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Underclass Hero  Hear it Now

RS: 2of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2007

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When they deputed six year back, Sum 41 were pretty likable and pretty ordinary - just goofy, popwise Canadians down with vintage metal, Blink-182 and dick jokes. Since then, Deryck Whibley married Avril Lavigne, and the band got famous and lost a guitarist, but Sum 41 haven't exactly taken their sound to new heights: Underclass Hero is long on openhearted tunes about broken homes, youthful alienation and such, which draw on every pop-punk device you could think of, including arena-size choruses and the same shimmery keyboard textures Blink used on their "mature" record four years back. When it works - as on the straight-ahead barnburner "King of Contradiction" and the anthemic anti-Bush screed "The Jester" - the band's expertise is admirable. But melodrama drags down several cuts, including the absentee-dad lament "Dear Father," and in some form or another, you've heard all these songs before.

CHRISTIAN HOARD

(Posted: Aug 23, 2007)

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Review 1 of 3

thegetem writes:

4of 5 Stars

True story. I was once at a Gob show and Sum 41 was there and we said hello to each other. True Story. GO GET'EM! www.myspace.com/thegetem

Aug 15, 2007 17:53:02

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Review 2 of 3

emodude886 writes:

3of 5 Stars

Sum 41 is back woth a new album with yet another difernt and totally new sound... this isnt always a good thing... the hype build i felt was huge!!! i follwoed sum 41 in there off time checkin the website to check up on there new album and the hype was huge! i was very excited for this album i loved chuck and when they said" this is our best album to date" i got really excited... then i listended to the cd... dissapointed? a little... there is a thing that i feel as "too mature" but there where some good songs... undercalss hero sounds like a classic all killer no filler sum 41 song... ma poublle? WTF? wat is that it sounds like a song that was sang in the 1800's not to mention it was in FRENCH! all jokin aside my favorite track came as a surprise... with me... a song about maturing through life( a little ironic) and of course the hot avril lavigne herself... With that bein said a 3 out of 5 i feel is apropiate.

Aug 9, 2007 19:13:41

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Review 3 of 3

Patsfan writes:

1of 5 Stars

Basic Bubble gum punk rock crap

Aug 7, 2007 12:10:27

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