Jingle Punx - It's What I Got in My Sack (Cover Artwork)

Jingle Punx

Jingle Punx: It's What I Got in My SackIt's What I Got in My Sack (2006)

Reviewer Rating: 2.5

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It's Christmas in July‚?¶sort of.

The Jingle Punx are back yet again to inject some holiday cheer into your stereo all through the year. For those who liked the band's last effort, you can rest happily assured that not much is changed. They still play solid mid-tempo punk, and put their very own spin on yuletide classics like the rousing "Joy to the World," and you can tell immediately they're nothing short of serious about it.

It's an interesting gimmick, but once you get past that aspect of it, it's easy to enjoy the fact that some of the songs really do have a great energetic kick to them. While you may not have ever imagined "Joy to the World" with a slick guitar solo in the middle, the Jingle Punx have, and they brought it to fruition. Even weirder is that it fits right in between the rousing choruses to flesh out the song in a way I've never heard it before. "Up on the Housetop" follows a similar formula: adding some slick guitar wizardry to this well-known classic, and they speed the pace of it up quite a bit as well. It's in essence the very same song most children grew up singing, but the added wrinkles thrown in actually give it a life beyond the time that kids stop believing in ol' Kris Kringle.

The other 10 tracks on the record are very Christmas-oriented, but many of the classics were already covered on their last record. Still, many are solid punk rock songs with Christmas-themed lyrics. It works with the very brief "Mistletoe and Holly," but not so well with the title track and a few others. Blame doesn't so much rest on the lyrical content either; it was pretty obvious that was going to be completely nonsensical from the get-go, but songs like "It's What I Got..." don't provide the same kick, or the same amount of vigor as many of the others.

And without energy, the oft-childish lyrics are a lot more noticeable than when the track is fast and enjoyable.

Jingle Punx had a bit tougher of a go-round this time, and numerous unfortunate instances appeared where their energy just fell completely and totally flat. I know they've got it; I know they possess that undying Christmas spirit, and some if it comes across here, but the rest is stuck in the North Pole.

Yeah, I just ended a review with a corny Santa joke. That happened.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (July 17, 2007)

All those years of English comp classes, and I still can't begin describe how bad these Yellowcard spammers suck.

Anonymous (July 15, 2007)



Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

Yellowcard sucks. And so does this band.

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

I'm speechless. Completely speechless.

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

(in sing-songy voice)

"On the 17th Day of July my truly love gave to me...1 Paper Walls CD, 2 guitar picks, 3 music amps, 4 guys playing, 5 band members and a partridge in a pear tree"

Paper Walls hitting a store near you (and the internet) next Tuesday!

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

My friend today is your lucky day, head on over to their myspace page and preview all the tracks! The band is not afraid of music piracy because the songs are that dog-gone good!

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

I would love to hear Yellowcards new album. Has it leaked YET??????

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

Not sure what the first post meant, if you are down with Yellowcard, tip of the hat! This band reviewed seems like they have a sense of humor, which is imporant for touring bands. Yellowcard agreed to do some Warped Tour dates to reintroduce themselves to the new wave of kids who recently have found alternative and poppy music. I don't think Santa themed bands would do the same, but you never know! A chip and a chair!

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)


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