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Catchy, but gets annoying after a while
on October 16, 2005
FM static was referred to me by a friend (who likes ska and other emo-ish pop punk bands like greenday etc.)and I picked it up at the Creation Music Festival (though I didn't actually get to see them.
I do like the music (I am somewhat ashamed to admit) they are very poppy, and their music is EXTREMELY catchy (I'm serious, you'll have the same song stuck in your head for a week straight).
Does this make this a good CD? Yes and no. Some of the tracks are very well written and I found them to be some of my favorites (2,3,4, and 5) while other songs are at first catchy, and then on subsequent listens are incredibly annoying (the first track comes to mind).
There is only one song that could even be considered to be a "fast pop-punk song" (on the level of some of the harder songs of relient K; not much to go by I know) is "Something to believe in," which is my personal favorite on the CD and moderately well written.
However, my #1 complaint with this album is the songwriting ability. Some of the lines were cleverly put, however in most of the songs, there are lines that will leave you very confused. In some cases these lyrics were so pointless as to ruin a song for me, or at least part of a song for me (I'm somewhat obsessive about lyrics since I usually listen to very poetic bands or at least those with some lyrical talent).
For example, My First Stereo: (he's talking about his first stereo in case you didn't figure it out), "You make every song sound better, taught me how to write a letter...it always accepts me, gave me the courage to say what I wanted to say..."
Fist of all, how could a stereo teach you how to write a letter? Who needs to be accepted by a stereo? I could let it go if this were the only song like this, but this CD is full of them. The first song, 3 days later, is so random (and not a good Five Iron Frenzy random), it keeps jumping around, (gets on my nerves).
Well, all in all, by this CD if you like bands like Hawk Nelson (they didn't have very good lyrics either) ,and maybe Relient K). Don't listen to the cover, they sound nothing like MXPX. If you like pop-punk and don't care about the lyrics, by all means get it. But if you don't don't say I didn't warn you.