Punknews.org
Bracket - Novelty Forever (Cover Artwork)

Bracket

Bracket: Novelty ForeverNovelty Forever (1997)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: fatpunkguyfatpunkguy
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Bracket have always been underdogs. Even after signing to Fat Wreck Chords, the band still didn't get the recognition they deserved. They tend to be polarizing, as some people just can't stand Marty's voice. However, in the case of Novelty Forever it is the vocals which absolutely make this album wo.
iTunes StoreAmazon


Bracket have always been underdogs. Even after signing to Fat Wreck Chords, the band still didn't get the recognition they deserved. They tend to be polarizing, as some people just can't stand Marty's voice. However, in the case of Novelty Forever it is the vocals which absolutely make this album work so well.

Bracket stays away from tried-and-true chord progressions on Novelty Forever in favor of some more unusual progressions. The song structures are simple, but the chord progressions keep them interesting. The thing that really stands out is when they take these interesting chord progressions--which aren't as instantly gratifying as a lot of pop-punk bands--and they put a vocal harmony over it that makes it instantly gratifying.

The vocals on this album are harmonized completely, which really helps the band's overall sound regardless of what chord progressions they use. It's just that Marty sounds a lot more interesting when he harmonizes; when he's not he can be a bit bland.

This record is definitely top-heavy, as if the band ran out of interesting ideas after they wrote half the record. The music is simple, but they play some great guitar solos on this record. The drums and bass do their job but nothing they do really stands out.

Bottom line is that this is one of the best Bracket records, and though I've always found it questionable to call them a punk band, this is an excellent power-pop record worth checking out.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Bad Religion - The Dissent of ManNOFX - The DeclineLagwagon - HossBad Religion - SufferAlkaline Trio - This AddictionDescendents - Milo Goes To CollegeNOFX - Punk In DrublicAlkaline Trio - Broken Wing [EP]Strung Out - Suburban Teenage Wasteland BluesThe Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
davebrave4 (May 10, 2010)

How many times can you write chord progressions in one review? Do you even know what that means?

andrethegiant (May 9, 2010)

i love this record! i always thought this band deserved more recognition. i really like the production on this one, as well as a lot of the other fat records that were coming out at the time (double plaidinum, heavy petting zoo, have a ball) where the guitar is super fuzzy and bass-heavy.

FaithIsForFools (May 8, 2010)

One of the worst bands ever on Fat.

Sliced-T (May 8, 2010)

To me Bracket always had these songs on comps that would stand out as really unique and fun, but a full album of their songs were boring and indecipherable. Except for Requiem. That album is fantastic from start to finish.

wallofyouth (May 6, 2010)

man i was gonna buy this for $5 when fat had that sale but baldsteve told me not to, is he bastard_squad now? fuck that guy either way

P-ROG (May 6, 2010)

Bracket is great!! It seems like they are an awsome "opening" band, and maybe couldn't get past that mode for some reason. Whatever it is, they give me a very "highschool pep rally" kind of feel. I like to think of them as punk, b/c they hang in a certain realm that a lot of other bands don't touch or even want to touch. I must admit, I have to be in a certain mood to really "listen" to bracket.

punker001 (May 6, 2010)

Great band!!! love every album. Hopefully get another album one day too! And i really don't know how anyone could not like his voice.

NewKid (May 5, 2010)

My bad, Scott Heisel.

NewKid (May 5, 2010)

Somewhere Scot Hiesel says no care evah!

alesserknowncharacter (May 5, 2010)

progressions

branden (May 5, 2010)

this album is pretty good, but bracket can be pretty hit or miss... mainly with the old stuff. requiem was a very good album though.

kylewagoner (May 5, 2010)

Love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE Bracket and everything they've ever done.

R3vengeTherapy (May 5, 2010)

I completely agree that Bracket is underrated, but I was disappointed with Requiem. The insane harmonizing almost creeps me out.

But this is classic Bracket. This record has some flat-out fantastic tracks, but "Sour" remains the best even after all these years of listening to it. Love that guitar solo.

Their Live In a Dive is one of my favorite live albums, mostly because they change some things up while playing the songs. "2RAK005" is fantastic in its original incarnation, but the fact that they slow it down quite a bit and make it just as good (maybe better?) is still amazing to me.

pinkerton (May 5, 2010)

everyone check out this band!

its really fucked up that fat mike wouldn't put out requiem.

hey_sailor (May 5, 2010)

Requiem was awesome.

slymer (May 5, 2010)

I love 924 Forestville St, but they kinda went downhill after that.

bastard_squad (May 5, 2010)

I'm one of the people that could never stand his voice.

pricey123 (May 5, 2010)

its about time bracket got some praise around here.

favourite tracks off this album are Optimist and Sour. my least favourite bracket disc (4-wheel vibe and requiem are my best).

Requiem is a really good album after a few listens, they should do another release

sailin_on (May 5, 2010)

Gotta love RAK 005

Contests

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go