the musicians are great. The only flaw I hear is some kind of weird quick fade in the middle of track 6. Sounds like some recording error or something. Other than that, this is one of my all-time favorite records. Those of you who think Appearances Wear Thin isn't equally as stunning need to give it a few more listens. It takes a bit longer to get. It's a brilliant album though. The production just doesn't touch the others. Give it a spin again with an open mind. Trust me!

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Ya lil whipashnapah!

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

The guitar at the very very end of this cd is awesome. I wish it wouldn't fade out so quick.

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Fucking LOVE this cd. Just amazing.

"I think it's pretty safe to assume that everyone, at some point or other, has suffered one of their favourite bands breaking up, and maybe have never really recovered"'

You hit the nail on the head. For me, its this band, and Face First.

-opivy

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Whippersnapper was a great band that worked very hard. Besides musicianship and songwriting, I think this album sounded better than their other two because it was done at the Blasting Room with Jason Livermore. I think this was one of the records that really got Jason going in learning how to really use the studio. Now look at the stuff that's coming out of the Blasting Room. He's come a long way.

BTW...I think a few of the guys from Whippersnapper all moved to different parts of the country. Chance of reunion might be slim to none.

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

who else would bust a nut if whippersnapper did a reunion show/tour with a wilhelm scream as one of the bands?

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

I agree with this review. Long Walk is still one of my favorite albums and I still listen to it a lot.

And yes, a reunion show/tour would be awesome.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

one of the 5 best punk records i've ever heard, and definitely the best lobster records release ever. i agree about appearances being pretty lame - the only solid song on that one was "i was only dreaming."

benz (September 18, 2005)

good, but definetly not even close to 5 stars

-benz

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

its too bad their record after this, "appearances wear thin" sucked ass.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

hey, i have two words to say about this record, the shit. i havent heard one album come close to the sound of the long walk. I wish whip would still fuck shit up, d6

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

Whippersnapper figured it out but missed the bus. The Long Walk and America's Favorite Past Time are two albums that go head to head with any of the albums out there today rocking MTV 2 or whatever. Whippersnapper's sound, message, and attitude continue to impact the scene. If you haven't heard Whippersnapper, go pick up these titles and spread the word. If we are lucky maybe we can get a reunion tour!

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

The Long Walk is an amazing and inspiring album that would be tough to beat if you're going to compare it to other Lobster releases. It was recorded at the Blasting Room so it has the quality but still keeps the edge and energy of their live performance. I would put Mock Orange's "the record play" in a close second. Mark Trombino produced that amazing record , but Whippersnapper's lyrics are so good and there are some arrangements in these songs that you just don't see from other bands. Everything is so cookie cutter these days...bring back the rock!

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

Thank you for reviewing this record now : this is probably the best effort in melodic punk rock...they are the talent. Maybe if everyone recognize their talent, they will get back together. Whippersnapper, we miss you and want you back !!

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

wow. thanks for writing a shitty review of one of my favorite records. i think the bass sounds like asshole on this record. the drumming is more impressive than the guitars or vocals. the one thing that you got right is that this record is still fresh, and this kind of writing for a techy melodic punk band has only been matched by A Wilhelm Scream.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

America's favorite pasttime was better but this cd is still good.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

Good gravy--I was going to review this one eventually, but you beat me to it.

I wholeheartedly concur with your sentiments.

I really wish they got back together...

Zounds!!!

Gray Davis
Special Counsel
Loeb & Loeb

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

you shouldnt diss your review before the forum fan boys

AlmostPunkEnough (September 18, 2005)

whatever the last song on this is called is fucking amazing

"Life Will Go On", and yes, it is.

what does everyone think is the better Lobster release? this, or Staring Back's "On"? i'll throw Over It's "Timing is Everything" and the latest Park album in there too.

theundergroundscene (September 18, 2005)

whatever the last song on this is called is fucking amazing

AlmostPunkEnough (September 18, 2005)

i was just listening to this the other day. simply awesome.

i love these saturday reviews, there's always such killer stuff.

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