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Small Arms Dealer

Small Arms Dealer: Patron Saint of DisappointmentPatron Saint of Disappointment (2007)
Deep Elm Records

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On Patron Saint of Disappointment, Long Island's Small Arms Dealer manage to craft a pretty catchy, melodic punk rock affair that's considerably more enjoyable and memorable than previous efforts. Maybe it's a rare personal opinion, but 2006's A Single Unifying Theory seemed to blow by without an.
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On Patron Saint of Disappointment, Long Island's Small Arms Dealer manage to craft a pretty catchy, melodic punk rock affair that's considerably more enjoyable and memorable than previous efforts.

Maybe it's a rare personal opinion, but 2006's A Single Unifying Theory seemed to blow by without any discernably interesting moments. However, Disappointment does anything but, with some rousing vocals, energetic flow and diverse songs. The band still charismatically confide in the listener with some bruised, bitter narratives and self-deprecation, but they're simply made more stirring this time around by their surrounding chords. There's a lot of melodic punk anthems that cram the 13-song full-length, making it a pretty ideal fit in the No Idea catalog.

The record begins with a completely "Law & Order" style voiceover on "Fake Beard. Real Moustache" announcing "Previously, on Small Arms Dealer..." It's actually kind of funny, and when some guitar is softly strummed immediately after, it just works. That soft riff eventually erupts into a series of uplifting "whuh-uh-uh-oh"s. Other standouts include "Small Arms Dealer Makes Baby Jesus Cry" and "Oh, My Stars and Martyrs."

Patron Saint of Disappointment is by no means outstanding, but at least in this reviewer's view is a definite improvement. Small Arms Dealer have some captivating qualities -- maybe not enough to fill a 40-or-so-minute record, but they're definitely getting there.

"Whole Company's Countin' on Ya"
Fake Beard. Real Moustache [clip]
Who Farted? [clip]
Small Arms Dealer Makes Baby Jesus Cry [clip]
Poltergeist! Poltergeist! [clip]

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notfeelingcreative (September 30, 2007)

Ok, so we've established that this record is, indeed, an 8.

AlmostPunkENough (September 30, 2007)

meant to rate it an 8 damnit.

AlmostPunkENough (September 30, 2007)

pretty underrated in my opinion actually. definitley a solid album start to finish.

donfeo (September 29, 2007)

I think both albums are pretty phenomenal.

Maybe I'm just a sucker (but I don't think so).

sickboi (September 28, 2007)

I really dig this album, it's in my top 20 of the year so far...

-chris

HurricaneAwesome (September 28, 2007)

Fuck, I meant to rate this thing an 8.

HurricaneAwesome (September 28, 2007)

A friend of mine who is friends with the band gave me a burned copy back in April and I've been listening to it ever since. Great record IMO. Although my copy doesn't have the intro thats mentioned in the review. I think I'm going to have to buy the finalized version.

notfeelingcreative (September 28, 2007)

I actually think this is a great album, but I agree with the comment of the crappy cardboard slip case.

scully (September 28, 2007)

Agree with this review, better than the first one but still not that special. On a side note I ordered from Deep Elm and the CD comes in a cardboard slip case. How cheap is that? Deep Elm's really gone down hill.

tylerdurden8136 (September 28, 2007)

Oh man, I loved a Single Unifying Theory, had no idea this was coming out.

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