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Posted by: Dave on July 16, 2007 at 8:55 am

Against Me!New WaveNote: After three indie-label full-length releases, this is Against Me!’s major label debut. It’s produced by Butch Vig, who’s best known for producing Nirvana’s Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream and as a member of Garbage.
Sound: With the move to a major label and the guidance of a ‘90s alternative rock legend, the band’s raw, barroom protest punk has evolved into slicker, rally cry rock. Tom Gabel’s coarse and fierce snarl still directly calls for change and provokes discussion, but some of the ferocity of his bark has been tamed in the beefed up mix.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Thrash Unreal”; “White People For Peace”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Borne on the FM Waves of The Heart”; “The Ocean”; “Up the Cuts”; “Animal”
Recommended: With some of the edges smoothed out, this more mainstream friendly version of Against Me! should reach a wider audience. On the positive side, their commentary on the music industry, war, national identity and more will be likely be heard by more people. The downside, though, is that the music feels less dangerous and volatile.
Grade: B

Listen to Tracks/Buy CD:
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One Response to “Against Me! New Wave (Sire)”

  1. Evan Says:

    Against me has their own channel on kyte.tv! I definitely recommend checking it out! It’s a a whole bunch of shows they produced themselves!

    http://www.kyte.tv/againstme

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