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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If ever there was a year to release a political punk album it was 2008, when the U.S. was consumed by the wildest presidential campaign in modern history. It seems like the perfect backdrop for Rise Against to release Appeal to Reason, their third major-label record, and in a way it is -- certainly, the group rages against the moral decay rotting the core of the U.S. on the opening "Collapse (Post-Amerika)," just as they strike out against the slow dumbing down of America on "Re-Education (Of Labor)" and tell Iraqi soldier stories on "Hero of War." The latter showcases the acoustic guitars that helped goose 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If ever there was a year to release a political punk album it was 2008, when the U.S. was consumed by the wildest presidential campaign in modern history. It seems like the perfect backdrop for Rise Against to release Appeal to Reason, their third major-label record, and in a way it is -- certainly, the group rages against the moral decay rotting the core of the U.S. on the opening "Collapse (Post-Amerika)," just as they strike out against the slow dumbing down of America on "Re-Education (Of Labor)" and tell Iraqi soldier stories on "Hero of War." The latter showcases the acoustic guitars that helped goose 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness into the Billboard Top Ten but the rest boast the manic rapid-fire hardcore delivery that hearkens back to Rise Against's politically minded forefathers Bad Religion. This balance of plaintive modern folk and carefully traditional protest punk is offset by Rise Against's increasingly strong fondness for heavy, slick production, the kind where the rhythms are too tight and the guitars overdriven and clean, the kind where it sounds more like '80s metal than '80s punk. Rise Against is hardly the only modern punk band to be weighed down by this contradiction -- it's entirely too devoted on chops and gear, Guitar Center punk -- but it stings a little more with them as their ambitions, smarts, and skills are higher than their peers. They seem like they shouldn't have such a beefy, big sound, particularly as it obscures their message, giving the group a weird dichotomy: they are clean, accomplished musicians and sincere, socially conscious rockers but those two halves don't complement each other well, at least not on the well-intentioned Appeal to Reason.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517850231
  • Catalog Number: 001190401
  • Sales rank: 20,953

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rise Against Primary Artist
Brandon Barnes Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Chad Price Background Vocals
Zach Blair Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Joe Principe Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tim McIlrath Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Lee Miles Engineer
Bill Stevenson Producer, Engineer
Jason Livermore Producer, Engineer
Andrew Berlin Producer, Engineer
Rise Against Composer
Henry David Thoreau Author
Tim Marrs Artwork, Illustrations
Pablo Picasso Author
Tim McIlrath Composer
Todd Russell Art Direction
Felipe Patino Engineer
Brad Townsend Engineer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome band!

    Rise Against started out making music for play station and other game console games music. In the past 6 years, they have finally made it to the radio in most of the U.S. Their contraversial lyrics are true to those of us who have been there, mostly singing about the struggles of war and dealing with the bad things you must do to keep freedom in our country! The number ten song "Hero of War" is a perfect example. It has both left and right wing viewpoints, making the two come together in a way that no other band has done before! I give the band and album a ten, a stinkin ten!

    sempri fi!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Back in form!

    After a somewhat disappointing (if only by Rise Against standards) The Sufferer And The Witness, Appeal To Reason finds the guys back in the form that gave us Siren Song Of The Counter Culture and Revolutions Per Minute. Outstanding!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome, as usual

    Rise Against smashes out yet another sick album! Keeping in the same line as their other songs and albums, it's a totally solid CD. Sure, most of their songs kinda sounds similar, but that's what we want, right?

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