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Born to Lose: Sweet MiserySweet Misery (2006)
Sailor's Grave Records
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Liquor? Check. Guns? Check. Playing cards? Check. Down-on-your-luck album title? Check. Didn’t think Social Distortion had a new record out? Well, you’re right, they don’t, it is only 2006 after all. These images belong to Texas band Born to Lose and their latest effort, Sweet Misery.
You say opinions are like assholes,Sometimes clichés aren’t all that harmful to the listening experience if they are delivered in convincing manner, but Chris Klinck’s drunken slur is not very inspiring. When Born to Lose steps outside their lyrical paths and tries an overtly political song in “New Babylon” they are reduced to tired sloganeering.
The band has a few moments on the album where everything comes together for an enjoyable listen. For instance there is the catchy dust-in-the-windish number “Place and Time” as well as the hometown pride / road story of “Along the Way” which has some nice personal touches in the lyrics. Still, two really strong songs in a 12-song album just isn't very convincing. This record seems somewhat futile, in that this year alone there was many other far superior releases in this genre of music. If you’re a fan of this type of music I suggest the new Street Dogs, Ducky Boys or Angel City Outcasts albums before you check this out.
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