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Underdog Alma Mater
     

Underdog Alma Mater

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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."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602517664791
catalogNumber:
1021680

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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
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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Underdog Alma Mater 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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adieee More than 1 year ago
this cds awesome i love all tje songs. for fans of Metro Station
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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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