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Fucked Up: Hidden WorldHidden World (2006)
Jade Tree Records

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Fucked Up is on a continuing path to shock, destroy, and simply put their audiences in awe. Name the last hardcore band to put out a first full-length topping out at over 72 minutes. It's probably not an easy memory to recall. Even in songs reaching well beyond 5 minutes, Hidden World likely cont.
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Fucked Up is on a continuing path to shock, destroy, and simply put their audiences in awe. Name the last hardcore band to put out a first full-length topping out at over 72 minutes. It's probably not an easy memory to recall.

Even in songs reaching well beyond 5 minutes, Hidden World likely contains some of Fucked Up's most accessible moments (notice I say "moments"). Somehow, Fucked Up spit the vocal fire of Black Flag but draw musically from the upbeat, charming allure of the Jam, all the while managing to offer a painfully happy vocal hook, and it simply makes for some of the most mindboggling songwriting in some time.

"Crusades" might open in the most grand of fashions, with a rounding choir and stomping, anthem-filling guitar riffs, but once the actual song gets underway, chances are you've heard few other hardcore bands sound so happy about being pissed off. Fuck, even "David Comes to Life" could nearly be the "single" here -- with a chorus somehow resembling the Dropkick Murphys and even more layered, pretty vocals at its finishing climax, it's not only Fucked Up at their most economical, but a prime example of the band at their most approachable.

Earlier punk influence comes heavy into play in tracks like "Carried Out to the Sea," which I'd swear was a Buzzcocks B-side if not for Pink Eyes' throaty roar and a lack of higher pitched "uh-ohhh"s in the background. "Two Snakes" stands out with effective, commanding percussion and a fiery, captivatingly repetitive shout of the song title, but serves as a piece where it eventually seems the band is writing a seven-minute song just to write a seven-minute song.

The threat in Hidden World really comes in its length and ambition and not necessarily in the violent aggression one would expect from Fucked Up (unless very careful attention is paid to select lyrical sections ["Baiting the Public:" "I want to smash your house / I want to scratch your car / I want to fuck your wife / I want to break your life"]). There's an array of unexpected instrumentation to be found on the record but it's often implemented rather subtly, and usually at the start or finish of a track. Sure, bites of left field violin tie up "Carried Out to the Sea," and the several seconds of whistling at the end of the title track is actually a nice reception, but often the band carry out their motives pounding their chords in rather extended passages, sometimes flirting with noise-rock layers to help fill the space and at least make it somewhat interesting -- yet this is precisely why that as Hidden World proceeds, it makes for a strenuous listen. Even through an unabashed musical optimism, Fucked Up succeed in their attempts to simply agitate the listener, and that's all fine and dandy if the listener somehow appreciates experiencing that human characteristic. Unfortunately, Fucked Up's lengthy compositions just don't seem to work wholly in the full-length format, and that's probably why they've put it off for so long.

Oh, and if all this doesn't sound weird enough, Alexisonfire frontman George Pettit offers some guest counterscreams in the last track, "Vivian Girls," and while his presence is entirely unexpected, it's surprisingly well placed. Still, certain punk elitists may end up utterly mindfucked. The song itself ends with a brief clip of the audio tape recorded during the Jonestown Massacre. It's not quite long enough to be as disturbing as intended, really.

It should be stressed that despite this, Hidden World is good. It offers a meet and greet of classic punk and hardcore like rarely seen before, directs a mesmerizing assortment of instrumentation not normally heard in the genre, and weaves strange tales making interpretation a difficult task -- the only problem being, there's just too goddamned much of it.

Baiting the Public

 

 
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tylerk (July 1, 2010)

I couldn't get into it at first listen, but it really ages gracefully the more chance you give it. Like a fine cheese.

douglas_is_rad (September 15, 2007)

Agreed. It took me awhile to get into it, but now I just can't stop. It's so fucking amazing. I can't wait until the "best of 2007" lists come out and this will be on everyone's "albums that were amazing last year that I didn't fully appreciate until this year" lists.

benz (September 11, 2007)

God dammit. Three stars?

This album is one of the best punk albums of recent memory.

-benz

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 25, 2007)

how come nobody mentioned 'invisible leader'? thats my favorite song on the record. score is for the record.

victim (January 8, 2007)

For those who are worried about the length of this: so was I at first. But I read a review about this using the word 'spazz-core' and it really does apply.

Fucked Up does the whole repetition things way better in Hidden World than Blood Brothers did in Young Machetes. My opinion.

etwiels88 (November 2, 2006)

Fuck you if you still don't love this album. 2nd best of the year, under crime in stereo.

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

are you fucking kidding?not real hardcore. this site is hilarious

Anonymous (October 15, 2006)

clearly one of the greatest releases this year. such a fresh and unique sound. who cares if its not "real" hardcore. the point is its good music. period. and since when do albums need to be short? or song lengths? because thats not hardcore? theres this song that comes to mind...the saddest day...from some cd petitioning the empty sky by some band called converge.

RondoMondo (October 13, 2006)

I don't dig this band at all.

SloaneDaley (October 12, 2006)

one of the top 10 records of the year and the person bellow me....is bellow me.

Anonymous (October 11, 2006)

who cares how long a record is....

this record sucks because they write shitty songs...not because of the length...

Anonymous (October 11, 2006)

intense stuff. those who don't get it probably have dicks in their ears. when was the last time such simple guitars destroyed so many continents? eh?

also, on "two snakes" it totally sounds like the chorus is "TUBE STEAKS! TUBE STEAKS!"

Adam_K (October 11, 2006)

BOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGG

Loved the stuff before it though.

ILOVESCOTT (October 11, 2006)

yeah, 72 minutes is a little long. i agree with scruffy though. i usually like albums to be short, but there are some bands (like isis) that i can listen to songs that are well over 5 minutes. on a side note, ken have you heard the new chronic seizure 7"? its awesome.

changeisasound (October 11, 2006)

the songs drag on. i mean its good music the song are good they just don't need to be 6 - 7 minutes long

Scruffy (October 11, 2006)

Who cares if it's 72 minutes? If it's good, it's good.

I don't know if this is good, but that's all I care about. Some bands' 2 minute songs lose me at the 30 second mark, while some bands go over 5 minutes with their songs and never lose me.

SloaneDaley (October 11, 2006)

Billy Talent's singer is a rockstar jerk (nothing to do with the line, its about the way he treats people). Their first record was mildly entertaining pop rock that nickleback fans get in a tizzy about and their second one was some pretty boring shit. What do they have to do with Fucked Up's full length?

Fucked Up makes music that evolves and music that engages the listener, and yes it is some great hardcore punk rock at that. When Billy Talent accomplish that they can speak up.

Anonymous (October 11, 2006)

short, fast, and loud all the time gets boring REALLY quick

remember when punk was about doing something interesting?
thankfully, fucked up does

mikeinflames (October 10, 2006)

dear fucked up,

go away
you're not actually that hardcore
you all still live with your moms

love
billy talent

gladimnotemo (October 10, 2006)

72 minute 2xLP vs. 6 or 7 2-3 song 7"s

It works.

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

I got some of this band's earlier stuff and despite liking it, there will be zero chance of me picking up this record. Why? 72 fucking minutes, thats why. If your record lasts longer than a beer or your live set lasts longer than a pitcher, then I'm likely not very interested. Short, Fast and Loud, baby. Speaking of which....new issue is out....

-Ken

SloaneDaley (October 10, 2006)

Yeah...the mp3 sounds like PiB to me...I'll have to pass.

yikes what clip were you listening to.

I'm not sure where you get the idea that not listening to Fucked Up will make you uncool or whatever Feeeding. As much praise as the band gets they get double the shit thrown at them.

While what the band does is interesting it isn't something you have to exactly "get" it helps Im sure but more immediatly the lyrics and music are simply writen in quite pleasing manners.

gladimnotemo (October 10, 2006)

I wouldn't really lump them in with PIB, and I would imagine even members of PIB wouldn't make that comparison...This is the first release they've had somewhere other than Deranged (or Slasher, even smaller)...

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

Actually BizzleBrizzle, maybe you should quit "punk" because you don't even listen to any punk, you listen to shit. At least Feeding5000 has some decent taste in music.

dazed (October 10, 2006)

I'd really like to hear this, my expectations have gone from about a 5 to the current estimate above.

Scruffy (October 10, 2006)

"review is too conservative. One of the best records this year, just that a lot of kids simply won't get it or dont have the attention span. welcome to a world in which music comes out in record form, not just as a single downloaded song."

This is no statement about the quality of this album, but just what exactly is the amount of time where you no longer have a short attention span if you claim to dislike something? I'm asking so I can know how long listen to everything I hate so that no one can tell me my disinterest springs from some attention deficit and not actual distaste.

BizzleBrizzle (October 10, 2006)

Feeding5000 should quit punk

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

Feeding, put down the Crass and start to read more into hardcore. PiB is a really wrong, split second comparison.

feeeding5000 (October 10, 2006)

Yeah...the mp3 sounds like PiB to me...I'll have to pass.

feeeding5000 (October 10, 2006)

I hate to destroy all my "punk cred", but I never really liked this band. Now that they're on Jade Tree, home of overrated "hardcore", I probably never will. Everyone will agree that this is amazing, like they did with "Paradise", and I'll be outside going, "Uhhhh"..

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

review is too conservative. One of the best records this year, just that a lot of kids simply won't get it or dont have the attention span. welcome to a world in which music comes out in record form, not just as a single downloaded song.

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

Brilliant. Rating this a 6 is a crime.

gladimnotemo (October 10, 2006)

"this band should learn to play their instruments."

Yeah dude, liek the Lawrence fucking arms!@!!!!!!

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

"Dude, try listening to the fucking song, and then get back to me. I wouldn't be comparing a hardcore band to an Irish punk band if there wasn't a genuine similarity in the delivery of the chorus."

Both bands have a slight Oi influence. Shout alongs don't mean it sounds like Dropkick Murphys. I mean, maybe on a shallow level, but the comparison is really weak.

Oh well, it's music critics. I think bands like this should not bother sending their shit in for review here.

-Will

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

I liked this band better when it was called "The Dwarves".

skankin_in_the_pit (October 10, 2006)

"This review is retarded. I love the length of all these songs, if they were any shorter they'd suck. This record is perfect, and is at the one of the best punk albums to ever have been released. People who think otherwise are retarded, and probably suck at listening to music."

I wouldn't quite go that far, but you're right. Just like some amazing long albums from bands like Sleep or the (UK) Subhumans, I've never felt like skipping some tracks/filler or turning it off. The Slackers, Fucked Up, and Bones Brigade are in for a dogfight for my album of the year.

I bet at least 85% of the bands I like would be considered ass music by danperrone. I'm slightly proud of that.

Big_Guy (October 10, 2006)

this band should learn to play their instruments.

anyway, this isn't bad, but I can't get into it

danperrone (October 10, 2006)

there's a difference between pissing people off and simply making ass music

gladimnotemo (October 10, 2006)

"This review is retarded. I love the length of all these songs, if they were any shorter they'd suck. This record is perfect, and is at the one of the best punk albums to ever have been released. People who think otherwise are retarded, and probably suck at listening to music.

-BizzleBrizzle"

Exactly. Even if this wasn't one of the top albums of this year, it still has flown past the reviewers here. If you were aggravated by the time length of the song, then Fucked Up has bothered yet one more person. It's just like that diss track shit...

"YOUR FANS ARE FUCKING DEAF"

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

Yo, for real, you gave the new Blood Brothers a better score than this?

Quit reviewing records.

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

This review is retarded. I love the length of all these songs, if they were any shorter they'd suck. This record is perfect, and is at the one of the best punk albums to ever have been released. People who think otherwise are retarded, and probably suck at listening to music.

-BizzleBrizzle

etwiels88 (October 10, 2006)

One of the best bands going right now. Fuck a 3 star...

inagreendase (October 10, 2006)

I think you meant Jonestown Massacre, the historical attrocity not the band. What imbecile wrote this review?

Holy Christ, one little word and you throw out the ad hominem. So I had the band name still lingering in my head from the Darker My Love review. Piss off.

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

"It featured a clip of the Brian Jonestown Massacre?" I think you meant Jonestown Massacre, the historical attrocity not the band. What imbecile wrote this review?

thirtyseconds (October 10, 2006)

Ooh, tasty.

SloaneDaley (October 10, 2006)

oh and score is for this record

SloaneDaley (October 10, 2006)

this is a really difficult album, listen to it in chunks. It is some original interesting stuff they've got going on but all the while still hardcore punk. I still think a 6 is a conservative score but the review itself is pretty good either way.

danperrone (October 10, 2006)

not that great at all

TOO FUCKING LONG

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

best record to come out of the hardcore scene in a LOOOOOOOONG time

i cant get too into their 7"s, but this LP is incredible

inagreendase (October 10, 2006)

Whoosh

Dude, try listening to the fucking song, and then get back to me. I wouldn't be comparing a hardcore band to an Irish punk band if there wasn't a genuine similarity in the delivery of the chorus.

Anonymous (October 10, 2006)

good review, this album is fucking awesome

ilikepunkrock (October 10, 2006)

My bad, last week was the 7-inch. I still want to be review editor.

ilikepunkrock (October 10, 2006)

2 of the same reviews as last week? Can I please become review editor? There has to be plenty of other reviews waiting to be posted.

gladimnotemo (October 10, 2006)

"somehow resembling the Dropkick Murphys"

Whoosh. I can't wait for this album. I'm not downloading it. It's too epic for that shit.

FuckYouOiOiOi (October 10, 2006)

so is there gonna be a fucked up review every week?

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