Sound — 9
The bands self titled LP Debut is one of the biggest selling debut albums in Autralia's history, and after listening to it, it is easy to see why. The band was signed after they were discovered by Green Day, and their ispiration is heard throughout TLE's debut preformance. When listening to the album, there are many different styles of music that can be heard, mostly post punk crossed with rockabilly, although it is easy to detect ska and country roots. A bit of incredible guitar work, mixed with well polished vocals, precise drumming and catchy bass hooks, this album has something for everyone. From punk sounds in "Prisoner Of Society" to the skay Sounds of "Trapped" to the jozz roots in "Strange", there is a little bit of everything, hidden in the album.
Lyrics — 7
When listening to the Vocals, It gets tough to listen to Chris Cheney's Voice after a while. Even though he is a very talented vocalist, he comes off as a tad bit whiny. Dispite the sound of his voice, it goes great with the music, and his lyrics are creative, prooven by "Prisoner Of Society" and "Second Solution". His Lyrical talen truly stands out in the song "Monday" where he sings of a school shooting which took place on a monday.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, The Living End introduce us to a unique style of music that isn't quite psychobilly, but isn't quite Punk. It is hard to compair them to other bands, seeing as they are the only band of their style, but put up beside their other albums, this one stands out. With incredible songs like "Prisoner of Society", "second Solution", "Growing up (Falling Down)", "Monday", "West End Riot", "Save The Day" along with many others, it is bound to stand out. In my opinion, The Guitar on this Album is some of the best I have heard and the bas and drums are outstanding. The only thing not to like about this album are the tone of the vocals, but other than that, The CD is solid. If it were stolen, I would cry, then go buy another copy. Or as an alternative, I would steal this CD before any of the other living end Albums.