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MxPx: Let It Happen [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]Let It Happen [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD] (2006)
Tooth & Nail Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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I can't think of very many bands whose rarities compilation acted as a gateway album for so many young music fans first discovering punk. With MxPx being this band, those raised on diets of Minor Threat, Rancid, Ramones and the like are likely to scoff, but upon its release in 1998, Let It Happen lu.
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I can't think of very many bands whose rarities compilation acted as a gateway album for so many young music fans first discovering punk. With MxPx being this band, those raised on diets of Minor Threat, Rancid, Ramones and the like are likely to scoff, but upon its release in 1998, Let It Happen lured in a mini-generation of skatepunks and pop-punk kids alike.

The other important thing with Let It Happen is that it contains some of MxPx's best songs. Despite the overly nasal, strangely unemotional delivery of Mike Herrera, who is usually singing about relationships of some variety, the songs are endearing. Tracks like "Never Learn," "Begin to Start," and "Let It Happen" carry a raw, distorted and romantic exuberance that the band haven't often matched in even their proper studio albums. Even the rougher version of "Move to Bremerton," the big single off 1996's Life in General, is the far superior version of it. Mike Herrera shows off one of his biggest influences in the band's even punchier cover of Social Distortion's "Sick Boy."

However, the type of heavily skate-influenced pop-punk MxPx nearly perfected in the mid-`90s barely seems prevalent these days. The blueprint for the style carries over a couple of the key traits: songs about girls, nasal vocals, and basic instrumentation. However, prototypes like Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory seem pretty far from removed from the MxPx musical background, meaning a reissue of Let It Happen sure couldn't be cashing in on any resurgence of the style. So why reissue it? The reasons are a little mysterious, but whatever they are, Tooth & Nail did an impressive job with the extras.

The Let It Happen reissue contains six songs not on the original: three brand new recorded songs, and three old demos. Unfortunately, the demos are pretty throwaway. However, those three new ones are actually all quite solid. "Role Modeling" is maybe the best, making for a bit dark of an opening all things considered; it's a mid-tempo "whuh-oo-whoa-oh" laced cut that makes for a fine offering overall. Plus, all three are far better than just about anything off Let's Rock, the other compilation just recently released (on SideOneDummy).

The other bonus is a DVD with every video MxPx has ever done for their proper studio albums -- that includes the ones from albums on A&M and SideOneDummy. Many are homemade shot and pleasantly endearing. "Teenage Politics" is actually the most entertaining despite its obvious concept.

Let It Happen was an important album for mid-`90s pop-punk. While Tooth & Nail has done a pretty commendable job with the extras here, I just sort of doubt it'll have the same effect on kids today.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 4, 2007)

everybody sez MxPx is a cristain punk band.
i don't get what's so "christain" about them.

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

To all you MXPX haters? whats so bad about a christian punk band? your right their newer stuff is slowing down.... Who cares? And for the ones who think their music is all about girls... and realationships do u ever hear a song on the radio that isint? DUH MXPX is good better than anyof those other dumb bands i read about on here.... Simple solution here IF U DONT LIKE EM OR CHRISTIAN MUSIC DONT LISTEN TO IT.

boba_fett (December 7, 2006)

i can understand why people would find their shows shitty nowadays: because mxpx is playing shitty music. but it wasnt always like that. they used to be awesome.

KurtTGS (December 7, 2006)

Swingset Girl is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Anonymous (December 7, 2006)

I think they put on a good show and this is a pretty good album. I dont get why people hate these guys so much. They had a couple bad albums but most of their stuff is decent, despite some of the immature lyrics.

JerryCola (December 6, 2006)

I'm not judging this album, I was just stating that MxPx was one of the worst bands I've ever seen live.

I know when I saw them they sounded nothing like super fast skate punk, it sounded like really lame pop punk, the kind that is just boring, lacking substance, and insults the ears of anyone over 14 years old.

So if you're saying that this is album is when they didn't sound like pure pop crap then I'll glady give you that benefit of the doubt. However, from seeing them live I have no interest in listening to anything by them.

fallingupwards84 (December 6, 2006)

"JerryCola", have you heard this album? it sounds NOTHING like GC or Simple Plan... its really fast skate punk

JerryCola (December 6, 2006)

I get that a lot...

...but anyways, it must be pretty sad to be MxPx when you play really lame & generic bubble gum pop-punk like Simple Plan but bands like that and Good Charlotte became more famous by being just as awful as them.

Anonymous (December 6, 2006)

You're one of the worst bands I've ever seen live.

JerryCola (December 6, 2006)

This is one of the worst bands I've ever seen live...

Anonymous (December 6, 2006)

Hey everyone, this (the original) was the album I took off my iPod when I found out the band was Christian! You can start saying that I'm "discriminating against Christians" again!
-feeeding5000

Anonymous (December 6, 2006)

to the person below me, listen to their pre-1997 stuff... it does sound like that

Ianw (December 6, 2006)

What do you mean by "skate influenced"? Cus MxPx sounds nothing like a Skate-thrash band.

istapledmyfoot (December 6, 2006)

this was good the first time, but yeah, my feelings echo that of the review. pretty unnecessary. life in general did change my life though, so, props and all that.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

I've always hated mxpx, but this album had some pretty good songs on it. The only decent songs I've ever heard from them.

...evildeadalive

boba_fett (December 5, 2006)

they havent really done anything worthwhile since 1998. maybe if you took the best tracks off all their stuff since then, you might be able to put together a decent compilation, but most of it has just been junk. and that makes me sad.

the_other_scott (December 5, 2006)

i'd put rancid in the category with mxpx, not the category with minor threat and the ramones

fox82 (December 5, 2006)

Eh, this band never really appealed to me (or at least their recods), considering that when these guys where in their 'peak' they had to compete with NOFX, Pennywise, Satanic Surfers, Lagwagon and Strung Out, who all put out some pretty fucking awesome skate/pop punk records in the late 1990s. As for them being Christians, who really gives a fuck? It doesn't mean that they can write any better (or worse) songs than an Atheist. Mind you, I think that songs for (as opposed to about) God/Jah/Allah/etc... are pointless.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

haven't bought album as I already have the original. Let it happen, life in general and SGTWOB are mxpx best albums by FAR. Supposedly Mike said the new album is going to have really fast hardcore melodic songs on it. If this is the case I may consider myself a avid mxpx fan again. if not, I will no longer have any faith in the band what so ever

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

didn't these guys do a diet pepsi commercial?

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

this album is useless. the new songs suck and the dvd is shit . really. mxpx old videos ? what a bunch of retarded christians

wearestillalive (December 5, 2006)

i hate this album years ago and i hate it now.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

I have to agree with the reviewer, the new songs are way better than anything on Let's Rock. Let it Happen was a great CD, and the new songs are even better, it's definitely worth buying.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

"Just a question, which sect of christianity are you speaking of?"

Probably all of them... just a guess though.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

"Let It Happen lured in a mini-generation of skatepunks and pop-punk kids alike."

(Insert your own negative comment about what that did to the scene.)

Keith19 (December 5, 2006)

"fuck this christian shit"

Oh! You are so punk!

Just a question, which sect of christianity are you speaking of? Born again? Catholics? Lutheran? Please, let me know so I can say the same things that you can!

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

Everything gets 3 1/2 stars don't you know that by now. hahahahaha

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

fuck this christian shit

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

this album deserves more than 3 1/2 stars

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

I'm sure that their album due out next summer on Tooth and Nail is going to blow everything away.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

I haven't heard this yet, but I still think that Life In General is one of the real treats of mid-90s skate-punk.

saint_nick (December 5, 2006)

this record was awesome back in the day, and occasionally still finds its way into rotation.

sickboi (December 5, 2006)

Meh, I can say I've never dug this band. To me they were just a watered-down version of all the pop-punk bands I grew up on: Screeching Weasel, the Queers, etc. Even old Blink 182 and Green Day did it better. I always got the impression that MXPX were trying to appeal to that same mainstream crowd, but no one was buying it.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

christian pop punk can suck it.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

fallingupwards84, I agree, i dont get all the hatred towards mxpx, frankly though, i dont really care either, Im 40 and i still get a kick out of some good pop punk and mxpx does the job just fine-oldpunker-

ben_conoley (December 5, 2006)

I used to have this album and played the crap out of it. I don't know what happened to it, but I just might have to rebuy it. Chick Magnet video is dope!

fallingupwards84 (December 5, 2006)

I've always questioned why so many scrutinize MxPx for writing about a quarter of their songs about girls, when bands like Lifetime (who write nearly all of their songs about relationships) are worshipped on this site. Its a double standard.

Finally, to the people saying that MxPx is for people under 16. Go to an MxPx show today and I guarantee you a very large percentage of the crowd will be over 21. Guys who started listening to punk rock in the mid-90s, like I did. Yes, our tastes have evolved since then - I listen to a lot more early punk bands today than I did then, it still sounds good to our ears.

Score is for the album AND the new songs on it, which are really really good

SuperRad (December 5, 2006)

Fair review. Well done. While I personally don't care for this album, the 90's were an awesome time for punk music. Things were more simple. I'd give anything to go back to those good old days. Is 25 old?

GlassPipeMurder (December 5, 2006)

nobody under 16 is going to like mxpx.

that's what my chemical romance and panic! at the disco is for.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

Word to that, guy below. If you're over the age of 16 and still think MxPx is the balls then you haven't been living or just have bad taste.

leezdeez (December 5, 2006)

I'm not going to lie.
I liked MxPx when I was a kid.
But I was totally old enough to know better by the time Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo came out that they were horrible.
That being said, I'm still not going to buy this or even think about downloading it.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

part of the reason both fall out boy and new found glory are so far removed from the sound of mxpx is that they both came fromhardcore backgrounds instead of a skatepunk background. i think there are way more similarities between mxpx and say simple plan or good charlotte
nice observation on the unemotional singing though, thats always bothered me about mxpx

GlassPipeMurder (December 5, 2006)

The re-release is actually pretty nice. Especially for people who didn't have Let It Happen yet, all the new songs and bonus demos are great. This is a really good cd, i like it even more than Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, which is the only other MxPx cd I have.

Anonymous (December 5, 2006)

Was this release really necessary?

Even K-Fed has more fans these days compared to MxPx

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