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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Against Me!'s The Original Cowboy consists of studio demos recorded as a trial run before the actual sessions for 2001's As the Eternal Cowboy, and it's one of those records that forces an important question -- why was this released? Apparently, frontman Tom Gabel regrets re-recording the songs at all, thinking now that they were perfect the first time and should have been released as-is, just like was done with "Cavalier Eternal." He may have had a point, because let's be honest -- between the Eternal Cowboy and the Original Cowboy, the songs basically sound the same. Yes, there are subtle hints here and there that you're listening to a different record. "T.S.R." sounds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Against Me!'s The Original Cowboy consists of studio demos recorded as a trial run before the actual sessions for 2001's As the Eternal Cowboy, and it's one of those records that forces an important question -- why was this released? Apparently, frontman Tom Gabel regrets re-recording the songs at all, thinking now that they were perfect the first time and should have been released as-is, just like was done with "Cavalier Eternal." He may have had a point, because let's be honest -- between the Eternal Cowboy and the Original Cowboy, the songs basically sound the same. Yes, there are subtle hints here and there that you're listening to a different record. "T.S.R." sounds somewhat more immediate and raw as a demo; there's a bit more grit audible in Gabel's voice overall, and the unfinished quality carries on throughout the album where everything seems just a tad dustier and dirtier. A few songs have shorter lead-ins, and there's a brief yet triumphant intro instead of an intermission though the two sound alike. But usually when demos surface, they're noticeably different than the finished songs -- stripped down melodies on acoustic guitar, choruses missing harmonies, some of the lyrics might even be different. Yet "Unsubstantiated Rumors" is the only song here with significant changes; the demo boasting a dirty, bass-heavy sound with thick guitars and powerful vocals, while the finished version relegates the bass to the background under acoustic strums, sparser delivery, and an occasional triangle ding. Head-to-head comparisons are needed to find the minute differences between the rest of the track listing, and even then, there's nothing major to find. The albums are essentially interchangeable, and especially considering that there's nothing new included bonus tracks, live cuts, or even more recent demos, The Original Cowboy remains solely for completists who don't mind being reminded that what they really want is just some new Against Me! music already.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • UPC: 751097074312
  • Catalog Number: 743
  • Sales rank: 79,846

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Against Me! Primary Artist
Tom Gabel Group Member
Warren Oakes Group Member
Andrew Seward Group Member
James Bowman Group Member
Technical Credits
Emily Lazar Mastering
Against Me! Arranger, Composer
Tom Gabel Composer, Lyricist
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Rob McGregor Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Against Me!'s first "sellout" album...

    (According to some. Not me.) Released a second time for our listening pleasure!

    I love anything Against Me!, so I guess I am kind of biased. Most of the tracks are very similar to what ended up on "As the Eternal Cowboy", but this collection of demos sounds much closer to what you'd hear at a live show. Maybe I am just nostalgic about high school, when "As the Eternal Cowboy" was first released. Oh well, back to the album...

    "Unsubstantiated Rumors" is substantially different from what ended up on the album. Ha! See what I did there?

    Anyway, I think it's worth the 10 bucks ($6.92 if you're a member and buy it online!) Can't wait for a new album to completely wipe "New Wave" from my mind and never talk about it again. If you love AM!, buy it. If you only heard of them because of "New Wave", please skip this one and start with "Crime".

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