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Art of Losing

The Art of Losing

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by American Hi-Fi

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Former '90s alt.rock utility man Stacy Jones brings the gleaming steel wool of his American Hi-Fi out of the box once again with The Art of Losing. The album arrives after a curious live offering, which seemed to exist solely as an opportunity for Jones to fulfill a Live at Budokan fantasy. Nevertheless, fans of the 2001


Former '90s alt.rock utility man Stacy Jones brings the gleaming steel wool of his American Hi-Fi out of the box once again with The Art of Losing. The album arrives after a curious live offering, which seemed to exist solely as an opportunity for Jones to fulfill a Live at Budokan fantasy. Nevertheless, fans of the 2001 hit "Flavor of the Weak" will find The Art of Losing and its title track lead single worthy follow-ups. It's appropriate that "The Art of Losing"'s slick, reconstituted punk jerk found its way into a Coors Light ad -- its chants of "Hey ho/Let's go/I'm gonna start a riot" and "One two/F*ck you/Don't tell me what to do" take the packaging of punk for mass consumption to macrobrewery levels. Impossibly, the similarly processed grit of "The Breakup Song" is a straight-up knockoff of blink-182's "First Date." Jones includes another name-drop of Cheap Trick here, too; the production inserts handclaps, layer after layer of harmony vocals, and the thousand-foot-high guitar tone typical of songs mixed for radio. In fact, this is the sound that guides both Losing and American Hi-Fi, a band that's been designed and built for success in three-minute increments. "Nothing Left to Lose" splices played-out hip-hop phrasing ("Holla back y'all," "All the bitches in the back") into smarmy Jackson Browne and Undertones references as the guitars chug and ring referentially; "Teenage Alien Nation" and "Beautiful Disaster" feature more bombastic riffery and meticulously placed potty mouth from Jones. Elsewhere there are the requisite ballads ("Save Me" and "This Is the Sound" -- think a louder Goo Goo Dolls), but The Art of Losing is rounded out mostly by a jumble of F-words, cheeky pop culture references, name-drops (Built to Spill? My Bloody Valentine? Mentioning them doesn't put you in the same league), and more buzzing 21st century new alternative rock helped out considerably by production chicanery. American Hi-Fi truly is the flavor of the week.

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Spin Magazine - Christian Hoard
Only a snob could hate these 11 songs, which wear their bright, adrenalized grooves, lucid melodies, and arena-ready choruses the way the Hi-Fi boys wear their vintage Poison T-shirts: proudly and without a shred of irony. (7)
Blender - Ann Powers
Cute but not too sugary, smart but not too brainy, [band leader Stacy] Jones's songs practically define pop-punk

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The Art of Losing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love American Hi/Fi. This CD is great if you're looking for some good tunes. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band has come a long way. Everyone should go out and buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art of losing is such an amazing cd, filled with punk songs that you could bang your head to. This album really defines who american hi-fi, are. If you're looking to get into the punk scene, this is a band that could make your all time favourite list. The songs are worth more of your time then just to download, this cd should be bought, or stolen??
Guest More than 1 year ago
American hi fi's new cd is one of the best I've ever bought. Stacey has the most unique vocals and the entire band's sound flows nicely together. It's the kind of sound that you can feel all through your body. Not only are these guys amazingly talented they're also really neat guys who know how to have fun, and it's apparent in their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
about a year ago, i attended a show these boys put on. there, they unveiled a few of their newest songs to us. i didn't care that i didn't know the words to sing along; the new material blew me away. now they've (finally!) crafted their excellent new cd with those songs and more. ever since it was bought, i haven't stopped listening to it. on the art of losing, american hi-fi shows that they've grown an immense amount musically since their first, self-titled album. it's a shame that they're often called that nasty term that seems to be flung around a lot these days, a one hit wonder. hopefully though, people will hear the music from this disc and discover what american hi-fi is all about - fun, awesome rock n roll.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you loved American Hi-Fi's self-titled debut album then you'll have to own "The Art of Losing". It's catchy vocals and superb guitar riffs will keep you playing the CD on "loop" mode. There's a song for everyone on this CD. For those on the rebound there's "The Breakup Song"; for those in need of a loud straight ahead rock song there's "Rise"; and who doesn't get the urge to jump and down like a complete nut when "Nothing Left to Lose" comes on? Anyone who's a fan of rock NEEDS "The Art of Losing" as part of their collection - Hi-Fi is what it's all about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new American Hi Fi cd , The Art of Losing is a great cd!. Their are really good songs on it like The Art of Losing, and slower songs like this is the sound. there is also rocking soungs like Teenage Alien Nation. If you have heard the single, or the old album, and liked it, then you have to pick up the new cd,, it rocks!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the best CD thatI have bought so far this year and I think that everyone should get it. Its not lame and it makes a lot of sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i belive that this album was the best one out of the two. i think that this album should go #1 on the billboard chart.all the songs are good and great to jam out to. so i give this album a 5. **american hi-fi rocks** sara*e* san marcos,tx
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a totally sweet cd... you guys should totally get this cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art Of Losing is my favorite cd of all time. I believe that all genres will enjoy this album by American Hi-Fi. In my opinion, there isn't one bad song on the album. Every song is full of great beats, and fun tunes, that will have you singing along, and blasting it in your car. The first time I heard it in my moms car on the way home from their show, I realized how great the lyrics were. I've been a fan since 5th grade (now in 8th), and they continue to impress me with their lyrics and playing skills. It's so difficult to choose a favorite song. Stacy did a great job in writing the songs. Brian is an awesome drummer. He has very unusual drum beats, that blow me away. Jamie and Drew help out with their great guitar and bass playing. They're an extremely close band, and it shows when you see them live, or listen to The Art Of Losing. The new album will not dissapoint you. No matter what type of music you like, you wil enjoy this album.It deserves all 5 stars. I live in a "ghetto city", and I found "Nothing Left to Lose", an extremely funny song. There's something in this CD for everyone. They're pure rock. Once you listen to it, you'll be putting up the "horns" and become an instant fan!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen Up, have you ever bought a CD and listend to it and regreted buying it? This is NOT one of those. Or have you just skipped over the songs you don't like this is a CD where all the tracks are worth listening to over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is absolutely amazing! They have certainly outdone themselves.. This band is a good feel band with well thought lyrics! Support american Hi-Fi and buy this great cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, if you liked their first album in any way shape or form you will love this one. All aspects: vocals, guitar, bass, and drums are louder and stronger, and the songs are all either catchy, funny, "just rockin'", or all of the above. It's the type of album it's just impossible to get sick of...the more you listen, the more you love the rock! The energy of the songs causes your heart to pound in time when you listen. Slip on your headphones with this in your player and your boring history lecture turns into a sky-diving sensation...wait, does that make any sense? Anyway this is a great cd from an awesome band and everyone should check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stop listening to this cd. It rocks so hard. Its such a huge step forward from AHF's first album. Go buy this album today, its so worth it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new American Hi-Fi album, The Art of Losing, is definitely different from their first self-titled record. But it's definetly not worse! The tunes are all catchier and more upbeat this time around, with a bit more of a raw, unpolished sound. If you like American Hi-Fi, you won't be disappointed with their latest work. One listen and you'll be addicted!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing. It does not even compare to their first album, which I thought could not be beaten. The Art of Losing is edgy, rockin', and in no way near as popie as AHF's first album. "The Breakup Song, Teenage Alien Nation, Happy, and Built for Speed" are amazing. This album is a must have to get it right now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is great i love the lyics too. it's so much fun to just go crazy with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No questions asked, This cd is the going to be in my cd player fr a while. Reaching new hights with this cd Aerian hi fi showed no slipping from there 1st cd. Both are great cd's to own and listen to, there is notoe song that you can even think bout skipping.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my first reviews on a cd, and what better cd then American Hi-Fi's "Art of Losing". I've had it for about a week now and I have repeatedly played it over and over again. I think it's a strong album, and every bit as good as their last self titled album, which is also one of my favorite's. Obiviously the songs that stands out the most so far is "Art of Losing". My favorite nonsingle(so far that is) would have to be "This is the Sound" because it really is a catchy tune, and "The Gold Rush" is cool too. There are just so many good songs, it would take me a while to cover each one, but wether you like to bang your head and rock, or just mellow out, there is a song for everybody. That's what a good band does, give their fans a little variety, but stay with a forumla that has made them successful. I definitely recommend "Art of Losing" as it's a "true" rock fan's album, that can also carry for years to come as a classic. They go for new sounds, yet stick to their roots and not sell out. This is music I like, not something that the radio or MTV forces me to like, like a mindless zombie. No bs'ing here, this album rocks the body, that rocks the party! If anybody says this isn't a good rock album, they probably wouldn't know rock n' roll if it kicked them ..., AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really Good. The band is really talented and the songs are great. i love this CD and i recommend that you buy it, it is really worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long wait, we are finally rewarded with American Hi Fi's new cd "The Art of Losing" which is just as good if not better as their previous album. With catchy tunes and a new sound, they appeal to every kind of music. I highly recommend this new cd. Its Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
American Hi-Fi is back and better than ever. Their songs are pure musical genius. This is a must buy for anyone that appreciates good rock music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art Of Losing is better than their self titled CD. If you don't like it listen to it again and I guarantee you'll like it. If you like the All-American Rejects then you'll like this.