Sound — 4
The Living End have always been, since I first got into them in 2003, in my top 5 favourite bands of all time. But after listening to "White Noise", I was truly disappointed. It was sad to see these rockabilly boys from Melbourne, Australia had become another industry sellout. I thought they'd snap out of it after their previous work, "State of Emergency," but no, it wasn't to be. Chris Cheney, I was disappointed to see, has begun to dabble in modulation effects. I never thought I'd see the day where a Living End song was based on a riff with a heavy chorus over it.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are of the usual high standard that the Living End pulls out album after album. As they always have, the intelligence of their lyrics has progressed from the last album, but their growth seems to be slowing. The music and lyrics fit together well, with Chris Cheney's powerful lyrics and voice floating over the top of the newly buzz-cut Scott Owen's masterful double bass and Andy Strachan's skillful drums.
Overall Impression — 5
It compares badly to all previous albums, I must say. The only tracks that truly stand out are the title track "White Noise," and "How Do We know?" Which is the first track on the album. I won't pay $20 for a record with 2 good tracks on it. But The Living End can only go up from this stage of doing this pop punk bullshit.