For those unfamiliar with this Cali punk/pop/concept band, All is basically Descendents minus lead singer/juice Milo Aukerman. Most Descendents fans seem to think of All as simply a weaker Xerox of that band's glory, but All is distinguished by the fluctuating despair and neurosis in their lyrics, which serves as a logical progression from the smarmy love songs of days gone by. The Allsters rotate lyrical duties here as usual, but there is a definite theme of confused irritation which starts off lightheartedly enough with the self-depricating "Fool" and gets progressively darker through "Scary Sad" (an ode to a suicidal girlfriend), "Box" (a disturbing satire on couch-patato pathos), "Copping Z" (a superficially silly tune about oversleeping with a dark, alienated undercurrent), and "She's My Ex" (the ultimate post-breakup self-flagellation). Scott Reynolds is not the strongest singer of the many who have sat in the All...
Have you ever heard "I love Descendents, but All suck" or words to that effect? This is the record that SHOULD shut said jerks right up, but somehow they never seem to get it. I find it quite reminiscent of "Milo Goes To College", right down to the tracking and pace(except this one opens with an instrumental, and you can throw a good dose of the 'dents' "All" record in too). Bittersweet pop and neurotic schizophrenic jazzy punk(and a little metal, even reminiscent of Van Halen:"Copping Z's"), you can't go wrong. Could use a remix and remastering-check out the "greatest hits" All cd and you'll hear why. If you're gonna get one All album, this is the one.
I will never understand how bands like Blink 182,Good Charlotte and The Offspring sell so many albums and a fantastic band like ALL have a hard time scraping together money for cheeseburgers.Catchy,eccentric,and just a tad sarcastic in its execution,Allroy's Revenge should have been the album to introduce the world to punk,not Nirvana and Green Day.Of the 14 songs on display,I think my personal favorite is Scary Sad,a sardonic and sorrowful look at the love in '89 or '05.She's My Ex is an eloquent ode to heavy on the stomach angst which never goes out of style.I myself like sleeping in,so obviously I enjoyed Copping Z's.Now honestly who among us hasn't wondered what can I expect from the years ahead at least once a week?I loved their sloppy and quirky cover of Hot Rod Lincoln,as well as the ALLways required love song Mary.This album is perfect in every way.Why Green Day got popular and ALL can't scrape together pizza money is beyond me..
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