Various - Punk Goes Pop 2 (Cover Artwork)


Various: Punk Goes Pop 2Punk Goes Pop 2 (2009)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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The determining factors in what consitutues a "good cover" are rather subjective. However, Punk Goes Pop 2 helps prove that there can be pretty concrete evidence of just what consitutes a "bad cover," that is, if you don't slam your head into concrete halfway through this shitfest. For someone li.
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The determining factors in what consitutues a "good cover" are rather subjective. However, Punk Goes Pop 2 helps prove that there can be pretty concrete evidence of just what consitutes a "bad cover," that is, if you don't slam your head into concrete halfway through this shitfest.

For someone like Alesana, is playing Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around..." in their laughably awful nĂ¼-screamo style going over the top, or just par for their well-worn course? Either way, this terrible opener is appropriate, because the vast majority of Punk Goes Pop 2 is a friggin' abomination that begs this philosophical question over and over.

Another confounding thing is how serious just about every one of these covers is performed. Shouldn't there be just a little bit of irony here? If the notion of "punk" was to rebel against "pop," shouldn't these bands sound a little snide the way they're going about these songs? It's simultaneously hysterical and just fucking frightening how straight-faced August Burns Red sound when they roar through a metalcore rendition of "...Baby One More Time." It's almost a highlight just for this duality.

A Day to Remember doing the Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)" would sound like Panic at the Disco trying to sell out if not for (A) silly double-bass, the (B) ill-advised "RARRR!" in the background that helps the band transition to the chorus and (C) Cookie Monster's intermittent guest vocals. Escape the Fate adopt a bit of their `80s metal fantasies to Santana / Rob Thomas's "Smooth"...wonderful. There for Tomorrow try their hand at Omarion's "Ice Box"; Warped Tour side-stage bands singing R&B vocal melodies...yep, that's what I'm in the mood for.

The few redeeming moments come from Silverstein, Bayside and Chiodos. Silverstein actually do fine by One Republic's "Apologize," with the chorus offered smoothly, and Bayside's "Beautiful Girls" (Sean Kingston) sounds like, well, an old Bayside song -- even lyrically, you know? ("You're way too beautiful, girl / That's why you have me suicidial"). Even though Craig Owens sounds like a weak Daryl Palumbo for most of Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta," Chiodos do it surprisingly well enough...until that god-awful bridge, where Owens suddenly thinks he's Thom Yorke one second and the next the band are dipping into their crappy sassy/screaming style that plagues their original material.

Please. No more. Think of the children. Oh, wait...no! Don't think of the children! Goddamnit.

Silverstein - Apologize (One Republic)
Mayday Parade - When I Grow Up (Pussycat Dolls)
A Day to Remember - Over My Head (Cable Car) (The Fray)
The Cab - Disturbia (Rihanna)
A Static Lullaby - Toxic (Britney Spears)
Attack! Attack! - I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry)


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rob25 (May 18, 2009)

Pretty sure Punk went Pop a long time ago. No need to exploit it even further.

reduced2teeth (May 18, 2009)

Shouldn't this be called pop stays pop 2? Ziiiiiiiiiiing!

mrfunktion (May 16, 2009)

uh, four year strong? the best song on the album without a doubt.

inagreendase (May 16, 2009)

Jeff, it still happens around here. Crime in Stereo, Paint It Black and Ceremony are playing a Moose Lodge in June.

TahoeJeff (May 16, 2009)

Chad, You say that like kids still know how to put on VFW shows .

polaris (May 15, 2009)

Score is for using "begs the question" correctly.

Chadreligion (May 15, 2009)

I see a bunch of okie and podunk townie kids listening to this on the way to a VFW Hall show in the middle of Illinois to see Kris Roe try and revive his teen years.

preston (May 15, 2009)

I think everyone is shocked that this didn't get a good review.

kevinh (May 15, 2009)

I don't consider any band that participated in this compilation to be even remotely punk.

jacobtheserf (May 15, 2009)

Raises the philosophical question, not "begs." Begging the question is something else entirely.

...I'm fighting a losing battle on this one.

spacemanspliff (May 15, 2009)

It says a lot that I would rather listen to the original pop songs than 90% of these bands' original material.

Dante3000 (May 15, 2009)

I like when a staff writer has a chance to unabashedly pan an album. It's good to see them have some fun and not worry about objectivity or professionalism. This is not an album that deserves either.

scruffy (May 15, 2009)

In the name of all that is holy, it's worse than I could have conceived. Why did it even get 1.5 stars?

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