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July 4, 2013

Album 0286: The Planet Smashers – No Self Control

ThePlanetSmashers-NoSelfControl

Release Date: 2001
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Fabricated (02:43)
2. No Self Control (03:46)
3. Wish I Were American (03:07)
4. Evaluation Day (01:44)
5. Blind (02:27)
6. Stupid Present (02:37)
7. Struggle (02:40)
8. It’s Over (04:02)
9. Hey Hey (02:29)
10. Goin’ Out (02:48)
11. Record Collector (02:17)
12. She’s Late (02:30)
13. Rambler (01:59)
14. Sk8 Or Die (02:23)

Total Length: 37:32

Fabricated has a wonderful start, and the verse is fantastic. In addition, the pre-chorus and chorus are also great, as well as little touches like some light cymbal play and keyboards off in the distance. Amazing opening song. No Self Control is a solid track but a bit lacking for me. It goes on a bit long and I really am not fond of the guitar in the chorus. Wish I Were American has a really cool rhythm and I like some of the little woodwind sounds. Just a really nice song.

Evaluation Day is a fun little angry song. My only issue with it is that it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere and they kind of already did this idea better on their first album. Blind is a fantastic track though. Just catchy and fast and upbeat, though with slightly depressing lyrics. Stupid Present is kind of good but also sort of boring. Like, I just lose interest halfway through but it’s not necessarily a bad track.

Struggle however is incredible. Great opening and the vocals are unbelievable. Not in terms of singing ability, I just absolutely love the melody and the music backing it up. The build up to the chorus just gets stuck in my head like a damn virus. It’s Over is a nice calm song. Very downtrodden and I never get tired of it. Hey Hey is an upbeat song, the chorus stands out in particular. I also kind of like the accusatory lyrics.

Goin’ Out is a fun song as well, though I get tired of ‘party’ songs pretty quickly. This song also has a guest vocal which adds something, I suppose. Record Collector is quite fun though, I love the extra instruments again as well. She’s Late is a song that thankfully I haven’t been able to relate to, but I can understand the fear this song relates. It’s a great song.

Rambler has never really caught my ear. It’s good enough, but I don’t enjoy what it was going for. Sk8 Or Die however has that same ‘roughness’ in a sense but the song is much more enjoyable. The ending is also kind of fun. I quite like this album, it’s a fun listen but I’ve always preferred certain songs, they just stand out more. It’s a weird thing with this band, I absolutely love some of their songs but it seems tough for them to have a very strong, consistent album.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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August 1, 2012

Album 0080: The Planet Smashers – Descent Into The Valley Of…

Release Date: 2011
Genre: Ska

Tracklisting:

1. Descent Into The Valley Of The Planet Smashers (00:45)
2. The Hippopotamus (02:23)
3. Looking Good (02:17)
4. Happy New Year’s (03:11)
5. Die Tomorrow (02:47)
6. My Obsession (03:08)
7. UPS Of America (02:30)
8. Food Fight!!! (01:20)
9. I’m Ok If You Want To Party (03:15)
10. I Believe You (02:59)
11. If I Can’t Get It On My Own (02:15)
12. Something Special (02:37)
13. Berserk (03:19)
14. Death Threats (02:36)
15. Until You Go Away (Triple Baconator) (02:54)

Total Length: 38:15

Descent Into The Valley Of The Planet Smashers is a neat little intro track that is actually probably the heaviest piece of music they’ve ever done. The Hippopotamus however immediately gets rid of any notions that the band has changed their style too much, as it’s a fun ska song with silly lyrics about a type of dance. Looking Good also has lyrics dealing with dancing, but is more about just a night out on the town. Just a great song.

Happy New Year’s is another song with the same theme, still just a ton of fun. Die Tomorrow doesn’t really stick with me but is fun to listen to. My Obsession almost sounds like a ‘sell out’ song but Matt Collyer’s vocals are fantastic and make the song great and surprisingly emotional. UPS Of America has an intro that really annoys me, just all around. Once the song gets going I enjoy it though.

Food Fight!!! is honestly not a good track. The Aquabats! did a short “fight” track 15 years ago that sounded better, and the “punk” sound the Smashers use here doesn’t fit them at all and doesn’t sound great. Luckily it’s short and we move past it quickly. I’m Ok If You Want To Party has some very silly lyrics, but again is a fun song.

I Believe You is fantastic, and I just love what these guys can do while sticking within the confines of the genre. If I Can Get It On My Own is just odd to me. The lyrics are such an odd choice of phrasing and subject matter. Decent song though. Something Special is exactly what the title says, fantastic song. Berserk is incredibly good, and the ‘modern’ lyrics feel like fresh material for the band.

Death Threats is amazing because it’s a great ska song about Batman and the Joker. Just incredible. Until You Go Away (Triple Baconator) is a nice softer song. Not sure what the part of title in parentheses has to do with anything, but it makes for a good end to the album. Unlike most albums, the last chunk of it is the strongest part, with the middle being a bit weak. I still just love this album because of the majority of songs though.

Final Rating: 8/10

February 15, 2012

Album 0014: The Planet Smashers – Unstoppable

Release Date: 2005
Genre: Ska

Tracklisting:

1. Unstoppable (03:09)
2. Bullets To The Ground (02:36)
3. Do No Wrong (02:41)
4. Cool Your Jets (04:02)
5. Raise Your Glass (01:52)
6. Here Come The Mods! (02:42)
7. Blank Stare (03:06)
8. Giants (03:34)
9. A Revolution Song (03:47)
10. Police The Nation (02:39)
11. Bad Mood (02:12)
12. Trip And Fall (02:42)
13. This Song Is For You (02:46)
14. Looking For A Cure (02:20)

Total Length: 40:06

Unstoppable is a fun opening track. It’s not as catchy as some of their previous opening tracks, but not a bad song. Bullets To The Ground starts off heavy for… some reason. I don’t really like the effects used on the guitar, but the chorus is fun enough. I like the production on Do No Wrong, but the song itself isn’t that interesting to me. Cool Your Jets is a very good, laid back song. I always enjoy the more reggae-type offerings from this band.

Raise Your Glass shows the biggest influence from producer Chris Murray, and is a quick little song that’s just plain fun. Here Comes The Mods! is a great track, just a perfect representation of what I like about this band. Blank Stare is the obligatory instrumental track, and it’s just decent. Giants is a slower-paced song and mostly cool, I just feel like Matt’s voice is a bit weak on it. A Revolution Song is just middle-of-the-road, nothing great or bad about it. Police The Nation is in the same vein, to be honest.

Bad Mood is a fun idea but kind of a throwaway song. Trip And Fall is a fantastic song, the vocal line is great and I love the rhythm. This Song Is For You is an alright song, could have been better. Looking For A Cure is a great song unlike anything else they’ve done. Just really cool and makes me wonder why these guys don’t get more attention. This is nowhere near the best Planet Smashers album, but still has some good tracks that I enjoy.

Final Rating: 7/10