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I Farm: So My Kids Don't Have To [reissue]So My Kids Don't Have To [reissue] (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Most of the kids that complain about the Warped Tour have a real misguided sense of what it should be about. Itís not 1996 anymore; No Use for a Name and Face to Face arenít at the top of the game. Good punk bands still exist, but itís much fewer and farther between than the EpiFat era thatís held in such high regard. I Farm is the type of band that would have played Warped during its heydey, and So My Kids Wonít Have To is a blistering collection of 18 raucous tracks.
Just another young Republican, with a brand new suit and tie that his parents bought for him / He canít seem to legitimize, heís a homophonic, sexist piece of shit /Ö / Try to pacify someone who fights for their name, why not break their very hands and watch them go insane / I saw a sign today that read ĎPro-life! Pro-family!'If itís not the lyrics that draw you in, the raw conviction and venomous vocal delivery of the band's singer on tracks such as ďAll Punks Go to HellĒ and ďKnuckleheadĒ will. The instrumentation is pretty standard fare, but the impact really canít be underestimated, as these guys play with the utmost energy at all times, and the pummeling distortion and solid rhythms are perfectly suited for the type of music being played. Possibly best of all is that only one song breaches the two-minute mark, while all of the others have sufficiently rocked your face off in around a minute and a half. As solid of a flow as the album may have, it does have a definite problem: Nothing really sticks on the first listen, or the second...or the third. Itís not that they arenít good songs; quite the contrary, you could easily listen to any song randomly and enjoy it, but you wonít be saying, ďoh man, 'Milkbomb' is one of the best songs Iíve heard in months!Ē You wonít be saying this because itís pretty difficult to distinguish it from the other 17 tracks on the album.
All this said, itís still a terrific, fast, noisy punk rock record full of attitude and awareness. Definitely worth a shot.
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