Though not without the hallmarks of Fat Wreck Chords punk, Against Me!'s As the Eternal Cowboy marks a giant leap forward for the label by combining poppy punk rock with leftist politics, Billy Bragg's raspy anti-folk, and the Replacements' beer-soaked version of Americana. The Gainesville, FL, outfit may have embraced a slightly slicker production than with its fan favorite, Reinventing Axl Rose, but no matter how you stack it, As the Eternal Cowboy is an accomplished record of country-folk-punk that would only qualify as over-polished by the most hard-lined, anti-bar code punk kids' criteria. From the opening swampy croon and (decidedly un-swampy) Elvis -- that's Costello not Presley -- rant of "T.S.R." to the sleepy country ballad "Sink, Florida, Sink," Against Me! is inventive and strikingly emotional compared to its contemporaries, and uses its influences brilliantly without sounding derivative. The album's main weakness is that at under 30 minutes, it comes and goes before you know it. But if the Pogues of the South sounds of "Cliché Guevara" and "You Look Like I Need a Drink" are any indication, the band will put out its rambling, shambling slow album one day. At its best, As the Eternal Cowboy is one of the few early-2000s punk albums that transcends its genre and has the rock & roll clout to storm the mainstream.
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Performance CreditsAgainst Me! Primary Artist
Tom Gabel Group Member
Warren Oakes Group Member
Andrew Seward Group Member
James Bowman Group Member
Technical CreditsBrian Archer Contribution
Tom Gabel Composer,Art Conception
Brian K. Wynacht Contribution
Jordan Kleeman Contribution
Andrew Seward Contributor
James Bowman Contribution
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As the Eternal Cowboy based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
It's incredible, if you've heard any of their new songs live, you know that this cd will be amazing. Rice and Bread, Sink,Florida,Sink, and Cavilear Eternal are my three favorite songs off it... Just as good as, if not better than Reinventing Axl Rose