Against Me! - Crime as Forgiven By (Cover Artwork)

Against Me!

Crime as Forgiven By (2001)

Plan-It-X / Sabot

Huh, I never realized that this was never reviewed. That's weird. Well, it's about time. I'm going to try and keep this focused on the album itself, and not on the current output of the band. I want to focus on the sheer awesomeness of this short six-song EP. I have to admit, I got on the AM! bandwagon a little late. I started with Eternal Cowboy and worked my way back. Then the day came when I got this bad boy at my local record store. I got home and put it in my stereo with only one working speaker and was blown away. I had already fell in love with this band, and this only furthered it.

The album starts out with "I Still Love You Julie" (1.0). This is an upbeat song that I've always interpreted as the mixed feelings of being at a punk show, whether that be good, bad, or both. I've always preferred this version of the song to the Axl Rose version. I think it works better as just guitar and drum.

Next is one my all-time favorites, "What We Worked For." Starting out slowly with heartfelt lyrics and working its way to the screams of "that we gave 'em hell!." This song still gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. The lyrics show Tom at his best songwriting, and I can always relate back to it.

"Ya'll Don't Wanna Step To Dis" starts out similarly to the previous track in starting out slowly and working its way up to a crescendo. This track is pure angry folk/punk fury. Easily the most politically charged song on the album.

Probably one of the best songs AM! ever wrote is "Walking Is Still Honest." Here we see the second version, this time with drums. Again, also reworked and sped up for Axl Rose. I can't find fault in this song. It has probably one of the best choruses in punk. I'd quote it, but you all know it.

"Impact" is essentially the closer, and watching We're Never Going Home, you see the way it was meant to be played: drunkenly, and with a bunch of friends screaming "IMPACT!" along with Tom. The hidden track "Burn" is also a fun, angry fast-paced song that is also politically charged. It has apparently been disowned by the band. Oh well.

This short EP will always be one of my favorites. It's a short burst of unbridled passion, and that's what punk should be about. Let the flaming commence.