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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sorry to disappoint all you "real" punk rawkers
Truth be told when this album first came out I hated it. I couldnt stand the sound. I loved old MxPx and I knew every song(lyrically and on guitar). Now add 2 years to the mix. Over the two years, my talents, and my ear for talent has grown and been educated. This record is very well produced. Some of you may complain because it doesn't have the bad distortion of andy's...
Published on October 27, 2005 by xfacethewrongx

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2.0 out of 5 stars mxpx and myself
well, i'm about 19 years old, i've been listening to mxpx since i was 12, they were my first favorite band and they still are. i always admired mike for his lyrics and catchy tunes, he was my hero. whenever i had a problem, they were who i turned to. they also got me into playing guitar and i started listening to more punk. later as i got older i saw how they started to...
Published on April 30, 2004 by sweater


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sorry to disappoint all you "real" punk rawkers, October 27, 2005
Truth be told when this album first came out I hated it. I couldnt stand the sound. I loved old MxPx and I knew every song(lyrically and on guitar). Now add 2 years to the mix. Over the two years, my talents, and my ear for talent has grown and been educated. This record is very well produced. Some of you may complain because it doesn't have the bad distortion of andy's guitar on PxPx, but I urge you to see past your lame "punk rawk" rules. Don't be so narrow minded to music. Pop-punk, punk, goth, anything music is a fad. hate to break it to you. conforming against conformity is all punk rock is. no matter if you're into street punk, pop punk, oi punk, celtic punk, doesn't matter. MxPx has changed over the years, because their talents have changed also. And the way I see it, they don't qualify to pop punk or whatever, they really never have. Pop-punk is all about the 3 chord progression, or even 2 chord. Maybe they settled for 4 chords, but so does "real punk". Most pop punk bands don't use minors(chords) either, MxPx has been bringing them for a while. And on top of all this mess that I've typed their live show mixes old and new songs, with the same energy and the same intensity. support the guys. they are awesome. this record is awesome.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MxPx�s Best CD in awhile, September 25, 2003
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Mike (Louisiana aka hell) - See all my reviews
Ok this isn't their best CD but it's better than their more recent stuff, keep in mind I love all their CDs. The songs are bit long but that's ok, because this style doesn't really call for short songs. It's very melodious which is what MxPx has always been about. To me the best thing about this CD is that it's actually different from a lot of their other albums but at the same time you can tell its MxPx. As much as I love MxPx they do have a bad habit of making all their albums sound the same, so this is a breath of fresh air. I might be alone in thinking this but it some what reminds me of Green Day's Warning (but I'm one of 5 people who actually enjoyed Warning) Some songs are fast and some are kind of slow, which is good because to make a good CD you need diversity. Some are a bit to slow, like "Quit your life" but nonetheless it's still a pretty song. What I found with this CD is that MxPx actually has the ability to grow and change. If I had to pick one song on here that is my favorite I'd have to say "Well Adjusted" because it's songs like that, that got me into MxPx. If you are new to MxPx I'd start with a CD like "Life in General" but this is still a great CD, if you actually have an open mind and are ok with bands evolving and not doing the same old thing over and over and over again. Which is something that a lot of punk bands have a bad habit of doing, and I thought MxPx was one of those bands, but with this CD they've proven me wrong. Now if you don't like this style of punk rock or "pop punk" that's one thing, I can understand why some people don't like stuff like MxPx and Blink 182 but you can't say this is NOT punk rock just because you don't like it. A lot people will tell you that this is not punk, but anyone who says that obviously doesn't know what they are talking about because there is only one rule to punk rock and that is there are no rules. Judging by this CD I can tell that MxPx knows that all to well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MXPX ROCKS HARDER THAN EVER!, October 16, 2003
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Lori Peoples (Billings, MO United States) - See all my reviews
If you like previous MxPx stuff (and even if you've never heard them before), you will totally love Before Everything & After!
For the people who are just shopping and looking for cool bands to listen to, you will *love* this CD if you enjoy a punk rock beat with nice pop hooks and personal lyrics.
My favorite MxPx record was Life In General, and this definitely moved up to #1. If you like bands like New Found Glory and Good Charlotte who have gotten sort of a reputation for being "trendy" or too "pop," you'll be pleased that MxPx has taken some of their credibility and lent it to Jordan Pundick of NFG and Benji Madden of GC, who helped MxPx rock the Civic Tour this summer.
And for those veteran MxPx fans who are afraid the three boys will go the way of Blink-182 and pander to a younger audience, this is definitely not the case with BE&A. The band's content has matured with their ages (and their fans like me!) so you don't feel like you're stuck in a time warp when the bands you grew up listening to are still writing songs about high school!
All in all, I give this CD *FIVE* stars because, no matter what your level of familiarity is with MxPx, there is something for everyone on this record!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They never dissappoint, November 12, 2004
For me MxPx is one of those bands who has shaped my musical tastes. I started listening to them in grade 9 (8 years ago) when I purchased Life in General. That is one of the CD's that got the most play time. MxPx thrust me into the punk/pop-punk scene and is responsible for my music tastes today. I own most of their albums and have never been dissappointed. However, as I've grown older I listen to them less and less. When I heard that they had a new album coming out I decided to give it a try. Well, after owning it for almost a year now I'm glad to say that it is great.

Their newest album does have a bit of a different sound to it than their earlier releases as it sounds more produced and finely tuned. It is clear that the guys from MxPx have grown and matured so has their music. You can tell by the content of the songs on these tracks. But don't worry, MxPx hasn't strayed too far from their formula. This album is still full of fast-paced punk rock tunes and great vocals.

The songs are pretty evenly split between those that are traditional MxPx punk and others that are slower than what we're used to from MxPx. I find that this gives the cd a good variety of sounds and makes for a non-monotonous album. All of the songs are great and none need be skipped. Furthermore, it's pretty rare to find good punk cd's that are also clean and decent in their content and that is exactly what this (and their other cd's) album is.

Faster Songs:

Play It Loud - Halo Friendlies

Well Adjusted

Brokenhearted

More Everything

Capitol

Slower Songs:

It's Alright

First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

Everything Sucks (When You're Gone)

Quit Your Life

Kings of Hollywood

You're Not Alone

In conclusion, whether you're a long time MxPx fan or someone who enjoys good melodic punk, give this album a chance and I don't think that you'll be dissappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Coast Punkers Do It Again!, October 17, 2003
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BJ (Milwaukee, WI USA) - See all my reviews
Well here it goes. I bought the cd 2 weeks ago and its one of the only cd's I've played. I know every word to every song and I LOVE it! All you haters who say oh now they're pop I miss they're old stuff. They are just being themselves! They are not sellouts! They are doing what they love and what they feel should be on the albulm. All of you wont be let down by this cd! Like most of thier cd's its a solid cd all around. You never get bored, because the next track is just as good. I could see them pulling a Linkin Park as far as "singles" go. haha Overall this is the best cd I have bought this year! Go out and buy it you will thank me and everyone else! MXPX rocks my socks off and should rock all yours off too! Or something like that...Here is what I think Of the songs 1-5 stars
-PLAY IT LOUD- Awesome track! It opens up the cd with a bang. A fan friendly song that is flawless..."5 STARS"...
-WELL ADJUSTED- This was the original single but was taken over by "EVERYTHING SUCKS"...I love this track and the music was put together beautifully! This also deserves ..."5 STARS"...
-ITS ALRIGHT- The start of this song is awesome. Mike has an amazing voice for thier sound! It is a lil repetative, but not much so I give it a ..."4.5 STARS"...
-BROKENHEARTED- Wow! One of my personal favorites musically. The bass and drums on this song make me hott! I love this song and you would too! ..."5 STARS"...
-First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives- Great song! I like the lyrics. This also gets repetative but is great still..."4.5 STARS"...
-EVERYTHING SUCKS(When Your Gone)- Good song. The video is funny for this one. Although I think America is gonna love whatever the next single is more. This song isn't the best on their cd so it will be fun to see what is to come. ..."4
STARS"...
-QUIT YOUR LIFE- I bet alot of people can relate to this song so its already a fan friendly song...but they top it out with awesome music and amazing singing..."5 Stars"...
-MORE EVERYTHING- Good song about making relationships more exciting and interesting. You gotta treat your girl right ya know? Awesome song! ..."5 STARS"...
-KINGS OF HOLLYWOOD- Great guitar intro to this song. It is Original like the others said. I like this song but it doesn't appeal to me that much..."4 STARS"...
-THE CAPITOL- Good fast song that has alot of heart and emotion in it. As does all thier songs! ..."5 STARS"...
-On The Outs- Rock On! This song im sure relates to some of you..."4.5 STARS"...
-DON'T WALK AWAY- The piano and other instruments work together to make a BEAUTIFUL SONG! Its rated with the best of em!
..."5 STARS"...
-YOU MAKE ME, ME- Great song has alot of hope and happiness in it! Great outlook on life. I like it alot! ..."5 STARS"...
-YOU'RE NOT ALONE- This song is great and finish's the albulm with poise. This cd is one of the best if not the best mxpx cd's!..."5 STARS"...
I give it an Over all *5* STARS!!! This cd is perfect!
I like all music and I have been a fan for 6 yrs....and Im not ever gonna stop. Mxpx keeps us wanting more by doing what they do best....LEFT COAST PUNK. This is my first review online so dont hate!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These reviewers "know" what real punk is., September 18, 2003
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Since they have the final word on what's punk and what's not we should listen to them.(LOL) Oh please you guys are know better than Mtv, telling who to listen to and what to were and how to dress. Give me a break. I can say you're the biggest poseurs I've ever seen. Just cuz these guys are becoming popular doesn't mean there sellingout. They've been around for ten years, this stuff happens eventually. They haven't changed there sound to sell more records, they've just matured, cuz when you hit there age, you can't keep singing about teenage politics, cuz they aren't teenagers aNYMORE!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best MxPx cd to date, September 20, 2003
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Winston Cheshire (Fremont, CA United States) - See all my reviews
I have every cd that MxPx has put out and without a doubt this is the best one. The music is much more complex. The drumming is awesome on this cd. There isn't a song on this cd that isn't perfect. The lyrics are beautiful, knowing that they're written for Mike's wife makes them even more beautiful because they are so much more real. It's hard to name my favorites because they're all just so good, but I'll try to name a few of the ones I enjoy the most. Play it loud is just so much fun to listen to. Well Adjusted...the song from the Diet Pepsi commercial. I love how this song has like 2 seperate parts to it. Everything Sucks is great because the title Everything Sucks doesn't sound at all like a girl song, but it's a beautiful song. Quit Your Life is just so beautiful. Kings of Hollywood is something new for any MxPx fan. You Make Me, Me has some of the best lyrics I've read. Perfect for singing to your woman. You're Not Alone has a very NFG sound, which makes sense sing Jordan sings BGV's on this song. I love this song though. This cd is worth more than what you'll pay. Support the band, buy don't burn...they deserve it to be bought. Also, don't let people burn the cd off of you, it's too good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUNK IS NOT A GENRE ITS A STYLE, May 18, 2004
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Cory Williamson "Techie by nature" (That city from the movie, USA) - See all my reviews
First of all, I think this album is amazing...Maybe not the most original album in its genre, but I'm pretty pissed off at all the people saying "Ohh, this isn't punk, its crap"...well screw that...can you sing like these guys, can you write lyrics like these guys (or any related band)..NO! It may not be your style of music, but don't hold that against the band. So stop trying to criticize the band for putting THEIR influences, and role models into their music. And for everyone who says this isn't punk...stop being 13 years old for once and think about what punk really is and how it has evolved. Punk is a term that was coined by bands like the sex pistols and the ramones (if you will)...it was a F*** you style and rebelliousness. It was NEVER a classification of music until it hit mainstream and people needed a way to "genrenize" it. SO...before all of you go criticize ANY band for their own original work, think about what you are saying...Anyway, back the CD...sure it is classified by the "ignorant" people as pop-punk...but that is OK, I think where these guys are taking music is incredible and thanks to Blink 182, Fall out boy, New Found glory, AND Good Charlotte...thats right I said it...I think its all amazing and I will be a follower of revolutionists like these guys regardless of what I think music SHOULD be sounding like....DAMNIT PEOPLE WAKE THE HELL UP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mxpx and myself, April 30, 2004
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well, i'm about 19 years old, i've been listening to mxpx since i was 12, they were my first favorite band and they still are. i always admired mike for his lyrics and catchy tunes, he was my hero. whenever i had a problem, they were who i turned to. they also got me into playing guitar and i started listening to more punk. later as i got older i saw how they started to change. there is a big difference between "slowly going the way of the buffalo" and "ever-passing moment". now they don't even sound like the same band. i kinda feel bad about laying this new cd along with others. i try to get into it. i can't seem to find God in they're lyrics anymore. now they're songs are about the same as anything you'd find at a music store. i guess i just grew up. but i still listen to they're older cds and when i do, it's like listening to a story about my life. well, i don't really have much to say for this record. thanks for reading this review. i hope it helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio-friendly doesn't mean trash, August 22, 2004
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Ramo (Glendale, CA) - See all my reviews
I've listened to mxpx for a while now, and I have to say that this release is definitely catchy and worth the buy. The only reason I'm giving this album only 4 stars is because they don't seem to put God in any of their songs anymore. Besides that, I don't understand how some people can hate this album so much. It's simply good, clean, fun music. Just because it's radio friendly doesn't mean that it's trash.
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