The first song on the CD was by Alkaline Trio. The song "My Standard Break From Life" is very good and much like their other songs. They are a band who make great music, but it's their lyrics that really pull you in. The line from this sing, "I wish I could waste my time without wasting all your time" is just great!
After recently seeing the band Thrice, who appear on this CD live, I was extremely impressed. They combine emo and hardcore very well. Their song "To What End" on this CD is really good, but in no way compares to how aweosme their live performance was.
The Eyeliners are pretty good for a "chick band". If I remember correctly, their drummer does a lot of their vocals. Anyone who can be a drummer and a singer is very talented. Their song on this CD "See You Tonight" is pretty cute. It has that pop-punk/girly appeal.
Thursday's song "Autobiography of a Nation" from their CD "Full Collapse" is an incredible song from an absolutely incredible band. The quality of the song is bad because it's some kind of bad live recording. Don't get me wrong, their live performance will blow you away, it's just not recored too well.
I was surprised when I found out that the song "Catacomb" on this was by At The Drive In. What I have heard from them previous to this song I have hated, but this song is a lot better than that other junk. The lead and back up vocals in the song are simply amazing!
The song "Mullet Burden" by Dillinger Escape Plan is very bad. This song seemed to me like such a cliche hardcore song. At least if you're going to be hardcore, do it right! Just some bad screaming and growling is definitely not good.
"All Rise" by the band Jersey would be much better with different vocals. The vocals are more punk than their music which seems more emo. If they just changed around the music or the vocals a bit, they would sound much better.
It was really great to hear horns on this song, "The Last Time" by Link 80. After a lot of whiney, screamy bands, it was good to hear a ska influenced band. This song was probably my favorite on the CD and I plan on going out and buying one of their CD's from finally hearing them. After hearing good things about them, I was not dissapointed.
What better way to end a CD than with an acoustic song? Mike Park's song "Can You Get Me Out Of Here" is really good. The lyrics speak of experiences that everyone can relate to. Who hasn't ever thought to themself, "Can You Get Me Out Of Here"?
It's good to know that bands care enough to contribute to a good cause. This CD was great to listen to and I am glad to know that by buying it, I helped the National Hopeline Network.
Meredith Goldberg is a Staff Writer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.