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Not Quite Rebels: Schoolyard RiotSchoolyard Riot (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 1
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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There comes a time in the life of every band where they just have to grow up. Blink-182 did it, Sum 41 did it, and so have many of the other pop-punk bands who wouldnít have thought twice about including poop, dick, and fart jokes in their songs. Not Quite Rebels have yet to come to that point, and their aptly titled record Schoolyard Riot is proof of this.
Looked down, my pants are gone, thank God I had clean boxers on.The maturity level doesnít ever rise far past that, but I suppose itís all in good fun, as long as the band isnít expecting anyone to take them even close to seriously. Itís not even so much the lyrics that are troubling, but the delivery really leaves a lot to be desired. Itís not only irregular, but it greatly varies from song to song. Itís really just..off, not only in the inflection, but just the way the lyrics come out. You can tell itís all being sung by the same person, but between the varied, off-key sounds, and the actual delivery, thereís no semblance of unity in any of the songs. Itís primarily monotone, with a little bit more of a growl to it once he gets going a bit more loudly. The instrumentation is just as inconsistent, unfortunately. Thereís a lot of improper tunings, and a lot of spots where it just sounds like they missed a chord or two. Without deviating at all from a three-chord formula, something like that becomes extremely noticeable.
If this is music made by 17 and 18-year-olds, for other 17 and 18-year-olds to be played at high school talent shows, itís not half bad, but beyond that they fall flat on their faces.
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