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Adults!!!…Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!! [Review]

Adults!!!...Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!! - Bomb the Music Industry!

I actually only found out about this EP a couple of days ago, because I went on the Bomb The Music Industry! website because I was gonna use them as an example for the anti-copyright post. Anyway, I didn’t, so now I’m just going to review it.

I have a bit of a weird relationship with BTMI!, mainly that I love about 20% of their stuff, but think the rest of it is pretty meh. Not sure how that happens but there you go. This EP was no exception, which when there’s only 7 songs on the whole thing is a bit unfortunate. The first song ‘You Still Believe In Me?’ pretty much sounds like Generic BTMI! Song 101. Not bad, but nothing special. ‘Planning My Death’ is a livelier ska punk number, nice brass section, but drags on a bit (at 1 minute 57)…

Quite enjoyed ‘Slumlord’, but it made me realise the other thing I feel this record is lacking, compared to some of the earlier stuff, which is genuinely witty lyrics. I appreciate the sentiment of ‘All Ages Shows’…but I got bored. I have nothing to say about ‘Big Ending’ except that it made me want to turn off my computer. Now for some positivity (not in a Good Clean Fun way..)! In general I’m not fond of the overly catchy chorus, it’s sort of the lowest common musical denominator. But, after what felt like an endless sludge of trumpets/synths/shouting that I’d sort of stopped paying attention to, ‘The First Time I Met Sanawon’ was a welcome break, and is by far my favourite song on the EP. NO FLAKING NO LEAVING!  Quite enjoyed the epic-ness of the closer, ‘Struggler’, but it’s not amazing…

I would like to say that I have a lot of respect for Bomb The Music Industry!/Jeff Rosenstock in general, in terms of ethics and making bizarre unclassifiable music in a scene which has a tendency to repeat itself. The EP (and every other BTMI! album) can be downloaded for free on http://www.bombthemusicindustry.com

Oh, and here’s a lot of people who disagree with me… http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=47722

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