Permanent Revolution

Permanent Revolution

by Catch 22

CD

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Release Date: 06/27/2006
Label: Victory Records
UPC: 0746105029224
catalogNumber: 292
Rank: 107038

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Permanent Revolution 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was shocked - and not in a good way - when I listened to this album for the first time. Catch22, a band known for its fast-paced, complex, creative music has churned out an album that sounds like a hybrid of pop-punk and reggae, with run-of-the-mill vocals and second-rate lyrics. Were the typical "rebel" theme of Marxism not enough to make your eyes roll, the lyrics should have. I felt like I was looking at a photo-copy of ever neo-revolutionary manifesto ever churned out by an angsty teenager thinking he could change the world by protesting Bush and smoking weed. I wouldn't have minded the extremely lousy lyrics if the music was anything special, but it simply wasn't. The crisp, vibrant, well-tuned brass of their past albums has been reduced to the weak death-rattle of Ska's last gasping breath. The instruments were so muffled and discordant that I would suggest the musicians go back to highschool and learn how to play in unison. What's more, the overpowering drums and vocals due to poor mixing made what little bit of horn music the album posessed fade into the background where it could barely be heard. The only redeeming part of this album was the introduction of vibes, chimes, and bells to the otherwise lacking arsenal of instruments. As a mallet percussionist, I was elated to see my instruments represented. Now if only the REST of the album was good... Overall, I give this album 2/5 stars. I should have given it less, but I try to remind myself that for someone who likes cookie-cutter ska and reggae, this album may not be any worse than what is allready on the shelves and radio. For me, however, this album was the last shovel-load of dirt on Catch22's grave I'll never waste the money on their albums again.