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Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch


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This Buffalo, NY group is best known for their countless hooks, pop sensibility, and witty lyrics. Their debut was produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, Thrice, Northstar). Their online presence is unlike anything Fueled By Ramen has ever experienced. They've consistently been in the top ten on purevolume.com for over six months, racking up over 1.6 million plays. Alternative Press named them one of the 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2006.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: n/a
  • ASIN: B000N4R9V6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jacobson on April 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
According to All Music and their critics, Cute Is What We Aim For and their cheekiness is not much to their liking. But what's really strange to me is there was only a measely second of hesitation on my part to like this CD; by the time the ending of the first track "Newport Living" came along, this band had a brand new fan. "You wanted to sell out/ but you couldn't even do that right/ so your price tag has been slashed/ and now you're on a half price clearance rack," umm hello, what a crack up. I love the fact they make fun of everything including themselves, where some critics find that they are perhaps trying to too hard to be clever, I disagree and think they're just funny enough to be clever - "The Fourth Drink Instinct" the story of a girl who gets drunk and screws someone and turns around and is surprised when he leaves her in the morning is great. It's a power rock ballad and perhaps it's toned down in terms of lyrics I can surely relate to it (I know friends like that) (What made you think that he couldn't find the door in the morning/ when he found that bed so easily in the dark?) ; "There's A Class For This" includes lines "drama doesn't follow me/ it rides on my back/ I may be ugly/ but they sure love to stare..." and in "Risque" they give us "Medically speaking you're adorable/and from what I hear/ you're quite affordable..." I love it. Musically, the band is more poppy than Boy Kill Boy and less tragic guitars a la The Smiths, but they aren't quite as experimental and fun as say Wheatus, in fact they sound a lot like a lot of those bands I don't like that out now a days - the dime a door dozen type with the chugging guitars and the high pitced wincy voice, but this time around it has won me over, the music moves in jaunts and rhythmic motions and the vocals are actually giving me a thrill with the witty lyrics - so critics be damned I'm telling you The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch is clever and lovable and umm cute.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Butte on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I didn't think I'd like Cute Is What We Aim For, since I'm a fan of the classics - Beatles, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, et cetera. I heard a couple riffs of "There's A Class For This" and thought, "Here we go, more emo pop".

Then I listened to the whole song.

And couldn't get it out of my head for days.

And found that when I listened to it on my way to work, I showed up grinning. So I listened to the rest of the album, and it's more of a good thing. For being so young, this band has some serious talent (and doesn't take themselves so seriously, which is refreshing).

Highly recommend this album to anyone who wants some upbeat, catchy, clever music!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Sharpe on July 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Cute Is What We Aim For's <em>The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch</em> has no qualms over what it is: a light and fluffy (if self-indulgent) romp through merry tunes of crushes and heartbreak, of one night stands and ultimately, girls. <em>The Same Old Blood</em>'s ultimate savior is how often it doesn't take itself seriously, with tunes like the catchy "The Curse of Curves" or the self-aware "There's A Class For This." But when it really takes its time to sit down and ponder the universe ("The Fourth Drink Instinct" will likely become a teen angst favorite), it shines by its own merits, but surrounded by the fluff it is, it seems more a very welcome intrusion than anything else.

The CD starts off with a bang, with lead singer Shaant belting "Everyone's a letdown/it just depends on how far down they can go" in "Newport Living"> It's a biting line, one that rings with a resounding truth that any teen in their high school years can relate to, and the song itself is one of the album's best. The song is followed by the less successful first single "There's A Class For This." It's radio material, for sure, but it's self-indulgent ("Drama doesn't follow me/It rides on my back/I may be ugly but they sure love to stare"). It sure is easy to sing along to, but harder to feel for. It's breezy and fast, and over before you can truly complain about, and ultimately redeems itself before you reach the third number.

"Finger Twist & Split" is the first big mis-step for <em>The Same Old Blood</em>, and while not a big one, I found myself skipping over the song more than once. It's clichéd, and with a band that revels in clichés, CIWWAF seems to have thought this one was clever twist on an age old cinematic issue. It's not.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Letty on January 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album may have some of the best lyrics ever written. Suppose you'd never heard of Cute Is What We Aim For, and a friend said “Hey listen to this”. You would first hear a energetic indie/alternative band with 'rocker boy' vocals. You'd go to their Myspace or Purevolume and listen to them again. Sooner than later the lyrics start to stir within you. Once you have actually heard the lyrics you will not be able to get them out of your head until you have the CD

The hook at the beginning of the album, Newport Living, hits deep with every young adult. I doubt any teen introduced to the social clichés can disagree with lyrics like “Everyone's a let down/It just depends on how far down they can go” and “If you lie you don't deserve to have friends”.

So now you're hooked and start to play the next songs and you hear lyrics like “Drama doesn't follow me it rides on my back” (There's A Class for This), “I got birds in my ears/And a devil on my shoulder” (Risque), and “You have a jump in your step/ But a rip in your/ A rip in your rep” (Sweet Talk 101) the lyrics get better and better as they go.

By the time you get to “Curse of the Curves”, if you're not already hooked, you will be. “I want someone provocative and talkative/but it's so hard when you're shallow as a shower” The whole song is wonderful. It's nearly impossible to quote the best part.

The album does not stop there, continuing to astound until the end. When it is over I am never ready to be done listening to it and consistently start it over and listen to the whole thing again. A warning this album does have some not so discreet sex references. I do think that they have good morals for the most part.
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