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Strung Out

Strung Out: Another Day in ParadiseAnother Day in Paradise (1994)
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The Strung Out experience should ultimately begin with this, their debut, album. While still an astounding 13 songs of melodical fury, it often shows the youth of the band. The listener is floored from the get-go by 'Population Control, and the rest of the album refuses to let you up on your f.
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The Strung Out experience should ultimately begin with this, their debut, album. While still an astounding 13 songs of melodical fury, it often shows the youth of the band.

The listener is floored from the get-go by 'Population Control, and the rest of the album refuses to let you up on your feet. Aggressive, speed-driven and catchy the whole way through, but Strung Out's metal influence pokes through often with heavy palm-muting and shredding solos. The drumming is spectacular as always, however, it is interesting to listen the the chronological growth in Jordan Burns' talent. He was good then, but he is leaps and bounds ahead of this album now. This is one of the first records that defined the new, talented melodo-speed punk sound, and Strung Out would continue leading the genre in the years to come.

Those of you who were lucky enough to see Strung Out play these songs back in the day can kiss my ass. I've seen them twice and only heard one song from this album. 'Another Day in Paradise', in my opinion, is one of the best debuts by any punk band ever (I'm not counting 'The Skinny Years' because it wasn't widely available until years after Strung Out had rooted their place in punk). It rips with the best of them, but its not quite perfection. With that said, their other 2 full lengths are as close to perfect as any band has come!

1994 will forever be known as 'the year punk broke...again!' But hidden in the shadows of 'Dookie' and 'Smash' was a young 5 piece with a little promise of their own.


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Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

The first two punk songs i ever heard were together on the sand that whole finger up her country music on the radio made me a nofx fan for life. And talking to myself that song is the epitemy of bad ass mutherfuckers that song rips so much ass or i guess bong in this case but whatever i searched up and down tempe and phoenix for this fucking cd for months and when i found it it did not dissappoint quite possibly the best strung out cd ever american paradox really kicks ass though so it is a toss up

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

I guess you should drop trow - I got to see them when suburban came out so they played a good mix of both cd's. I got a split 7" with them and Juggheads revenge in blue vinyl - really old.

Anonymous (October 13, 2001)

The reason the drums sound so different is that Jordan joined the band about a week before this was recorded and pretty much went with Brad's drum style.

Anonymous (October 13, 2001)

Pretty damn good melodic hardcore record. this is the kind of stuff Lagwagon tries to play, but fails miserably.

There are a few holes in the disc, but the song "Burn" alone makes up for most of it. That song is so fucking good.

PS. I've seen them a few times and seen them play a good deal of stuff off this CD (including Burn). Sorry fathead. Of course, i think the best time i saw them was opening for, and kicking the shit out of, No Use for a Name. They played lots of the standard melodic favs, then for about 6 songs straight they played all their metal stuff together--Bring out your Dead, bunch of stuff off of "Twisted By Design" and the singer came out in a "I love Metal" shirt. Good stuff.


Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

The day I heard first "listened" to Strung Out was like a revelation to me. They were one of the first punk bands I really listened to without someone discovering them for me. I picked up the second Fat sampler and had heard Rottin Apple, but never really given it a listen. I don't remember why, but something compelled me to download thier song "Talking To Myself" off this CD. I was totally blown away. It was as catchy as anything I'd ever heard and fast as hell to boot. At the time the bands hanging out in my CD player were Pearl Jam, Seven Mary Three, STP, and other grunge-rock stuff. I went out and bought Another Day In Paradise, and it seems like my musical tastes have never looked back. Just prior to hearing that song, a friend of mine had taken me to a Vandals/Queers/MTX show and so I was occasionally listening to their stuff and enjoying it, but Strung Out was the band that caught my ear and made me want to discover more. Not long after, I purchased the masterpiece...the most joyous, magnificent, incredible album of all time...Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues, and I'm hooked for life. I have yet to hear a band that can put so much into a song as Strung Out can. The talent that those five guys possess exceeds any expectation I've ever had for a band and more. Those of you who haven't had the opportunity to hear this band need to do yourselves a favor and do whatever you can to get ahold of their stuff or go catch them live. You won't be disappointed. Another Day In Paradise has flaws, but it still remains one of the best investments I ever made. God knows what I'd be listening today if I hadn't picked it up.

seek (October 12, 2001)

Everybody likes Strung Out. They are pop punk without being that soft. All their songs aren't about girls either, and the ones that are are actually good.

DrNo (October 12, 2001)

I think that Strung Out is one of the most diverse bands around. They have the ability to play pure furious punk that pushes the edge or they are just as capable of playing technical melodic sounds. Jordan Burns is the fuckin badddest drummer PERIOD. Nobody comes closes. Fuck i get a bonner just thinking about Strung Out.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

god damn it, i wish i didn't spend so much money on weed.

icK-x-Strife (October 11, 2001)

When is 'American Paradox' coming out anyways?


coldjuly (October 11, 2001)

I definitley agree about Jordans' drumming skills..Listen to this and then listen to "the element of sonic defiance" he progressed greatly in those 6 odd years. I would consider him one of THE best in punk, or In all music. I would like to see Bob fuckin Fleetwood play this stuff! It's not happening he must have been on some mad ephidrene when strung out and pulley were recording with him.

coldjuly (October 11, 2001)

Good review....I was planning on writing a review for this..but oh well, at least someone put one up for this awesome record "Mad Mad World" kicks holy ass.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Fathead nice review, This CD is very powerful! Ashes is my favorite song on here by far, Strung Out at its finest.

- SpUnKeR

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Hey Fathead....You should listen to that band named VENEREA, they are fucking good. Les Dieux!!!


Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Strung Out are problably the most techniqual band in the punk scene and all there release are masterpiece. Look forward to American Paradox, the song cult of the Subteriaan kick ass


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