Sound — 4
Sum 41's style has changed a great bit since the album "Chuck". Underclass Hero sounds a lot more like their old stuff such as "Half Hour of Power" and "Does This Look Infected". They really seem to take sounds from a lot of other punk bands such as Green Day and Blink 182. Their Single "underclass hero" has a striking resemblance to some of their earlier singles such as "phat lip" and "The Hell Song" but it was a solid starting single and opening track. The Guitar was mainly basic power chords and punk lines, bass was fairly unhearable I found. The best job intrumentally goes to stevo on the drums. He played a very solid album all the way through. Sum 41's guitarist Dave left the band and that really influenced the direction of the band. in "Chuck" they gained a much more metal sound than their previous albums, but in "Underclass Hero" they strayed away from that sound and back to their punk pop roots.
Lyrics — 7
The single "Underclass hero" was written by Stevo the drummer of Sum 41, while all of the other lyrics were done by Derek Whibley. The lyrics were mainly poltical and anti- "the system" or whatever you choose to call it. very meaningfull but very repetitive lyrics I found. Like most punk albums this song had several love songs of course which I personally thought was their best work. The lyrics worked very good with their music because the lyrics were mainly written by the guitarist and vocalist which means Derek could make the songs exactly how they were written to be. Derek's lyrics were very well sung by him and vocals I'd say were the silver lining of this album, though overall the lyrics were lacking.
Overall Impression — 5
For me personally, (Being a huge Sum 41 fan) this album was a major disapointment. Sum 41 really needed Dave in this album to be a little critical on the musical part of it. Derek said himself "I am not a guitar player" which is exactly why they needed dave for this album. The best songs of the album I would say are "Walking Disaster." "March of the Dogs", and With me. They were my personal favorites though I'm sure many would disagree. I love the drumming on this album but I hate the guitar. If this album was stolen I would not pay the 12 bucks to get it back. I almost gave away the copy I do have to a friend. The Pop/Punk fan will really enjoy this album, however I am a fan of the album chuck and All killer no filler, and even their first albums were not as girly as this one. I think Derek should stop listening to his wife so much and start listening to Dave.