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Alexisonfire Watch Out!

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01. Accidents MP3 02. Control 03. It Was Fear of Myself That Made Me Odd 04. Side Walk When She Walks 05. "Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama" 06. No Transitor 07. Sharks and Danger 08. That Girl Possessed 09. White Devil 10. Get Fighted 11. Happiness By The Kilowatt
2004 Equal Vision Records
Our score 8

by Jhonn Thomassen
8/22/2004

There are a few obvious clues I tend to look for that indicate whether or not a band is doing something right or not. This can range from whether I start humming or singing along to it quickly, repeated playing, etc. But, when I end up playing an album for eight hours straight the day after I first hear it, and I'm singing along to 80% of the lyrics before the end of the week, I don't really need any more indicators to know that said band is doing something very, very right. When I first heard Alexisonfire, it was just before their self-titled full-length came out, and I wasn't terribly excited about the MP3s I had heard. As a result, I didn't bother picking it up or even downloading it. And looking back, that's fine, because "Watch Out!" outshines its predecessor by a long shot. The primary improvement on this new release is a simple one: attention to melody. Musicianship, production – these aspects have improved noticeably as well, but the melodies on this album are what swept me off my feet, and I have a feeling this is what most people will find out first, too. And it's not exactly the guitar that's so powerful here, but the vocals. Both guitarists Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil get so much time in the limelight themselves that I wonder sometimes what frontman George Pettit does onstage most of the time. While Pettit's scream is excellent in its own right, the multi-layered vocal harmonies that Green and MacNeil pull off are almost 100% unforgettable. I rarely would say that about any album I own, and I would even more rarely claim that every song on a disc is worth playing all the way through. But rather than go on about this album as a whole, I'd rather quickly highlight some of the best songs on this release. The first track "Accidents" is the perfect opener to any first-time listener in terms of foreshadowing; and what is to be expected are moving guitar riffs and a thunderous vocal presence. The high spot of this track are the group vocal "whoa's" that rival those done by AFI in their ‘glory' days. Next in line is "Side Walk When She Walks," a song whose chorus carries the same powerful and poignant tone as the aforementioned song, but does so on a much deeper and more emotional level. Both "No Transitory" and "That Girl Possessed" feature some of the best harmonies and well-structured songwriting I've been lucky enough to hear all year, while "White Devil" is the first song I've come across tackling the (fairly prominent and widespread) problem of cocaine use among the ‘new' crowd of scene kids. The last two tracks "Get Fighted" and "Happiness By The Kilowatt" again showcase the band's penchant for excellent lyrics ("My greatest gift to you in a dance floor free from insecurity") and top-notch vocal melodies. I know that perhaps my descriptions of this album may be somewhat vague, but when a band such as Alexisonfire has a sound so monumental, it's hard to pin them down into a neat little review. I can't compare them to AFI or Thursday or Codeseven or any other large band, even though they share some similarities with these groups, because Alexisonfire has a truly unique sound and feel (which is strengthened by everything from the music to the lyrics to the layout, which is also phenomenal) that it does no justice simply comparing them to someone else. The best thing to do is to just listen to them yourself and pass judgment on your own. Bottom Line: Not at all akin to their last full-length on Equal Vision, Alexisonfire has put out an album that has pushed their sound to an extreme and have partially redefined, I think, what this genre of music will begin to sound like in the coming years. I have no doubt that this will be the post/emotional-hardcore/rock album of the year.

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jwcp_ 8/22/2004 6:37:56 PM

this album deserved a -8, not an 8


Cory_ 8/22/2004 7:35:30 PM

this is the polar opposite of the review i submitted for the same record.


anonymous 8/22/2004 8:13:11 PM

Why wasn't yours put up?


mouse_ 8/22/2004 8:18:04 PM

same reviewer who gave unearth an 8. im not surprised.


Ohhhhh_ 8/22/2004 9:04:09 PM

I bet the review you made would've received a D in a 10th grade english class though, flamer. I only saw one retarded review for this cd at pahardcore.com, I don't know about this cd really, the mp3 sounded good though.


Dutch_ 8/22/2004 9:37:43 PM

same reviewer who gave unearth an 8. im not surprised. posted by mouse () on 8/22/2004 8:18:04 PM You should have falsities in your insults that null everything you have to say thus making you the idiot.


btn_ 8/22/2004 10:05:15 PM

excellent review...one of my favorite albums of this year (so far)


vcreationv_ 8/22/2004 11:22:11 PM

its ok. not worth buying though. i didnt even read the review cause i dont agree with the 8/10.


portal_ 8/23/2004 12:25:48 AM

this reveiw is bullshit, i think he works for Muchmusic. because we all know ( candians anyway) that MM is on their dicks


mattox_ 8/23/2004 11:51:52 AM

wow, this album is horrible, i lose forever for even downloading it. that guy needs death for talking highly of this album.


tannhauser_ 8/23/2004 12:12:38 PM

jesus, can hardcore get any cornier? what the hell are you thinking giving this such a good review?


asdfasd_ 8/23/2004 2:34:20 PM

something in his brain must have snapped because he gave asherahs cd only a 5. a5. seriously. He was definitely beat up after that and now has to answer to all the candian aof kids. Its not a bad cd though but THIS ONE DESERVES A 5, NOT THE ASHERAH


PIG_DESTROYER_ 8/23/2004 10:30:30 PM

im happy to see this get a good review. AP gave it a 2, while giving from first to last a 4. i think its a great album. some of the songs at the end are blah, but 1-7 are great. i dont get why everyone hates it. it seems to be that they just hate it because of the style of music it is, which is fine. but, they do this style of music very well. a singer who can actually sing, harmonies, good guitar lines, actual memorable parts. yes, maybe its not for the lambgoat crowd, but its a fine album


ShaolinLambKiller_ 8/23/2004 11:27:10 PM

Great band.


sweetZOMBIEjesus_ 8/24/2004 12:58:12 AM

"Alexisonfire has put out an album that has pushed their sound to an extreme and have partially redefined, I think, what this genre of music will begin to sound like in the coming years" WHAT!?!? This guys is sooo fired.


matt_ 8/24/2004 5:00:03 AM

Finally, a review that does this fantasitic cd justice. AP gave them a 1/5, but they gave the new "Hives" album a 4 so theyre opinions pretty much don't count anymore anyways. Again, Jhonn knows his stuff. Good review.


malcolm_ 8/24/2004 5:00:15 AM

it's really good


buckwheat_ 8/24/2004 5:07:22 AM

I'm f*cking disgusted with you people. I tried talking about these guys 6 months ago and got the "gay band" bullshit and then they put out an album that's not bad... but not great and now you people are riding their nut hairs into oblivion. Screw you guys, I'm goin' home.


miles_ 8/25/2004 4:28:03 PM

A great cd from a great band. I'm happy lambgoat decided to review this. Keep up the good reviews.


metalcore._ 8/28/2004 10:09:21 AM

This dude is a moron...i am from niagara falls and st kitts...i went to alexisonfires very first show and have seen them countless times and the progression theyve made...but on this album it seems they have changed their sound to be more "radio friendly"..giving more of the vocals to dallas and taking away alot of the screams...this album, to me, will be the end of alexisonfires progression and the start of their regression! i loved the first album so i dont know what the hell this dde is talki


PIG_DESTROYER_ 8/28/2004 8:27:32 PM

the screamers scream sucks and half of it is just distortion on the vocals to make it sound better. the singer can sing very well. i think they finally realized this, and decided to switch things up some


dragxnet_ 8/30/2004 12:12:55 AM

how can he speak of whoas without mentioning pennywise or the new with honor song.


radar_ 9/27/2004 3:07:05 PM

You people are idiots. This cd is amazing, and Alexisonfire is amazing. I love the first cd, and this one is great too. Go listen to Good Charlotte you stupid motherf*ckers, and stop wasting your time beening elitest wannabe music critics when you actually don't know shit.


Mixhail_ 10/4/2004 3:53:44 AM

this dallas guy is one motherf*cking hell of a singer. somehow this has f*cked up my list of best cds of the year, because ive been listening to this the most out of all of them. these guys are gonna get big, and i would hardly call them hardcore but i dont really care about that.


Key_ 11/20/2004 10:31:21 PM

:/ This CD ish oookeiy. It's not better than their older CD though.


kneel_ 1/13/2005 11:24:27 PM

i didn't enjoy this album when i listened to it. their debut is better. a lot of emo- like melodies here.. it deserves lower than 8. a 1 or a zero..


anonymous 3/7/2005 5:16:40 PM

f*ck off, this cd is awesome.


JetxBlack_ 3/16/2005 9:59:35 AM

This was my guilty pleasure of last year. My soundtrack to a lazy summer on the beach playing football :o)


ktownhcore_ 4/6/2006 2:28:37 PM

Yes i like this band...i am canadian.......this album other then the odd song was not as good as there self title....like them live.....and it is better then hearing screamo


Callum_ 5/26/2006 2:30:33 PM

Hey, i got this album straight away when it came out because i loved the first album so much. This album made me fall in love with dallas greens voice and i've been listening to his solo stuff ever since. The line "My greatest gift to you is a dance floor free from insecurity" is from Get fighted. Not happiness by the kilowatt :P


anonymous 6/6/2006 1:58:48 AM

Yawn.