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Lucky Boys Confusion

Lucky Boys Confusion: Closing ArgumentsClosing Arguments (2009)
Townstyle Music

Reviewer Rating: 2

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When Lucky Boys Confusion debuted with 1998's Growing Out of It, they were able to achieve some level of notability riding the dwindling popularity of third wave ska-punk. While their mixture of pop-punk, hip-hop and ska upstrokes did come off as kind of trend-hopping, it was hard to deny that they .
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When Lucky Boys Confusion debuted with 1998's Growing Out of It, they were able to achieve some level of notability riding the dwindling popularity of third wave ska-punk. While their mixture of pop-punk, hip-hop and ska upstrokes did come off as kind of trend-hopping, it was hard to deny that they could write a good pop tune. Several albums later and the band went into a semi-hiatus but soon announced they were going to be releasing a new album, the fittingly titled Closing Arguments. It was somewhat misleading, though, as this is more of a compilation of demos, B-sides and versions of songs from other projects.

The one completely new tune, "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us," chosen to usher in the collection, is a great hooky pop-rock song anchored by a layer of acoustic guitar. The lyrics about leaving behind a town and life that has become stagnant, exemplified by the big chorus of:

I'll drive tonight
Even the sleepless sleep sometimes
Close your eyes tight
I'll drive tonight
We can leave anytime we want to
We can leave anytime we want to"
is some the catchiest stuff this side of Kris Roe's hairline, as the pleading inflection of vocalist Kaustubh Pandav shows his knack for winning melodies that hasn't changed. Sadly, this highlight seems to serve to emphasize how the rest of the album is made up of leftover ideas, as the big buildups and anthemic choruses on songs like "Hedonist II" and "Paint," for all their enthusiasm, end up being pretty forgettable. The only other song that really recaptures the catchiness of "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" is the song directly following it, "Biggest Mistake," which originally appeared on Pandav's side project Shock Star's EP, Feel for a Heartbeat. This creates a top-heavy flow to the album and really only makes the listener want to repeat the opening punch, because even though the following "18 Years" is one of the better songs on the album, it fails as a followup to those two.

Since LBC always had a mix of genres going on, it seems like a shame that a number of their songs here use too many different parts in a single song; as soon as a sense of comfort in a progression or melody sets in, they move on to something else. "Sidewalk Graves" is the biggest victim of these jarring transitions, as it changes from a verse with light reggae pop tinges into a chorus that reflects `70s arena rock, then to a rockabilly bounce and back with nothing ever really lasting long enough to stick. A little variety is praiseworthy, as most pop-rock bands use the same verse-chorus-verse formula over and over. Yet, the times when it works, such as "Shoulda Been Me" with its 1950s girl group arrangement and backup vocals, are overshadowed by the more obvious moments of confusing transitions.

If Closing Arguments is indeed Lucky Boys Confusion's final chapter in their recording catalogue, it is mostly a disappointment as "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" shows they still have what it takes to write a good pop song. This is only recommended for completists and long-time fans.


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tonyhoag (August 26, 2009)

the beginning of 18 Years sounds like a third eye blind song. just sayin.

ilovelamp (August 12, 2009)

The singer's a complete doucher. Fuck this band.

paulrulzdood (August 12, 2009)

I agree with the review for the most part. First, let me go on record by stating that I was a huge LBC fan from 2003-2006. I think "throwing the game" and "commitment" are hugely underrated and overlooked albums. They contain awesoem pop-punk tunes, but it is LBC's mastery of other forms of music and the fact that they are more accomplished and mature musiciains than most pop-punk bands that set them apart from the pack. Throwing in reggae, calypso, hip-hop, alternative rock, folk, etc. to their pop-punk mix to create something pretty unique and memorable. Stuby's voice is also a highlight of the band as it is both unique and powerful and their live show is/was something special, despite only playing to a few hundred people (other than their Chicago-area shows).

This album though is a disspointment. First, the songs lack the polish and production quality that "throwing the game" and "commitment" had, there was obviously no major-label studio budget or producer behind the boards for this effort, so right off the bat, the album suffers in terms of sonic appeal and quality.

Secondly, the songs just aren't as good. There's waay too much sappy-pappy ballads and softer mellow songs on here and a severe lack of upbeat catchy pop-punk that was thier staple on previous releases. so, the low-fi demo production coupled with softer songs that feel like leftovers just makes the album unappealing overall and forgettable. certainly their weakest release to date.

westfield_east (August 12, 2009)

man, i really fucking enjoyed this record. while some songs are pretty forgettable, like with other LBC releases, it's the songs like 'this town' or 'blood drops' that really make this album, in my eyes, a great one. it'll be sad to see them go.

Chadreligion (August 12, 2009)

crappy band, but they have the weirdest set of members that look like they would never be in a band together
It's like a hippie, a nu-metal kid, a pop-mallpunker, and a foreign exchange student from Kuwait

punk_rawk_show (August 11, 2009)

Awesome band,albums not that flash though.

And yes this is their last album

bxbomber (August 11, 2009)

DOes this band ever tour? not that I would go see them its just they have been around for a long time and Ive never seen them open for anybody or even play the warped tour.

Hey_Asshole (August 11, 2009)

fuck this band.

but, i expect nothing good to come out of the Naperville/Downers Grove area. there are a lot of great bands from out here in the western Chicago suburbs, but shit like this just ruins it

steveman (August 11, 2009)

Please tell me that the album name implies that this is their last effort.

red_eye_inc (August 11, 2009)

I'd like to take a stand any deny that Lucky Boys Confusion can write a good pop tune

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