Hard Rock Bottom

Hard Rock Bottom

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by No Use for a Name
     
 

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No Use for a Name has built its reputation on a solid foundation of hard-hitting punk, flooding its songs with melodies and fueling them with signature stop-start rhythms that thunder across the grooves, come to an abrupt halt, then pound off again in hyperdrive. Thus, it's a bit of a shock to find Hard Rock Bottom opening with a brief acoustic number, and…  See more details below

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No Use for a Name has built its reputation on a solid foundation of hard-hitting punk, flooding its songs with melodies and fueling them with signature stop-start rhythms that thunder across the grooves, come to an abrupt halt, then pound off again in hyperdrive. Thus, it's a bit of a shock to find Hard Rock Bottom opening with a brief acoustic number, and although nothing else clocks in at this dawdling pace, a handful of mid-tempo numbers are scattered about as well. Equally startling is a cover of Sinéad O'Connor's "This Is a Rebel Song," a pusillanimous duet between Tony Sly and guesting chanteuse Karina Denike. While the Pogues long ago proved that Irish drinking songs were part and parcel of punk, what of violins and cellos? Not only do they add to the bitter atmosphere of "Rebel," but they positively swan their way around many of the songs' intros and middle breaks. However, with Ryan Greene in the producer's chair there's no need for concern; he keeps the sound pumping and the music kicking, with the strings merely creating melancholy and bittersweet atmospheres for the band to punch its way out of. After seven records, it's encouraging to see NUFAN taking chances and broadening its style somewhat, and there are still plenty of punchy numbers to keep the hardcore constituency happy -- driving songs like "Undefeated," "Dumb Reminders," and the anthemic "International You Day." Lead guitarist Dave Nassie positively shines throughout this set; from the searing leads on "Angela" through the pretty riff that opens "Nailed Shut" and the Who-esque power chords of "Any Number Can Play," he always has intriguing musical twists to contribute. As always, the powerhouse rhythm section keeps things slamming along underneath, while Sly keeps the emotions boiling throughout. NUFAN has never stood still, and Hard Rock Bottom finds the band pushing forward as forcibly as ever.

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Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Fat Wreck Chords
UPC:
0751097063927
catalogNumber:
639
Rank:
32895

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Hard Rock Bottom 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey all you punk fans have to check this one out, its really good
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Use For a Name's Hard Rock Bottom is amazing. Opening the CD with a short acoustic number was brilliant. I love the variety of music styles. Let Me Down is one of the best songs I've ever heard. If you like punk, this is the CD for you. The instrumentals are amzing and the vocals are just as good. The balance and the blend of all the numbers are as good as they can be. The only bad song on this CD is This is a Rebel song. Having a girl sing a song on a CD like this one wasn't the best idea in the world. Dumb Reminders and Friends of the Enemy make up for this mistake. Overall, this CD could not have been compiled with better songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PUNK FANS: NO USE IS NOT YET WIDELY KNOWN, BUT IF YOU WANNA HEAR SUM REALLY GREAT PUNK...KNOW USE IS THE BAND FOR YOU. TO ME, KNOW USE ARE SUM OF THE BEST PUNKERS. UNLIKE POSERS LIKE GOOD CHAROLATTE AND LINKIN PARK. COMPARED TO BLINK 182, ITS CLOSE, BUT I THINK THAT NO USE IS MOST DEFINATELY THE MOST TRIUMPHANT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No use for a name was a band I heard at a sum 41 concert, i heard a little of their songs there, and i thought they were pretty good, so I bought the cd, which I found is the most amazing cd I have ever heard, they have so many different songs it is hard for you to tell which one you like the best. if you have not heard of them, do not fret, because No use is now on your cd shelf and will be there to stay.
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