Before Everything & After review by MxPx

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  • Released: Sep 16, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (6 votes)
MxPx: Before Everything & After
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Sound — 10
This cd has suddenly taken a change from the classic Mxpx style. I'm sure many people will say that Mxpx have "sold out", and judging by what Blink 182 did when people said they "sold out", Mxpx has indeed "sold out". But I love this cd. Partially because I think that so-called Pop punk is quite good unless it's Good Charlotte, but also because Mxpx has seemed to mature in their music quality quite a bit. The music combines superb riffs with quite a combination of different sounds. That being said, the main Mxpx sound, based on power chords, is still there. But that is what we all wanted. Many of the songs on this cd, such as "Well Adjusted" and "More Everything" sound good right a way, but one negative is that songs like "Kings of Hollywood" take more adjusting to.

Lyrics — 8
I like how the Mxpx singer has his own unique voice, which doesn't annoy the hell out of me like NFG and GC's whiny singers. It still has the tiny nasal congestion sound that most punkers have, but its leaning more towards Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. That being said, however, some of the songs lyrics aren't moving in any way, such as "Well Adjusted", which doesn't seem to really have a point to it other than to sound good. However "You Make me, me" is quite an emotional song, and the balance is split about 50/50. If you wanted a Limp Bizkit rack up the swear words type cd, then these lyrics will disappoint you because they are a Christian rock band, and there is no swearing on the cd

Overall Impression — 10
If there was one album that I could compare it to, it would be Blink 182's "Enema of the State", with a harder grungier sound and no swearing. I loved the overall sound on most songs, and some of the lyrics got to me once I knew what they were. It's definately worth buying if you like the Pop-Punk scene, or even the Punk scene, but if you are one of those that hates "sell out" bands, then you probably don't want this. It is quite light compared to the other Mxpx cd's, but it is still quite good

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