Hate to Be Loved

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All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
With Hate to Be Loved, River City Rebels -- who have long treaded the same water as Rancid and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones -- put their Clash loyalties on ice and look to the sound of vintage NYC punk. The less-than-subtle "subtle" style shift has a lot to do with producer Syl Sylvain -- best known for his guitar work with the legendary New York Dolls -- who gives the impressionable Rebels a new lease on life. Defying expectations on album number four, RCR don't come out of the starting gate with a riotous chant-along as they have on previous efforts, but instead offer the unguarded, mid-tempo "Hurt Like I Do." It's a brave approach that succeeds with the help of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
With Hate to Be Loved, River City Rebels -- who have long treaded the same water as Rancid and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones -- put their Clash loyalties on ice and look to the sound of vintage NYC punk. The less-than-subtle "subtle" style shift has a lot to do with producer Syl Sylvain -- best known for his guitar work with the legendary New York Dolls -- who gives the impressionable Rebels a new lease on life. Defying expectations on album number four, RCR don't come out of the starting gate with a riotous chant-along as they have on previous efforts, but instead offer the unguarded, mid-tempo "Hurt Like I Do." It's a brave approach that succeeds with the help of frontman Dan O'Day, who sings with a previously unheard sincerity that also finds its way to the bluesy "Die Young." It's an engaging homage to the hard living ways of rockers through the years, but soon enough the pain gives way to raw, rollicking numbers like "No Easy Way Out" and "Cloudy Times." Routinely recalling the sorely missed D Generation and Sylvain's own Dolls -- especially on the horn-peppered "Don't Mess With Cupid" -- these Rebels yell with a voracity that makes up for the fact that their sonic transition on Hate to Be Loved isn't all that original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Victory Records
  • UPC: 746105022225
  • Catalog Number: 222
  • Sales rank: 203,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hurt Like I Do (3:26)
  2. 2 Cloudy Times (3:05)
  3. 3 Hate to Be Loved (3:50)
  4. 4 I'm So Vain (3:18)
  5. 5 No Easy Way Out (3:37)
  6. 6 Dreamy 17 (2:56)
  7. 7 Don't Mess With Cupid (3:14)
  8. 8 Die Young (4:20)
  9. 9 I Wilt (3:22)
  10. 10 Glitter and Gold (3:15)
  11. 11 Her New Man (2:30)
  12. 12 Bloody April (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
River City Rebels Primary Artist
Sylvain Sylvain Guest Appearance
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Jesse Malin Vocals
Danny Ray Guest Appearance
Victor Ruggiero Guest Appearance
Joe Craig Jones Guest Appearance
Elizabeth Graham Guest Appearance
Brandon Heart Attack Trombone
Atti Botox Guitar
CJ Bags Bass Guitar
Erik Drums
Saucy Jack Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Sylvain Sylvain Producer, Audio Production
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Joe Hogan Engineer
River City Rebels Composer
Patrick Larson Art Direction
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