Underclass Hero review by Sum 41

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  • Released: Jul 24, 2007
  • Sound: 5
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.8 (255 votes)
Sum 41: Underclass Hero
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Sound — 5
Sum 41 is a good band, however, they're made better albums. Still pretty good though. Their hybrid rock/metal stuff is gold, but some of their punk rock stuff sucks. It seems that Deryck Whibley, with Dave out of the way and not critiquing Deryck's guitars, Deryck decided that any riff is a good riff. A lot of what we hear on the album is riffs made of the same note, over and over, in a rhythmic fashion, with the guitars stuck on two settings, distortion (always the exact same tone) and acoustic. Not a very original record.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics, for a large part, are very emo. And there is some vocal range, but not too much. And it seems that in their songs, it's the same notes over and over, the same in all the songs, kind of like the guitar tone. Other than that, they're pretty good, not much to comment on.

Overall Impression — 6
If you're a die-hard Sum 41 fan, get it. You'll love it. But if you only like some of Sum 41's things, highlight tracks are Underclass Hero, March of the Dogs, and Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times. Though the album may not be great, I love Underclass Hero. Seriously. It's stylistically like Fat Lip, and or course, these are their rock/metal hybrids everyone loves so much. However, a lot of it smells like plagiarism of other bands in their genre, like MCR, Green Day, and Taking Back Sunday. As a final thought, I don't think it's really worth getting the whole album unless you love the band. Otherwise, listen to the songs free somewhere first (like Rhapsody or something) and pick out the songs you want.

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