Songs from the Penalty Box, Vol. 5

Songs from the Penalty Box, Vol. 5

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This Seattle-based label compilation is a mix of punk rock with alternative or nu-metal hardcore rock. It starts off with the tight and bubbly "Amanda" by Ace Troubleshooter, which is a great track full of punk rock melodies. Bleach slows things down a bit but still maintains a hard rock slant on "Baseline." Slick ShoesSee more details below

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This Seattle-based label compilation is a mix of punk rock with alternative or nu-metal hardcore rock. It starts off with the tight and bubbly "Amanda" by Ace Troubleshooter, which is a great track full of punk rock melodies. Bleach slows things down a bit but still maintains a hard rock slant on "Baseline." Slick Shoes have a more polished and over-produced sound on "Alone," which has a touch of orchestral strings to it. Some songs have a Christian angle or theme to them, including "Modern Day Prayer" by Two Thirty Eight. But they usually don't fare as well as the punk rock songs, sounding far more mellow and down-tempo. An early highlight is the power pop of "Wearing Thin" by Further Seems Forever. Unfortunately, there are also some early lowlights, particularly the bland and uninspired "The Fragile" by Element 101. A few elements of industrial music are also presented, such as "Fl0ranclaude" by Mortal. They resemble Orgy in their style more than Nine Inch Nails. MXPX energizes the record with another great performance on "Let It Happen." A track which screams classic garage rock is the pulsating and infectious "Make You a Star" by Squad Five-O. The album isn't entirely power pop and punk rock, though, as "The Right Amount" by Bon Voyage gives the record a refreshing dose of melodic alternative pop. A previously unreleased track is the Undecided performing a nu-metal-cum-punk rock arrangement in "Beautiful" with mixed results. The biggest surprise comes from Calibretto 13, as they do a song in the style of the Violent Femmes. "Cruisin' the Strip" is a rollicking track that is equal parts rockabilly and Celtic in its feel. "Flowersoonde" by Dogwood closely resembles an Offspring outtake. Another shining moment is Fine China's "Don't Say Nothing," which has all the benefits of '80s Brit-pop in the vein of the Smiths.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Tooth & Nail Records
UPC:
0724353902827
catalogNumber:
39028

Tracks

  1. Amanda
  2. Baseline  -  Bleach
  3. Alone
  4. Modern Day Prayer  -  Two Thirty Eight
  5. Wearing Thin
  6. Crushed
  7. The Fragile  -  Element 101
  8. Surrender  -  Hangnail
  9. Fl0ranclaude  -  Mortal
  10. Let It Happen
  11. Make You a Star  -  Squad Five-O
  12. I Feel Nothing  -  Havalina
  13. She Shows Me How
  14. The Right Amount
  15. All I Have  -  Side Walk Slam
  16. We Know Who Our Enemies Are  -  mewithoutYou
  17. Beautiful  -  Undecided
  18. In Me  -  Kutless
  19. Crusin' the Strip  -  Calibretto 13
  20. Flowersoondie  -  Dogwood
  21. Nobody's Home  -  Too Bad Eugene
  22. Don't Say Nothing  -  Fine China
  23. Letter to Myself

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