02. So Jersey
03. Sounds Of The City
04. The Pizza Song
05. Sarah Saturday
06. Better Things
07. The Messenger
09. Letter From Iraq
10. The New Thing
11. Midnight Mile
12. For All The Unheard
12/16/2007Lean On Sheena
12/16/2007The Pizza Song
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The Gold Record
The boys are back at it! The Bouncing Souls have created a rock masterpiece with their latest offering, The Gold Record! Steeped in the East Coast style of Punk Rock this band is famous for, this new album hits you square in the jaw while you sing along with tracks like "The Gold Song", "Better Things", and the blazing "Midnight Mile".
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US Rel. Date: 06/06/2006
EU Rel. Date: 06/05/2006
The Gold Record is their seventh studio album and for lack of a better way of putting it, it fucking rules. This one of the very few albums I've heard lately that have the continuity where I don't find myself skipping over a few tracks because all the songs are well thought out and show their growth as a band as well as people.
The Gold Song comes out with the style and ferocity that we know The Souls for. The vocal melody in the chorus is definitely one of the catchiest of the year. The next few songs show them elaborating on their sound just a bit, with songs like The Pizza Song, you can tell that they definitely are more introspective than ever and are not afraid to slow things down a bit.
Songs like Sarah Saturday & Better Things are great highlights on the album, the latter is probably one of the best songs on the disc and one that I'll be bumpin' in my Saturn sedan on my way to work with the windows down all fuckin' summer.
I had never thought of the Souls as a political band, but the song Letter From Iraq definitely strikes a chord since the lyrics are taken from actual letters they've received from a soldier in Iraq. It pulls at the heart because there's some scary shit going on over there and hearing a detailed account of one mans view of the war.
All in all, this album is chocked full of great drinking songs and choruses that will make you sing them while walking at the mall. I'm grateful for the good times that I remember when I think of this band. Hopefully they'll be around to write albums like this for another decade.
With the use of the accordian, trumpets and harmonicas throughout, we have been introduced to a side of the Souls that I for one was not expecting but am fully embracing. Not only are we seeing a more open-minded Bouncing Souls (quite possibly from doing several tours with the likes of Flogging Molly), yet when I opened the case and put in the record, my first thought was that sonically, and I don’t know how they did it, but damn, this record is LOUD. It’s easy to imagine why with guest spots from the likes of Chuck Ragan and Brett Gurewitz, and a fantastic production job by Ted Hutt; the sounds and music on the album are flawless. Even on the softer spoken songs like “The Pizza Song” or “Lean on Sheena,” your eardrums are slowly being peeled away.
One of the most impacting moments is the song “Letter from Iraq.” For those of you that haven’t been keeping an eye out on their website, they have been supporting several American soldiers who are currently serving overseas and the song's lyrics were adapted from a letter by Iraqi veteran Garett Reppenhagen. The emotional velocity of this song ranging from anger to confusion is a very impressing and powerful addition to the album. In the sea of current artists stepping on soapboxes screaming their political agenda, it's refreshing to see the Souls press the issue in a much more personal and effective way.
One key the Souls made sure of was that they kept constant the simplicity and anthemic structure to all the songs on The Gold Record to hold over any aged fan. There will be plenty of shouting and fist-pumping at your next Souls show. Bryan Kienlen’s bass-lines still drive straight through your chest while the rapid fire snare hits from Michael McDermott shoot out over Pete Steinkopf’s progressions on the guitar, showing they're still riding on top of the their songwriting game.
Now, you may be wondering what has made this record stand out as a definite for your collection. Yes, they have the love song, “Midnight Mile;” yes, they have a blasting opening track, “The Gold Song;” and they have no filler on this album. I think one of the lasting impressions that The Gold Record has made on me was their commitment to the community of loyal fans and underdogs that they call out to. The Bouncing Souls operate their band as a single unit; there is a lack of mention of “lead” in the liner notes, and justifiably so. Their close unity crosses over into the audience listening and you cannot help but connect with anyone sharing the experience with you, and on this album, that sense of community and togetherness rides through every song. The communities of patrons whom listen to the Bouncing Souls will for the most part all agree that the Souls are able to capture all that is fun about being in a punk band, or are still enjoying the loyalty and adulation that comes from being at one of the Bouncing Souls shows. Everything just seems to click; whether live or now on a new record, the Bouncing Souls fail to disappoint. Not only will this record suffice for any elder fan of the band, but it is sure to win over a new legion of younger fans who may be receiving their first introduction, and a fitting one at that. With The Gold Record, they encompass what has made them one of the most undisputed forces in the punk scene for nearly two decades. As personified in “The New Thing,” Greg states to all contenders and young upstarts, “We’re still dreaming / still believing / no longer looking for the new thing,” and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t ask them to alter their voice in any way, especially when it sounds so good.
Average Fan Rating: 4.79
A REAL PUNK ALBUM!!