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Blueline Medic: The Apology WarsThe Apology Wars (2001)
Fueled By Ramen Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: ScruffyScruffy
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Blueline Medic was on Fueled by Ramen Records back when the label wasn’t just an incubator for the majors. Their first EP, A Working Title in Green, was a catchy little four-song exercise in Bad Religion and Jawbreaker-influenced indie rock and emo. Their last full-length, Text Bomb, was terrible. But The Apology Wars, which came out the same day as blink-182’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, is phenomenal.
You say I have to get a real life, but I'm not sure how that in making someone or other rich is any more real than making a niche for yourself. I'm without a zack, a truth, a coin, a kopeck or an elusive brass razoo. But my dear rationalist, don't dream I couldn't care. I too grow quickly bored of the clothes I wear. So maybe I should go and get a real life, real like cutting a fine figure or scraping a deposit together for it, heaven forbid. Just suppose I cannot live on taxes and goodwill forever. But how is it that the problem just doesn't seem to press while my fingers are themselves pressing hard against the neck? I was sure that I suffered and worked as hard as anyone I knew [...] well it seems I haven't. I better damn well fix and make it look every inch as though I do but still have to go and get a real life and I've no doubt that it will happen. Maybe I've put it off for too long now, gonna see if I can't get something better than a [...] Maybe I'm amidst of a real life...But this album’s strength is not just in its poetic lyrics, though that is quite clearly its strongest point. The music is not only able, but captivating. Blueline Medic jumps from two or three-chord pop to guitar-heavy indie rock and almost Coldplay-esque moodiness in songs like “At Least We Had the War” (take it from someone who hates Coldplay, they make it work). Some moments (“Shuffle and Scrape”) suggest that the band takes some of the same influences as Jets to Brazil.
If anything, that’s the best descriptor for this album. It seems to bridge the sonic gap between Dear You and Orange Rhyming Dictionary, though I can’t say it has the level of genius that those CDs do. But it’s close.
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