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Forget What You Know

3.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002CHK3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First off, let me say that I love Midtown. They are my favorite band. Don't stop reading this review now because you think that I'm going to give it a great review just because I love the band. I won't. I did not like Living Well is the Best Revenge and I would give that about a 3.5/5 because it was subpar. Forget What You Know, however, most definitely earns a 5 star rating. Hopefully, I have established some sort of credibility as a non-biased reviewer and you will give this critique a good viewing.

Let's start with the obvious: it sounds different. Get over it. No longer is Midtown playing for the pop-punk crowd, they have matured and created a sound that is different than most other bands garnering success today. You may have read other reviews on this website or other sites claiming Midtown sold out on this record; this is not true. They recorded the music that they wanted to record with their own money without any label backing them. This CD is the CD Midtown wanted to make and they did it so how anyone can claim that they sold out is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous would be giving them a one star review off of their own ignorance than by basing it off the music.

Back to my review, this CD earns a perfect rating because it is exactly the thing that I have come to expect from Midtown: great music with great hooks and great lyrics without sounding cheesy and redundant. It starts off the brooding intro of "Armageddon" and then leads directly into a headbanging "To Our Savior." This is the listener's first glance at Midtown: Reborn. No longer are they singing about heartbreak from girls...you can feel Gabe Saporta's heartbreak with life. It's so hard to believe what you're looking for in life.
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Forget What You Know is the best album of 2004. Midtown shreds its emo-punk roots and instead charges forward with heart-wrenching lyrics and and even more tremendous musicianship.

Midtown's bio mentions FWYK: "The songs, they all deal with the same things: The dissolution of the lines of reality, our abstraction from meaning, searching for it in the wrong places, filling empty spaces with things, garbage." It's hard to say it any better. It's unfortunate that this album will never get the acclaim it deserves because it's easily the best of 2004. Outstanding in every way.
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Midtown's Forget What You Know is one of the most ambitious records of the year. The members of the band paid for the recording out of their own pockets, with Butch Walker producing. Columbia ended up signing them and releasing it. In my opinion, this is the record of the year...and here's why...

1.Armageddon An intro that leads into the next track with a chant.

2.To Our Savior (5/5) Awesome first song of the album. Fast-paced and catchy.

3.Give It Up (5/5) The album's first single. It's very Police-influenced and catchy as hell.

4.Is It Me? Is It True? (4.5/5) This is the track you would never find on their past releases. Good depressing rock tune.

5.God Is Dead intermission track. Piano leads you into the next track.

6.Whole New World (5/5) Other vocalists step in more than Gabe. Slow, smooth rock song. It's excellent. "Save yourself, there's no salvation." Pessimistic.

7.Empty Like The Ocean (5/5) Probably the strongest track on the album. Rocks harder than most Midtown songs.

8.Nothing Is Ever What It Seems (4.5/5) Another rock song. Slower verses with explosive choruses.

9.Tragedy Of Human Condition Last intermission track of the album. Starts off Waiting for the News

10.Waiting For The News (5/5) Catchy pop rock song. Mellow track with an awesome chorus.

11.Until It Kills (4.5/5) Slower song. Clean (for the most part) and catchy.

12.Hey Baby, Don't You Know That We're All Wh*res (4.5/5) Fast-paced rock track gets the cd's speed going again. Very Foo Fighters-ish.

13.Help Me Sleep (4.5/5) Smooth verses with a heavy explosive chorus. Awesome song about insomnia.

14.Manhattan (4/5) Song I enjoy the least...
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Let's get a few things straight. Midtown is one of the best bands right now. They refuse to belong to one genre. If you actually listen to their albums, you'll know this. Each one is a different entity. The first one had some punk. The second one had some pop. (this) The third one has some rock. Refusing to belong to one genre, being talented enough to avoid such barriers makes for a good band. Gabe (lead singer) can be quoted as saying "if it's not rap and it's not country, it's just rock and roll."

Now, take into account their album's title "Forget What You Know." This is a very intelligent band. Note the lyrics, note that members are Rutgers alumni. If anyone reading this ponders about the other reviews, ignore them. Notice how all of them say how much the band has changed their sound.

I assure you that the band has indeed changed. It's found a new direction. As musicians, they're growing. The sound is more complex, all the instruments have found a steady place in the sound. The vocals are more focused. The lyrics are a little more vague, more poetic. This is more than a CD to listen to and ignore in a week. Take this as an experience, friend. They're not the same band releasing the same album. Their the same band changing, growing, and releasing DIFFERENT albums. Midtown could very well change what you think.

As for the CD, it starts out odd. As a long time Midtown fan, I was a little confused. An instrumental track? How odd. It's like a snowball rolling down a mountain. It gains momentum as it rolls and towards the end, it seems as though it's going to shatter. It does, and so goes the lead into track two, "You're My Savior.
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