Appeal To Reason

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If ever there was a year to release a political punk album it was 2008, when the U.S. was consumed by the wildest presidential campaign in modern history. It seems like the perfect backdrop for Rise Against to release Appeal to Reason, their third major-label record, and in a way it is -- certainly, the group rages against the moral decay rotting the core of the U.S. on the opening "Collapse (Post-Amerika)," just as they strike out against the slow dumbing down of America on "Re-Education (Of Labor)" and tell Iraqi soldier stories on "Hero of War." The latter showcases the acoustic guitars that helped goose 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness into the Billboard Top Ten but the rest boast the manic rapid-fire hardcore delivery that hearkens back to Rise Against's politically minded forefathers Bad Religion. This balance of plaintive modern folk and carefully traditional protest punk is offset by Rise Against's increasingly strong fondness for heavy, slick production, the kind where the rhythms are too tight and the guitars overdriven and clean, the kind where it sounds more like '80s metal than '80s punk. Rise Against is hardly the only modern punk band to be weighed down by this contradiction -- it's entirely too devoted on chops and gear, Guitar Center punk -- but it stings a little more with them as their ambitions, smarts, and skills are higher than their peers. They seem like they shouldn't have such a beefy, big sound, particularly as it obscures their message, giving the group a weird dichotomy: they are clean, accomplished musicians and sincere, socially conscious rockers but those two halves don't complement each other well, at least not on the well-intentioned Appeal to Reason. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Rise Against
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.7 x 5.7 x 5.7
UPC: 0060251786368
1. Collapse (Post-Amerika)
2. Long Forgotten Sons
3. Re-Education (Through Labor)
4. The Dirt Whispered
5. Kotov Syndrome
6. From Heads Unworthy
7. The Strength To Go On
8. Audience Of One
9. Entertainment
10. Hero Of War
11. Savior
12. Hairline Fracture
13. Whereabouts Unknown

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Customer review by Sadestjoker

5.0 stars by Sadestjoker

I believe that the opinon of one person should not affect the ratings of one cd... So I was compelled to write this review based on the fact that it had only two stars before I reviewed it. It overall was a really good cd with very catchy songs and well it has a lot of replay values unlike most cd's that I buy I only listen to them once or twice and then they are left in storage. Also I did some research on this and found an interesting review by Roling Stones that I would like to share with everyone that is interested in buy this cd... I would have easily made my personal view for this cd much more interesting, but I believe that it would take off less of an effect that the Roling Stones review has... So here it is. With hardcore anthems that raged against teen apathy in the Bush era, these Chicagoans began as a thinking punk's alternative to the chain-wallet angst of groups like Good Charlotte and A Simple Plan. Then they cracked the Top 10 with 2006's excellent The Sufferer and the Witness — and now they're wondering out loud if their message got muddled on the way to the Warped Tour. Appeal to Reason is an honest appraisal of their rise from the indie trenches into the mainstream. "Our shoulders bear an awful weight," singer Tim McIlrath admits on "The Strength to Go On," and on "Entertainment," he worries, "All we are is entertainment/Caught up in our own derangement." The politics on Appeal to Reason are more personal than those of most agit-punk bands: The ambivalent aggro-folk track "Hero of War," for instance, draws its lyrics from actual stories Rise Against heard from soldiers in Iraq. And the songs are driven by an ever-sharpening pop sensibility. Producer Bill Stevenson dirties up the chugga-chugga riffs with the Reagan-era spit shine of bands like Fugazi and Black Flag, but big choruses and radio-friendly hooks still anchor the tunes. "Collapse (Post-Amerika)" bounces on a skate-punk pogo beat and a shout-along refrain of "This is not a test/This is cardiac arrest!" And the power ballad "Audience of One" finds McIlrath growl-crooning with real force: "Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved/Run away/But what are we running from?" Rise Against may be nervous about leaving the underground behind, but with sharp songs like these, they're ready for the rest of the world.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Good music, too much political views

Customer review by bsarules

2.0 stars by bsarules

I loved the music on the CD but I give it such a low rating because I found a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sticker in the CD. I am outraged because I these people should keep their political views to themselves. After seeing this I Will NOT buy any more Rise Against Mp3s or CDs.

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