Underdog Alma Mater [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

Underdog Alma Mater [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

by Forever the Sickest Kids
     
 

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The ultimate goal of a debut album should be to set a band apart from its peers, but it appears that Forever the Sickest Kids have missed that point with Underdog Alma Mater. The album presents Forever the Sickest Kids as decidedly average, with little that makes them stand out from fellow punk-pop/emo groups other than

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The ultimate goal of a debut album should be to set a band apart from its peers, but it appears that Forever the Sickest Kids have missed that point with Underdog Alma Mater. The album presents Forever the Sickest Kids as decidedly average, with little that makes them stand out from fellow punk-pop/emo groups other than a slightly brighter sound. True, not every band can come out with groundbreaking works right out of the gate, but Underdog Alma Mater has a paint-by-numbers feel that makes it seem like the bandmembers aren't sure how to set themselves apart. The most obvious example is lead singer Jonathan Cook, who bases his delivery, intentionally or not, on that of Panic at the Disco's Brendon Urie -- what's to be gained if Cook and the rest of the band are content to follow the lead of groups that have gone before without treading new ground or finding their own niche? It leads to songs like "She's a Lady," a bad relationship ditty that sounds like it could be an outtake from any number of groups, and "Coffee Break," a melodramatic tune that wrenches every last bit of angst from verses about over-connected youth ("I'm turning my cell off just to breathe/'Cause everyone I know just keeps calling me"), anxiety about growing up, and even the worry that "my mom hates my guts." Other times, as on "Breakdown," the group sounds unenthusiastic, although there are bright spots, like the light and bouncy "Uh Huh." [The album was reissued with a bonus DVD and a handful of added tracks including remixes, demos, and a cover of Taylor Swift's "Love Story."]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602527104058
catalogNumber:
001311810

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
  3. Hey Brittany
  4. My Worst Nightmare
  5. Believe Me I'm Lying
  6. The Way She Moves
  7. She's a Lady
  8. Uh Huh
  9. Phone Call
  10. Breakdown
  11. That for Me
  12. Coffee Break
  13. Catastophe
  14. Middletro
  15. Believe Me I'm Lying
  16. Indiana
  17. Who Invited the Monster
  18. Bundled Up
  19. Uh Huh
  20. Catastrophe
  21. Believe Me I'm Lying
  22. My Worst Nightmare
  23. Give and Take
  24. Give and Take
  25. Heat Wave Jam Out
  26. The Party Song
  27. Love Story
  28. Cop Car
  29. Outro

Disc 2

  1. To the Show
  2. Alien Encounters
  3. Battle of the Bands
  4. The Death of Scuz
  5. Forever the Sickest Epilogue Webisodes 1-5
  6. 1755 Live
  7. In the Mix
  8. She's a Lady
  9. She's a Lady
  10. Behind the Video of Whoa Oh!
  11. Whoa Oh!
  12. Ron Browz
  13. London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 1
  14. London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 2
  15. London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 3
  16. London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 4, ft. "Whoa Oh!"
  17. London 09/98 Webisode, Pt. 5, ft. "She's a Lady"
  18. London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 6, ft. "Hey Brittany"

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Forever the Sickest Kids   Primary Artist
Jeff Turzo   Keyboards
Greg Suran   Guitar
Matt Mahaffey   Keyboards
Austin Bello   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Kyle Burns   Drums,Group Member
Caleb Turman   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Marc Stewart   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Eric Stenman   Engineer
Jeff Turzo   Producer,Engineer
Matt Mahaffey   Producer,Engineer
Matt Squire   Producer,Engineer
Jennifer Beal   Production Director
Taylor Swift   Composer
Shep Goodman   Composer
Shane Drake   Director
Forever the Sickest Kids   Composer
Kyle Burns   Producer,Engineer,Illustrations,Filmmaker
Geoff Rockwell   Producer

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