Good for Me

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Without ever breaking big, the Swellers have become pop-punk veterans, playing in a style that, by 2011, was so closely identified with Green Day that it was hard to avoid being compared with the platinum-selling trio. To say that the Swellers sound like Green Day is only to say that they, too, play straight-ahead punk-pop, speedily riffing through melodic songs in hard rock arrangements. The Swellers have not begun to use the form to make grand statements like Green Day, but singer/guitarist Nick Diener is expressing himself in the songs on Good for Me, mostly by reflecting on a romantic relationship that seems to have gone sour. Wishing his lover could see "Inside My...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Without ever breaking big, the Swellers have become pop-punk veterans, playing in a style that, by 2011, was so closely identified with Green Day that it was hard to avoid being compared with the platinum-selling trio. To say that the Swellers sound like Green Day is only to say that they, too, play straight-ahead punk-pop, speedily riffing through melodic songs in hard rock arrangements. The Swellers have not begun to use the form to make grand statements like Green Day, but singer/guitarist Nick Diener is expressing himself in the songs on Good for Me, mostly by reflecting on a romantic relationship that seems to have gone sour. Wishing his lover could see "Inside My Head," he admits, "I was wrong," but it seems to be too late. In "Better Things," he celebrates his improved fortunes before adding, "I guess you wouldn't know, 'cause you're not here." Differences appear to be irreconcilable; in "Prime Meridian," Diener concludes, "It's not hard to see/The things you believe/Don't work for me." And yet, the album's last line finds him lamenting, "I'll never be me without you." Since the heyday of pop-punk seems to have passed while the Swellers were out touring, the band might be seen as something of a 1990s nostalgia act, and that, curiously, may suit Diener just fine. The album's most heartfelt song is "The Best I Ever Had," in which he reminisces about the '90s as the era when he looked forward to getting the latest records from Seattle, records like the early works of Green Day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • UPC: 075678826337
  • Catalog Number: 528045
  • Sales rank: 94,290

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Runaways (2:49)
  2. 2 Inside My Head (3:33)
  3. 3 The Damage (3:11)
  4. 4 Parkview (3:00)
  5. 5 The Best I Ever Had (3:59)
  6. 6 Better Things (3:35)
  7. 7 On the Line (3:40)
  8. 8 Nothing More To Me (3:46)
  9. 9 Prime Meridian (3:49)
  10. 10 Warming Up (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Swellers Primary Artist
Nick Diener Guitar, Vocals
Jonathan Diener Drums, Vocals
Ryan Collins Guitar
Anto Boros Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bill Stevenson Producer, Engineer
Jason Livermore Producer, Engineer
Andrew Berlin Engineer, Additional Production
Nick Diener Composer, Concept
Jonathan Diener Composer, Concept
Nick Bilardello Art Direction
Katie Robinson Marketing
David Galea Booking
Kenny Czadzeck Management
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