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The New Amsterdams: Killed or Cured EPKilled or Cured EP (2005)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: colincolin
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Imagine that, a totally free EP. You certainly can't go wrong to at least give it a spin, and, in fact, you'd probably be wrong to miss this one. Matt Pryor really hasn't disappointed me much. I hold the first two Get Up Kids albums in fairly high regards, and most of the New Amsterdams' cataloug.


Imagine that, a totally free EP. You certainly can't go wrong to at least give it a spin, and, in fact, you'd probably be wrong to miss this one.

Matt Pryor really hasn't disappointed me much. I hold the first two Get Up Kids albums in fairly high regards, and most of the New Amsterdams' catalouge is very respectable. He has a great voice; it's soothing yet cracked with tension, making it a perfect pairing for an acoustic guitar. Pryor offers an extensive look into the 'behind the scenes' of this particular record on the New Amsterdams' site, particularly the timeframe it was written and recorded during -- the recent break-up of the infamous Get Up Kids.

Musically and lyrically, this offers some of the best work of the New Amsterdams to date. While Worse for the Wear hinted at more of a country or full band vibe, Killed or Cured is stripped down, exposing the obvious wounds the lyrics are discussing at face value.

The EP goes through many moods, starting with a more uptempo and practically optimistic "Wears So Thin," going next to the poppy yet disarming "Watch the World Cave In," the drunken bar-room apologies of "Heaven Sent," the dismal and aptly titled "Drinking in the Afternoon," and the nearly cathartic "Strangled by the Thought." The final song is easily the strongest, as it follows the patterns of some of the better songs Pryor has written through the years: Poetic, wishful thinking accompanied by a growing tune that ends in that almost-but-not-quite-a-yell voice that he has brought to a near perfection.

While I'd give "Strangled..." a perfect score, the rest of the songs go in and out of a broad range of interest. While they are all strong, they also have a shelf life. This isn't really an EP for all occasions, and the bad part about having such a short album with so many moods in such a short time is that there is a fairly big disconnect factor. If this were to be the full-length that was planned, there might be a little more coherence, but as it stands, it seems more of a random collection and less like a finished product. But that's probably why it's free.

I realize that on a punk rock site, the acoustic and depressing melodies by a singer known for a band in the history books of 'emo' don't make this everyone's cup of tea. But, it's free and available for download at the Amsterdams' website, and chances are if you've liked the songs this guy has written in the past, you'll like what he has to offer now.

 

 
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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.
benz (April 16, 2006)

just downloaded this. it's good.

tylerdurden8136 (March 31, 2006)

go kill yourself, colin.

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

im not sure why its only at 160 kkps

you figured they would have gone with 192

yes, its a huge difference.

fistchode (December 22, 2005)

I downloaded this stuff because it was free. I had never listened to them or the Get Up Kids before.

I like it. It's nice.

Fuzzy (December 22, 2005)

this is another great EP from the NA's. I despise the Get Up Kids, but the Amsterdams have always made me smile bigtime. Good stuff.

lou (December 22, 2005)

i think releasing this online for free was a great idea. ...not a lot he could've really done with these songs though and rather than nickel and dime some loyal fans... but yeah, you get the idea.

it sucks that reviewers on this site sometimes feel the need to use the punknews disclaimer. i mean, sure it says "punk"news... but anyone who's not a total fucktard (or is a regular here... and those are really the only ones who matter) gets that this site covers a lot more than that.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

tguk suck

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

"Wears so thin" is by no means optimistic, it boarders on what can be considered a cautionary tale. "tattoos cover needle brusies, like i won't ever know" come on.

longshot (December 20, 2005)

are the get up kids really "infamous?"
they were one of my favorite bands and i loved all their albums. though i will admit it did take me about 4 years to come back to On a Wire and start liking it.

Jim_Neighbors (December 20, 2005)

the New Amsterdams rock. i have all of their/his CD's. i downloaded this and it did not dissapoint. its perfect for the winter time

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

Yawn....

inagreendase (December 20, 2005)

"Drinkin' in the Afternoon" is really good. This EP's okay.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

richard pryor>matt pryor

and the first two albums by the get up kids are the only ones worth owning

sickboi (December 20, 2005)

Not worth the memory it would consume. Pass.

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