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The Bomb: Speed Is EverythingSpeed Is Everything (2009)
No Idea Records

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Like Stay What You Are and Career Suicide, the Bomb's Speed Is Everything carries kind of a misnomer with its title. Though the band's been noted for reprising Naked Raygun frontman Jeff Pezzati in a (somewhat) newer role, it's also been cited as playing less hardcore-influenced than NR's most speed.
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Like Stay What You Are and Career Suicide, the Bomb's Speed Is Everything carries kind of a misnomer with its title. Though the band's been noted for reprising Naked Raygun frontman Jeff Pezzati in a (somewhat) newer role, it's also been cited as playing less hardcore-influenced than NR's most speedy years but more punchy than their power-pop period. And the newest full-length, Speed Is Everything affirms it just a little bit more.

Speed unabashedly nods to D.C./west coast pop-punk but with a pretty mature slant, kinda like the later and slower, more reflective Dag Nasty stuff with some Hüsker Dü mixed in. Pezzati could actually use a little more 'umph' to his voice when he's shouting that hook in opener "The Kids" to match the urgency at hand, but it's a solid, catchy joint all the same, and the same can largely be said for the whole of the album. Despite the incredible deliberateness of the backing "ahh"s in "Not Christmas Night," Pezzati sounds a little more spontaneous at points and the rising, mid-tempo emotional take-out is cleansing and well-done.

Bob Nanna does some subtle guest vocals on the wandering, slower "Space Age Love Song," and you wish he played a greater role in the song; the song's Edge-like guitars are a little weird, but not too out there. The song's no "A Dozen Roses," though. One of the fastest tracks on the album, "Integrity" quickly follows, giving a serious and sudden dynamic, especially with Dan Yemin helping out with some intense title shouts (returning the favor for Pezzati appearing on Paint It Black's New Lexicon). While every song isn't a hit, the second half doesn't lag too much, which is nice. The feeling is easy to resonate with in "A Song for the Helenas," while "Spaceman" wields another bona fide hook.

There's some joke here to be made about watching the lit fuse attentively but never witnessing the actual explosion. Instead, let's say Speed Is Everything is another well-rounded and solid effort from the Bomb.

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fishnchips (October 19, 2009)

so-so album. Seemed bland to me. It was cool to hear Bob Nanna tho.

JerryCola (October 18, 2009)

This album is def in my top 10 of 2009, so good.

____Win_Win_Situation____ (October 17, 2009)

the cover is too positive

detachedretina (October 17, 2009)

Career Suicide was career suicide.

llmp (October 17, 2009)

I feel like I should like this....I just don't.

xshoutoutx (October 17, 2009)

Fab!

SmallYellowChair (October 17, 2009)

One of the best records of the year so far!

boxcar (October 16, 2009)

Might wanna add that "Space Age Love Song" is a cover, hence the guitar sound. Fits in quite well with the record though!

The album has an overall good vibe and - like the review mentioned - especially the 2nd half is really the bomb (hoho)!!!

And here's the original by A Flock of Seagulls, the haircuts alone are worth watching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHjtij5vZfA&feature=r elated

trix4kids (October 16, 2009)

a great band...with an extremely generic name.

14theroad (October 16, 2009)

I like this record a lot.

mattramone (October 16, 2009)

Top five material fo' sho.

nocigar (October 16, 2009)

very, very good stuff.

mikexdude (October 16, 2009)

One of my favorites of the year.

MN_DrNick (October 16, 2009)

I really liked it.

friokir (October 16, 2009)

score is for "timing is everything".

Make_Way (October 16, 2009)

oooh, a Bob Nanna guest vocal appearance, and (judging from the first comment) J. Robbins producing? Sounds interesting...I may have to check this out at some point.

notfeelingcreative (October 16, 2009)

Decent stuff, I find it weird that almost everything J. Robbins has a hand in has a Jawbox feel to it.

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