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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Political punk rock has always felt pressure from society because of the extreme reaction many have to extreme political ideas. A good example of this situation was what Anti-Flag went through in the wake of the September 11th tragedy. Their name was viewed as "un-American" by many, and they found themselves on the receiving end of a minor album ban. On top of that, their anti-violence stance was very unpopular in the revenge-happy environment immediately following the attacks. Although it wasn't nearly as widespread as what some musicians had felt, it was enough to inspire them to address the issue on Mobilize, the first album they released since the incident. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Political punk rock has always felt pressure from society because of the extreme reaction many have to extreme political ideas. A good example of this situation was what Anti-Flag went through in the wake of the September 11th tragedy. Their name was viewed as "un-American" by many, and they found themselves on the receiving end of a minor album ban. On top of that, their anti-violence stance was very unpopular in the revenge-happy environment immediately following the attacks. Although it wasn't nearly as widespread as what some musicians had felt, it was enough to inspire them to address the issue on Mobilize, the first album they released since the incident. Brimming with anger, "911 for Peace" is one of the most literate songs to address the topic yet. Where some musicians simply mourned for the city or called out for blood, Anti-Flag took a stand and called for an end to the "eye for an eye" mentality that hit the nation. Of course the song never really took off it was released for free on their website, but it fits in nicely with the punk rock anthems following it on the album. They address a number of other political topics throughout the album, including corporations, abortion, and carefully choosing who builds the future. Not every song has the insightful lyrics of "911 for Peace," but Justin Sane was never a Jello Biafra waiting to be discovered. Instead, the approach is similar to Ian MacKaye's Embrace project, spelling out the message with little room for subtlety or humor. But this is much more in tune with the innovators of punk rock, making hundreds of candy-coated bands floating around the underground just look silly. On top of that, the band writes songs that are easier to remember and absorb than anything it's done before. The album isn't a landmark, but instead it is a solid document from a band that continues to improve with every album. [Some copies of the album include a sampler from Anti-Flag's own A-F Records.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: A-F Records
  • UPC: 648469003516
  • Catalog Number: 35
  • Sales rank: 79,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 911 for Peace (3:34)
  2. 2 Mumia's Song (2:24)
  3. 3 What's the Difference? (1:59)
  4. 4 We Want to Be Free (1:36)
  5. 5 N.B.C. (No Blood-Thirsty Coporations) (2:12)
  6. 6 Right to Choose (2:57)
  7. 7 We Don't Need It! (3:12)
  8. 8 Anatomy of Your Enemy (3:02)
  9. 9 Underground Network (3:32)
  10. 10 Tearing Everyone Down (2:44)
  11. 11 Bring Out Your Dead (3:01)
  12. 12 A New Kind of Army (3:46)
  13. 13 Their System Doesn't Work for You (2:25)
  14. 14 Free Nation (2:56)
  15. 15 Spaz's House Destruction Party (3:10)
  16. 16 Die for the Government (31:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Alert, Aware, Involved - Code (2:38)
  2. 2 Risen Up (3:22)
  3. 3 The Dark (2:06)
  4. 4 77 Threat (1:53)
  5. 5 Us and Them (2:19)
  6. 6 Save the Humans - Thought Riot (2:31)
  7. 7 Sign of the Times - Thought Riot (2:56)
  8. 8 Solitude (2:38)
  9. 9 Whole Lot of Nothing (2:14)
  10. 10 Big Bang (3:00)
  11. 11 It's Hard (3:33)
  12. 12 Green Light, Yellow Light, Stop - Whatever It Takes (2:52)
  13. 13 Erase the Days - Whatever It Takes (2:30)
  14. 14 We Found a Place (3:00)
  15. 15 The Critical Writing Assignment (2:00)
  16. 16 Are We Dead Yet? - The Unseen (2:58)
  17. 17 Goobye America - The Unseen (2:56)
  18. 18 911 for Peace (3:34)
  19. 19 I Can't Stand Being With You (2:04)
  20. 20 I Don't Want To - The Voids (1:17)
  21. 21 I Still Love You Julie - Against Me! (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anti-Flag Primary Artist
Spaz Vocals
Code Track Performer
The Unseen Track Performer
Pat Thetic Drums, Vocals
Justin Sane Guitar, Vocals
Pipedown Track Performer
The Methadones Track Performer
Modey Lemon Track Performer
Virus Nine Track Performer
Chris Head Guitar, Vocals
Chris #2 Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mass Giorgini Mastering
Anti-Flag Producer, Liner Notes
Matt Harrington Engineer
Whatever It Takes Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    awesome. i love all the songs. it does make you think on how the government is ran. i love this cd along w/ all their others. must go out and buy their new cd.. turn coat is an awesome song

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good music to get you thinking

    Mobilize, while not as good as Anti-Flag's old stuff, is still insightful music that makes you question the way that our country is being run. The second half of the disc, which is all old live songs, is a lot of fun for veteran fans also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great insight

    Great take on recent events by this P.C. punk band. It had been pulled from many store shelves after 9/11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a very good cd.

    All the songs are good, but they aren't as punk as on earlier albums.

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