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The Disco Before the Breakdown
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This being said, Disco Before the Breakdown does little for me. I simply don't feel the passion in these three tracks the way that I do in so many of their other songs. Many people obviously do, and I respect that. However, in my book there will always be a few songs that epitomize everything that Against Me! means to me. None of the songs on this album come close. I'm a bit disappointed, but I suppose I'll survive.
buy it on vinyl. its only 5 bucks or so.
It starts off with title-track, which is unlike anything I ever expected from the band. "Disco Before the Breakdown" tells the song of a love looked down upon by society, accompanied by ska riffs and a horns section. It's completely different from anything they did previously, yet it still somehow manages to sound like Against Me!.
"Tonight We're Gonna Give it 35%" is a horrible, horrible title. It's probably the most beautiful, heartbreaking song they've ever recorded though. Don't let the lyrics fool you though, this song rocks. My favorite part is when he breaks down at the end of the song, and cries out to the god he doesn't believe in. It's something I think a lot of us can relate to: being so hopeless that we'll search for answers anwhere. The following guitar solo is pretty darn cool too.
"Beginning in an Ending" is one of the least popular Against Me! songs, but I really like it. It takes it a while to start, but once it does, it's worth it. "In your arms, I don't know who I am" is the most tender and beautiful lyric Tom has ever penned. He goes on to sing about "taking all" he "knows about nihilism, and trying to build it into a life". After that, the song really picks up and he basically screams the rest of it. It's so emotional and beautiful if you just have a little patience.
If this is the direction they're heading in, I'm not let down at all. I can't wait to hear what's next.
It is short. Which is sad, because when it's over you just want it to keep going on and on. But it is what it is: an absolutely beautiful record overflowing with soul. There's not much else I can say about it. Buy it.
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probably 3 of my favorite against me songs, if you don't have this and you like against me! you should get it. Get this and crime. Just get every against me! Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by Tony Toxic
Back when Against Me! didn't bring us vacuum-packed EZ rebellion, completely devoid of passion! If you like Crime then its possible you'll like this. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Patrick
To say that Against Me has talent is falling to far into the "it's a 'different' sound and therefore it has character" trap. Read morePublished on June 27, 2004 by John G.
At first glance, this 3 song set doesnt look very apealing. Trust me, its awesome. If you like against me and you dont have the disco before the breakdown yet, get it as soon as... Read morePublished on January 28, 2004 by Jilly