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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000FP2Z0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Chicago's Rise Against is anything but a single-minded musical outfit. An astounding fusion of unhinged power, ear-grasping melodies, stimulating lyrics and the ability to reach audiences in both underground and mainstream circles, they have redefined the rules. We're a band that's done everything from hardcore songs to pop songs to acoustic ballads that get played on the radio,' says vocalist/guitarist Tim McIlrath. The Sufferer & The Witness, their 4th album, continues to build upon the solid punk foundation - it is a striking collection, with Rise Against using elements from spoken word, expanded balladry, and simply plodding forward with a faster, harder, louder ethic.

Rise Against returns with a rollicking wallop of an album that further establishes the Chicago-based outfit as one of the great bright hopes for the future of alienation rock. Cut from the same savvy cloth as Bad Religion and Black Flag, Rise Against rocks hard during the martial opus opener, "Chamber The Cartridge," the melodic "Injection," which asks us to imagine that Iron Maiden came from sunny California and not some dreary part of London, and "Ready To Fall," which may be one of the greatest anthems of adolescent estrangement since The Who's "Baba O'Riley." The band also isn't afraid of a good hook and scintillating melody ("Under The Knife"), exploring complex emotions ("Roadside"), or unleashing a bit of old-school breakneck fury sans apology ("Brick"). All of these things demonstrate that Rise Against is drawing from a broader palette than many of its counterparts, one of the reasons it will (indeed, already has) rise above the masses of sound-alike acts vying for the attention of the MySpace generation.-Jedd Beaudoin

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This album is nothing too new after Siren Song of the Counter Culture, but a good place to start.
B. Fronk
"Roadside" is perphaps the most interesting song on the album and features female vocals which work well with the music and the message of the song.
I'd highly recommend it to any Rise Against fan who is for some reason yet to own it, or for any Punk fan in general.

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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John T. Jenkins on July 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was all prepared to accuse Rise Against off selling out after the release of their single "Swing Life Away" from "Siren Song of the Counter Culture," released in 2004. But after listening to their 2006 album "The Sufferer and the Witness" I realize that they haven't sold out, they have simply outgrown the limitations of the punk-genre. And it's all good.

2001 saw the release of "The Unraveling," a quality punk album with 16 tracks clocking in at under 37 minutes. (Do the math.) With 2003 came "Revolutions Per Minute," which is as much hardcore as punk with its pummeling drums and group-shouted refrains. "Siren Song" displays Rise Against's evolution as a band, mixing into the hardcore-punk base a few more fleshed-out rock songs that break out of the three chord mold. At a mainstream length 12 songs and 40 minutes and the inclusion of several acoustic moments (not to mention the MTV-embraced "Swing Life Away"), this album shows definite growth.

Now we have the completion of the process, "The Sufferer and the Witness." The leadoff track "Chamber the Cartridge" proves their punk bona fides have not withered away. Next is "Injection" and the pattern of complex, melodic punk-rock is established. Most of the album continues with this pattern, with occasional deviations, always for the better. Some of the best tracks are in the middle of the album. "Prayer of the Refugee" for example begins with an acoustic-ballad sound before roaring into a dramatically uptempo screaming chorus. Next is "Drones," which hews toward punk-emo if there is such a thing, and I mean that in a good way. Rise Against forgoes the typical social commentary/establishment criticism for a personal song with the refrain "If you see me please just walk on by, walk on by...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By threestarsmash on November 1, 2006
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Up on top, it's nothing but gold teeth, big cars and big butts; trolling in the underground, you meet a lot of blind moles that think they know what "independent" means. Rise Against and bands of their ilk fall by the wayside in critical circles. Their music is somehow too abrasive for MTV but not nifty-keen enough for hipsters.

This critical hazing ritual has been enough to net them a "punk" badge in the past, but with "The Sufferer and the Witness," these punks rise to bridge the gap with a fresh ear and a newfound knack for fusing fury with sensitivity-- without illicting jaded groans. Comparisons to The Who for their teenage angst ("Ready to Fall") are not without merit, but the caterwauling evocative-of-the-Pete-Townshend-windmill guitarwork is yet more appropriate. "Chamber the Cartridge" opens innocently enough with war drumming and the dire lilt of distorted electric guitar. Then everything goes to hell and back in just under 43 minutes.

"The Sufferer and the Witness" contains enough adrenaline to kill. The "Chamber"-"Injection"-"Ready" trifecta hooks ears, then Rise Against throws "Bricks" at us for a minute and a half. Anthemic riffing on "Behind Closed Doors" pumps the proverbial fist into the air, sitting twice as well next to the impassioned, Ginsberg-infused howl of singer Tim McIlrath. Things settle down only on the restrained, but surprisingly powerful "Roadside," a duet with Emily Schambra of Holy Roman Empire which conquers the orchestral side of the coin in terms of emotional intensity and proves that Rise Against learned something from critics' response to the maudlin "Swing Life Away" (from 2004's "Siren Song of the Counterculture").

"Survive" is a perfect closer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben on August 6, 2006
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I had very high expectations for this album, and they were almost met.

"Chamber the Cartridge" 10/10: A very good opener, but still not as good as "Black Masks & Gasoline."

"Injection" 9/10: Possibly the follow-up to "Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated," but not as good as the original.

"Ready to Fall" 10+/10: From the first chord, you know this song is going to be amazing. The lyrics are superb.

"Bricks" 10/10: They can still play pure punk.

"Under the Knife" 9/10: A slightly calmer song. It's a good change of pace after "Bricks."

"Prayer of the Refugee" 10/10: A few simple chords get real addictive.

"Drones" 8/10: The chorus is kind of disappointing.

"The Approaching Curve" 5/10: Call this experimental if you must. It sounds like somebody reading stream of consciousness poetry with a chorus thrown in.

"Worth Dying For" 7/10: It starts good, and then it just deteriorates.

"Behind Closed Doors" 10/10: This is what I expect from Rise Against.

"Roadside" 5/10: The "Swing Life Away" / "Everchanging" track. Some people like it, but I don't.

"The Good Left Undone" 9/10: This song is missing something lyrically, and I can't quite put my finger on it. The instrumental at the end is cool.

"Survive" 10+/10: Just like with "Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated," they close with their best track. I was wondering why the album had an explicit language warning.

"Built to Last" 7/10: For those fans like me who have to collect every recording, this is a cover of Sick Of It All's "Built to Last" available on the import version. I wouldn't recommend it. Sick Of It All isn't even that good of a band. Tim's best cover was The Killing Tree's version of "Jesus Christ Pose."

Overall, it's a great album, possibly the best album of the year, but it's still not as solid as "Revolutions Per Minute."
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age appropriate?
Yes and no. Developmentally, a 12 year old cannot understand the lyrics of Rise Against. Cussing is minimal and no explicitness whatsoever. As a parent, I would not mind buying this music to a 12 year old, although he would not understand the lyrics until he's the age of 16.
Oct 22, 2006 by F. Morales |  See all 4 posts
How good do you think "The Sufferer and the Witness" by Rise Against...
Check out for "Ready to Fall" and "Chamber the cartrige. Check out for "injection" and for "drones"... hint- the new CD is going to kick ass!
Jun 6, 2006 by IABirman |  See all 2 posts
amazing cd
a mastered advance of it has leaked on the net.
seek and ye shall find.
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