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Lagwagon: ResolveResolve (2005)
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Drama, the suicide of original drummer Derrick Plourde a couple months ago, was the catalyst for Joey Cape's inspiration to write this 9th full-length of my (once) holy Lagwagon. And never in my 37-year old life have I been moved as much by music and especially these lyrics as with these dozen songs.
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Drama, the suicide of original drummer Derrick Plourde a couple months ago, was the catalyst for Joey Cape's inspiration to write this 9th full-length of my (once) holy Lagwagon. And never in my 37-year old life have I been moved as much by music and especially these lyrics as with these dozen songs that are so much more than an epitaph on a great musician's grave. For me, while I never actually knew the guy, it's not the homage to Plourde that really touched me, but we all are pretty aware of what sorrow an act like this causes to all people close to him. And that's what comes through in these songs as far as I'm concerned; in the first place the unbelief, the questions unresolved and the doubts that clearly haunt Joey, but also the comfort he's offering to Plourde's relatives and his attempt to rid them of their guilty feelings. I'm not an emotional guy really, but these lyrics really gave me the shivers at times.

Strangely though, and especially considering the more emotional direction Joey headed with his side band Bad Astronaut, the music on this album is Lagwagon at its best. Sure, some of the songs are opening with a laid-back intro, and of course there's the obligatory acoustic swansong at the end, but the energy and melodicy of most of these songs can be tracked back to Lagwagon's haydays when they released albums like Trashed or maybe even more appropriately, Hoss. A lot of these songs reminded me of the song "Violins" on that one. Undoubtedly, the lyrics prevent a joyous feeling to go with these sounds, but Lagwagon always has been more than "just another fun punk band," if you don't take their first release Duh into account. Maybe I have to admit that even I sometimes wonder whether this sound hasn't been (re)produced and used too much over the last 15 years, but still there's only a couple bands that can deliver it in a package like this. For sure, I think they did something far better than anything I have heard from them since Hoss, (although Double Plaidinum had a few marvels), so what better recognition of Plourde's musicianship could there have been than creating an album that sounded as if he was sitting behind that kit?

Resolve is the title of the album, and although I doubt that questions will be answered with this release, for sure it re-confirms that energetic punk music can be heartfelt, earnest and moving. It at least made me write a review again after many uninspired months.

 

 
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filbunke (October 28, 2014)

Great album. That's all..

killtaker (March 28, 2012)

While it might not have the best single Lagwagon songs on it (Violins, Alien 8, Razorburn, etc.) this is the best Lagwagon record in terms of a complete album.

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thedudeovethere (July 31, 2008)

here is what happened when an amazing artist does an album with his heart, one of my favorites of lagwagon's cd.

In this cd my favorits songs are:
the worst
the day of new(with the acoustic track after)
the contortionist
and all the others....

Benzilla (June 8, 2007)

ok you dumbass anonymous people...if a song doesnt have emotions then it sucks so dont call it emo. if your best friend kills himself and you write a song about it im gonna laugh when ppl make fun of you for being"emo" we cant all just write songs about the government and stuff...plz..

Benzilla (June 8, 2007)

this album carries the same lagwagon taste with a different feel. darker and deeper. yet stil amazing

victim (January 14, 2007)

For whatever reason Lagwagon has never done it for me, although I think they're pretty good. But the track Never Stops is awesome live. I heard it on the Fat X-Mas comp and they pretty much out-NOFX NOFX (or at least NOFX of the last 7-10 years)

GlassPipeMurder (November 29, 2006)

amazing record. not as catchy as previous albums...but so damn good.

TheWise (October 30, 2006)

One of the greatest albums ever, no doubt in my mind.

Anonymous (June 26, 2006)

shit man lagwagon are shit. listen to them it is shit.

Anonymous (May 11, 2006)

shit band that every yank seems to love.

metalik (May 6, 2006)

Awesome CD. I can't stop listening.

DIY

Anonymous (April 5, 2006)

People need to lighten up. We all view life differently and like different stuff. I didn't rate this until after 2 months of listening. Then seeing 2 live shows in Australia including 1 in Geelong with around 200 people where people were falling down onto the stage. Then listening to it again. Sad Astronaut makes me cry.

I think this is their equal best with Hoss or maybe Feelings. This is an excellent album.

And you don't have to agree, that's cool.

People should stop putting others down to make themselves look or feel better.

Tim

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

It´s real emotional hardcore music. This is an album that shitty emo bands would like to make.

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

It´s real emotional hardcore music. This is an album that shitty emo bands would like to make.

Rawls_with_Balls (March 19, 2006)

Took about four solid listens to realize just how much I love this album. That's certainly not a bad thing, especially considering that I would have been taken by it right away if I had read the liner notes during the initial listen.

I guess that's really not that interesting. Oh well, my opinion is now on the public record.

DanH (February 6, 2006)

This is a great album both musically and lyricly with an obvious genuine passion flowing through it...i dont understand the negative comments that say "eeww fukin emo"...these very same people would be slagging it off if Lagwagon made a happier album like "Duh"

Seriously dont post a comment if you have never liked a band because its just not useful and just a way for some jackass to waste their time slating bands

Great album with a good mix of short and longer songs...i did think blaze was a better record musically but this scores high for the feeling on top of a very good musical outing....very worthy of the wagon

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

The most tragic loss for Lagwagon is their sense of melody.

Anonymous (December 12, 2005)

ahhhhh good album... i admit it cudda been a little better but theres too many good songs. Automatic and Heartbreaking music took a little while to get used to, but there great. Resolve, Sad Astronaut, Rager, the Worst, Creepy and finally the Days of new are greattt. Days of new and sad astronaut are two of the best Lagwagon songs ever.

Anonymous (November 15, 2005)

i just bought "resolve" and listened to it once while reading the lyrics. for some reason, i get emotional listening to bad astronaut records and "blaze," and this one continued that trend. i never really got into old lagwagon stuff (my brother has been listening to all their old shit for years.), mostly because of the rougher-edged vocals, novelty songs, and straight punkishness. if "blaze" had no novelty songs ("e-dagger" and the one about getting old) and "houston, we have a drinking problem" didn't have the covers (though "break your frame" is kinda good) and that shitty song, "if i had a son," they would be perfect albums. derrick was a phenomenal drummer, and bad astronaut's arrangements and vibe of sincerity make them one of my top five bands... of aaaall TIIIIIIIIIIIIME! but, seriously, what i've read about derrick as a person and the secret track from acrophobe lead me to think he was a great person to be around and a great loss to all who knew him. "resolve" kicks some butt.

ps, every review i've read quotes "days of new" as if the lyrics were about derrick, but i think that up 'til the end, they're about joey's wife. then when he starts in with the "we may not have met without him" or whatever, everything thereafter is about the dead man.

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

Ok, I've had time to let it sink in.

The lyrics are amazing and heart wrenching.

The music is great.

The production is hit and miss. The drums and bass sound awesome, but the electric guitars and vocals have way too much treble and pierce my ear drums. I just can't get over how horrible the guitars sound.

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

I don't think Fallen is on anyone's album. I believe it is an iTunes exclusive. Somebody who has it, please post it as an mp3...

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

I have heard the song Fallen. Its a pretty good.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

So who has actually heard the song "Fallen"? Its not on my album although it is on the iTunes tracklisting and apparently on some people's albums.

xblakeyoung (November 5, 2005)

the closest thing we'll get to a "new" bad astronaut record probably. word on the street is they are releasing the "last" album they recorded a few years back though.

Anonymous (November 5, 2005)

I think Lag will do atleast one more cd, but if not it's a great album to finish with like that dude said. Bad Astronaut is over(hope to god they put the cd out). I'd love to see Joey take over vocals for the gimmes, or maybe just sing a few songs. Spike is awesome but no-one can beat Joey. Can't wait till they tour here again!
Someone put "Fallen" on you send it, please. I can't buy it as I'm not American, which usually isnt something to be sad about

8dollarclarinetsolo (November 4, 2005)

"am i the only one who finds this album really fucking good, but it took like 5 listens to realize that? I thought it was average on first listen, pretty good on second...now i'm like really stoked on it. 'infectious' and 'days of new' are incredible.

paul"

i agree, originally i was pretty bored, and thought it was decent, but now i love it all. those 2 songs would also be the 2 i would mention that really fucking rock at the end of the record, but i really like every song

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

"I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them"

"Way to stick it to 'em by not listening to them since their last studio album.

Moron."

haha, i was just thinking the same thing, shit was funny.

poopypants (November 4, 2005)

i guess it is emo, being that its emotional songs written in response to the suicide of a friend. jesus you guys are stupid assholes

paul

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

Not, "emo", but definitely horrid.

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

this gets my "boring album of the year" award

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

this shit is emo

poopypants (November 4, 2005)

i'm gonna keep runnin my mouth for a bit here.

hoss is the obvious favorite, so many standouts like 'violins' and 'bombs away' , live favorites, so strong on on individual song basis.

'double plaid' has more of an album feel. most of the songs dont stand up on their own like 'hoss's do, but if you take the album as a whole its amazing, specially the lyrics and different, 'darker' and more bass heavy production

'resolve' is just so powerful...they really recaptured their energy that was lacking on the last few albums and its got a more classic wagon feel than the last few albums too. also, the overall lyrical theme and seriousness of it makes it a classic. takes more listens to get into than 'hoss' but once it clicks you'll see why i rank it third, this early.

'blaze' while this album lacks a cohesive feel like 'resolve' and 'double plaid' its got more of a 'hoss' individual song feel. also, it has the most variety of any lagwagon album, witha lot of joey's bad astronaut influence coming through. it also hearkens back to the 'trashed' and 'duh' days w/ some goofy fun songs like 'e dagger' and 'falling apart'. but then its got crazy shit like 'lullaby' or 'billy club' that sound nothing like typical lagwagon. strong overall, but kind of scattered and lacks the energy and emotion of their early works (thankfully recaptured on resolve)

'lets talk about feelings' continued the trend of 'double plaid' in that individual song-wise its not that strong, but taken as a whole album, its quite impressive in its flow, depth, emotion...all captured in under 30 min! unfortunately, thats one of the flaws to the album. its too short...12 tracks, 2 of which are around a minute long and one 'ok' cover. but it also has 'may 16th' arguably their best, if not top 5 songs. also, the production on here is absolutely slick as a taco shit (dont take that, its mine). (but again, i love the dark bass heavy production on their prior album too). so great album, but its length really hurts it.

'trashed' the 'classic' album that really built up their fan base. I truly think its pretty weak overall. lyricall it lacks the depth and creativity that joey would get into on the releases that would follow. musically it lacks too, and still has some holdout, cheesy 'metal' type riffs on some songs. but, it still has live classics like 'bye for now', 'give it back' and overall classics like 'whipping boy' (which hinted at what hoss would be like) and 'know it all'. but the production, vocals, music...all lack compared to what came next. also, songs like 'lazy' are just plain bad.

'duh'. eh. see my 'trashed' description. consider everything worse (vocals, lyrics, music). blah, but not bad for early 90's skate punk.

paul

scores for lagwagon.

poopypants (November 4, 2005)

"Trashed and Duh are really over rated albums. It's cool to say Trashed is the best, but it kinda sucks!"

i agree completely.

and the guy who said 'double plaid' is his favorite, my friend Chris, and lagwagon listener of 10 years agrees with you. I think it takes a long time to think that though. most wagon fans think 'hoss' is the best until theyve had years to digest all the albums, at which point the brilliance of 'double plaid' and 'feelings' start to sink in, and the not-so-goodness of 'trashed' sinks in simulaneously. just my theory as a long time wagon listener (and my friend chris shares this theory as we both used to think 'trashed' ruled and 'feelings' and 'plaid' were average).

so as of now...and remember i've been a huge fan for a wile now (not 10 years, but a wile)

1.hoss 10
2.double plaidinum 9
3.resolve 8.5
4.blaze 8
5.lets talk about feelings 7.5
6.trashed 7
7.duh 6

that looks about right

paul

poopypants (November 4, 2005)

am i the only one who finds this album really fucking good, but it took like 5 listens to realize that? I thought it was average on first listen, pretty good on second...now i'm like really stoked on it. 'infectious' and 'days of new' are incredible.

paul

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

1. Hoss
2. Trashed
3. Blaze
4. Double
5. Duh
6. Leys talk.. feelings

Haven't hear new one but liked Blaze a bunch. Think "feelings" doesn't stack up with their others but can listen to all of them and enjoy.

colin (November 3, 2005)

hosssss

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

1) Hoss 2) Let's Talk 3) Double 4) Blaze 5) Trashed 6) Duh
Have not recieved Resolve in the mail yet. Trashed and Duh are really over rated albums. It's cool to say Trashed is the best, but it kinda sucks!

CaveatMalefactor (November 3, 2005)

1) Trashed 2) Hoss 3) Resolve 4) Double Plaidinum 5) Duh 6) Let's Talk 7) Blaze

Trashed or Hoss comes first. Don't let anyone tell you any different for chrissake.

RIP DERRICK!

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

I have to be honest double plaidnum is my favorite (maybe because of one time "special guest" member Ken Stringfellow, of the Posies, plays lead guit on the album, maybe becauase the production is like nothing in the wagon discography) but its my favoirite, contoversial I know. Lagwagon was my favorite band about 5 years ago, more into the whole indie-rock scene now, but joey cape (lead singer) still remains the best lyricist i have ever read/heard. Jesse the bassist inspired me to play bass, I love this band. Order goes this way folks... 1) Double Plaidnum 2) Trashed 3) Hoss 4) Lets Talk About Feelings 5) Lets Talk About Leftovers 6) Blaze 7) Duh (maybe classic, but by far their worst production, and the worst lyrically, and muscially) I have not heard Resolve, ordered it off Fat to get the band autograph it for free, but I think It will be somewhere among the best. Really my list between 2-4 are interchangable depending on your mood. I love the Caper.

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

37 eh....probably shouldve already settled down with a wife and family, dug a pool in the backyard, paid off the minivan and have an old dog thats ready to die rather then posting rediculous threads on how all the wagons new songs sound like violins because its the only song other then "that lagwagon song off tony hawk 2" that you are familiar with

poopypants (November 3, 2005)

NO! don't start w/ the live album. fuck no. their lyrics are such a huge part of who they are and the cohesion of a single album is much better than starting on a live album.

GET HOSS NOW.

paul

Godfather (November 3, 2005)

their live album is the best of the live in a dive series, but i dont think it would be the best starting point....you should probably just buy all of em.....i dont like to promote this, but if you're low on cash, then you could download the torrent file with the complete discography

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

so "'hoss" would be better to buy then the live one? i am kinda partial to live cd's.

discuss.

poopypants (November 3, 2005)

'hoss' is the most logical place to start. 'trashed' and 'duh' have a lot of goofy songs and more of a 'metal' type riff sound to them. they're both 'classic' i suppose but dont really represent where the band went w/ their sound afterwards and where they are now.

blaze was a bit experimental and flat at times although still great. 'resolve' is good, but is a one-theme album.

they pull more material from 'hoss' than any other album live and it has more 'classic' songs than any other of their cd's.

i highly, highly recommend 'hoss' as your starting point. its their 3rd album of 7 so its a good middle ground and really represents their sound (blending the old style to their newer more melodic and emotional sound).

get hoss, it is one of my favorite albums ever.

paul

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

Hoss and Trashed are so good it posted twice, I guess.

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

Hoss and Trashed are the best.

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

Hoss and Trashed are the best.

Godfather (November 3, 2005)

i want to buy 1 lagwagon cd. which one do i buy?

get ready for 9 different answers, and i dont think there is a right one....i dont have a favorite because they are all so damn good....but, i'm pretty partial to double plaidinum and resolve right now

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

"i want to buy 1 lagwagon cd. which one do i buy?"

I'd say "Let's Talk About Feelings".

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

i want to buy 1 lagwagon cd. which one do i buy?

poopypants (November 3, 2005)

This is a really solid album, not that I'm surprised. I"ve always thought lagwagons early works were their weakest, and basically, joey cape has never disappointed me, even when his albums take a little longer to get into (talk about feelings).

I'm not sure if I like it more than blaze or feelings but its certainly on par with both. Great lyrics, classic sound (old school lagwagon fans should be more pleased w/ it than they were w/ the more experimental 'blaze'). probably their darkest and most serious album to date.

its everything I want in a lagwagon album, and i couldnt be more happy that they are still producing quality music, 10 years after 'hoss'.

worth getting if you're a fan, if not, i'd suggest starting at 'hoss', probably their best overall album.

paul

-Strewtho- (November 3, 2005)

"it's down right fucking SNOOZER, I can't make it threw the first 4 songs without tossing this peice of 1996 onto the floor and actually playing a band worth listening too."

Yeah it needs more screaming, "heartfelt" lyrics about autumn leaves dead on the floor and breakdowns...

TahoeJeff (November 3, 2005)

this band has sucked since dudes were thrashin' on their skateboards long time ago. plllleaseeeeee....kill bands like this. not kill. that'd be mean. but die. or..i dont know..go away?

So tell us...What bands do you like?

TahoeJeff (November 3, 2005)

There's may be only 12 tracks, but there are 14 songs"

Mine only has 12 tracks and 13 songs (the secret track-"The Chemist")

Yeah, where's this magical 14th song???"

Its called fallen. I downloaded the album off of Itunes. Its listed as track 14. Thats interesting if its not on the actual CD. I'll have to wait until I get back from Iraq to see if its on the CD I ordered.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"There's may be only 12 tracks, but there are 14 songs"

Mine only has 12 tracks and 13 songs (the secret track-"The Chemist")

Yeah, where's this magical 14th song???

davebrave4 (November 2, 2005)

I'm listening to the stream now. After a couple listens, it sounds good, but not nearly as good as everyone is hyping it up to be. Granted, I haven't heard much previous Lagwagon, but this just seems pretty good. Hm.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"fuck you dude...you'd be the same one whining if they changed thier sound in even the slightest way....lagwagon's music hasn't changed much, if any, over the years, but that's one of the reasons i love them so much"

Fuck me? im just giving my opinion just like everyone else asshole. As a matter of fact i've given this cd a few more listens and it's down right fucking SNOOZER, I can't make it threw the first 4 songs without tossing this peice of 1996 onto the floor and actually playing a band worth listening too.

soulbleed (November 2, 2005)

someone said 'blaze' came out in 2002 and gave that as the reason for arguing that it was a long time ago and he forgot about it. i'm pretty sure it came out in april of 2003. sorry buddy.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"hoss and double pladinum sound pretty similar...not pennywise similar, but as in same band same style, no changes from left field...and then lets talk about feelings isnt too different from those..."

Someone's not listening at all.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

this band has sucked since dudes were thrashin' on their skateboards long time ago. plllleaseeeeee....kill bands like this. not kill. that'd be mean. but die. or..i dont know..go away?

Anchors (November 2, 2005)

Eh, good album, big improvement, not enough growling.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

MELODICY is not a word. Yet another example of the high caliber of writers (not) writing for this site.

Sure, somebody's gonna jump back with the old, "we don't pay the writers and this is a punk site, so fuck you" argument. But face it, what this site is all about is the writing. Like amateur athletes, the amateur writers on this site put themselves on display. So shouldn't being chosen to write a review for this site imply some kind of writing skill, authority or musical knowledge?

You guys should really do a better job choosing writers and editing this stuff. I know mistakes are going to come through now again. But the deluge of errors, inept writing and shoddy, misdirected and sometimes downright trite/silly opinion that regularly appears on this site is ridiculous.

Don't you guys take any pride in this site? If not, what's the inspiration for doing it?

Hein can do what he wants.

I'm pretty sure he's been here longer than you've been alive.

- Kirby

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"There's may be only 12 tracks, but there are 14 songs"

Mine only has 12 tracks and 13 songs (the secret track-"The Chemist")

TheCaptain (November 2, 2005)

BTW, how do you know it's "intended" to sound like that?

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"it's polly, not teen spirit"

Yeah, that's it! Sounds exactly like it. Why do that? Oh well.

RondoMondo (November 2, 2005)

(insert statement about AWS being better than Lagwagon)

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

great fucking album.

inagreendase (November 2, 2005)

MELODICY is not a word. Yet another example of the high caliber of writers (not) writing for this site.

I think you can cut a guy whose first language isn't English a little bit of slack.

Douglas_Howser_Jr (November 2, 2005)

2 > 1

Godfather (November 2, 2005)

it makes me sad that not one, but two people said this:

Am I the only one who thinks the verses of "Automatic" sound exactly like "Smells Like Teen Spirit

it's polly, not teen spirit...and yes, the song was intended to sound like that

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"Am I the only one who thinks the verses of "Automatic" sound exactly like "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?"

It does!!!

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

MELODICY is not a word. Yet another example of the high caliber of writers (not) writing for this site.

Sure, somebody's gonna jump back with the old, "we don't pay the writers and this is a punk site, so fuck you" argument. But face it, what this site is all about is the writing. Like amateur athletes, the amateur writers on this site put themselves on display. So shouldn't being chosen to write a review for this site imply some kind of writing skill, authority or musical knowledge?

You guys should really do a better job choosing writers and editing this stuff. I know mistakes are going to come through now again. But the deluge of errors, inept writing and shoddy, misdirected and sometimes downright trite/silly opinion that regularly appears on this site is ridiculous.

Don't you guys take any pride in this site? If not, what's the inspiration for doing it?

AlmostPunkEnough (November 2, 2005)

every hour or so, i find myself singing a different part of any given song on this album over and over in my head.... and i love it.

TahoeJeff (November 2, 2005)

The review is very telling, this sounds just like mid-90's Lagwagon. It's very very good but it's nothing spectacular. I wish it was longer than 12 songs but Lagwagon has never been known for long cd's.

There's may be only 12 tracks, but there are 14 songs. Good stuff. Favorites right now are Resolve, Rager, Sad Astronaut, and Days of New.

colin (November 2, 2005)

really kids. lagwagon has always had the same sound.

yes, the albums do have their quirks, their differences in approach, and overall mood, but in the end, it's all just a bunch of really good pop punk. joey's voice is kind of the tie that binds in a band like this, but it works well, and lagwagon never fails to disappoint.

they will go down as probably a band that should have had much more acclaim than they actually got, which is probably the way to go.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

stop overanalyzing a band that consistently puts out great records

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

The review is very telling, this sounds just like mid-90's Lagwagon. It's very very good but it's nothing spectacular. I wish it was longer than 12 songs but Lagwagon has never been known for long cd's.

davebrave4 (November 1, 2005)

What a heartfelt review. I haven't heard this yet, but I sure will.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

hoss and double pladinum sound pretty similar...not pennywise similar, but as in same band same style, no changes from left field...and then lets talk about feelings isnt too different from those...

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

"lagwagon's music hasn't changed much, if any, over the years"

Yeah...because Duh, Hoss, Double Plaidinum, and Let's Talk About Feelings all sound so similar

Godfather (November 1, 2005)

i meant to put that first part in quotes in case you didnt figure that out

Godfather (November 1, 2005)

This cd is pretty boring, great lyrics dont get me wrong but this the same Lagwagon cd i've heard a 10000 times. What's with all the hoopla?

fuck you dude...you'd be the same one whining if they changed thier sound in even the slightest way....lagwagon's music hasn't changed much, if any, over the years, but that's one of the reasons i love them so much

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I really want a new Bad Astronaut record though, I hope Joey decides to make one soon.

I'm pretty sure that a new BA album has at least been mostly recorded. Joey mentioned how he was recording it waaaay back last year when he and Tony Sly interviewed each other for their split. I think it's just a matter of what he's going to do with what's recorded, because I'm sure it was Derrick's last work before his death.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

This cd is pretty boring, great lyrics dont get me wrong but this the same Lagwagon cd i've heard a 10000 times. What's with all the hoopla?

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

arctic monkeys...... oh dear. oh dear oh dear

Flowbee (November 1, 2005)

I don't understand that hate that "Blaze" gets, I love that record and I thought it was a huge step up from "Let's Talk About Feelings" (which took me forever to warm up to.) I've only listened to "Resolve" a handful of times but I'm already really into it. If you like Lagwagon, there's no reason not to like this album.

I really want a new Bad Astronaut record though, I hope Joey decides to make one soon.

Dante3000 (November 1, 2005)

Ah it's all good Crooky. Trust that I don't take the ball busting to seriously, plus with the ammount of shit I drop on here a fair ammount is bound to be retarded.
-Dante

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

a great record. an unfortunate high point for Joey's songwriting.

i guess when you have something to write about with passion.....

wyzo

Crookedsuperhero (November 1, 2005)

"Easy Crooky. Shouldn't you be drinking warm beer out of a bottle you opened with your insanely bad teeth, while enjoying a game of football and a basket of fish and chips, before eating some spotted dick for dessert?
That's right, I know all the bad stereotypes encased in King Ralph.
-Dante"

If i had bad teeth, i'm sure i wouldn't be able to open bottles with my teeth. Plus it's more cans over here. And it's bags of fish and chips.

And i watch snooker, not football. Which is even more england orientated.

Didn't mean to rag on you, but i'm sure you've listen to music you don't like as well. Ya know, you generally have to listen to it to decide you don't like it.

sallyjesse (November 1, 2005)

how can you review an album the day after it comes out? don't you need a little time to think about what you wanna say, or will the first opinion that pops in your head be the one you stick with forever? i dont know....

score is for the band.

Dante3000 (November 1, 2005)

Easy Crooky. Shouldn't you be drinking warm beer out of a bottle you opened with your insanely bad teeth, while enjoying a game of football and a basket of fish and chips, before eating some spotted dick for dessert?
That's right, I know all the bad stereotypes encased in King Ralph.
-Dante

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

Am I the only one who thinks the verses of "Automatic" sound exactly like "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? haha

But seriously, other than that similarity being rather annoying, this album is just as good as Blaze was, if not a little better. I like it.

etwiels88 (November 1, 2005)

"Posted by Anonymous on 2005-11-01 00:53:53

"I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them"

yea, we haven't heard them since their previous album either...
Lagwagon - Resolve
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-11-01 00:53:35

"I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them"

Way to stick it to 'em by not listening to them since their last studio album."

I meant before that.

Ok, no I didn't. I don't give a shit about Lagwagon.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

i'd have sex with joey cape

yep.

Lagwagon is one of my favorite bands of all time, and this album is a much more suiting way to go out if they don't make another record. Blaze was very good, but I definitely think this is a serious step above that. Somehow managing to mix all their old styles into one record, this shines as not only a great tribute to Derrick, but easily one of the best records released this year.

Yep, they've still got it.

-phdecontrol

Crookedsuperhero (November 1, 2005)

http://artpad.art.com/?ipam6j116pr0

threechordsandthetruth (November 1, 2005)

http://artpad.art.com/?ipal8vwv9oo

Crookedsuperhero (November 1, 2005)

"Between Resolve, the stuffy and near-impenetrable Potemkin City Limits, and the utterly worthless NOFX singles club, I dont know which high profile old school Fat band to proclaim Biggest Dissapointment of the Year!
You seem to listen to a lot of music you don't like.
-Dante"

Congrats, stupidest thing i've read all day.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

Just another mediocre band trying to ride the coat tails from whatever previous success they had 10 years ago.
A real band wouldn't need their drummer to die to actually write something meaningful

gypsymazzurco (November 1, 2005)

I so listen to alot of music. Of course, it's ineveitable that I dont like everything. I am a long time fan of all three bands mentioned. Disappointment was the operative word, implying that the high hopes I had for all three of these releases were nowhere near met. Just offering an opinion.

Dante3000 (November 1, 2005)

Between Resolve, the stuffy and near-impenetrable Potemkin City Limits, and the utterly worthless NOFX singles club, I dont know which high profile old school Fat band to proclaim Biggest Dissapointment of the Year!
You seem to listen to a lot of music you don't like.
-Dante

GlassPipeMurder (November 1, 2005)

This is a great album, but not nearly as catchy or fun as any of their previous releases (go figure). The lyrics are beautiful though.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I've had this for about two weeks now, and it's playing on my iPod every day at least two or three times. This album is some really heavy shit, emotionally, and musically Lag is at the top of their game.

I actually liked Blaze a lot, but this album is definitely a throwback to an older, Hoss-era Lagwagon, with less gratuitous guitar soloing and more straight-up rocking. The songwriting in general is way improved. The lyrics are tragic, touching, and horribly sad, but like most Lag albums, ends on a high note, in this case the mighty "Days Of New" (IMO an instant classic), and an acoustic version of the originally live-only song, "The Chemist" (which was clearly written about Derrick, even before his suicide).

Contender for Album Of the Year, easily.

Key Tracks: Heartbreaking Music, The Contortionist, Virus, Infectious, Sad Astronaut... fuck it, the whole album is greatness. Buy it now.

gypsymazzurco (November 1, 2005)

With all due respect to Joey Cape and sincere condolences for his loss, this album is full of rote, formulaic, and just plain boring songwriting. Anyone who sees this as an improvement over Blaze or as good as any of their early classics must be listening to a different record than I am. Between Resolve, the stuffy and near-impenetrable Potemkin City Limits, and the utterly worthless NOFX singles club, I dont know which high profile old school Fat band to proclaim Biggest Dissapointment of the Year!

I downloaded this off itunes this morning, along with the new Arctic Monkeys EP. Guess which one the score is for.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

just listening to the stream, seems like there's at least a couple of good songs, but it's not that revolutionary, still a lot of whining and long intros, just better that the 2 last albums.
heartbreaking music and virus are pretty good.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

ichfes responding to superdude is priceless

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I've heard that Joey wrote the album in a matter of days, not months. I think he wanted to pay tribute to his friend and it motivated him to put together the album more quickly than usual.

ickefes (November 1, 2005)

1. I hate how Van Morrison covered these guys.
- I don't get it, maybe I'm dumb.

2. They sold out when they signed to Fat
- You mean that they went from being very metal in the pre-signed days?

3. Is the guy from NUFAN still in Lagwagon?
- A NUFAN guy in Lagwagon? I am not 100 on this, but I donät think there has ever been a NUFAN guy in this band.

This album is really good. It takes some listening before it sticks in your head. And I love that. Lagwagon doesn't make music from templates saying how songs should be written. I love the rock riff in Automatic, and the wierd chords in songs that seperates the different elements of the songs.

Lagwagon is not the same band as they were over 10 years ago. A part of me wish they were but bands must evolve. It must be a pain for musicians if they felt that they could not change. I can't imaging writing songs in a way I do not longer write them...

These are my thoughts on it all. Lagwagon is still my nr one band like they were when I first started to listen to fast and melodic punk back in '96.

I hope to see some of you at Mejeriet, Lund in Sweden in January!

Have a nice day everyone!

fox82 (November 1, 2005)

This review sucks.

Lagwagon probably started going downhill after Double Plaidinum, the newer stuff is just too 'emo' or whatever. This record cover looks like something the ataris would dig.

superdude (November 1, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. I hate how Van Morrison covered these guys.

2. They sold out when they signed to Fat

3. Is the guy from NUFAN still in Lagwagon?

RondoMondo (November 1, 2005)

This cd has touched me. One of the most beautifully tragic cd's ever. Some of those stupid "emo" bands need to take a page from Lagwagon and find out that you can write touching lyrics without singing about girls and being one-dimensional.

ElVaquero (November 1, 2005)

Fuck that, "Eat Your Words" does too. That whole 7" was a several-year-precursor to the sorrow of this full-length. Anyways, I love the Wagon.

My list goes

Hoss
Trashed
Double Plaidinum
Resolve
Let's Talk About Feelings
Blaze
Duh (some of these songs are classic but it just doesn't stack up)

ElVaquero (November 1, 2005)

"A Feedbag Of Truckstop Poetry" belongs on this album

AlmostPunkEnough (November 1, 2005)

TahoeJeff, you'll get no arguements from me abotu any Wagon album, i would give every single one gets at least an 8.5. "Duh" may place last just beuase it's a little too goofy here and there.

and the 'hidden' tracks are aweome as well. like you said, can't say enough good things. i'm sure i'll be gushing more about this album here.

Brakley, both have some of my favorite Lagwagon songs. fuck, 'May 16th' is one of the best songs ever. thoguh i don't wanna Strung Out to ever touch "Twisted...", that album is perfection.

TahoeJeff (November 1, 2005)

I mailordered the album through Fat, but I didn't want to have the album out here and I couldn't wait to hear it, So I downloaded it off of Itunes as well. Fat lists 12 tracks on their website, Itunes lists 14. The obligatory acoustic swansong at the end is track 13, an acoustic version of "The Chemist". Track 14 is the fast one, and its called "Fallen". I can't say enough good things about this album.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

Lets Talk and Blaze both had AMAZING moments. The production of Double Plad is kinda iffy to me, Strung Out: re record Suburban and Twisted by Design. thanks

Barkley

TahoeJeff (November 1, 2005)

and whats with the hate for Duh? I was just listening to that album yesterday, Its right up there with the rest of em.

david_arquette (November 1, 2005)

About the recording debate:

I'm pretty sure the album was written in just a matter of months following the suicide and recorded shortly thereafter.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 1, 2005)

i said this before but how can something so heavy-hearted and depressing make me so happy when i listen to it? this album is better than i ever expected it to be, and i expected it to be really good. i'm another one of the few people who liked "Blaze", and this blows it away. i might be something of a fanboy, but i don't see how anyone couldn't get at least some enjoyment out of this album.

i hate to give a 10 to a disc that i've only known a few weeks, but jesus, this is so good.

TahoeJeff (November 1, 2005)

This album is great.

somegirl (November 1, 2005)

Lagwagon - Resolve
Posted by TheCaptain on 2005-11-01 01:52:48

So the suicide, which inspired the songs, happened a "couple months ago?" Hm. Either this is the fastest record ever to be produced and released, or this reviewer screwed up his info.

It was definitely this year, in March actually. http://www.punknews.org/article.php?sid=12097

I don't know when they started recording though. This is one of the few records I am actually looking forward to getting, as opposed to downloading from limewire or something.

TheCaptain (November 1, 2005)

So the suicide, which inspired the songs, happened a "couple months ago?" Hm. Either this is the fastest record ever to be produced and released, or this reviewer screwed up his info.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

"Way to stick it to 'em by not listening to them since their last studio album.

Moron."

Well, Blaze came out in 2002. It could mean that as soon as Blaze came out you could have lost interest in them and not listened to any of their records for three years.

Fuck, some of you people feel the need to jump down other's throats for the smallest, most insignificant shit. If you're that anal about shit posted on an online review post your name here and I'll make sure you get added under the definition of "loser" on dictionary.com.

Mute98 (November 1, 2005)

fucking intense album.. think what u must on this cd, but it is a great album

colin (November 1, 2005)

i'm hoping if this is the end of lagwagon (which, if it is , i'm glad i'll be able to see them next week), that joey continues acoustically or with bad astronaut. his ep with tony sly and the song on the protect comp are outstanding, and anything acoustic he did with bad astronaut was spot-on.

after listening to 'resolve' again, this time realizing the content, it's even fucking better. this'll be up with my top 10s for the year.

Godfather (November 1, 2005)

i'd have sex with joey cape

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

"I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them"

yea, we haven't heard them since their previous album either...

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

"I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them"

Way to stick it to 'em by not listening to them since their last studio album.

Moron.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

but Lagwagon always has been more than "just another fun punk band," if you don't take their first release Duh into account

You fucking dumbarse.
Duh was some of the more mature stuff this awesome band has ever written. Look past stupid shit like "beer goggles" and you will find some very, very smart stuff.

david_arquette (November 1, 2005)

I'd give this a 10.

I can't believe how many people found Blaze Mediocre. I thought it was a great album.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

so, is this pretty much the last studio album for lagwagon? are they done?

colin (November 1, 2005)

i had no clue derrick died by suicide, musta missed that, but holy shit this is a good fucking album. i still prefer hoss, but it's good to see lagwagon is back.

etwiels88 (November 1, 2005)

Suicide? Ohhh, shit; I dunno where I was when that happened....

I haven't listened to Lagwagon since Blaze, but I used to love them

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