It’s been 15 years since we had first heard of the Skate Punk Anthem ‘Fat Lip’ from the emerging Canadian band Sum 41. Now in 2016, they seem to be on a come back, from numerous band member changes to genre changes, it has been a ‘rocky’ road for them but now 13 Voices has been out for about a month and we decided to give it a first play and give it our initial thoughts.
1. A Murder of Crows.
Her: This somewhat reminds me of Marylin Manson but was a bit of a long intro.
Him: I like the intro, I just wish the strings featured more in the whole song rather than the first 90 seconds.
2. Goddamn I’m Dead Again
Her: This sets the tone for the whole album, and is probably the song that sounds most like themselves. Although there are elements of other sounds it is predominantly them.
Him: I suddenly remembered what I used to like about Sum 41- The All Filler Album. It’s like you are listening to an older rock band, wicked guitar riffs, a thumping drum beat and a catchy lyrics that you are almost singing along with immediately you hear it. I think this should have been the first track.
3. Fake My Own Death
Her: It sounds like old them but with more purpose, oomph and possibly a little rockier.
Him: I like the chorus, you can imagine seeing that live, the band singing as the audience sings back- call and response style.
4. Breaking The Chain
Her: I hear echoes of Linkin’ Park but with a guitar solo that sounds like Avenge Sevenfold rather than rap.
Him: I hear more of an 80’s sound, big hair stadium rock type of feel. I like the false start, where its melodic, then rocky bit, back to melodic again.
5. There Will Be Blood
Her: Now he said that, I can hear the Minority by Green Day mixed with My Chemical Romance -Black Parade.
Him: Green Day? That was my response after 4 seconds.
6. 13 Voices
Her: Again elements of MCR but Kudos to the Guitarist.
Him: It’s like older Panic At the Disco covered by a metal band but I also have a Surf Nazis Must Die kind of thing.
Her: Now I am getting All time Low and Hoobstank in the sound but Blink 182 in the lyrics.
Him: This is my least favorite so far, there is another sounds alike but I can’t quite place it. For some reason who ever that was I didn’t like which is why this song is grating on me.
8. God Save Us All (Death to POP)
Her: I am not sure of this song, it sounded a lot like one of the others.
Him: This sounds different, in so much as I thought it was a different singer for the first verse. I like the megaphone bridge and the guitar solo is once again iconic.
9.The Fall and The Rise
Her: This sounds like Fat Lip but with Limp Bizkit and Linkin’ Park featuring.
Him: Limp Bizkit that was the band I didn’t like! That was prominent in Track number 7. War.
10. Twisted by Design
Her: I like the chorus and the loud rocky bit, it stops the song being just a meh oh and I like the lyrics too.
Him: This sounds like a rock version of Coldplay but I don’t want it to sound like I’m comparing all of these songs to other bands. This is quite a big track and deserves more of my attention without comparison.
11. Better Days
Her: I thought this was a continuation of the last track.
Him: I thought this was Paramore before he started singing then back to Panic.
12. Black Eyes
Her: This sounds very +44 then moves on to more Emo maybe Taking back Sunday.
Him: It all sounds different enough per track but they are accumulating more pieces of other bands throughout.
13. War Acoustic
Her: I am sticking with the whole it sounds like Hoobstank but it at least sounds different from the rest of the album.
Him: Its always good to get an acoustic just to prove that they can strip it down and still
14. Breaking the Chain Acoustic
Her: I like the lyrics and actually prefer it this way.
Him: I don’t know why they chose this track to do acoustic because its not dramatically different from the original. They could have done a variation or cover of their own.
Her: It’s a combination of every Emo and Alternative Rock band from the last 20 years, which isn’t a bad thing, because it then appeals to anyone who has ever liked any of those bands. I’m not saying it sounds exactly like them, Sum 41 aren’t a covers band, they just manage to take all the right elements and combine them to make songs that instantly sound like old favorites. My one snipe is that after a few tracks they all sound similar and you loose count of which song is which.
First off I think it’s a good album, the sound is as She says a mixtape of old favourites that merge together to make a whole new sound that is Sum 41. I think the track order is weird at times and the songs merge a bit too much, but if you play individual songs you’re going to come back time and again to this album. In time I’ll probably end up with 2 or 3 favs that will be played a lot more than the others.