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Mest: PhotographsPhotographs (2005)
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Chicagoianites Mest are back with their fourth full-length album for Maverick, and it's safe to say that no one thought it would be as ___________ (adjective) as this. For the better part of a decade, the band has been playing catchy, melodic pop-punk, which makes it no surprise and somewhat ______.
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Chicagoianites Mest are back with their fourth full-length album for Maverick, and it's safe to say that no one thought it would be as ___________ (adjective) as this. For the better part of a decade, the band has been playing catchy, melodic pop-punk, which makes it no surprise and somewhat ___________ (adjective) that they would try and branch out into new territory.

A heavy Alkaline Trio vibe ___________ (verb) into many of the twelve tracks, and is especially evident in tracks like "Kiss Me, Kill Me" and "Graveyard." Citing influences such as NOFX and Jimmy Eat World, Mest is able to create a___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun) of sound. The opener "Take Me Away" harkens somewhat back to their early "ska" days, and is clearly the ___________ (noun) of the album. Unmistakably having no beef with the producer from their previous albums, Mest brings back John Feldmann once again, resulting in a sound that is ___________ (adjective).

Many critics make an argument that Mest's lyrics are ___________ (adjective), and Photographs is no exception. Like many bands in their genre, Mest has opted to go for a "darker" approach to this album. "Last Kiss" emotes, "Stare at you as you slit my wrist / and as we share our last kiss / hold me as we die / empty bottle to deal with this." "Can't Take This" is filled with sentiments of loneliness and confusion, such as "No one believes in me / no one sees what I see / should I just erase this all from my memory?" Words rhyming with "me" are used frequently, ___________ (verb ending with ‚??ing) the overall effect.

Surprises are ___________ (adjective) present at every corner of Photographs. Guitar tones and vocal lines take cues from Robert Smith on "Tonight Will Last Forever." "This Time" starts with only an acoustic guitar before ___________ (verb ending with ‚??ing) into the climax. "Can't Take This" features a relaxed and spacious first half, which really fits the ___________ (noun) of the song.

Overall, Phototgraphs is a ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun) over their last album, 2003's self-titled. It's safe to say that ___________ (plural noun) ___________ (verb) ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun).

 

 
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Tom_Delonge (October 27, 2009)

This review is a circular narrative in many ways where it kind of sums up the human race in a time capsule.

scientistrock (April 29, 2008)

I'm gonna try filling this in.
stabby
stabbed
stabby
knife
stab-wound
knife-wielding
stabby
murdering
manslaughtery
killing
murder
sharp
knife
knives
stab
other
dudes

scientistrock (April 29, 2008)

I'm gonna try filling this in.
stabby
stabbed
stabby
knife
stab-wound
knife-wielding
stabby
murdering
manslaughtery
killing
murder
sharp
knife
knives
stab
other
dudes

devito (March 29, 2007)

this is my favourite album ever!my fav songs are kiss me kill me and cry out for heaven(take me away).bt i love graveyard and cursed to.oh wot can i say.i love the mix of tonys soft voice and jeremiahs husky voice which is very sexy might i add. i feel that i can relate to alot of mests sngs and wud definitly advise listening to this album coz ul get hookd without a doubt

devito (March 29, 2007)

this is my favourite album ever!my fav songs are kiss me kill me and cry out for heaven(take me away).bt i love graveyard and cursed to.oh wot can i say.i love the mix of tonys soft voice and jeremiahs husky voice which is very sexy might i add. i feel that i can relate to alot of mests sngs and wud definitly advise listening to this album coz ul get hookd without a doubt

Anonymous (June 8, 2006)

Shut up Alkaline Trio freakin sucks compared to Mest.

dumhed01 (May 25, 2006)

This cd sucks..
Someone should tell the guys in Mest that wanting to be Alkaline Trio doesn't work for them.
Fuck this cd.

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

Creed ew SUCKS! I'm still Oreo.
You rock Mest keep showing greatness.
____Dead Arrival.

Anonymous (February 27, 2006)

no matter how hard they try, their is only one creed. creed rocks, baby!

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

^^ LOVE IT Oreo is my name and I am #1 MEST FAN!

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

wow mest rocks, great album totally love it!

Anonymous (January 23, 2006)

Mest rocks!#1 band!!!!

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

Isnt Social Distortion embarrased that they took these guys on tour?

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

No. You know what? Fuck that. No pansy-ass excuses. I posted something stupid. It was wrong to do so. I'm sorry.

Lev007

I still like my response to the Billboard 100 comment, though. I'm not sorry for that.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

i couldnt be bothered with the record or the review. but i am digging on the artwork.
-TOBB

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

What? Me? But I just said...never mind. Anyways, I'm sorry for the hostility, I was just venting some frustration. I shouldn't have even posted that shit. I don't even like Mest or Photographs all that much. I just can't believe you can't make the same case for this album as you did with the last one. I thought it was at least better than that crap. But this does mark the end of my putting any effort into Mest.

Lev007

poopypants (December 7, 2005)

haha good review

i'll admit i think 'destination unknown' and 'wasting time' are modern pop punk classics and you can suck my dick if you disagree. i was a big mest fan from 2000-2002, but the s/t was hit and miss and i could see the beginning of the end.

this album is so bad its laughable. it makes the s/t look like gold.

fuck feldman and fuck these morons.

paul

TheMarc (December 6, 2005)

Is your opinion of us so low you expect us to buy that bullshit line?

Obviously, you care and expect others to or you wouldn't have taken the time to write a review that could be read internationally on a website.

Lev007

Us? No. You? Yes. I wish this website had a no-star system like Pastepunk.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

just wanted to say....i love MEST they fucken rock and i dont give a shit what anyone else thinks cuz it's their personal oppinion...i'm just saying that ......MEST rox the sox off of all those shitty ppl like hilary duff and all those POSERS!!! at least mest does what they want.....even if you say that they're trying to be things that they're not....well i dont know how some ppl that beautiful can do that! sorry if i have now made enemies!

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Who cares about my opinion? Go listen to the music and make your own. I'm just trying to say what it sounded like.

-TheMarc

Is your opinion of us so low you expect us to buy that bullshit line?

Obviously, you care and expect others to or you wouldn't have taken the time to write a review that could be read internationally on a website.

Lev007

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

This shit didn't even break the Billboard top 100 so fingers crossed they give it up soon.

-Anonymous

Yeah, bands who aren't widely accepted and embraced by the American masses should just stop making music.

Lev007

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

addendum: i feel sorry for Alkaline Trio. seriously, they are (or 'were') a really great band. however, it's gotta be awful to be responsible for spawning the absolute shitfest of new bands (too many to count) that are tearing up the scene for 15 year olds everywhere. evil, booze, romance, come on man, get your own fucking ideas ya bunch of fakes.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

omg, so the pop-punk scene is no longer cool, let's put a chick on the front of our new album kissing a skeleton. darkness and romance is cool now right? we'll fit right in!

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

Mest=one grand old dump in CD format.

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

Chicagoianites Mest are back with their fourth full-length album for Maverick, and it‚??s safe to say that no one thought it would be as terrible as this. For the better part of a decade, the band has been playing catchy, melodic pop-punk, which makes it no surprise and somewhat predictable that they would try and branch out into new territory.

A heavy Alkaline Trio vibe is-deliberately-placed into many of the twelve tracks, and is especially evident in tracks like ‚??Kiss Me, Kill Me‚?Ě and ‚??Graveyard.‚?Ě Citing influences such as NOFX and Jimmy Eat World, Mest is able to create a boring of sound. The opener ‚??Take Me Away‚?Ě harkens somewhat back to their early ‚??ska‚?Ě days, and is clearly the bane of the album. Unmistakably having no beef with the producer from their previous albums, Mest brings back John Feldmann once again, resulting in a sound that is overused.

Many critics make an argument that Mest‚??s lyrics are horrible, and Photographs is no exception. Like many bands in their genre, Mest has opted to go for a ‚??darker‚?Ě approach to this album. ‚??Last Kiss‚?Ě emotes, ‚??Stare at you as you slit my wrist / and as we share our last kiss / hold me as we die / empty bottle to deal with this.‚?Ě ‚??Can‚??t Take This‚?Ě is filled with sentiments of loneliness and confusion, such as ‚??No one believes in me / no one sees what I see / should I just erase this all from my memory?‚?Ě Words rhyming with ‚??me‚?Ě are used frequently, completing the overall effect.

Surprises are not present at every corner of Photographs. Guitar tones and vocal lines take cues from Robert Smith on ‚??Tonight Will Last Forever.‚?Ě ‚??This Time‚?Ě starts with only an acoustic guitar before snoring into the climax. ‚??Can‚??t Take This‚?Ě features a relaxed and spacious first half, which really fits the theme of the song.

Overall, Phototgraphs is a worse effort over their last album, 2003‚??s self-titled. It‚??s safe to say that we hate motherfucking Mest.

Score is for Mad Libs. And how bad I am at them.

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

I think that the people who are ripping on this review for being "cute" but "not conveying how the writer actually felt about the record" are really missing something. Look at the structure and what is given to you and what is intentionally left out. It's actually quite thorough and sensical, giving a really clear assessment of the record. I thought it was brilliant.

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

Unmistakably having no beef with the producer from their previous albums, Mest brings back John Feldmann once again, resulting in a sound that is ___________ (adjective).

This is NOT John Feldman's best production work of 2005. That honor belongs to Hilary Duff's new songs from the album Most Wanted.

soulbleed (December 4, 2005)

that song 'cursed' is really good. i hate when the other guy is singing though, he ruins the first track as soon as he opens his mouth.

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

I love it when people use such hilariously half-baked reasons for not "believing" in evolution. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to think that all those millions of scientists who have dedicated their productive lives to painstakingly proving evolution correct for the past 150 years wouldn't have thought of something that simple. I'll never understand why, after 700 years of progress, people still have a hard time seeing that if you disbelieve the scientific consensus you're probably being a fucking moron.

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

social d tour that is

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

I still say it was the toronto crowd that made these guys drop off the toronto tour and good riddence

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

Just to clarify, I meant score, not review.

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

Uh...I didn't laugh at the review. It actually pissed me off that I had to work at it and that I got no insight as to why the album got a bad review.

TheNightProwler (December 3, 2005)

I just noticed I spelled "proceed" as "pcoeed"... this place needs spellcheck, mainly for me.

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 3, 2005)

"I'd like to see a debate between him and Greg Graffin on evolution and pcoeed to watch Graffin school that douchebag on the subject, it would be the punkest thing ever!"

hahahaha, me too.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

‚??Stare at you as you slit my wrist / and as we share our last kiss / hold me as we die / empty bottle to deal with this.‚?Ě

That's got to be tounge-in-cheek right? I mean no one writes lyrics like that and expects to be taken seriously anymore....right?

Will their next disc be a "concept" album?

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

bad review, even worse music. get that pest away from me.

TheNightProwler (December 3, 2005)

"If we came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" - Tony Lovato

Genius, that guy is.

-Scott

I'd like to see a debate between him and Greg Graffin on evolution and pcoeed to watch Graffin school that douchebag on the subject, it would be the punkest thing ever!

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

i like jerkin off with my thumb in my ass while listening to this album

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

these guys attempted shitty ska songs in 98. ride the trends motherfuckers, ride it.

mr_ian (December 3, 2005)

This album is a rip-oof of a rip-off of a rip-off. This band needs to get a fucking clue. Maybe they should go back to (allegedly, he hastens to add )being a white-power band? That shit sells these days.

To the people talking about the Hawthorne Heights live review, it was me who wrote it and I never saved it on my computer so I guess it'll live on in infamy for the 10 people who read it...

lushj (December 3, 2005)

Wow, so this is the band everyone makes fun of. Now I even know kind of what they sound like (i.e. enough to know I won't bother listening to it, sounds crappy!).

Score's for the review!

formerly-blade-runner (December 3, 2005)

The cover reminds me of the German Movie "Nekromantic" where a street cleaner brings a rotting corpse back to his lover, the woman falls in love with it, and they have a three way.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

you mean you people have actually listened to this cd? wow

TheMarc (December 3, 2005)

Who cares about my opinion? Go listen to the music and make your own. I'm just trying to say what it sounded like.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

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

1. Scrap the whole review and write a descent one that actually shows your fucking opinion about the album.

Fag.

rkl (December 3, 2005)

to the guy below me...
just because you cant make music yourself doesnt mean you cant write about it.
lester bangs was one of the best documenters of the early punk scene, and his music sucked ass.
score is for the review.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

i really like this album although it is goin into the good charlotte "chronicles of life and death" catergory with alot more mainstream music. overall i like the fact that the lyrics are darker and the fact mest still sound the same like older albums and didn't just completely change for the stupid review that was pretty sad ay if you didn't like it just say so rather than being a looser about it. if that reviewer could produce an album that sounds half as good as that i will not call him a blody idiot!

thecaptain (December 2, 2005)

I just noticed that this is the same guy who reviewed Mest's S/T, and he gave that album a respectable 3 stars. What a joke.

All of their albums are pussified pop-punk, but at least some of it is catchy and enjoyable. That album, on the other hand, was just plain bad.

captaincrunch (December 2, 2005)

For a while, I have been down on the quality of reviews here. This one was very good. Creative, yet effective.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

these guys used to sing about cadillacs and dress like travis barker from blink 182. now they're trying to sound like alkaline trio, trying to sound like hawthorne heights trying to impersonate afi

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Quite possibly the worst review ever written on this site.
Way to go ya fuck.

psychoos231 (December 2, 2005)

ahah is that the actual album cover?

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

suck my fucking dick. i like this album, i listen to it alot, im going to shit on all of your families.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

mest my pants!

swingline (December 2, 2005)

one star means it was real bad. so start placing derogatory terms whereever applicable. and it's mest so who cares why exactly it sucked. kind of like trying to figure out what causes my shit to smell like dead children.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

This "no score" is for the "no opinion" of this review. That was a funny idea but how about writing it in such a way that we have SOME clue of what you thought of the album, besides your one star.

Not to mention, I am not a Mest fan by any means, but I listened to this once through and thought it to be possibly the best thing they've ever released. Good enough for me to say it's good, though not so good that I listened to it twice.

GreenVandal (December 2, 2005)

The cover actually looks kind of cool.....

great review! Up there with Calvin and Hobbes!

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

if there was ever a band that was full of shit it is hawthorne heights.

aubin (December 2, 2005)

I haven't been able to take this band seriously since their evolution comment in Alternative Press. The fact that his opposition to evolution stems from a lack of understanding of it, and the arrogance to use that as an argument against it is pretty laughable.

Let's be clear. We share a comment ancestor with apes. That is not the same as saying we came from apes. If you don't understand something as basic as that, you certainly shouldn't be criticizing the theory.

inagreendase (December 2, 2005)

Wait, what Hawthorne Heights review are we talking about? The only one ever posted is still on the site as far as I know.

thecaptain (December 2, 2005)

If you take it for what it is, the music isn't horrible. But that cover is.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

poo

BlaquacadetZstyles (December 2, 2005)

Someone ought to post that Hawthorne Heights review in the comments some day, unless it's like contraband to have or something.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

greta review, not as funny as the hawthorne heights review that got ripped off the site after two days, but hilarious nonetheless! I felt dirty after I listened to this cd, dirtier than after the time I got fucked in the ass with rusty pole...and that was dirty...

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

saw them with social distortion in toronto in october. they were being booed and heckled throughout their entire set, they were horible. also said something along the lines of "we are ready to carry the torch of punk rock and continue the legacy when SD pass it on." please, these dudes couldnt carry fuck all.

TheMarc (December 2, 2005)

Check the score.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

ok clever review, but did you like it?

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

"If we came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" - Tony Lovato

uhhhhh, do some research.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

very good revie, but im sure there will be some asshole who bashes it.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

This shit didn't even break the Billboard top 100 so fingers crossed they give it up soon.

maverick (December 2, 2005)

"If we came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" - Tony Lovato

Genius, that guy is.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

this is more important than a propagandhi show review apparently.

BlaquacadetZstyles (December 2, 2005)

I don't get it. I don't get the album, or the hilarity of this review.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

where's a fuckin review for a propagandhi tour?!

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Nice review!

Let me be anal for a sentence or two.

'Surprises are ___________ (adjective) present at every corner of Photographs.'

This should be an adverb not an adjective (unless you're using present as a noun (meaning 'gift'), which would require the article 'a').

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

filling the blank is so awsome

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (December 2, 2005)

Do they wear eyeliner now too?

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Death really is a hot theme in music these days, isnt it? How come 90% of the bands that sing about death are still alive if they like it so much? I dont understand.

wannabepunktony (December 2, 2005)

Best review I have read this year.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

How come the album is called Photographs, but they use a painting for the cover?

SilentStorms (December 2, 2005)

Hilarious review!!!!

iheartadam (December 2, 2005)

Chilly
Hilarious
Shits
Asslike
Penis
Retarded Child
Heiseled
Pussylike
Molesting
Super
Pedophiling
Jamaro qui
Lovely
Colon
Penises
Analing
Rough
Adam White

colin (December 2, 2005)

hell of a review.

etwiels88 (December 2, 2005)

Overall, Phototgraphs is a speedy brussel-sprout over their last album, 2003‚??s self-titled. It‚??s safe to say that thems suckle mad shit.

Fatty_Arbuckle (December 2, 2005)

agreed, amazing review for a shitty album. though i'll admit to liking Take Me Away since I downloaded that biotch.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Mad libs! I'm a sucker for using "pickles" or "toilets" as stalwart nouns.

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 2, 2005)

That was a hell of a review, i just put the word fuck (or some form of it) in for all of them. I'm surprised punknews put it up without editing it.

fritobandito (December 2, 2005)

okayyy, score for the review disappeared.

SCORE IS FOR THE AWESOME REVIEW.

fritobandito (December 2, 2005)

score is for the awesome review.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

I'd rather buy the Crimson re-release

inagreendase (December 2, 2005)

They try to sound like the Police on this thing. Hilarious and sad, all at once.

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