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We could only pick out five favourites this month.
Whenever we say "it's been a great month for music" we truly mean it. We mean it as much as we mean it when we say that THIS month has been pretty poor. Reviews across the board for July albums have been average at best, with Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea and Beyonce being unexpected disappointments - though we did manage to uncover a few gems among the rubble...
Sum 41 - Order in Decline
Most of us haven't listened to Sum 41 since our noughties skater days, but you might be surprised to find that their latest release is far from the cheesy nostalgia that you'd expect. Instead, it's the heaviest album they've ever made and it's this kind of thematically dark and crashing metal that's going to bring them a new kind of respect.
Deryck Whibley was recently discharged from the hospital, but what has the rocker been up to that led to his "rock bottom"?
It hasn’t been a good couple of years for Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, and his recent stint in the hospital brought to light just exactly how serious his situation really is. In a blog post titled “Rock Bottom,” Whibley went into detail about his struggle with alcoholism that landed him in the hospital for a month, and even worse, almost apparently killed him. “If I have one more drink, the doc’s say I will die,” Whibley wrote in the update.
Deryck Whibley left the hospital last week
He went on to describe the night before entering the hospital, saying, “I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around midnight and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden, I didn’t feel so good. I then collapsed to the ground unconscious. My fiancé got me rushed to the hospital where they put me into the intensive care unit.” Included in the post was a few pictures of his stay in the hospital, laying in a bed with visible bruises all over his arms. However, these weren’t the pictures that had the Internet abuzz -- it was when Whibley left the hospital, and the pictures that showed him out and about were the ones that got people talking.
Continue reading: Deryck Whibley's Downfall: What Led Up To His Medical Emergency?
Having sold over 7 million records since breaking through with 2001's 'All Killer No Filler', Canadians Sum 41 have cemented their position as a world-renowned punk-rock outfit, but have recently gone through a number of changes. Guitarist Dave Baksh quit, leaving them as a trio and they also parted ways with their management company. They now release their forth full-length album, which was produced by front man Deryck Whibley.
Opening and title track 'Underclass Hero' suggests that the band hasn't been affected too much by the aforementioned changes - to the point that the formulaic punk riff and tempo make it sound uncannily like previous hit 'Fat Lip'. Of the same ilk is 'No Apologies', while the sombre intro to 'Speak Of The Devil' is thankfully lifted by a dynamic and tempo change very much in keeping with the genre. Displaying their fondness for a heavier sound, the band merges punk and metal on 'King Of Contradiction', with results that are decent but not exhilarating.
Comparisons to Green Day's 'American Idiot' album have already been made with this release and not unduly so. Most obvious on 'March Of The Dogs', political themes are a regular rant of Whibley to the backing of thrashing guitars. 'Walking Disaster' is like a less epic 'Jesus Of Suburbia', with different sounds characterising the segments of the track that at times resembles the sound of Blink 182. They don't pull it off with the same aplomb as the elder statesmen of punk though, but they do fair better in other trials. Admirably in its honesty, 'Dear Father' deals with the issue of a missing dad. Musically calmer, it allows the band to be arguably more emotive than previously possible and the same can be said of the acoustic-led 'With Me'. Sticking to the power-ballad recipe, it has a big chorus and a rhythm section that kicks in at the second verse. Obviously about a 'special person', it might be slightly soppy, but Sum 41 just about pull it off. It is the highlight of an album that sees them trying to develop musically, though with mixed results.
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