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Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals: Mutiny!Mutiny! (2006)
Eulogy Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Upon first listening to Set Your Goals' new, pirate-themed release Mutiny! and hearing the beginning of "Work in Progress," one might jump to the conclusion that Set Your Goals have completely abandoned their hardcore influences and opted for a more straight-forward pop-punk feel for their debut ful.
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Upon first listening to Set Your Goals' new, pirate-themed release Mutiny! and hearing the beginning of "Work in Progress," one might jump to the conclusion that Set Your Goals have completely abandoned their hardcore influences and opted for a more straight-forward pop-punk feel for their debut full-length. However, after about a minute of thinking you're listening to an acoustic song from a Blink-182 revival project, you'll be shown that Set Your Goals haven't completely abandoned their roots.

It's obvious from the start of the record that Set Your Goals put immense amounts of thought and energy into creating Mutiny! through even the most simple details. The transitions between each song are flawless, especially from "Dead Man Tell No Tales" to "Mutiny!." The flow of the album is impeccable from start to finish, fitting together like a puzzle.

When it comes to standout tracks, Mutiny!'s got more than you could hope for, especially in the album's title track. Between the gang vocals shouting "This is a full-blown assault!" and tempo changes, the song, which appeared on a Eulogy sampler along with "To Be Continued...," is nearly perfect for what it is. "This Song Is Definitely Not About a Girl,"a track about the mis-interpretation of their older song "Latchkey," exists as an instant favourite with its high energy and fast pace. The album continues to impress with "An Old Book Misread," the band's most frank track to date with the lyrics "I refuse to stand for organized crime. Organized crime comes in more forms than one and your God is no exception." Though the lyrics seem surprisingly blunt for the band, the song's purpose was to distinguish the fact that no one religion is more important than the next.

"Echoes" wraps up the album in a near perfect fashion. The 4-minute long track ends with a charming, harmonious array of "da-da-da-da"s fading out and leaving you wanting more, and almost hating the album for how catchy it was.

Although they've clearly got the pop-punk sound, Set Your Goals aren't singing about how cute girls are or how much school sucks. They're tackling selling out, being force-fed religion, maintaining relationships with family and friends, and taking risks in life. The sound may be reminiscent of immature bands, but Set Your Goals project growth and maturity with their words. If you hate pop-punk in general, don't count yourself out from liking Set Your Goals.

Though Matt Wilson's vocals seem more produced on this release than the demo, it doesn't really take away from the quality of Mutiny!. The 11-song, 30-minute full-length debut is chock full of feel-good music that is bound to have you singing along after a few listens. No, the instruments aren't the most amazing you'll ever hear. No, the lyrics aren't excessively thought-provoking. But Set Your Goals manage to produce a surprisingly unique sound stretching far beyond the boundaries of pop-punk for all who are able to keep an open mind and don't take all music too seriously to enjoy, whether your favourite band is Lifetime or Crime in Stereo. And it's a sound they're definitely making for the right reasons.

Aye aye, Set Your Goals.

Aye, aye.

 

 
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geoudes (October 13, 2011)

Amazing album, can never get enough from it. SYG never disappoints.

johnblanken (May 15, 2009)

this album sucked hard. fuck these nfg wannabes. the singer sounds like a pussy with that gay accent. i saw them live and walked out. it was very bad.

esk-HI-mo (November 24, 2008)

this album was pretty much amazing. They are so much better i think live then on a CD. They out on a great show at warped tour.

mattminds (July 7, 2008)

Posted by kramkillsbabies on 2007-03-29 19:21:24
My Score:

this album is really good.
i saw set your goals recently with anti-flag. ans they were good. but fuck hardcore kids. fuck their scene and how they dance. that is fucking idiotic. go do that karate in your bedrooms fuckers.

go listen to SYG in your bedroom haha. stop crying.

AlexSxE (June 7, 2008)

i could give a flying fuck what anyone else says but set your goals are genuine musicians. sure they may not be the most talented musicians but, they have more heart and passion than what ever band is atop the ap reader's poll. this record means more to me than any other record i ever bought, it has helped me through a ton of shit. all i can say is that i'm stoked to see these guys on warped this summer!

LiamSaysYeah (February 28, 2008)

Love this album, saw them in stoke on monday night for the second time and they are really good live too!

DeadMilkMan (December 30, 2007)

Great song writing and genre blending here. They aren't the first to do it, but they're definitely among the best.

HumanUnkind (July 20, 2007)

Awesome album. Damn good stuff.

Albert_Belle (July 7, 2007)

Terrible band.

T-Rock (June 28, 2007)

This really is what pop-punk should aspire to be.

Really good album, unless you're used to twenty minutes of screaming vocals.

Anonymous (May 17, 2007)

ha. yall say "best pop punk out there" like there is a massive field to compete in.

incredibly catchy stuff. makes me think i'm in high school again.

JabberBlabber (May 16, 2007)

The best pop/punk out there, doesnt get any better then these guys, so much energy in each song its almost impossible not to like it.

Anonymous (May 13, 2007)

It's a solid debut full length with some standout tracks, and I think they could put out something great in the future

kramkillsbabies (March 29, 2007)

this album is really good.
i saw set your goals recently with anti-flag. ans they were good. but fuck hardcore kids. fuck their scene and how they dance. that is fucking idiotic. go do that karate in your bedrooms fuckers.

Kursk (January 2, 2007)

i saw this band earlier this year with No Trigger, who blew them out of the water by the way. I don't see what the big deal is about this band. The only song that is moderately enjoyable to me "Goonies Never Say Die" plus whether they intend to or not, at that show they were catering to the slam dancing faggots. Plus they had 2 vocalists when I saw them which I feel is completely unneccessary, but whatever floats your boat I guess. I wish they would not associate themselves remotely with CIV.

kenada (December 21, 2006)

If you've just broken up with your girlfriend or your friend has just died listen to Echoes (the last track). Fortunately, I only experienced the first of the aforementioned dilemmas, and this song made me realise that it didn't mean shit.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

not bad but i dont like one of the lead singers voices'. also the lyrics need improvement and that whole pirate shtick is lame. but the idea of bringing back the pop-core wasnt bad.

EATWHATYOUKILL (November 19, 2006)

Amazing.

Better than coffee and cigarettes in the morning.

pinkerton (November 5, 2006)

this is a good album.

it will make you enjoy pop punk again.

bloofy (October 8, 2006)

Posted by ncarlber on 2006-07-11 10:05:41
My Score:

Am I the only one who thinks the less-nasally of the two singers sounds alot like Scott Radinsky? I am surprised by how much I enjoy this cd, its just fun to listen to.

No, not at all. He sounds exactly like Scott.

quie (October 5, 2006)

I really like the lyrics to this album. they're powerful. and everyone knows, the lyrics can make or break an album.

Jkiyaa999 (September 26, 2006)

This is the best album that I have heard in a long time. It's full of catchy positive lyrics, and an incredible sound. AND WHO THE FUCK DOESN'T LIKE GANG VOCALS!!

pasha (August 22, 2006)

incredible album. this will surly be in the my top 10 of 2006.

bman420 (July 16, 2006)

this is too catchy...cant help but like it from beginning to end

Anonymous (July 16, 2006)

i thought reset was great but this album seems so produced. i was dissapointed by it. it seems like a label exec told these guys to ''make your music a little more approachable'' but yea to reiterate i loved reset and the original versions of the songs they rerecorded. good but too much mtv do-goodery

Anonymous (July 13, 2006)

no but seriously, eulogy sucks.

Anonymous (July 13, 2006)

eulogy sucks. that's about all there is to it.

dialekt (July 13, 2006)

what the fuck is this poppy shit?

onegirlarmy (July 13, 2006)

I don't hate this album, but it was definitely a huge disappoint for me. I loved the EP, heard the song "Mutiny" and was really excited, only to be very let down when I heard the album in full. I'm sure maybe the songs sound better live, but the overproduction definitely ruins it. I really don't like the new version of This Very Moment, at all. I still really like Set Your Goals, but the album is just boring overall to me. I also think they overdid it a bit on the usage of 50 second intros too.

Mutiny! and This Song Is Definitely Not About A Girl are both awesome songs though.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (July 13, 2006)

ooh... of course i like "this very moment" too, but what the hell is up with those vocal and lyrical changes in the verses? It just goes against the flow..

givemeamuseumandillfillit (July 13, 2006)

I like the first 5 songs alot, from there it's just downhill.

Anonymous (July 13, 2006)

Am I the only one who thinks the less-nasally of the two singers sounds alot like Scott Radinsky?

I only hear it in a few spots, but I thought the same thing.

Anonymous (July 13, 2006)

like everyone said, the title track is amazing. the rest is ok, no complaints, but nothing sticks out. everyone says the da da's remind them of blink (which they do), but they also remind me of "goodby skye harbor" by jimmy eat world.

Anonymous (July 13, 2006)

This time

We've got a first class motive we should start
I wrote it long ago and never wrote it off

Anonymous (July 12, 2006)

After reading the review/comments, and listening to the 2 songs on the site, I must agree this cd is (very) strangely like NFG.

Oddly enough, I preceded to pop in the new found glory cd 'nothing gold can stay', and damn, for a really popular 'pop/punk' band at the time, it really does blow away everything of that nature that's out now. Sure the vocals are high-pitched (what's new), and the cd kinda drops off near the end, but it really has some quality songs (second song in particular).

Weird.

-opivy

Anonymous (July 12, 2006)

I want to like this band. I like where they're coming from... But it's so hard to dig this when their singers sound like every other emo/pop-punk band! What's up with that?

They're really just NFG with some group-shout vocals thrown in. Who are they foolin'???

SlowStupidHungry (July 12, 2006)

Sickboi-

I haven't laughed since the Walker rerun 20 minutes ago.

Honestly, though... I don't see what me thinking this crap sucks has to do with how I view life. Yeah, I have a negative outlook on most modern shit that passes itself off as "punk" or "hardcore." Lots of people do.

Anonymous (July 12, 2006)

the spoken parts are by far the worst parts of this album, and i'm always tempted to skip over them.

tylerdurden8136 (July 12, 2006)

There's a lot of shit talking on this album, these dudes better hope they don't get all big and popular, though I totally see that happening.

Haterade is gonna be flying off the shelves in a few months.


The first time I ever heard mutiny was yesterday, and to be entirely honest, the title track could be HUGE.

It reminds me for some odd reason of Sum 41's Fat Lip song, though that probably has something to do with the rap segments. But yeah, either way, I could see this band becoming huge.

Good album, though.

sickboi (July 12, 2006)

Will-

Do you ever laugh or smile in a positive way?

High school is over dude, let go of your anger.

SlowStupidHungry (July 11, 2006)

Overly produced late 90's radio pop punk VS overly produced mid 90's posi core.

Clash of the Lame Titans.

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

boring

sickboi (July 11, 2006)

There's a lot of shit talking on this album, these dudes better hope they don't get all big and popular, though I totally see that happening.

Haterade is gonna be flying off the shelves in a few months.

moneenerd (July 11, 2006)

My top albums of 2006 so far:

Set Your Goals "Mutiny!"
The Warriors "Beyond The Noise"
Cancer Bats "Birthing The Giant"

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

i was trying to see if i could get a free tshirt from this band, no store has this shit instock around here

Big_Guy (July 11, 2006)

actually, when you come down to it, this only has 3 real good songs out of 10

mutiny!
an old book misread
echoes


those happen to be my favorite tracks.

and honestly, I really like every song on this. I just wish they didn't have 3 sub 1 minute songs

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

Yeah - they pay tribute to CIV but CIV was a great band with really solid songs and decent lyrics. This band is just gradually getting more boring. I don't think the album is terrible but I was expecting more after the EP.

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

Song #5 does it for me.I could care less about the rest of the album.
the bass drop,into that killer old school riff is pretty much right on.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

A better introduction would have used the phrased "jumped ship."

- Kirby

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

This score is for pirates

k-dubs (July 11, 2006)

fucking great record.

drewcifer (July 11, 2006)

"They‚??re tackling selling out, being force-fed religion, maintaining relationships with family and friends, and taking risks in life."

Refreshing!

Cos (July 11, 2006)

still looking forward to Gorilla Biscuits this summer

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

most of you are f-ing crazy!!! this album is sooOOOOO AMAZING. listen to it a few times and stop trying to compare them to "other" bands. these guys are young and brilliant!!!! and the same people that gave this album 1 listen and decided to judge it will be the same ones that will come on here later trying to correct their mistakes!!!!

all in all.....this album is a PERFECT 10. BUY IT!!!

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

I didn't listen to this album, but I heard their EP and I found it very annoying.

Why do bands still do cheesy gang vocals where it sounds like 2 rival middle schools are having a shouting match?

Do people honestly think this shit (gang vocal chants) sounds good?

I'll give this a listen and hopefully not punch myself in the balls.

-kliph

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

i love this album.

its good to see younger kids with open minds when it comes to hardcore in general. enough to mix the pop punk with the early-mid 90s 'youth crew' sing alongs/sound.

coldwaffles (July 11, 2006)

I hope when (not if) this band becomes huge, they don't push too much more into the pop side. That would be a shame.

LMChc (July 11, 2006)

Building on what sickboi said, it is like half the members of NFG and half of Bane played together, and took the parts of each band out that I was never fond of.

sickboi (July 11, 2006)

Dan is dead on. This album sounds like an EXACT mix of New Found Glory and Bane. And I'm not talking "influenced", I mean direct replication of those 2 bands playing together. Weird.

danperrone (July 11, 2006)

this is much less blink 182 and much more new found glory

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

*replace ( with

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

good album

(i)Possibly the lamest band name I have ever seen.(/i)

well then obviously you have never witnessed the awesomeness that is Civ's Set Your Goals album, may god have mercy on your soul.

- APK

R3venge_Therapy (July 11, 2006)

Possibly the lamest band name I have ever seen.

You obviously pay no attention to mid-90's hardcore, otherwise you wouldn't be so quick to say something so dumb. Paying tribute to Civ automatically makes their name better than most newer bands.

Moving on, I think this album is definitely good, but not as good as it's been hyped up to be. Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that it sounds like Blink 182 if Blink 182 listened to Gorilla Biscuits, but I just don't think most of the songs are amazing. It's definitely good though.

ncarlber (July 11, 2006)

Am I the only one who thinks the less-nasally of the two singers sounds alot like Scott Radinsky? I am surprised by how much I enjoy this cd, its just fun to listen to.

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

Possibly the lamest band name I have ever seen.

danperrone (July 11, 2006)

actually, when you come down to it, this only has 3 real good songs out of 10

mutiny!
an old book misread
echoes

sickboi (July 11, 2006)

Oh yeah. I forgot the "raps".

But like I said, its an ok album. Just needs to be a little more cohesive.

sickboi (July 11, 2006)

I like this album, but it seems as if they tried way too hard to merge different styles. They don't blend together, they jump from one to the other.

Example:

Nasily vocals, nasily vocals, HARDCORE GANG CHANT, BREAKDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWNNNN...

danperrone (July 11, 2006)

this is definitely not a nine...but i would give it a 6.5

it's totally juvenille and some of the tracks flat out suck, but there also are some totally awesome songs

plus, this loses a whole star for that one vocalist...the dude who says "shirts and ties are not to congregate in my sanctuary" in the title track...like seriously, do they think this dude sings well?

this band could make a really awesome record in the future, though

pasha (July 11, 2006)

great, great record.

socrates (July 11, 2006)

it has moments showing so much promise, but I'm quite disappointed.

almostpunkenough (July 11, 2006)

yea other dude two below, the EP was ever so slightly better.

the thing about this album is that the title track sucks you in and after a while you realize the rest is nearly as awesome.

the end of track 3 into "Mutiny!" is just so sick, everytime i hear them yell MUTINY!! i wanna throw my speakers at the wall or something, but in a ridiculously good way. this shit is so cliche and boredering on cheesy from time to time, and i just fucking love it.

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

"To Be Continued..." is the best track, no doubt. - Mikey216

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

Actually agree with the guy below, although this is alright the EP was much better.

almostpunkenough (July 11, 2006)

i don't know why, but this shit is so fucking great.

and like Scott said, the title track is just incredible.

DarrenMcLeod (July 11, 2006)

only listened to this a couple times, but it sounded really good both listens.

etwiels88 (July 11, 2006)

9? Maybe. I'd say an 8 though personally. Good album, catchy songs.

lookmommyididit (July 11, 2006)

great fuckin album.the overproduced vocals are annoying at first but after a few listens you get used to them. catchy as hell.

maverick (July 11, 2006)

The only song I can even remember off this record is the title track; luckily, that song is just huge. I give this record a 7 solely on the back of that song.

-Scott

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

The comparison in to crime in stereo is understandable - but CIS is so much better. Lyrically and musically.

Anonymous (July 11, 2006)

This is a really boring record in comparison to their demo/ep. Typical, boring posi lyrics, over produced vocals, and a lack of any real standout tracks.

It's not as bad at things like from first to last and all that stuff but this did not come close to any expectations.

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