Siren Song of the Counter-Culture

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Rise Against's somewhat sudden major label-ness has slightly diluted their direct assault on melodic hardcore, but the adjustment should only invite more sugar punkers to the Chicago combo's bittersweet party. Rise Against has moved up in the sonic nicety department -- loud rock vet GGGarth produces, and the Andy Wallace mix is a flawless cross section of thick, grit, and slick. But Siren Song of the Counter Culture is simply the band's latest statement, combining their significant yet not unwelcome Bad Religion influence with nods to the rousing choruses of peers like A.F.I. Beyond that grandiose title -- that line could've been lifted from a Crass treatise, for Pete's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Rise Against's somewhat sudden major label-ness has slightly diluted their direct assault on melodic hardcore, but the adjustment should only invite more sugar punkers to the Chicago combo's bittersweet party. Rise Against has moved up in the sonic nicety department -- loud rock vet GGGarth produces, and the Andy Wallace mix is a flawless cross section of thick, grit, and slick. But Siren Song of the Counter Culture is simply the band's latest statement, combining their significant yet not unwelcome Bad Religion influence with nods to the rousing choruses of peers like A.F.I. Beyond that grandiose title -- that line could've been lifted from a Crass treatise, for Pete's sake -- Rise Against seem to have diversified their lyrical base. There are still salvos of sharply defined social criticism -- "If we're the flagship of peace and prosperity/We're taking on water and about to f*cking sink," begins the blistering hardcore opener, "State of the Union." But Rise Against also rock on the personal reflection or relationship tip. "Paper Wings" builds a sad story about growing apart around a winning lead guitar lick straight from their Fat Wreck past, while the staggeringly paced "Blood to Blood" is in the bitter first person. "'I don't love you anymore/Is all I remember you telling me." Sometimes Siren Song gets carried away with its own melodic urgency. The multiple layers of guitars and somewhat obvious mixing tweaks in "Tip the Scales" and "Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated" lead Rise Against to lose the thread of hardcore volatility that's driven them since the beginning. Still, this is their major-label debut, and a band's gotta eat, so maybe the fuller sound and occasional forays into acoustic guitars and cello overdubs "Dancing for Rain" are OK. Rise Against has always been pretty sincere in both its politics and commitment to hardcore revivalism, so if Siren Song nods to accessibility, it's only to recruit more kids for the raging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498637326
  • Catalog Number: 000296701
  • Sales rank: 24,522

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rise Against Primary Artist
Joe Background Vocals
Nina Hennessey Vocals
Tim Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
GGGarth Producer, Audio Production
Dean Maher Engineer
Shepard Fairey Cover Illustration
John O'Mahoney Digital Editing
Ben Kaplan Digital Editing
Rise Against Composer
Richard Leighton Guitar Techician
Chris Crippen Drum Technician
Eric "Wilcard" Bonny Stage Technician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best punk album I ever heard

    This album is the most perfect blend of hardcore and melodic punk I've ever heard (and I'm old enough to remember the Sex Pistols and Ramones). The guitar work is superior to most of the younger punk bands (although the dudes coming out of Jersey are changing that), and they even have mini-solos! EVERY SINGLE SONG on this CD is outstanding! Stop reading these reviews and buy this CD! (BTW, comparisons to AFI are WAY off the mark; someone must have confused these guys with My Chemical Romance, because Rise Against is totally different)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album start to finish

    One of the greatest CDs I have bought.. Finally a band with substance and meaning! I highly recommend this band to everyone. You will not find any High School lyrics on this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    When I bought this CD, I was a little afraid that it might be too similar to sugar punk bands like Simple Plan and New Found Glory. Fortunately, it isn't. Most of the songs are fast and chaotic, but the chaos is well organized and the many different instrumentals in each song can be distinguished from one another if you listen carefully, instead of the overwhelming grind of music heard on some punk albums. Each song redeems itself with thought provoking lyrics and wordplay, so much so that the songs keep from running together as one massive, unrecognizable song devoid of individuality. Plus the acoustic and heavily melodic "Swing life Away" fits well on the album as a sort of balance against the rest of the CD. "Swing life Away" is my favorite track on the album and sets itself apart as one of the better rock ballads I've heard in a long while. This CD is highly recommended. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WROKS

    Oh my my Gosh man this band wroks and all their music does too!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Swimming but not drowning in mainstream

    This a relatively impressive album considering all the undesireable sounds out there. The songs are a notch or two above solid and the lyrics are earnest and heartfelt. It isn't so much pop, as much as a listenability not often associated with "hardcore" or whatever label you like. I'd say there somewhere between Boy Sets Fire and early Give Up the Ghost, when they were called American Nightmare.

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