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Vagrant Record's newest released compilation, "Another Year On The Streets, Volume 2", has many weak and strong points to it. Vagrant is a great record label that produces many great pop-punk/emo bands that are rising in popularity right now.
The first song on the CD, "The Pharmacist" by Hot Rod Circuit surprisingly became one of my favorite songs on this CD. Although I have seen Hot Rod Circuit many times, I had never seen anything good about them, and saw no point in getting into them. From the sound of this song and their other new song on this CD, "Radiation Suit", it seems like they changed and fine tuned their sound. Their upcoming album, Sorry About Tomorrow seems very promising. I had been quite a critic of Hot Rod Circuit until hearing this new material of theirs. Let's just say that I will no longer be referring to them as "Hot Rod Suckit".
Saves The Day's new song "Ups ad Downs" is nothing but a typical Saves The Day song. Their energetic pop-punk sound, mixed with unique lyrics is kept consistent in this new song. It is good to have a band like Saves The Day around who will always keep up their good work.
"Sweet Marie", the Anniversary's new song from their new album Your Majesty shows a significant change from their last album. As compared to their old album Designing a Nervous Breakdown, the singer's voice sounds a lot different and a lot better. I was never a fan of the old Anniversary and I think that their new sound is a definite improvement.
Face to Face, a band that I have always disliked has two of their songs on this CD. Both "Bill of Goods" and "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" are just bad songs. I just feel that Face to Face is such a waste of a band. They try too hard to be a punk band while having an over-produced sound.
Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carraba's hit song "Screaming Infedelities" appears on this CD. After listening to this song only once, it automatically got stuck in my head. His vocals combined with his acoustic guitar and the lyric "your hair is everywhere" being repeated over and over again is bound to get you hooked...whether you want to admit it or not!
The song "Metro", originally by the band Berlin, covered by Alkaline Trio is a great song. This song was also covered by System of a Down. Personally, I like Alkaline Trio's version best, but I also think that Alkaline Trio is one of the best bands around at the moment, so I would think that any song they cover is the best version of it!
This CD offers 22 songs of pop-punk/emo goodness! If this is the type of music you are into, then you are guarenteed to enjoy this compilation of some of the best of that type around now.
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