Rufio - The Loneliest (Cover Artwork)


Rufio: The LoneliestThe Loneliest (2010)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: thirtysecondsthirtyseconds
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To be honest, I wasn't that arsed when Rufio split back in 2007, as much as I loved 2003's MCMLXXXV and 2001's Perhaps, I Suppose...; 2005'sThe Comfort of Home was a large portion of bollock gravy. You could say that I had outgrown them, or you could say that they had just lost it. You would more th.

To be honest, I wasn't that arsed when Rufio split back in 2007, as much as I loved 2003's MCMLXXXV and 2001's Perhaps, I Suppose...; 2005'sThe Comfort of Home was a large portion of bollock gravy. You could say that I had outgrown them, or you could say that they had just lost it. You would more than likely say, either way, that Rufio are just...shit. I must admit, I was not the only one surprised to see them reunite, albeit with a different lineup.

Colour me extremely surprised then, when I found myself bouncing around the room like it was 2001 all over again upon hearing the first track, "All That Lasts," from the reunited band's new EP. Whilst it may lack the technical riffs that first endeared me to the band, it's got all the speed, more than all of the feeling of earlier material, and with enough sugar to make it dangerous to diabetics. Plus, Scott's voice is better than it's ever been. [Think late '90s Lagwagon, or the early '00s poppy skatepunk revival of Slick Shoes - RIYL ed.]. I can safely say that it would be a certainty for my year-end mixtape, if I actually made one.

The Loneliest is fleshed out with another three tracks -- the title track and acoustic versions of the first two songs. The aforementioned track is more like the recent Rufio material, in that it's slower and more a standard pop-punk cheesefest. It's also more like recent Rufio material in that it's not as good (as the first track). Fans are sure to enjoy it though, I'm sure. As for the acoustic tracks, they rank the same as the full-band ones, and aren't as good either. Still, worth a listen.

As an EP, The Loneliest is not worth writing home over or telling all your friends about. What it does do, however, is get fans of the band rather excited over the prospect of an album later this year.


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hashbrowns (February 4, 2010)

yea. comfort of home was one of those albums that you listen to because you keep hoping it will start sounding good, but it never does.

TheChemist (January 29, 2010)

What the fuck? Out Of Control is easily one of the worst pop punk songs I've ever heard. That album as a whole was one of the worst pop punk albums I've ever heard.

thirtyseconds (January 29, 2010)

Wentz: It wasn't at first, but these days I would like to think it was, as that album rules.

gnardo (January 28, 2010)

"Out of Control" is one of the best pop-punk songs I've ever heard.

facetofacereunion08 (January 27, 2010)

i agree with the NUFAN comment. which is ironic bc when they broke up they dropped off tour they were on with no use

hashbrowns (January 26, 2010)

Oh. Yea I asked dave about it last year. I think he engineered the whole album back in the day. I can believe that he might have done more guitars on but rufio has always been pretty proficient with technical guitar playing. I didn't dig the comfort of home but everything else they've done is awesome. And after a few listens to all that lasts, it differentiates itself. I think the similarities with nufan come from the new drummer.

LooseKanonYankee (January 26, 2010)

no use for a name needs to get their song back from rufio
am I alone in thinking that first jam sounds just like no use?

TheChemist (January 26, 2010)

Oh and right on about the vocals. Perfect mix of Perhaps and 1985.

ReedAreTheUnion (January 26, 2010)

Both songs rule. I absolutely can't wait for the full record.

TheChemist (January 26, 2010)

1985 was NOT a drop off as far as guitars go. A lot of the same style of riffs(just going all over the first 5 scale degrees) were there. And did you not listen to Science Fiction? We Exist? Pirate? Or the solo in Decency? All great guitar moments. But as far as Scott's voice and the overall song writing, it was kind of a drop off. Still really enjoyed it though.

wallofyouth (January 26, 2010)

never liked this band but saw em open for a number of my favorites back in the day...speaking of the old days: thirtyseconds, is that a missing 23rd reference by chance?

welcome_to_1984 (January 26, 2010)

Oh man I can't remember, this was something like 2001. One of the engineers told me when we were recording there. Obviously take it for what it's worth but I thought there was quite a drop off on the guitars from the first album.

hashbrowns (January 26, 2010)

Dave told me that he only played the solo on the last track "the wrath" which was kind of a joke track in the first place. Who told you that he wrote all of their riffs?

Jelone (January 26, 2010)

This band was my jam in high school. Felt the same way about the last album, but I'll still check this out.

Cos (January 26, 2010)

Didn't know these guys even officially broke up... just thought they faded away and no one cared.

thirtyseconds (January 26, 2010)

Nice editing Brian - I did rush it so I could get the fuck on the Hoegaarden. Cheers.

welcome_to_1984 (January 26, 2010)

They didn't even write their own riffs on the first album. The engineer at Love Juice wrote em.

TheChemist (January 26, 2010)

Wait WHAT? When did this happen? I loved this band when I was 14. How come I never heard any news of this?

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