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On the Impossible Past

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Scranton raised, Philadelphia based punk rock outfit The Menzingers drop their Epitaph debut, On the Impossible Past, after two acclaimed albums on small indies. The band's fiery early releases and dynamic live performances supporting Anti Flag and Against Me! have created a serious buzz and landed the group on several best of lists.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B006OAB2SO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been around the scene (punk and hardcore and everything in between) since 1989, and I probably own about 2000 records/cds. Every year (nowadays) I'm lucky if I come across more than a small handful of bands that make me feel as connected to, and as excited about, the music as I was 'back in the day'. About three years ago I came across the Menzingers - a band that fit that 'small handful' accolade...and then some. This album is, in a very good way, a bit more controlled than previous albums (notably the recording quality and the two singers' maturity with their voice capabilities; really good harmony does take a good amount of talent, especially if it's to convey a modicum of soulfulness that's too often lacking in anthemic tunes). Part of me misses the more raw style of aggression of, say, the song 'Sunday Morning', but another part of me would give $100 just to hear that song re-recorded and put on this album.
In short, this is sincerely one of the best albums I've picked up in the last decade. 'The Obituaries', 'Gates', and 'Ava House' may very well be the best three back-to-back-to-back songs that I've heard on an album since I don't even know when. If I had to be a critical jerk, then I'd say that the lyrics, though rich and polished for a band that's still in their 20s, could cling a bit less to the 'spoiled livers and smokes' motif, but I suppose it's fitting if one is, indeed, enamored upon drinking too much and smoking sticks of tobacco. This is the one area where I'm on the outside looking in, but to each their own.

Anyway, do yourself a favor and pick up this album. The band deserves your support, and if you're worthy then you deserve this music.

And if you're the band and you're reading this, then, to quote the Descendents, "thank you for playing the way you play."
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As a huge fan of The Menzingers I was thrilled to see this album was going to be released on my birthday. After one listen I stopped my iPod and declared it the album of 2012. 11 months later when the year ended my statement heldf true. I have listend to this CD over 100 times, and still find myself coming back to it. Fantastic Album.
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What an amazing CD. This has to be hands down one of the best punk albums I have heard in a long time. From beginning to end you can listen to this over and over. The passion and emotion is so intense on this album. A little bit mellow from previous ones but amazing none the less.
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I'm a big fan of The Menzingers, and after Chamberlain Waits I was super exited about this one. But unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything in particular to latch on and love in quite the same way. It's a decent effort, but doesn't wow me in the same way.
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I heard about the menzingers since I was familiar with several bands that belong to Epitaph records. Decided to check out this band after I saw the high critic review scores. This energy and vibe of this album is so good, it makes you want to get out and do exciting things with your life. The sound reminded me of many of the punk/ ska punk bands of the 90's and early 2000s that could be apart of an old Tony Hawk video game soundtrack (which is a compliment. I loved those games as a kid haha). A great punk album to kick back and listen to, drive to, etc...
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This was a bit of a let-down from their previous release, Chamberlain Waits, but I guess it's hard to live up to that one if you loved it so much. This was still a decent album. But I admit, I still pop back on Chamberlain Waits instead of this one.
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I am writing this review as a short and sweet few sentences. It's frickin brilliant, put all 3 full lengths and the E.P. Hold on Dodge on a random loop and it makes the best hour and a half of music you've ever heard. But before I go I have to say. If you even like this half as much as I do. Check out ELWAY, fantastic band with very similar style.
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I have seen this album lauded all over the internet, with some going so far as to proclaim it the album of the year already, but having finally heard it, I have to admit I'm puzzled by what all the fuss is about. It's definitely a good album, well made, an enjoyable enough listen. But it isn't original, transcendent or even particularly memorable. It is apparently a pop-punk album, but it actually consists of quite safe, mid-tempo rock songs for the most part, complete with an emo-style frontman, making the whole thing sound like some whiny mall-punk band, admittedly a very polished and studio-savvy one. Perhaps these guys are more than that, but this really lacks the kind of power or forward momentum I would expect from a 'punk' album, even a 'pop-punk' album. It doesn't really take any chances.

No doubt fans will say that my expectations are the problem or there are subtleties I'm not getting, or I'm not appreciating the depth of the lyrics, and that may be true. All I'm saying is that when an album receives so much praise, I expect something a bit more compelling. For me, this was merely okay and certainly nothing special. Perhaps if you are a fan of the genre or the band's other work, it might be the best thing you hear this year, but others should be a bit more wary before purchasing based solely on hype.
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