Suicide Machines

The Suicide Machines

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by The Suicide Machines
     
 
Onetime alterna-ska band the Suicide Machines are apparently all ska'd out. But that's not such a bad thing -- especially since they've discovered the sheer joy of power-pop on their self-titled third album. The Suicide Machines have never completely eschewed melody, but here they embrace it like a girlfriend, enthusiastically crafting songs with jangly guitars,

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Onetime alterna-ska band the Suicide Machines are apparently all ska'd out. But that's not such a bad thing -- especially since they've discovered the sheer joy of power-pop on their self-titled third album. The Suicide Machines have never completely eschewed melody, but here they embrace it like a girlfriend, enthusiastically crafting songs with jangly guitars, cheery vocal harmonies, and undeniable hooks. At the same time, they retain their edge, holding on to much of the guitar bluster that made their first two records so propulsive. "Permanent Holiday" crashes and slashes like the Ramones, and "Reasons" is a full-throttle hardcore scream-fest. The band is at its best when blending styles. "I Hate Everything," for example, sounds like a cross between Everclear's "Everything to Everyone" and Faith No More's rap-centric "Epic" (remember "You want it all, but you can't have it," kiddies?), while "Extraordinary" is a Goo Goo Dolls-style ballad replete with tympani, french horn, and strings. Occasionally, lead vocalist Jason Navarro veers too far off-key for pop, and the album could have concluded without the cover of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," but overall, the disc marks a daring step and a welcome change of pace from a band that would rather commit suicide than be easily categorized.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Following the hyper-aggressive Battle Hymns, The Suicide Machines is a surprisingly toned-down effort, often scrapping the band's previous third-wave ska style in favor of a catchy, mainstream punk-pop/alt-rock sound. While there are a few ska and hardcore-influenced tracks reminiscent of the band's earlier days, their manic energy has largely been replaced by more detailed arrangements; some of the harder-rocking tracks are reined in by chiming, clean-toned guitars in the background, for example, and a few cuts even use string sections. There are a couple of moments that sound a little generic, but overall, the record's move toward greater accessibility undeniably works, however disappointed some fans might be with the fact that most of the Suicide Machines' rough edges have been smoothed out.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616218926
catalogNumber:
162189

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The Suicide Machines 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the political messages and punk-with-horn-section / ska-core sound, you will be sorely dissapointed in this album. They have gone the way of Blink 182 and Reel Big Fish. You may like 'Sincerity', 'Reasons', and 'Goodbye For Now', but they are so Generic Suicide Machines, you could replace them with any of 4 other songs and hardly tell a differance. The stark socio-political commentary usually prominant in their songs has given way to the overused "I love you, be my girlfriend" theme. I would now compare the Suicide Machines to a mix of MxPx, Green Day, and some sort of Hanson-Type bubblegum pop band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok...yea i was confused about this one. it does sound almost tooooo much like a blink-182 thing, i mean it is your opinion you might actually like it but from a suicide machines fan this cd isnt really them