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Mobilize
     

Mobilize

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by Anti-Flag
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
A-F Records
UPC:
0648469001420
catalogNumber:
14

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Mobilize 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs are good, but they aren't as punk as on earlier albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great take on recent events by this P.C. punk band. It had been pulled from many store shelves after 9/11.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.