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Love Is A Battlefield

by Samuel Barker
July 11, 2001

File Under: Pop Punk
rating: D-
tracks

1. This Is Love

2. My First Kiss

3. Catch A Wave

4. Can't Help Falling In Love

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  • Fat Wreck Chords
  • Japan's Hi-Standard has returned to Fat Wreck for the release of a new CDEP entitled Love Is A Battlefield. This album leaves a lot to be desired on all fronts when it's over. This is a band that needs an entire album to get you into their sound. It's like drinking beer, at first it tastes bad, but after a while it's not so bad. Well, we never got past the bad tasting part here.

    The album opens with "This Is Love." It's a typical pop punk song. This band reminds me a lot of Bracket but their singer's vocals sound like jibberish. It's got a fun, upbeat sound, but in the end it can't save the intelligible lyrics.

    "My First Kiss" is really the best song on the EP, which isn't saying too much. It's a decent pop punk song, but it never really catches you with a hook. In the end, that's what this album is lacking most, a hook. "Catch A Wave" continues the downward spiral. It's down right cheesy. It's got a fun sound, but isn't at all amazing.

    The final nail in the coffin is their cover of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love." This song has been covered too many times, by too many people. It's vile. This is really one of the worst renditions of the song I've ever heard.

    To close, this band needs something to help them. I had heard a lot of good things about them, but couldn't find any basis for these good words on this recording. It's available from Fat Wreck on July 24th, but I'm sure there are some other worthwhile albums to spend your money on, like the Good Riddance home video that comes out that day!

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.


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