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Back to the Present

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2010 release, the 12th album from these Punk/Pop pioneers. The Queers are back with a brand new studio album titled Back to the Basement. Recorded in Atlanta, GA, this release offers up thirteen tracks of blistering punk rock. This sounds like a follow up to Love Songs for the Retarded era QUEERS. Since 1982, The Queers have been paving the way for the RAMONES style pop punk bands across the globe. This new album will continue their legacy as one of the pioneers of this genre.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asian Man
  • ASIN: B0045K0LNM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Berahovich on December 1, 2010
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In contrast to what the previous reviewer thinks, I think Back to the Basement is WAY better than the Queers' last album, Munki Brain, and WAY better than the album before that, Pleasant Screams. In fact, Back to the Basement is one of the Queers' best albums. Why? In short, the songs are primarily punk, not pop. All of the Queers' albums have memorable, hook-filled Ramones-style songs, but on Munki Brain and Pleasant Screams, the songs are nice pop tunes with polished production. On Back to the Basement, the songs are raw, punky and have a stripped-down production that sounds great. The songs are very reminiscent of the Queers' best album, Love Songs for the Retarded, and Joe Queer has said that Back to the Basement should've been the album to follow Love Songs. My only complaints are that a few of the songs are too short, and the last 2 songs are, unlike all the others, nothing special. If you prefer the earlier Queers' albumns over the more recent ones, buy Back to the Basement. You won't be disappointed.
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I really didn't hear anything here to get too excited about. But then my expectations were high. Every Queers album has been excellent, but unlike "Love Songs For The Retarded" or "Pleasant Screams", this falls short of amazing. All their albums are short - this one is 22 minutes, more EP than album. Size doesn't matter though, right? It is still packed full of pop-punk fun. "Don't Touch My Hat" and "Pull Me Out Of It" stand out for me, but they all have the standard Queer's sound - including a Black Flag cover. Just don't expect this to be another "Don't Back Down", it's more of a "Munki Brain".
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For me personally, this album was a huge letdown. I must preface this by saying that the first album I heard by the Queers was Munki Brain, which, in my opinion, is VERY different than all the other Queers albums (which I eventually heard later). Munki Brain is full of mid-tempo, hook-filled melodic songs with clear production. It really is as similar to the Beach Boys as the Queers are gonna get. Naturally, I figured Back to the Basement would be similar. It isn't. I wasn't yet aware that Munki Brain is not really indicative of most of the Queers music. Back to the Basement is lacking in melody and clarity (and is EXTREMELY SHORT--22 minutes). Besides the choruses, it is extremely hard to understand any of the lyrics, and the vocals are buried deep in the mix. If you are a fan of old Queers material and don't mind rough vocals and production you may love this, as I found it pretty similar to their old stuff. But for me personally, it isn't exactly what I was looking or hoping for. It certainly isn't terrible; I'd rather listen to this than most of the stuff out there. However, I won't be listening to it often.
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