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The Steal

The Steal: The StealThe Steal (2006)

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Disclaimer: If you're a stereotypical user of the forums here on the 'Org, you're going to eat this up with a spoon, so quit wasting time and just buy it right now. But for those who don't spend hours and hours on here worshipping anything related to Dr. Dan Yemin, I'm going to sum this one up for y.
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Disclaimer: If you're a stereotypical user of the forums here on the 'Org, you're going to eat this up with a spoon, so quit wasting time and just buy it right now. But for those who don't spend hours and hours on here worshipping anything related to Dr. Dan Yemin, I'm going to sum this one up for you.

So, 4 guys from different local bands in the U.K. join forces to make something drastically different from their earlier outputs, and it's "bloody fantastic!" What the Steal offer is 15 tracks of straight-up, energetic punk music, proudly wearing its influences on its sleeve, with only two of them reaching the two-minute mark. But what sets them apart from other bands doing the same thing is the fact that they've turned up the catchiness knob to 11, without turning down anything else to compensate. From the first opening fill on "Breakout" to the ridiculously happy 3/4 outro that finishes up this record in "Wonderstuff," The Steal is sure to be a hell of a home run with anyone who like their punk to be positive, energetic and extremly catchy without being cheesy.

With 15 tracks, the highlights are just too many to mention, but I'm going to go through some of them right now.

"The Steal" is seriously in the top 10 "songs written in the `00s;" just listen to the outro part -- if you're not rocking out while singing along by the end, you simply have no heart. *Little Dip" is 46 great seconds of ridiculously fast punk rock.

...You know what? I just went to listen to the record to refresh my memory, and now I'm back, 42 minutes later (that's 2 full listens, chaps). That's right, there's no point in listing the highlights because the record is just one giant highlight itself. Sadly, this band will never get the recognition it deserves, due to them being from the U.K. and the members of the band considering it as a "side project," but really, that's what makes it so good.

The Steal are just four guys having fun and playing music they grew up loving with true passion, how refreshing.


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NoSpace (July 18, 2008)

theyre so fun live. i cant believe how long its taken me to get this record though, i saw them a couple of years back at one of their first shows (i think) and thinking i had to get it then.

miff (April 16, 2008)

my copy of this came with a sticker on the front proclaiming
"MEMBERS OF KID DYNAMITE, 7 SECONDS,MINOR THREAT AND GOOD CLEAN FUN...didn't reply when asked to supply quotes for this sticker"

ifyoumakeit (October 10, 2007)
insinceredave (July 24, 2006)

Finally got it yesterday and yes it does rock

vspunkroutine (July 1, 2006)

this rocks so hard

tapemarks_and_brakelights (June 29, 2006)

this album is the shit.

almostpunkenough (June 29, 2006)

dear god this is as kickass as it comes.

Anonymous (June 28, 2006)

somebody get this on soulseek

Scruffy (June 28, 2006)


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DarrenMcLeod (June 27, 2006)

this sounds fantastic. i need to find a copy of it.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

i love rich.

i love this band.

i love that they're getting some 'merican media mentions. maybe they'll come over for a bit.

Mute98 (June 27, 2006)

nice review! i saw this on kray a while back and loved it

Scruffy (June 27, 2006)

Where's a link to their page. I don't want to have to do, you know, work.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

I'd give this a 10 for the pure class of the songwriting.

Seriously one of the best straightforward punk rock records I've heard in years.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (June 27, 2006)

Will: I did praise it, but it's just a fun record, it's not profound, it's not progressive, it simply wears its influences on its sleeve.

And i gotta compare this to the other bands i love in the genre, and if "positively positive", "harder, faster, louder" or "the crew" is nines or tens in this genre for me, then this is an 8, or maybe possibly a strong 7.

This band does simply not take themselves too serious and simply love this kind of music, so even though there's some pats that could be better, it just shows their genuine love of the genre. That's what i meant about it all being a highlight.

insinceredave (June 27, 2006)

This guys right, they played in my town last week and i've gotta say they were pretty awesome

insincere dave (being sincere again)

Ozzie_Guillen (June 27, 2006)

Me gusta the steal. Small-ball won us the World Series last year, and it will do so again this year.

Dr. Dan is a fucking fag.

SlowStupidHungry (June 27, 2006)

I know people try to avoid handing out 9s and 10s, but the record you describe deserves one of those. If it's just an 8, what's the problem with it?

inagreendase (June 27, 2006)

This album is so fucking fun.

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