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River City Rebels

River City Rebels: Playing To Live, Living To PlaPlaying To Live, Living To Pla (2001)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: DanielDaniel
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After issuing great albums by the likes of Grade and Darkest Hour, I'm kind of dissapointed that Victory would follow it up with a disc as mediocre as the new River City Rebels album. Upon the first few seconds of listening, I could understand why someone could like this; the production is powerful,.


After issuing great albums by the likes of Grade and Darkest Hour, I'm kind of dissapointed that Victory would follow it up with a disc as mediocre as the new River City Rebels album. Upon the first few seconds of listening, I could understand why someone could like this; the production is powerful, the instrumentation is precise, and the choruses seem to be pretty anthemic. However, upon close inspection, this disc doesn't really hold up.

Firstly, and most importantly, the songwriting tends to be awkward. Words are often forced into the verses, and there isn't more to a lot of the choruses than your standard punk rock "whoa." The band constantly strives for an anthemic feel, but pretty much always falls just short. For instance, when I listen to the gang chorus of "6AM," I wonder why on earth I'm not singing along; I quickly realize that it's because I have no idea what the people are saying, and it wouldn't really matter anyway, because there's no real melody.

Similarly, the title could be an Ann Beretta song, but the chorus is just way too weird. The only way that it could be construed as catchy is because it's so simple, and the sentiment isn't very original or clever. Ann Beretta has a bit of a problem with making choruses out of common cliches as well, but at least they always have memorable melodies.

Playing To Live, Living To Play doesn't make me want to puke when I listen to it, but it doesn't make me want to do much else, either. When so many bands are playing this style of music so much better, you're left with no real reason to buy this disc. Pick up records by Ann Beretta, Sixer, Rancid, or even Jersey before you get this one.

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Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

hey ass clown, off the top of my head : 6AM "overworked underpaid same old shit, do you run your life or does your job run you?"

Anonymous (September 13, 2001)

This CD is good, but I just don't enjoy it like thier last one.

Anonymous (September 13, 2001)

amazing. ann berreta rocks too. if you guys like these 2 bands i urge you to check out One Man Army, amazing melodic street punk.

River City LETS GO!

coldjuly (September 12, 2001)

This CD sucks...Don't ever put down southeast punk rock RVA, WNC, gainesville, atlanta, SC...how dare you.

sickboi (September 12, 2001)

How can you talk shit about Ann Beretta? Those guys are simply amazing... RVA-Southeast punk...do not disrespect.

pat41 (September 12, 2001)

oh yea i gave it a seven not a ten

pat41 (September 12, 2001)

hey isnt this the third time this album has been reviewed?? maybe we can get over it and try something new.

Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

whoever said ann beretta is horrible can go some place really bad for a long time and be really, really sad.

Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

this is the wrong person to be reviewing this if they liked the last grade and darkest hour releases...i mean, it's true -- pretentious emo/metal fans probably wouldn't like this record.

Anonymous (September 12, 2001)

wow, i couldn't disagree with this guy more. ann bereta and jersey are absolutely horrible. and as for this record, i happen to like the melodies and song structure. i don't think of it as "awkward," but rather "inventive." shit, what do you want them to do, make it sound like everything else "punk" that comes out these days? maybe these guys don't really fit into your punk rock mold...but i think they're fucking great.

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