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

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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." [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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602527104058
  • Catalog Number: 001311810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:19)
  2. 2 Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone) (3:24)
  3. 3 Hey Brittany (3:05)
  4. 4 My Worst Nightmare (3:45)
  5. 5 Believe Me I'm Lying (3:05)
  6. 6 The Way She Moves (3:42)
  7. 7 She's a Lady (4:00)
  8. 8 Uh Huh (2:58)
  9. 9 Phone Call (3:18)
  10. 10 Breakdown (3:37)
  11. 11 That for Me (2:58)
  12. 12 Coffee Break (2:40)
  13. 13 Catastophe (3:18)
  14. 14 Middletro (0:15)
  15. 15 Believe Me I'm Lying (1:59)
  16. 16 Indiana (2:44)
  17. 17 Who Invited the Monster (1:53)
  18. 18 Bundled Up (2:47)
  19. 19 Uh Huh (1:40)
  20. 20 Catastrophe (2:53)
  21. 21 Believe Me I'm Lying (3:52)
  22. 22 My Worst Nightmare (1:21)
  23. 23 Give and Take (1:22)
  24. 24 Give and Take (2:19)
  25. 25 Heat Wave Jam Out (1:35)
  26. 26 The Party Song (3:30)
  27. 27 Love Story (3:24)
  28. 28 Cop Car (3:14)
  29. 29 Outro (0:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 To the Show
  2. 2 Alien Encounters
  3. 3 Battle of the Bands
  4. 4 The Death of Scuz
  5. 5 Forever the Sickest Epilogue Webisodes 1-5
  6. 6 1755 Live
  7. 7 In the Mix
  8. 8 She's a Lady
  9. 9 She's a Lady
  10. 10 Behind the Video of Whoa Oh!
  11. 11 Whoa Oh!
  12. 12 Ron Browz
  13. 13 London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 1
  14. 14 London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 2
  15. 15 London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 3
  16. 16 London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 4, ft. "Whoa Oh!"
  17. 17 London 09/98 Webisode, Pt. 5, ft. "She's a Lady"
  18. 18 London 09/08 Webisode, Pt. 6, ft. "Hey Brittany"
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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
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Eric Stenman Engineer, Digital Editing
Tom Coyne Mastering
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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