Posts tagged ‘the vandals’

October 25, 2012

Album 0144: The Vandals – Internet Dating Superstuds

Release Date: 2002
Genre: Punk Rock

Tracklisting:

1. 43210-1 (02:43)
2. Appreciate My Honesty (02:35)
3. I’m Becoming You (02:42)
4. Disproportioned Head (02:08)
5. Soccer Mom (02:57)
6. We’ll All Get Laid (02:27)
7. Little Weirdo (03:06)
8. I Can’t Wait (02:44)
9. Where’s Your Dignity? (03:11)
10. My Brain Tells My Body (03:00)
11. When I Say You I Mean Me (02:20)
12. The Unseen Tears Of The Albacore (03:11)
13. My Brother Is Gay (02:33)
14. Lord Of The Dance (03:11)
15. Count To Ten (02:40)

Total Length: 41:30

43210-1 is a pretty fun track that I honestly don’t entirely like. It’s neat to listen and pretty good live but when I think about the song I never actively want to listen to it. It’s a weird thing to think of and to try and explain. Appreciate My Honesty is a much better song though, with an infectious main riff and humorous lyrics that are great to sing along to. I’m Becoming You has a fun chorus but I really don’t like the sections with the slower tempo and vocals with effects.

Disproportioned Head has silly lyrics but I really enjoy the main riff. Soccer Mom is a bit more poppy than their usual stuff, but it’s still pretty good and I enjoy the sentiments in the song. We’ll All Get Laid is a short cool song. I’m not fond of the lyrics but the music is good. Little Weirdo has some good ideas, I don’t mind the band trying to add some synths but the rest of the song doesn’t really live up to it.

I Can’t Wait is a great track though, just makes you want to sing along to everything. The Vandals are pretty good at doing that. For being known as a comedy punk band, they are also pretty good at softer songs, like with Where’s Your Dignity? Dave’s vocals work really well and this song actually does affect me a bit. My Brain Tells My Body is another sing-along track, except this time you want to sing along to the instruments as well, as performed in the song. Great track.

When I Say You I Mean Me kind of feels like standard pop-punk but I really like the song for some reason. The Unseen Tears Of The Albacore is a great parody song. It’s good musically and the lyrics are making fun of plea songs and social ’causes’. My Brother Is Gay is alright. It’s neither good nor bad. Lord Of The Dance has some cool musical ideas but the lyrics do nothing for me.

Count To Ten is a pretty fantastic ending song though, it has everything perfect for the band. This is probably one of the band’s most ‘poppy’ albums and so the overall quality is down a bit. I’m also really not fond of the mastering. It has some amazing songs on here though, so I do enjoy listening to those. Also kind of weird to think that this is technically the second latest album from the band even though it came out a decade ago. Wish they would put out new stuff.

Final Rating: 7/10

February 17, 2012

Album 0015: The Vandals – Oi! To The World

Release Date: 1996
Genre: Punk

Tracklisting:

1. A Gun For Christmas (03:01)
2. Grandpa’s Last X-mas (02:10)
3. Thanks For Nothing (02:08)
4. Oi! To The World (02:46)
5. Nothing’s Going To Ruin My Holiday (02:24)
6. Christmas Time For My Penis (03:16)
7. I Don’t Believe In Santa Claus (01:33)
8. My First X-mas (As A Woman) (02:41)
9. Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies (01:19)
10. Here I Am Lord (02:17)
11. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S (01:43)
12. Hang Myself From The Tree (04:28)
13. Overture (03:57)

Total Length: 33:45

A Gun For Christmas has a fun intro, and is a nice exercise in songwriting for the band. It’s still their sound, but different in a way the band hadn’t done before. Grandpa’s Last X-mas is fun and oddly I’m pretty sure a lot of people can relate to the lyrics. Thanks For Nothing is alright, it’s one of the harsher songs on here style wise. Oi! To The World is pretty much a classic, I really the idea of unity that was gaining traction in southern California bands at this time.

Nothing’s Going To Ruin My Holiday is just brilliant, I love the production and lyrics on this one. Christmas Time For My Penis is just great. The arrangement is great and their brand of comedy definitely works here. I Don’t Believe In Santa Claus works pretty well and is sort of a parody in itself. My First X-mas (As A Woman) is another fantastic song, a pretty good representation of why I love this album.

Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies starts a trio of covers, this one is just fantastic. Here I Am Lord is one of the band’s few forays into ska territory, and it’s just funny. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S is just filthy but still fun. Hang Myself From The Tree may be the best song on here overall. The arrangement is just as good as previous songs, and everything is melancholy while still retaining the feeling of Christmas. Overture is something that was added to the album later and is a fun ending piece that gathers all of the melodies together.

I just love this album. Every once in a while a song here or there will annoy me, but the rest of the album makes up for it. Its short length also works in its favor, I just like listening to it and enjoying it and then it’s gone.

Final Rating: 8.5/10