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MxPx: On the Cover IIOn the Cover II (2009)
Tooth & Nail Records

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One would expect the cover album formula for pop-punk bands to be completely worn thin by now, which is why it's rather shocking that MxPx's On the Cover II, a full-length sequel to their 1995 EP of the same name, is enjoyable at all. But it is. Granted, that enjoyability is based on total subjectiv.
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One would expect the cover album formula for pop-punk bands to be completely worn thin by now, which is why it's rather shocking that MxPx's On the Cover II, a full-length sequel to their 1995 EP of the same name, is enjoyable at all. But it is. Granted, that enjoyability is based on total subjectivity. Do you enjoy a good handful of `80s alternative and mainstream punk singles? Then you'll probably enjoy this. If not, welp, you're shit out of luck.

After slamming through the Dead Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl" with just enough aplomb, things actually pick up for their take on U2's "I Will Follow." That opening lead riff is naturally sped-up and the band simply blast through a simple, stripped-down version of it (with those snappy chimes carefully placed in the background) and Herrera hastily shouting "walk away walk away / I will walk away walk away" without making it seem too forced. There's definitely no Angels and Airwaves-isms in this one.

Meanwhile, Descendents' "Suburban Home" is done totally competent, and the band decide to randomly place the chorus of "Surrender" within the Proclaimers' "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" -- it shouldn't work, but somehow, it does, and the flow isn't interrupted at all. It's snappy and quick.

The album's best impersonation probably lies in Ramones' "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)" -- Herrrera sounds more impassioned than most of MxPx's original songs, the echo on the vocals is actually replicated fairly well and the tambourine shakes are smart and subtle. It does help that this was probably one of the Ramones' more complex singles around that time (and that most bands choose "Blitzkrieg Bop" or something else when covering them live).

Despite a pretty dead-on cameo from Agent M for the sped-up "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (Belinda Carlisle), the second half isn't quite as creative or generally effective, but it bookends things well enough, with "Kids in America" (Kim Wilde) pretty punchy too.

On the Cover II is augmented by mildly humorous, impersonating promo shots of the Proclaimers, Ramones, U2 and others. Gotta include something in that booklet when you can't do lyrics, right? So, a nice contribution there.

MxPx's newer full-lengths have surprised fans by being surprisingly solid, so I guess it shouldn't be that outrageous that some admirable effort was put into other projects like this. Now let's just hope their next albm is an actual one and not another goddamn compilation.

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Punk Rock Girl
Suburban Home
(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles
Linda Linda (English)
medley of various songs

 

 
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RAMBUNCTIOID (May 15, 2009)

eh, they should have covered a different Dead Milkmen song. Or just not cover them at all. I prefer the latter

paulrulzdood (May 14, 2009)

i'm not digging this release. the Go Gos cover and the Poison cover are fun, the highlight is the Proclaimers cover but...covering punk songs like Ramones, Dead milkmen, Descendents and playing them virtually the same as the original versions seems pointless, so half the tracks feel pretty pointless and overall this album feels pointless unless you're a super hardcore mxpx or punk covers fan. i'd recommend most fans just cherry pick the covers they think they'll like the best of iTunes and forget buying the whole thing. kind of a let down.

spacemanspliff (May 13, 2009)

I love MXPX's old stuff, and I kinda dig this, though like the reviewer, I'm more interested in original material. Hope they get back to more punk-ish stuff next time.

Oh, and "who treats me oh so badly?"

thirtyseconds (May 13, 2009)

Why am I in love with a girl?

eazyd2 (May 13, 2009)

good fuckin shit

deadxlast (May 12, 2009)

Goddamnit *their*.

deadxlast (May 12, 2009)

I thought they're versions of Punk Rock Girl and Suburban Home were really good. Taking Back Sunday killed that song too.

Dante3000 (May 12, 2009)

The Descendents need to play a show for me and me only.

That would be way awkward. Especially when you started moshing.
-Dante

Deadpan (May 12, 2009)

"The Descendents need to play a show for me and me only."

Only if they've played a show for me first, dude.

The Suburban Home cover blows. About as bad as that Sublime cover of Hope.

martinNZ09 (May 12, 2009)

Scopre is for MxPx, after a small hiccup they are back on track

mikexdude (May 12, 2009)

The Descendents need to play a show for me and me only.

whoostin (May 12, 2009)

This shit sucks, Diesel Boy did a way better version of Punk Rock Girl and Taking Back Sunday did a way better version of Suburban Home even though Taking Back Sunday usually sucks.

aubin (May 12, 2009)

I really like their version of "Punk Rock Girl." I think they nailed what makes the original so special.

ffwoodycooks (May 12, 2009)

needs more country

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