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The Marked Men

The Marked Men: Fix My BrainFix My Brain (2006)
Swami Records

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Contributed by: AnEpicProblemAnEpicProblem
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The Marked Men's last album, On the Outside found them blasting through the scenery with their abrasive brand of pop-punk like it was nobody's business. While it was a solid effort on the whole, the record suffered from a lack of diversity between songs; as a result, those with stronger choruses ten.
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The Marked Men's last album, On the Outside found them blasting through the scenery with their abrasive brand of pop-punk like it was nobody's business. While it was a solid effort on the whole, the record suffered from a lack of diversity between songs; as a result, those with stronger choruses tended to eclipse the plainer ones, which, not having much to offer besides buzzing noise, were usually skipped over.

On Fix My Brain, the Marked Men have toned down the speed and intensity levels to allow their superb pop sensibilities to shine through. Not only are the choruses bigger and more noticeable, but the use of background vocals has increased considerably too. And, boy, do they work -- the hummed "ooooh"'s that make up the chorus of "Sully My Name" are breathtaking, elevating its status to the best damn pop song I've heard all year. "Wait Here, Wait for You," despite having the most predictable pop chorus ever written, works wonderfully because the band keeps the instrumentation at a midpoint between soft and heavy. Vocalist Jeff Burke sounds surprisingly like the New Pornographer's A.C. Newman when he sings rather than yells. Besides, on the mellower tracks, a comparison to the Canadian gods of pop is not unwarranted.

The band's aggression remains present on "Someday" and "You Said Enough," the latter being possibly their most frantic song to date. While I admit a preference for the poppier numbers, the presence of such scorchers is well-balanced, and their inclusion helps diversify Fix My Brain rather than hold it back.

Spanning a mere 28 minutes, Fix My Brain just breezes by. While it feels shorter than its predecessors, it all has to do with the superior balance between songs -- after one listen, rather than feel overwhelmed like I did after hearing On the Outside, one feels compelled to give the album a second spin, and then a third.

While the Marked Men have always been a stellar bunch of songwriters, by fixing their sound along with their brains, they have placed themselves way up there with the Briefs as the leading modern interpreters of classic pop-punk.

 

 
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floggingmicah (March 20, 2014)

One of my favorite records of all time.

allison_le_gnome (May 31, 2006)

This album is fucking awesome.

Inspection12e (May 31, 2006)

An Epic Problem is Chinatown.

Anonymous (May 31, 2006)

i thought it said the naked men. i need glasses.

theyd probably be better if their band name was the naked men.

the_other_scott (May 30, 2006)

swami > propagandhi > ska

adam (May 30, 2006)

"Are you planning to review the Modern Machines' new album?"

The second Brian sends me the bloody thing.

-adam

aubin (May 30, 2006)

The review is exactly right; this album takes everything good about the last two and improves on them; the bare bones production gives it a nice, timeless quality too.

AnEpicProblem (May 30, 2006)

Cheers to the Marked Men! Fantastic band,

-adam


Are you planning to review the Modern Machines' new album?

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

hey a real punkalbum reviewed here...great stuff

bobbett (May 30, 2006)

oops. real score.

bobbett (May 30, 2006)

very good record. they're 3 for 3 in my book.

cantsitstill (May 30, 2006)

John Reis can do no wrong.

adam (May 30, 2006)

Cheers to the Marked Men! Fantastic band,

-adam

danperrone (May 30, 2006)

are those condoms?

DarrenMcLeod (May 30, 2006)

nice review, i'll have to check it out.

nocigar (May 30, 2006)

yeah I agree with the reviewer...i like this album a lot.

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