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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B004KB4S9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those that aren't familiar with them (frankly, you should be ashamed of yourself!), SCREECHING WEASEL have been a stalwart of the pop-punk scene for 25 years. Back in '86 they took up the Ramones' torch and have since created a bonfire. With legions of dedicated fans and a whole slew of acclaimed releases under their belt, Screeching Weasel have firmly entrenched themselves as living legends in the punk rock world. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels, the band recently reformed and completed their first new material in 11 years, 'First World Manifesto'. Comprised of 14 tracks, 'First World Manifesto' has all the hallmarks of an instant Weasel classic. From the short fast punk rock standards bearing Ben's trademark ire (this time directed at message board tyrants, scenesters, and blind followers) to the traditional mid-tempo girl oriented songs, it's all in there. Musically, 'First World Manifesto' delivers on expectations with their emblematic guitar driven sound ringing throughout, due in no small part to the return of famed guitarist Dan Vapid. Additionally, they enlisted Mike Kennerty (All-American Rejects) to take the reins as producer, and threw in some backing vocals by Dr. Frank (Mr. T Experience) and Joe Queer (The Queers). 'First World Manifesto' is the masterpiece that Weasel fans have been dreaming about for the past decade of silence.

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Music is music - listen and you'll know if you like it.
Stantz
Ben Weasel is still snotty as ever in his singing and I think the music is the best that the Weasels have ever done.
JMP
Really Impressed with how they've kept their sound yet matured.
EB

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2011
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DISCLAIMER: This review is pretty long, so here's the short version if you don't want to read that much... This album is fantastic, Weasel fans can forget all the crappy albums Ben did between 1997 and 2000, this is a very strong release. Buy it, you won't be sorry.

Now, on to the long review:

When I heard Screeching Weasel was putting out a new album, I was excited but also nervous. It would be the first new Screeching Weasel album in 11 years, and I wasn't sure if it would be good or bad.

Allow me to explain... Ben Weasel has been one of my absolute favorite musicians for a long time now, the guy is capable of some truly great songwriting, and he's been on a hot streak lately. The three Riverdales albums he's done since the last time he hung up the Screeching Weasel name have been uniformly excellent. "Phase 3" and "Invasion USA" in particular are just stunning entries in the pop-punk catalog. In addition, Weasel's recent solo album, "These Ones Are Bitter," was just about flawless, one of the best albums he's ever done.

I was hoping this pattern of success would travel over to the new Screeching Weasel album, but I could also see it going another way. When Ben is on his game, he makes some great music, but he does not have a pattern of consistancy. The last several Screeching Weasel albums have not been very good. While I loved "Bark Like A Dog" the albums that followed were not up to par. The best moments on "Television City Dreams" and "Major Label Debut" were average at most, and as a whole both disks were letdowns. I appreciated "Emo" for the lyrical honesty and dark, raw vibe, but the songs were far from catchy. "Teen Punks in Heat" was a complete embarassment.

So would "First World Manifesto" continue Ben's winning streak?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Kyle on September 6, 2011
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I had been a fan of Screeching Weasel for about 20 years, and even Ben Weasel's recent shenanigans didn't really put me off... he's always been a temperamental, unlikable dude. But with the absence of co-founding member, John Jughead, this feels more like another of Weasel's lame solo projects. The songs, I thought, were pretty generic and by-the-numbers, and for some reason his voice was more nasally than usual. I see other reviewers have loved the album, so please take this as merely an opinion, but I wasn't a fan of this one, preferring Bark Like A Dog, or the classic Anthem For A New Tomorrow.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Taylor on March 16, 2011
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I love Screeching Weasel and expected their return album to be pretty good. After all, Ben's had like 11 years to write the songs, right? But this album blew my expectations out of the water. The only sad part is that Jughead isn't part of this, I wish him and Ben could sort out their differences... but we're talking about Ben Weasel here.

Track by track this album is consistently great, a few tracks seem a little forced, but they're still good songs.

I don't know what else to say, this album ranks right up there with My Brain Hurts, Bark Like A Dog, and Anthem For A New Tomorrow. So for any Screeching Weasel fan or pop punk fan in general, this one ranks as a must own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MAGISTRATE on October 20, 2013
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I am a long time Weasel fan and think Anthem, My Brain Hurts, and TVCD are outstanding. However, First World Manifesto is the best collection of tunes Ben has put together to date. It's unfortunate that the debacle at SXSW has tarnished this record -- anyone performer will tell you that getting liquid thrown at you throughout a set is extremely irritating. The fallout that night was the club's fault for not controlling the crowd. Anyway, this is a great punk rock record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stantz on September 8, 2011
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Music is music - listen and you'll know if you like it. What I know is that after a few months of having this entrenched in my iTunes collection, when a song comes on, I don't stop to think of it as "new" Screeching Weasel - it's straight up pure SW, and much welcomed after a too long hiatus.
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