Making the Grade [Explicit Lyrics]

( 4 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Among its energetic bursts of poppy, punkish energy, Diffuser's 2001 effort, Injury Loves Melody, still clung to vestiges of the band's noisier indie rock past. It made for a more ambitious record, but one also fraught with continuity errors -- Diffuser couldn't decide whether they wanted to go all-out with the pop screech. If that was the case, then frontman Tomas Costanza has finally made the decision and taken the pop plunge. He's the sole songwriter for Making the Grade, and has turned in a completely unthreatening, tinfoil-and-plastic batch of songs about girls and sarcasm, all amped to 11 and akin to the outsized modern rock of types like Lit and Goldfinger. ...
See more details below
CD (Enhanced)
$12.43
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $1.99   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Among its energetic bursts of poppy, punkish energy, Diffuser's 2001 effort, Injury Loves Melody, still clung to vestiges of the band's noisier indie rock past. It made for a more ambitious record, but one also fraught with continuity errors -- Diffuser couldn't decide whether they wanted to go all-out with the pop screech. If that was the case, then frontman Tomas Costanza has finally made the decision and taken the pop plunge. He's the sole songwriter for Making the Grade, and has turned in a completely unthreatening, tinfoil-and-plastic batch of songs about girls and sarcasm, all amped to 11 and akin to the outsized modern rock of types like Lit and Goldfinger. Actually, with perfect pop-punk anthems like "Here's to You" and "New High" rushing past in a blur of pep, catch phrases, and giddy power chords, it's tempting to compare Diffuser to the ready-made mall punk of youngsters like Simple Plan. But Costanza's a little older than those guys, even if he doesn't want to admit it, and that age buffer means his band's decidedly young-skewed music is trashy and immediate, but not simply opportunistic. It's blatantly a product of the now, but Diffuser seems committed to the material, and that's important. The highlight is the unstoppable "Get It On"; it's another entry in the party train of pop songs dedicated to naughty crushes, a locomotive most recently restarted by Fountains of Wayne. Producer/mixer Mark Trombino also deserves mention here, as he's filled in Costanza's songwriting gaps with enormous guitar tones, slick harmonies, and the occasional string section. There's a slim chance Making the Grade will make much of an impact beyond its initial shelf life. But while it's switched on, feel free to bang on the steering wheel.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616238221
  • Catalog Number: 162382
  • Sales rank: 223,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New High (2:42)
  2. 2 Get It On (3:10)
  3. 3 Only in the Movies (2:56)
  4. 4 Why (4:09)
  5. 5 I Wonder (3:24)
  6. 6 Far and in Between (3:17)
  7. 7 Breakaway (3:18)
  8. 8 Here's to You (2:39)
  9. 9 She's All Mine (3:12)
  10. 10 Long Way from Home (5:44)
  11. 11 Nothing Left to Say (3:13)
  12. 12 Avoid the Friction (3:20)
  13. 13 Get It On
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diffuser Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums
Mark Trombino Drums
Mike Fitzmaurice scratching
Anthony Cangelosi Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Tomas Costanza Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Roland Jenster Piano, Accordion
Peter Schojan Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Dan Leo Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Mark Trombino Producer, Engineering
Peter Malkin Management
Enny Joo Art Direction
Anthony Cangelosi Composer, Art Direction
J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson Producer
Diffuser Amplifiers
Justin Stephens Cover Photo
Dan Certa Digital Editing
Paul Alicata Business Consultant
Ken Fermaglich Booking
Tomas Costanza Composer
Nick Ferrara Legal Advisor
Debra Herman Management
Benno Nelson Video Director
Kelly Norris Sarno Executive Producer
Jeff Worob Legal Advisor
Jonna Sallinen Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly reccommended!

    I listen to all types of music. I love diffuser, it sounds to me like they really worked hard on this album- it came out shining like a diamond. I first heard them on the "Freaky Friday" soundtrack. I took a gamble and bought the cd on an impulse and I LOVE IT! I listen to it all the time on my way to and from school (a half an hour drive).

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Band

    This is a great band and they need to keep on rocking.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get It On....With Diffuser

    If you like the new more upbeat punk or melodical rock, you will love Diffsuer "Making the Grade". This CD is one you should buy if you like the above listed types. With songs like "New High", "Get It On" and "I Wonder" you will soon come to love this CD.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Making the Grade

    This album is one of the best I've heard in awhile. If you've been a fan of the earlier Diffuser sound ('Injury Loves Melody'), 'Making the Grade' definitely still has all (if not better) of the ILM qualities: fantastic lyrics, great harmonies and masterful playing of instruments. Each song will get stuck in your head for days and you'll actually be glad to have it there. If you're into the Foo Fighters... Simple Plan.. and other type of pop rock bands, then you'll love Diffuser.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews