Artist                           :   Rise Against

Genre                         :   Rock

Date Released            :   2014

If you want rock songs that reminds you of classic rock songs and a little bit of punk then you should try to listen to this record.  This is quite a gamble considering that even rock musicians nowadays tend to lean on EDM to make them relevant to new listeners.  Rise Against did not succumbed to this trend instead relied on pure guitar and drums to create their own brand of rock songs.

What make their song very easy to listen despite being quite dated in terms of sounds is the lyrics of the song.  They were able to craft rhymes in all of their songs.  And like poets, the band crafted lyrics that are not heavy to your heart and ears even though like the song deals with attempted suicide in “Tragedy + Time.” Although, the lyrics tend to be verbose when all it wants to relay is asking forgiveness in “The Black Market.”

It is quite a pity that there are good songs lyrically but somehow the song became generic due to its insistent to remain on pure rock instruments.  Thus, what seems to be a potential environmental anthem “The Eco-Terrorist In Me” was wasted.  These words could have spread around t said,

“Do what is right,” they build higher walls
Where we can’t she’d a light on true criminals
When business and suffering are one and the same
We lost all the people, they turned to the flame

Yes, many of the songs sound alike except “Sudden Life” has countless chord progressions (joke.)  This songs seems to have several melodies infused which could have been used in other songs to improve the listening pleasure factor of the whole album.

As a whole, rock purist may find the album a welcome addition to their collection.  I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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