If All Else Fails - Do Not Forget to Be Angry (Cover Artwork)

If All Else Fails

If All Else Fails: Do Not Forget to Be AngryDo Not Forget to Be Angry (2005)
Baseline Music Co.

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: CallingLondonCallingLondon
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People who stop being angry, start being complacent. There is little to be complacent about in our modern world. There is plenty that needs to be changed. There is plenty to be angry about, DO NOT FORGET. --If All Else Fails, Biography Do Not Forget to Be Angry by If All Else Fails is, quite sim.
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People who stop being angry, start being complacent. There is little to be complacent about in our modern world. There is plenty that needs to be changed. There is plenty to be angry about, DO NOT FORGET.
--If All Else Fails, Biography

Do Not Forget to Be Angry by If All Else Fails is, quite simply, the best new album I've heard in a long time, let alone the fact that it's a debut LP. In short, it's an angry punk/grungy metal album, but don't let that description mislead you. The songwriting on this little plastic circle is creative, inspired, and diverse. One minute brings a Bad Religion-type melodic punk song, while another brings a Johnny Cash-type tune, or an unusually engaging acoustic track. More importantly, however, their lyrical content is just as creative as their songwriting.

With the first real track, we are presented with some pretty heavy, almost Graffin-esque words, the subject matter being the absurdity of religious radicalism; "Melody gave way to discord, no one thought it odd: murder for a God, murder for that one who would create‚?¶Hate begets an index fossil as we trample over soon forgotten lore, relegate them to the sepulchral page."

The next track, "Christian Vengeance (Exodus 12)," is, you guessed it, about Christian radicalism! The message is expressed with a poet's grace in this line: "your book asserts your right but your translations lie, prosecutor, hypocrite. Is it wrong? Is it right? (Man, it's warm inside the lie)."

While it should be clear that the lyrics are more than simple trite, "Christian Vengeance" is also the punk rocker you've all been waiting for. It starts off with an acoustic intro, breaks into full band for the first verse, and then transitions into a more hardcore double-time chorus. These guys are not holding back, and anyone frustrated by the trend of inoffensive, polished, whiny rock being passed off as "punk" these days, should listen to this one song. It may not be a 4/4 beat the whole way through, but it's the real deal.

The next song title, "Inside the Lie," references the quoted line from the previous track, beginning with a mixture of quotes from current politicians about national policy. It's another social song, and I'll assume the reference to "Christian Vengance" is a comment on how religion and politics are inching dangerously close these days. Again.

For the rest of the album the songs lean more towards the personal side, however. "Off Track" and "Who I Am" are songs that showcase the band's skill for dynamic songwriting. "Off Track" starts off with "The notes were fine, I swear to God, and from what I'd found, produced happy sounds at least pound for pound. But off paper they proved dissonant." This perfectly describes the sound of the actual song. It opens in a sort of Cuban jazz style, bongos and horns being part of the instrumentation, and keeps on swinging throughout. Musically, it's the most upbeat part of the album.

I could go through each track and try to describe the song of each, in an attempt to convey the dynamic songwriting contained in this album, but that would result in futility. Besides, an album can have a different style for each song, but if the songs themselves weren't creative, the album would still be boring. This is not the case for If All Else Fails. The best quality this group possesses is the ability to give structure to their songs with creative bridges, extended sections, and seamless flow between songs.

Overall, this is a rock solid release for a young band, and I just wanted to spread the word a little. It's got a few straightforward punk rockers, some more metal moments, some acoustic tracks that are anything but boring filler, and some stuff that reaches beyond what you might expect from them. As well, this band actually has a message they want to convey. It's nothing mind-blowing, just that people need to be aware of what's going on around them. This album is a good balance of sounds, and I highly suggest you pick it up.


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Tallman (May 7, 2006)

Thank you for taking the time and effort to be honestly critical about If All Else Fails. We certainly appreciate your opinion and think it was well said. The band is working on an EP right now. You can keep up with them at www.myspace.com/ifallelsefailsmusic

CallingLondon (April 23, 2006)

their song "otherside" sounds exactly like bad religion. their song offtrack sounds nothing like bad religion. that's why they're good.

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

the name of my friend's band was if all else fails.
but they disbanded a couple of years ago.

feeeding5000 (April 22, 2006)

Ha...one of their songs references "the index fossil"? This sounds really good, although as soon as I read that, I thought, "Hmmm...might sound like Bad Religion".

CallingLondon (April 22, 2006)

i don't know if it's better than the new nofx release, as i haven't listened to it yet. when i said it's the best new release i've heard in a long time, i was thinking more in terms of new bands. yeah, nofx is great, and i admit i still go through little nofx phases, but i'm always more interested in finding truly new music that i actually like to listen to over and over again, and this is it.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

I'm not sure about this being better than The Lawrence Arms or even NOFX's new releases.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

when your angry your brain is clouded and choices are made without thoughts of the consequences. it is not good to be angry

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

the title reminds me of certain lyrics from boy sets fire's after the eulogy

Vincent_M (April 21, 2006)

Was it really better than the new nofx? Just wondering...

InaGreendase (April 21, 2006)

Some of this album is pretty impressive.

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