Face  to Face - Ignorance is Bliss (Cover Artwork)

Face to Face

Face to Face: Ignorance is BlissIgnorance is Bliss (1999)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: rest_easyBrian Edwards
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Occasionally a band will attemp to capture it's audience with a repeat of it's previous success. Occasionally, this will calm the self-declared "followers" of the band. "they haven't sold out, they haven't gone soft, they haven't changed..." can be heard being whispered as they walk from the cd pl.
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Occasionally a band will attemp to capture it's audience with a repeat of it's previous success. Occasionally, this will calm the self-declared "followers" of the band. "they haven't sold out, they haven't gone soft, they haven't changed..." can be heard being whispered as they walk from the cd player. It is those people that this album was titled for. Ignorance is Bliss ain't it?

Music is all about the change. It's the anticipation for the following note, or riff, that brings you to the edge. It's the truth of the lyrics and the emotion associated with the lyricists. A true song combines the elements of emotion and truth, and attempts to capture them with instruments so when played simultaneuosly one can hear the harmony.

Harmonically, this is a great album. This is more than great. I give it the highest rating. I can listen to this over and over just like their self-title. Maybe next time, lost, nearly immpossible, prodigal, burden, etc. All are masterpieces that I think the band knew would be ignored. The change is incredible, the lyrics are truthful and heartfelt, the emotion jumps and those who can't handle it call it soft or insult the band with the label sellout. As I asked before, Ignorance is Bliss, ain't it....?


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Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (September 2, 2002)

This album's awesome in my opinion.. i love the way it all fits together as a whole, and all you should try and understand some people'll like it and some won't.. different tastes so quit cussing each other out.

Anonymous (January 21, 2002)

ok fannybaws i'll sort this argument out. Best album is Ignorance is Bliss, then Don't Turn Away then s/t. IIB is their best because it shows true diversity, when they knew everyone who likes 'punk' music would hate it. Do you think Pennywise would put out an album this bold.
Anyway in the end the musics good and thats all that matters.

Anonymous (January 21, 2002)

you wanna know why they dont play it live? because 99% of you wouldnt get it because you cant run around in circles to it.

this album was so far ahead of its time. fuck, all you clowns who think Jimmy Eat World is ground breaking probably hate this record.

anyway, even if it was an experiment, f2f showed that they are, and always will be in a class by themselves. think youre beloved Pennywise would ever make a record this brave?

Victory Garden??? you fucking imbecile , if you are going to talk shit at least get the name right.

Anonymous (January 18, 2002)

This album just bores me. If this was their first album, I would have never gotten into them. I would have written them off as another boring "Hard Rock Band." Granted, I probably wouldn't hate the album quite as much, because I wouldn't have known that they can do so much better. I recall seeing them a month before their "reactionary album came out. How many songs did they play from this piece of shit? none. The next time I saw them, they played 1. They apparently know that its a shitty album, why can't other people realize? I'll give them credit though. This album doesn't piss me off nearly as much as that covers album. That was the most offensive piece of shit I've ever heard.

Anonymous (January 18, 2002)

yeah maybe this isn`t face to face`s best effort, but it`s still nice piece of music.as a matter of fact it`s good as fuck.

Anonymous (January 17, 2002)

Well little kids....aside from all this bickering I like the record! booya

theboywhocriedangel (January 16, 2002)


baldsteve (January 16, 2002)

oh... so captain anonymous wants to be grown up now. OK, here goes, I through the Victory Garden shit in for laughs. The real root of the problem was me arguing about you saying that they are "true punks" when they are anything but. What exactly is "punk" about fucking over your friends to benefit yourself? That isn't a skeleton hiding in the closet, that's just a really shitty group of people. There's nothing to argue about with that fact. There is no possible redemption for that, it wasn't poor judgement, it wasn't being in some goofy band, it was fucking over somebody that thought enough about your band to put out your record.

OK? Satisfied?


Anonymous (January 16, 2002)

I asked you about your skeletons, ass bag....real grown up by the way.

baldsteve (January 16, 2002)

Up yours ass bag. I said NOTHING about what is and isn't punk, you started that bullshit. But even in all my years, "punk rock" has never been fucking over your friends and stealing.

or am I reading from a different "rule book".

fuck off, i was just saying they suck, they do. (as people, i could give a shit about the band) the end.

Anonymous (January 16, 2002)

Oh sorry punkerthanthou baldsteve, I guess I forgot to read your"what is punk" before I made my comments.Get a life.Face to Face may have a few skeletons in their closet.............
dont you?.

baldsteve (January 16, 2002)

"real punks"

HA! these guys are jokes, they completely screwed Dr. Strange by taking a record HE paid for and put out on his label and took it away from him to go to FAT.

These guys were in a frat boy hair metal band called Victory Garden years back.

True punks indeed. blah

Anonymous (January 15, 2002)

if this was face to face's first album and it was released in 2001 then i bet all the haters out there would like it.

because its bonza as!

Anonymous (January 15, 2002)

Don't turn away was the best, This album seemed kind of half assed to me.

Anonymous (January 15, 2002)

This album is horrible, if you want to hear real face to face get "Don't Turn Away" or my personal favorite "Big Choice."

Anonymous (January 15, 2002)

Its Face to Face,True Punks,Enough said

Anonymous (January 14, 2002)

Good album, I like it a lot, but years ahead of its time?

Anonymous (January 14, 2002)

This is my favourite face to face record ever. It was definitely a few years ahead of it's time, and it's a bloody shame they refuse to play any of it live...

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