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Bigwig: An Invitation to TragedyAn Invitation to Tragedy (2001)
Fearless Records

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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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Bigwig.... its almost impossible to categorize their sound. If you were to hear them without being familiar with their background, you would naturally assume they were another So-Cal band. But these guys hail from New Jersey. Huh, wha....? Bigwig is back with their 3rd and highly anticipated al.
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Bigwig.... its almost impossible to categorize their sound. If you were to hear them without being familiar with their background, you would naturally assume they were another So-Cal band. But these guys hail from New Jersey.
Huh, wha....?

Bigwig is back with their 3rd and highly anticipated album "an invitation to tragedy". And from my perspective it is the best material they have ever put out. As opposed to their previous sound, Bigwig has matured quite a bit as a band, and musically. The songs are much more structured and lack that "we wrote this dumbass song in my mom's basement" appeal. Sure its fun for a few years but you have to move on. And they've done precisely that.

The most noticeable change in "aitt" is the various tempos used throughout the tracks. Bigwig have come to adopt a more Good Riddance, Strike Anywhere -esque rhythm. As opposed to the normal up tempo, slash-through melody on every song, Bigwig have almost perfected the fine art of the drawn-out riff. Combined with shout-along lyrics, this packs quite a powerful punch and diversifies the album intensely.

Of course the trademark min-guitar solo is still evident in many tracks. Case in point, 'Mr. Asshole', which has some of the best Bigwig lyrics I've ever heard. Other fav's of the record include 'Sink or Swim', the mid-tempo 'Moosh', and the album's best track, saved for last, 'Static'. Additionally, I don't think anyone can claim Bigwig as being ungrateful. Just take a look at that thank you list. God damn. These guys name almost the entire punk community of bands. Its nice to have friends.

Like 'em or loathe 'em, these guys aint going nowhere. With "an invitation to tragedy', Bigwig have hit the mark.

 

 
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Stop messing with NJ. You may not like him, but any state that can claim Frank Sinatra shouldn't be trifled with. Then they had Bruce Springsteen, not exactly an unknown. Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, The Smithereens, Kool and the Gang. Where would the industry be without the invention of the phonograph (which was from ........ New Jersey). Lakeside granite countertops

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Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Thanks for stealing my review, douche.

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kirbypuckett (March 10, 2006)

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harg (March 31, 2002)

This cd is so fucking wicked its fucking radical! like a fucking rollercoaster! fuck! fuck!

Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

AMAZING cd from an AMAZING band...this one tops off their other two in a heartbeat...the guitar lines are outstanding, the lyrics are awesome, the pace is awesome...the only problem with the cd is that it's worthless after the 11th song, appreciation...I'm not a fan of the last two songs at all...oh, and the best song is counting down...it's one of the best songs I've ever heard...ever.

Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

that so-cal flavor is due to mr. ryan greene's mixing. anyway, this disc rocks from start to finish.

myboxersarepunkerthanu (October 23, 2001)

is this a bigwig review or jerry springer?
this cd owns.

coldjuly (October 16, 2001)

Why are you calling me a pussy now...man you just never quit. Im tired of argueing with you Its getting to be pointless..I know I may have said the first words..but being the antagonist is just as bad. Im going to stop there and say nothing more to you.

And Im not 14 Im 22.

Josip (October 14, 2001)

coldjuly, ok, i just wanted to ensure that you read my comment, heh, but i still don't get your point of view, what do you call "bitchin"? i didnt say, that your review sucks, i didnt say anything bad about you, just that i like the other one better, nothin else, just read what i've written and then use your fuckin brain, you called me words first! so don't be a pussy, complaining and callin your mom, every time someone says something bad about you...how old are you, 14 or what? and to your homegrown review, i didnt mean the review, i meant your comments...
i dont need to argue, because you started this conversation...
and btw: i'm not a native english speaker (you probably figured that out), so i don't write english reviews that much...i'm writing for a german fanzine ( www.purerock.de ), there you could read all my reviews...only in german =;-)

coldjuly (October 14, 2001)

sorry about the asshole boy reference too..I was pissed

coldjuly (October 14, 2001)

man Im tired of argueing with you..You basically posted the same thing twice..One on the pulley review too. I said nothing about your opinion..Your opinion would be respected a lot more If you would post a more civilized comment.

Josip (October 14, 2001)

hey coldjuly, what the fuck do you want? i'm sorry for having an opinion that doesnt meet with yours and expressing this opionion, i still think, this review is better, i havent offended you, just expressed my opinion in a civilized way, and if that's enough for you to call me an "asshole boy", then i hope you die soon you little piece of shit!

coldjuly (October 11, 2001)

Yeah I know what you mean. I was just wondering where My reviews for The radar mercury, and sebadoh went. Turns out they didnt even hit the front page..they each got like 6 hits a piece. I have to agree with asshole boy that your review was better, That was kinda lame...It was too good of a review to just be there for a few hours.

sickboi (October 10, 2001)

Eh who gives a fuck. Coldjuly has written a lot of great reviews for this site. Saying someone's is better (unless one is completely worthless- Coldjuly's being far from that) is just lame. It just sucks this was only posted for a few hours when 2 Suicide Machine reviews were posted for a week. I'm done bitching.

coldjuly (October 9, 2001)

At least I write reviews that come from my own head..You know exactly what I mean :)

had to get that off my chest

coldjuly (October 9, 2001)

Yeah Josip I like the little comment at the beginning you asshole...It is a great record, and I do think this one is better than mine. but keep stupid unecessary comments like that away. They are not needed.

Josip (October 9, 2001)

This review is better than the one on the homepage, dunno why it's hidden here...

And btw: this album kicks ass! "waste" is the best song imo, and big wig are just fantastic...cool record, get it!

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