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Against Me! - Crime as Forgiven By (Cover Artwork)

Against Me!

Against Me!: Crime as Forgiven ByCrime as Forgiven By (2001)
Plan-It-X Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: ashtraymonumentashtraymonument
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Huh, I never realized that this was never reviewed. That's weird. Well, it's about time. I'm going to try and keep this focused on the album itself, and not on the current output of the band. I want to focus on the sheer awesomeness of this short six-song EP. I have to admit, I got on the AM! bandwa.
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Huh, I never realized that this was never reviewed. That's weird. Well, it's about time. I'm going to try and keep this focused on the album itself, and not on the current output of the band. I want to focus on the sheer awesomeness of this short six-song EP. I have to admit, I got on the AM! bandwagon a little late. I started with Eternal Cowboy and worked my way back. Then the day came when I got this bad boy at my local record store. I got home and put it in my stereo with only one working speaker and was blown away. I had already fell in love with this band, and this only furthered it.

The album starts out with "I Still Love You Julie" (1.0). This is an upbeat song that I've always interpreted as the mixed feelings of being at a punk show, whether that be good, bad, or both. I've always preferred this version of the song to the Axl Rose version. I think it works better as just guitar and drum.

Next is one my all-time favorites, "What We Worked For." Starting out slowly with heartfelt lyrics and working its way to the screams of "that we gave 'em hell!." This song still gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. The lyrics show Tom at his best songwriting, and I can always relate back to it.

"Ya'll Don't Wanna Step To Dis" starts out similarly to the previous track in starting out slowly and working its way up to a crescendo. This track is pure angry folk/punk fury. Easily the most politically charged song on the album.

Probably one of the best songs AM! ever wrote is "Walking Is Still Honest." Here we see the second version, this time with drums. Again, also reworked and sped up for Axl Rose. I can't find fault in this song. It has probably one of the best choruses in punk. I'd quote it, but you all know it.

"Impact" is essentially the closer, and watching We're Never Going Home, you see the way it was meant to be played: drunkenly, and with a bunch of friends screaming "IMPACT!" along with Tom. The hidden track "Burn" is also a fun, angry fast-paced song that is also politically charged. It has apparently been disowned by the band. Oh well.

This short EP will always be one of my favorites. It's a short burst of unbridled passion, and that's what punk should be about. Let the flaming commence.

 

 
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erff (January 22, 2008)

i saw them at the metro on thanksgiving when they played accoustic and it was awesome. they played everything off of crime except "burn". if only they played all of their shows like this and not at arenas with the foo fighters (not saying foo fighters is a bad band).

ThoughtRiotAF578 (November 21, 2007)

"For those that are true anarchists, believing in localized commune living, the absence of a monetary economy and the absence of state, AM! must truly sold their soul. you gotta see this from both sides i think."
I don't think they should feel betrayed, why do/did they feel the need to have a band that represented their values? It doesn't make sense that they care so much about what a band believes.

jacknife737 (November 19, 2007)

“ I just can't help but feeling really betrayed by this band thought their recent actions.”

Thanks for a good laugh, why the hell do you feel this way? The band doesn’t owe you ANYTHING, they made the record that Gabel and Co wanted to make, its fine that you didn’t like it, but to get upset just because a band you listen to signs to another label, is well, just down right silly.

And. To the poster of.. “that silly song with the emo chick”

Tegan Quinn > your existence

christian (November 18, 2007)

"I Still Love You Julie" is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Scruffy (November 18, 2007)

"Also, I'd rather listen to New Wave than Crime.

-Scott"

Big whoop. As The Eternal Cowboy and Searching For A Former Clarity blow both of them completely out of the water.

maverick (November 18, 2007)

The first thing I did when I opened this review was:

-CTRL F
-Find: colin
-Phrase not found!

I'm as shocked as anyone else.

Also, I'd rather listen to New Wave than Crime.

-Scott

INDW (November 17, 2007)

you need to realize that by 'anarchist' i mean someone who would wear and anarchist tee and be pretty pleased about flag burning. of course i don't think many 14 year olds have read Godwin or anything but then i think most people mature enough to read political texts are mature enough to know that anarchism is quite nice in theory but a bit crap in practice.

ashtraymonument (November 17, 2007)

what do you base that "most anarchists are 14 year olds anyways" on? i didn't even consider myself an anarchist until i was at least 17

INDW (November 17, 2007)

As for the debate beneath. I really don't think you can blame against me! for changing their views (although they have changed ALOT in a relatively short amount of time) but by the same token you can't blame fans for getting upset. Sure most 'anarchists' are 14 year olds with a gripe, but it is a legitimate philosophical and political standpoint. For those that are true anarchists, believing in localized commune living, the absence of a monetary economy and the absence of state, AM! must truly sold their soul. you gotta see this from both sides i think.

LetTheDayBegin (November 16, 2007)

This is a good release. Personally, New Wave got old real fast, but good songs nonetheless.

WilliamHowardTaft (November 16, 2007)

score is for dantes comment.

briennis (November 16, 2007)

Posted by Dante3000 on 2007-11-16 12:24:22
If this record was as good as you're saying why didn't Sire release IT instead of New Wave?
-Dante

... what?

jakethelifeguard (November 16, 2007)

despite the mediocrity of the rest of the album i though that animal and the ocean were great tracks, and though a different direction, a step forward for AM!

names (November 16, 2007)

to red_eye_inc.: thank you for the approval and kind words on my review. It was my first and i appreciated the comment (for any record. i'm not saying the new record is bad, it just sucks when artists don't seem to try, but maybe i was being too harsh...)

ashtraymonument (November 16, 2007)

for the record, i happen to like the tegan song

ben_conoley (November 16, 2007)

If this record was as good as you're saying why didn't Sire release IT instead of New Wave?
-Dante

Hahahaha

And Brian's right, you bash either one of the Quinn sisters, you're crusin' for a bruisin'

sugarfull (November 16, 2007)

can someone explain to me what "folk-punk" is?

red_eye_inc (November 16, 2007)

"To the first comment on this review:

Everything by them is great, except New Wave, but including the early acoustic shit. Are you kidding me? The first demo and Vivada-Vis are 15 tracks of gold. But the acoustic show on Thursday will fucking kill. Dont know if i'm going to the Wednesday one though"

Dear "names": you are correct, the acoustic show will indeed kill. I'm going to both, what a week it will be. Chicago fucking rules sometimes.

fallingupwards84 (November 16, 2007)

i'm not arguing that their new stuff is good... i think New Wave is really bland, and Searching was even worse. this EP, RAR, and Eternal Cowboy are fantastic and the band's best work.

i just kind of feel for the band though that they are expected to hold true to some impractical ideology that they held when they were just kids. i understand your argument that the band was based on that -- maybe they should have just quit Against Me and started another project that was less political. but i dont blame them for changing their minds about anarchy.... its what happens when you get older and experience shit

inagreendase (November 16, 2007)

that silly song with the emo chick

Whoa whoa whoa, you will never speak bad of Tegan Quin again.

thinkcrime (November 16, 2007)

"or they just altered their opinion from when they were idealistic anarchist teenagers. God forbid. i'm sure you've never done that."

Oh, I have totally done that before, but the difference is I didn't assert myself and or my band at the forefront of entire subculture, preaching anarchy and other anti-establishment conjecture and built a career off of it and then say, "oh yeh, I was just kidding/I that stuff is so juvenile".

Again, their choice to sign to a major was kinda of a stick in the eye to most of their fans, I held out faith that it would be another great album, but it wasn't...it was butch vig and the band doing the best to sound like all the other shit on the radio.

I'm not trying to sway anyone into thinking the way i do, I'm just sharing thoughts and ideas, because honestly everything up to and including searching... was amazing and I loved all of it. I just can't help but feeling really betrayed by this band thought their recent actions.

Dante3000 (November 16, 2007)

If this record was as good as you're saying why didn't Sire release IT instead of New Wave?
-Dante

briennis (November 16, 2007)

I'm gonna sound like a typical angry ex-fanboy;

Love this record, but its potential influence and insipration have been completely diminished not only by the band's present reality but also by the scores of imitators.

ChodaBoy (November 16, 2007)

I heard somewhere that it was one of the first songs Tom wrote. Then, later on, he just became disenchanted with the meaning of the song, so he does not play it anymore.

ashtraymonument (November 16, 2007)

i dunno, Tom said something in an interview once.

MikeStupid (November 16, 2007)

Definitely their best release, and one of the best things I own. Every song is absolutely perfect.

When/why did they disown "Burn?" That song rules.

fallingupwards84 (November 16, 2007)

it really has ruined this "ep" for me because you look at what the band is doing today and you see that every idea being conveyed through this release, is now and probably was a lie.

or they just altered their opinion from when they were idealistic anarchist teenagers. God forbid. i'm sure you've never done that.

Jesus_H_Christ (November 16, 2007)

This EP, in my opinion, is the culmination of all their pre-full length work. Though "Walking..." is much better as an electric song on "Reiniventing Axl Rose".

A side note, they played "Impact!" at the their recent Richmond show. Ahh, this band is fucking brilliant.

-tom

GlassPipeMurder (November 16, 2007)

anybody know whatever happened with that whole "smashing heads into coffee table" thing? was there a court date, conviction, or what? or did he just have to spend the night in jail and that was it?

names (November 16, 2007)

To the first comment on this review:

Everything by them is great, except New Wave, but including the early acoustic shit. Are you kidding me? The first demo and Vivada-Vis are 15 tracks of gold. But the acoustic show on Thursday will fucking kill. Dont know if i'm going to the Wednesday one though.

groupie_love (November 16, 2007)

those were the days...

SumWon (November 16, 2007)

I bought this back when I was a huge Operation: Cliff Clavin fan and it did very little for me. I thought the same thing I think when I hear any Against Me album: Hey, this first song is pretty cool, but wait... is he gonna stop screaming any time soon?

MattyG (November 16, 2007)

have they really disowned "Burn"? I know they don't play this stuff often (and by often, i mean very, very rarely) but when I saw 'em a few months back they played "Impact"... shame, cause its such a good song. To think we have to listen to "Stop!" or that silly song with the emo chick instead of "For What we Worked"...

freesandwich (November 16, 2007)

Smashing

thinkcrime (November 16, 2007)

I totally agree with your review and I think that everything you are saying holds water. it really has ruined this "ep" for me because you look at what the band is doing today and you see that every idea being conveyed through this release, is now and probably was a lie. Great Review because this is prolly one of the best folk punk, whatever you wanna call it, released in the last 10 years. great review though!

telegraphrocks (November 16, 2007)

Everything Against Me! does rules, from Crime to New Wave.

Pre-Crime... meh.

The acoustic show this Thursday should be great.

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