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Liner Notes: CD Reviews

 by Adriane Goetz
 published on Thursday, September 8, 2005



Jamison Parker

If the slew of pop-punk bands from five years ago became clinically depressed and addicted to heroin, they might sound a lot like Jamison Parker. It's usually a bad sign when one of the first lines on an album is "If this is love then kill me now." In the case of Jamison Parker's debut album, Sleepwalker, it only gets worse from there. We made several bets about the members after merely listening to this album. First, they all have black flat-ironed hair that covers at least one eye. Second, the aforementioned eyes are smeared with eyeliner. Lastly, the musical predictability and embarrassingly elementary lyrics boast a high school education at most. No need to worry though, underage girls eat this stuff up.

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Against Me!

With song titles like "Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners," it's no wonder there are so many kids running around with Against Me! stickers on their skateboards. Searching for a Former Clarity is Against Me!'s second full-length release on Fat Wreck Chords. The label is known predominantly for signing bands still riding the pop-punk/jock-rock wave, but Against Me! is a diamond in the rough, sounding more like the Murder City Devils than NOFX. Searching for a Former Clarity mixes hard-driving rebel-rock tunes like "From Her Lips to God's Ears" with simple country-folk songs like "How Low," creating an album that does NOT sound like one continuous track from beginning to end. In spite of the awkward exclamation point, Against Me! is worth a listen.

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