Underdog Alma Mater

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All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602517664791
  • Catalog Number: 1021680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone) (3:24)
  2. 2 Hey Brittany (3:05)
  3. 3 My Worst Nightmare (3:45)
  4. 4 Believe Me I'm Lying (3:05)
  5. 5 The Way She Moves (3:42)
  6. 6 She's a Lady (4:00)
  7. 7 Uh Huh (2:58)
  8. 8 Phone Call (3:18)
  9. 9 Breakdown (3:37)
  10. 10 That for Me (2:58)
  11. 11 Coffee Break (2:40)
  12. 12 Catastrophe (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Forever the Sickest Kids Primary Artist
Jeff Turzo Keyboards
Greg Suran Acoustic Guitar
Matt Mahaffey Keyboards, Background Vocals
Austin Bello Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Kyle Burns Drums, Group Member
Caleb Turman Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jonathan Cook Vocals, Group Member
Marc Stewart Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
William Green Management
Tommy Quon Management
Eric Stenman Engineer, Digital Editing
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jeff Turzo Producer, Engineer
Rosa Menkes Art Direction
Matt Mahaffey Producer, Engineer
Matt Squire Producer, Engineer
Jennifer Beal Production Director
Robi Menace Management
Kyle Burns Illustrations
Geoff Rockwell Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My purchase

    This was a purchase for my son. It was well-received by him, and he loves listening to his new CD. He loves browsing the website almost as much as actually receiving the item. Thanks for making a great website for browsing and ease of purchasing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great!

    this cds awesome
    i love all tje songs.
    for fans of Metro Station

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is amazing

    Sometimes when it comes to music that mixes a Techno sound with a pop/punk it really doesn't mix well. But they pull it off. The CD starts out with a song that makes you want to sing along pacing an upbeat and soft sound through the Entire album. I highly recommend this song to anybody who enjoys music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Despite its extremely dissatisfying album cover and slightly embarrassing song titles, I definitely recommend purchasing this CD for anyone who likes good music.

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