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Recover

Recover: Rodeo and PicassoRodeo and Picasso (2001)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Fueled By Ramen has my respect for producing some of the best pure pop records of the past few years. Between The Impossibles and The Stereo, Fueled By Ramen seems to have solidified their reputation for providing solid punk-fueled pop records. Of course, it would be a disservice to ignore their oth.
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Fueled By Ramen has my respect for producing some of the best pure pop records of the past few years. Between The Impossibles and The Stereo, Fueled By Ramen seems to have solidified their reputation for providing solid punk-fueled pop records. Of course, it would be a disservice to ignore their other contributions, like some fine Jersey records, and of course, the debut of this band, Recover.

Like most people, I read the bio sheet attached to the CD, which described the band as a bunch of guys who met to cover Green Day tracks. Recover doesn't sound like Green Day, but they definitely share a lot of the pop sensibilities of that seminal band.

Recover is best described in the context of their peers; a band combining a lot of sounds, hardcore screams, moody emo breakdowns, and solid power-pop harmonies and chord progressions. It's an interesting mix, and while a lot of bands are combining the screamo-pop sounds nowadays - the terrific Thursday comes to mind - Recover has enough pop sensibilities for it to avoid getting lumped into this increasingly crowded emo-fueled post-hardcore genre.

While this is an impressive record, it's not a surprise that they have room to grow. One of the most difficult things for a band full of rage like this, is to sound honest, and at points, it seems like they're not quite as pissed as they want to sound. The screaming and yelling seems to be more for rhythmic impact than actual emotion. It's not that it's out of place, so much as it feels a little tacked on. Don't get me wrong here, I'm not asking them to drop them, but a little dynamic moderation would probably make it sound more, well, honest.

I like this record, and I like where they're going, but they aren't the melodic hardcore answer to FBR's pop arsenal just yet.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

good review.. i'm seeing these guys live soon, now i know what to look forward to. - zack

Anonymous (February 19, 2004)

aubin,
your reviews suck. recover is a band full of mastermind's. just b/c you don't like the album....you've tainted the fact that some people might not buy this now...or support the band b/c or your shitty, poorly written, and undetailed review. thanks. have a good one.

Anonymous (April 26, 2002)

The Score is for the album. And Aubin, you get the record for saying the word "pop" the most times in an out-of-place genre. Go you.

Anonymous (October 15, 2001)

I don't think you should use green day and recover in the same review. Mainly because recover kicks so much more ass than green day. Sure they have room to grow, isn't that scary to think how good they might become?

Anonymous (October 7, 2001)

This rules, it ranks alongside Grade and Thursday it the realms of amazing screamy-pop.

Anonymous (October 6, 2001)

I agree this band has a lot to grow, but this cd is pretty badass. It's a shame that some asshole took out the lead singer's jaw, I hear they are great live. Word to your mother.

coldjuly (October 5, 2001)

This is pretty cool..have no clue which songs are which I was handed a blank CD that said "promo" on it, so my cheap ass aint buying it.

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