Released: Jul 12, 2005
Number Of Tracks: 16
The sound of this album is fairly different from their last album. But this CD still manages to bring out the fast tempo guitar riffs and banging drums.
The Comfort Of Home
KingsOfRonin, on april 29, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound is actually very impressive. Though the recording quality is excellent, I don't really factor that into my score. This is true because I like some stuff better with crappy recording quality. A prime example of this would be the fact that I like the demo version of Rufio's "Above Me", than their full length album's version. Aside from recording quality, this is some of the most catchy music you can find anywhere. Some people may not like Sellers voice though. I didn't at first but I caught onto it and now I love it. The leads are great and the rythym parts don't get old because they're constantly changing and don't get repetitive. They also have a wide aray of sounds. They can go from riffy so-cal pop punk like "Above Me", to love ballads like "One Slowdance", to inspirational rock like "Save The World". Overall their sound is just so-cal pop-punk. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: The lyrics are very diverse. Almost too diverse. So diverse that at times, Rufio seems hypocritical. They discuss a wide array of topics such as the majesticness of gods grace to, wanting to be on your own, to saving the world for god. I think this album is more about the christian struggle more than anything. Seller's has a good voice although most may find it a bit "high" for their liking. I would say that the best song to show off Seller's skills is Face The Truth, which is probably one of my favorites on the album. // 10
Impression: Overall, this is the most amazing album I have ever listened to. This is probably the only album I can listen to all the way through without skipping a song. Although I like all the songs, there are some obvious standout tracks. They include "Above Me", "One Slowdance", "In My Eyes", "She Cries", "Face The Truth", "Road To Recovery", "Tears", and "Save The World". They compare a little bit to New Found Glory, but are atleast twice as good. This is my alltime favorite album of my life. It's been 3 years since I first owned it, and I have owned 4 copies of it at different times. At first I owned a burned copy of it that my friend Noah gave me (he's the one that first got me into Rufio, then I liked it so well that I decided to buy it. I owned that copy for about 2 years and someone stole it from me. Without hesitation, I took the 30 minute drive to Hastings and back to re-purchase the album. After listening to it everyday for months it became extremely scratched. Two of the songs wouldn't even play and I was deeply saddened. Then one randome day I was back at hastings and I say the deluxe edition sitting on the new releases shelf. I literally pee'd on myself. I grabbed that shit, bought it, and I love it. I definately reccomend the deluxe edition if you are just getting into rufio, but I definately believe that everyone in the world should have the privelage to listen to this album atleast once (although I doubt you'lll be satisfied with only once). // 10
The Comfort Of Home
critter1388, on august 22, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Since the band's first CD "Perhaps... I Suppose," Rufio has gone from being a New Found Glory clone band (even thought Rufio is way more complex than NFG) with a pop-punky sound to a band with a sound that had less poppy elements but was still likeable. In the big picture of things it may not be a very big change but at least the band isn't producing music that sounds exactly like their older material. One of the main differences between this album and the last two was that Clark and/or Scott show off their talent with a lot more fast paced complex solos. This album also contains three instrumental interludes which are placed throughout the album but all sound similar but different at the same time. Also as mentioned earlier some of the songs are less poppy and more depressing; they aren't morbid in comparison to stuff by the Alkaline Trio, but for Rufio it's kinda is. Here's a track listing:
01. Out Of Control - first track and single. The palm muted intro sounds like it could have been on "1985" so it serves as a transition between the two albums. A nice way to start the new album out 8/10.
02. Let Fate Decide - this is the first song that would sound different from old songs to Rufio fans. Clark also has a nice solo in it. Nice change of pace overall 8/10.
03. A Simple Line - the chorus is nice and light with. I think Clark might use a 12 string on the intro. Another sweet solo 8/10.
04. Interlude One - this interlude caught me by surprise because it wasn't listed on the CD. It kinda reminded me of "Under The Bridge" by RHCP with the clean guitar. I'm not going to rate the intros but I thought they were all great.
05. Never Learn - when I first heard this song I thought wow. This song is way different from other Rufio stuff. It is a very stand-out track on the album (in a good or bad way depending on if you like it). The chorus sounds pretty strong, and the effects on the bridge work great. One of my favorites on the CD 10/10.
06. Bitter Season - this song starts out sounding like it's going to be different and it is but yeah. The verses seem dull with just the palm muting. The chorus is good. Overall it's a bit of a let down 4/10.
07. Mental Games - very Rufio-sounding. An ok song. The only thing that stands out is the chorus. Averagely good 6/10.
08. Interlude 2 - drums in the beginning with palm muting coming in. Everything slowly builds up until everything stops but the guitar into a great riff. After a play of this the whole band comes in. Sweet.
09. Drowning - very different from Rufio. Probably just as much as Never Learn. It took me a few listens to really like it. This song has everything: the nice intro, kinda poppy verses and chorus, and another cool solo. Awesome song 10/10.
10. Questions And Answers - this song starts out amazingly kindof slows in the middle but picks back up at the end. All together another averagely good song 7/10.
11. life Songs - Another song with normal Rufio style but that style is executed so well. The intro is sweet and just sounds complex (although it may not be I don't know for sure). The verses and chorus are great. The bridge with the whoas is fantastic. Another favorite 10/10.
12. Walk, Don't Run - this song was a bit average. The dual vocals are great. The verses are softer and the loud chorus jumps out at you. Other than that nice song 7/10.
13. Interlude 3 - I think this is where this interlude is but oh well. Starts out with only bass. Then guitar comes in with a riff that sounds similar to the last interlude but with a higher pitch. After the intro riff the main riff is very catchy.
14. A View To Save - there is nothing technically really great about this song but it still stands out, probably because it's about sex neat. It is still nice and catchy 8/10.
15. On Our Own - This is more of an interlude than an actual song. It's acoustic and is a very nice change of pace. It kinda sucks that it wasn't a complete song. The band uses this to lead up to the final track on the CD. Some of the riffs and lyrics in this song are used on the last song too.
06. My Escape - the beginning of this song picks up from On Our Own nicely. Everything about this song is great. My favorite song on the album. Verses chorus and everything are great. After a few choruses it goes into the bridge and Clark and Scott play an a m a z I n g bridge. I love it. After everything fades out and the song is done listen really closely. Doit. Best song on the album and amazing closer 11/10. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: Lyrically this was different from their other two albums. Although "1985" had more mature lyrics than "Perhaps... I Suppose," the lyrics here are less about girls that broke their hearts and more about other aspects of life and people in general. The lyrics go along with the music too. The more emotional the lyrics are, the more emotional the band's playing. Scott's voice isn't a great voice but it compliments the music. I don't think he sounds like the NFG guy. That guy's voice is more nasaley and Scott's is hoarse. I think Jon and Clark do vocals too but they all sound like one voice so its hard to tell. Altogether the lyrics are a good evolution for the band. // 10
Impression: Compared to other albums this is great. Rufio is not only a great band technically with their great riffs and sound, but also they separate themselves lyrically with their thoughts on life and human nature from other bands who write song after song about how their hearts were broken. Good songs were 'Never Learn', 'Drowning', 'Life Songs' and 'My Escape'. I love all the original lyrics and crazy guitar of Rufio. I don't hate it at all. It would never be lost or stolen because I'd keep it safe. In the chance that it was I would definitly buy it again. // 10
The Comfort Of Home
unregistered, on june 20, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound of this album is fairly different from their last album. This album is not as "punk" as the last CD "Perhaps I Suppose." But this CD still manages to bring out the fast tempo guitar riffs and banging drums. This CD is another great CD by Rufio. And unlike most punk bands, Rufio's CD has 15 Songs on it. Instead of the normal short punk CD's of 30 minutes. // 10
Lyrics and Singing: The lyrics on this CD are great. While being slightly deeper they still will reach out to alot of Rufios Listeners who can relate with the lyrics. The singing on this cd is good, and goes with the beat and guitars beautifully. // 10
Impression: Rufios new CD is another creation of theirs. With the fast guitar riffs and catchy chorus's this CD is bound to become a great seller. For Rufio fans I'd definatly suggest buying this CD and even for none fans, I would recommend this CD to anyone. My personal favorite songs on the CD would have to be Drowning, Out Of Control, A Simple Line, and A View To Save. If I lost this cd I would definatly purchase it again. // 10