The Collective – Mixed Personalities CD 1 Review

On the 4th of August, The Collective released their latest album “Mixed Personalities”. In this post, I am going to review the first CD as there is a lot of songs so I would not be able to fit it all into one post.

1. Web Of Love- I am already familiar with this song as not too long ago I created the music video for it. I really like this song as it is lively and is the sort of tune that can stick in your head for days. I also like the fact the tune is a happy kind of tune. Some of my favourite parts of the song are the guitar parts in the middle of the verses as I feel they break up the song well.

2. Hooligan- I have heard the band perform this song live many times at their gigs however I feel that this version sounds quite different to when they perform it live. This version of the song sounds more like it is sung rather than spoke/ shouted like it is at gigs, this is a nice and interesting change to the song, also in this version, there are parts that are spoken that make it sound more interesting and different, some of these parts are quotes from famous politicians in interviews. I also like the way that the singing and the rap parts of the song mix together.

3. Disorder (Ft. Shane Cattermole)- I like this song as it is fast paced but also quite dramatic sounding in places. I feel that the beat of the song matches up well with the rap and what they are saying does a very good job of getting the point that they want to get across as well as being easy to understand. I feel that the guitar part of the song really grabs your attention before it starts and makes you want to listen.

4. Drag Me Down (Ft. Nuala)- This song has an acoustic sound to as well as being a slower sounding song. I like the way that the chorus music is different to the verse music so that it stands out more, the way the song is sung gives off a calming vibe even during the rap which surprises me as I did not expect the rap to fit in well with the style of the song. I also really enjoy the way that all members of the song join in for the last chorus it gives it an ending that feels fitting.

5. The Struggle- The main singer of this song is different to the other songs so far, this gives the song a different tone and makes it feel like the style has been changed and mixed up so it is enjoyable to listen to. The tune is lively and enjoyable to listen to I like the way that the verses are rapped and the chorus is sung. Towards the end of the song, the structure changes and it starts to sound slightly different.

6. Cold Outside (Live)-  This song is also a favourite for the band to perform live and that is why this version is a live version. I like the way that the music in this song is quite quiet but is also just loud enough to be able to hear the singing and the rapping. I also like the way each verse is taken by different people, it makes it sound interesting and you get to hear different peoples views.

7. Dreaming (Live)- This song is quite slow paced, this makes the lyrics easy to understand and listen to, the song is quite a positive song and gives off a quite positive message. The song was recorded live so this added to the song as the sound of the audience and the way the song sounded made you feel like you were there when they were recording it.

8. What Good (Live)- This song is acoustic and therefore there are not many instruments just a single guitar as well as only one singer. This song is quite different to the rest of the album so far, however, I like it a lot. This so is also very nice to listen and as the song is recorded live it sounds different to what it would sound like if it was recorded in a studio and I think that gives it a nice effect.

9. Appreciate- At the start of the song, there is no music this makes the words stand out even more than they would if there was music in the background. The lyrics to this song are very strong and they really show the point that they are trying to get across. The thing that I like most about this song is that when the music does start it starts off slowly and then gets louder and faster throughout.

10. Sax Man (Ft. Warren Ireland)- The music of the song is based on the sound of the saxophone, I also like the electronic noises that end up mixed with the saxophone noises. The tune of this song is lively and so is the rap to go along with it. The way the verses are sung at different speeds makes the song interesting to listen to as it keeps changing so you want to know what happens next.

11. Brainwashed (Ft. JDEE)- The start is slow with a piano tune, the words are spoken slowly and with meaning that fits with the title of the song. I like the way that the band introduce JDEE before his verse and how he has a solo verse to himself to show what he wants to say. The chorus of the song sounds almost trance like this also fits well with the title of the song as it is as if they are brainwashing you.

12. Mixed Personalities (Ft. Hayden Gigner)- The scratchy guitar noises at the start of the song attract the listener’s attention. The song has very lively singing even the parts of the song that are rapped sound slightly more like they are being sung, I also like the way the rap parts and the singing fit together as I feel that it has been done well. I also like the way that the verses and the chorus sound very similar as it means it links together well.

13. Louis- This song does not have any music to it instead is just spoken I feel that this flows well as the words rhyme so it seems rhythmical. I like the way that the words echo after they have been spoken adding an effect to the song. This song is the shortest on this CD that I have found so far.

14. International Lyrics- The tune for this song is quite uplifting, at the beginning of the song I did not realise that the lyrics were not in English but after I did realise I found that this was a very interesting part of the song and feel like it shows a strong message. The rapping in the second verse is in English and is saying how music has the same meaning no matter what country you are from.

15. Change (Extended)- The start of this song is mainly piano but then as the song goes on more and more instruments are added until all instruments are present. There is a lot of echoing in this song this adds to the effect of what the singer is saying and what he means by it, phrases are also repeated meaning that the words stick in your head even more.

16. Harmony (Ft. Jean Howe)- The drums at the start of this song sound almost tribal and the singing and rap sound also goes along with this. I like the way that over the chorus there are lots of different voices making it sound really nice to listen to. As there are lots of different parts that overlap and blend together and sound really good.

17. Streetlights (Ft. Bittermace)- This song is very slow paced and also has very calming music in the background, I feel like this also adds to the effect of the song as it stays the same throughout so there are no shock changes however the song does get louder further into the song making it sound slightly different. I like the way that in parts of the song there are string noises added to add to the song.

18. The Unknown- There is no music at the start of this song, however, noises are the main beat and sound of the song, the majority of the song is slow however there are parts of the song that gets faster this keeps you focused on the song and wanting to listen to it more.

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Even though some of this album is not the sort of music that I would normally listen to I enjoyed most of the songs on the album and will definitely listen to it again many times as the songs are very catchy. I highly recommend that you give it a listen. I will review CD 2 very soon.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

 

 

A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (M-O)

Continuing on from previous posts, here is part five of the A-Z of Punk and Pop Punk

M= Mayday Parade 

Mayday Parade

Members:  Jason Lancaster, Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Jake Bundrick, Jeremy Lenzo and Alex Garcia

Formed: Tallahassee, USA in 2005

Mayday Parade is a band that emerged of two popular local bands, this helped them to create a buzz around the band when they started to create music together. In 2005 the band started to play gigs including an appearance at Warped tour, after this being a successful opportunity for them they were signed by Fearless Records in 2006 and released their debut EP “Tales Told By Dead Friends”. After the release of this album 3 months later in the March of 2007. In 2009 the band signed with Atlantic Records and issued the first album without Lancaster entitled “Anywhere But Here”. In 2011 the band’s third LP peaked at number 12. In 2013 the band released the album “Monster In The Closet” and then a deluxe version a year later. The band’s latest album was released in 2015 and was called “Black Lines”.

N=New Found Glory

New Found Glory

Members: Jordan Pundik, Ian Grushka, Cyrus Bolooki, Chad Gilbert and Steve Klien

Formed: Coral Springs, USA in 1997

Not long after forming the band quickly gained a cult following enabling them to rise to the upper tier of Pop-Punk music with many similar bands that were around at the time. After releasing their first EP “It’s All About The Girls” they managed to sell out of all copies that were made at the time. The following year the band released a full album on Drive-Thru Records entitled “Nothing Gold Can Stay” which was then reissued later that year when they signed with MCA. The band also released an EP entitled “From The Screen To Your Stereo” which involved the band covering many songs from different movies. Later that year the band toured with blink-182 and also performed at Warped Tour, to increase their exposure they also appeared in the film American Pie 2. In 2001 the band recorded a follow-up record which was later released in 2002, the album was entitled “Sticks And Stones” and the lead single “My Friends Over You” propelled the album, after the success of this album the band managed to grab a headlining spot at Warped Tour in 2002, the album asl managed to climb to gold certification. After touring for the sticks and stones album, the band re-entered the studio to create the album “Catalyst” which after its release in 2004 peaked at number 3 on the album charts. a year later a concert video of the tour for this album was released on DVD. In 2008 the band released a more mature album entitled “Coming Home” with the help from Thom Panunzio which was followed by a large worldwide tour. In 2007 the band released the second edition of “From Screen To Your Stereo”, after this the band worked with Mark Hoppus and Epitaph Records to produce “Not Without A Fight” In 2013 a live album was released of some of the bands songs, they also parted ways with Klien as he was accused of multiple crinal offences. In 2014 the band released “Ressurection” with what seems like a sense of purpose and then this was followed in 2015 by “Ressurection: Ascension” which had two new tracks and also “Vicious” a song which featured Paramore’s, Hayley Williams. In 2017 the band released their 9th album “Makes Me Sick” which was followed by a worldwide tour.

O= The Offspring

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Members: Dexter Holland, Greg Kriesel, Noodles, Peter Parada, Ron Welty, Doug Thompson, James Lilja, Atom Willard, Chris Higgins and Marcus Parrish.

Formed: Orange County, USA in 1984

The band was formed in 1984 after being inspired by social distortion. In 1985 Noodles joins the band and they begin to practice in their parent’s house where they managed to land their first two gigs which were in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The band was originally called “Manic Subsidal” and in 1986 they produced and created their first vinyl single which they released on their own “Black Label” and glued the covers together by themselves inside Kriesel’s house. After thisRon Welty became the fourth member of the band. In 1989 the band sign to Nemesis with punk producer Thom Wilson and released their debut album where they sold over 3000 copies. In 1991 the band released a 7″ EP entitled “Baghdad” and recorded “Take It Like A Man” for a magazine compilation. In 1992the band signed with Epitaph Records for their second album “Ignition”, the band had a record release party and the album managed to sell 1 million copies worldwide. In 1993-94 the band toured the US and also Europe whilst supporting NOFX. In 1994 the band released “Smash” which featured “Come Out And Play” and “Self-Esteem” the album was a phenomenon and sold more than 11  million copies worldwide whilst also reaching number 4 on the charts. In 1995 Dexter and Greg create Nitro Records and reissue their debut album on CD, a cover of the band’s song “Smash It Up” is also featured on Batman Forever. The Offspring sign with Columbia Records and released “Ixnay On The Hombre” which sells more than 3 million copies worldwide and many singles hit the high parts of the rock charts. An MP3 file of “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” was released by the band before the album was released in 1998, however, the album was still downloaded 20 million times once it was released. The band toured around the world in 1999 this included stops at Woodstock and also Reading And Leed, the band also made a cameo in Idle Hands playing a cover of a song by the Ramones. In 2000 the band received a cease order from Napster after they were found selling t-shirts with the company logo on it. The band’s next album “Conspiracy Of One” was downloaded with the chance to win 1 million pounds presented to you by the band themselves. In 2002 they played the LA premiere of Tony Hawks Boom Boom Huck Jam and also another benefit concert, in September, they opened the Kerrang Awards in London where they were given the award for “Classic Songwriter”. In 2003 the band released demos for their new album and Ron Welty left, however, he was later to be replaced by Josh Freese, before the release of the album the band joked that their album would be called “Chinese Democracy” as this is what Axel Rose had been saying that their new album would be called for many years, it was later reviled that the album would be called “Splinter”. The band filmed with Da Hui which was featured as extra content on there next CD. In 2004 the band p[erformed at many different places and recorded a music video for “(Can’t Get My) Head Around You”, after the release of the album the band toured the world traveling 161,682 miles and to 22 countries. In 2005 they started to work on new songs including a greatest hit album and a music video collection, they also headlined the closing night of BuzzCon gaming festival. In 2006 the band took a year off from touring and casually started to record demos, however, did not start to record the album until 2007. In 2008 they release the first single from the album for download and it reaches the top 10 they then tour with the album including a large amount of festival stops. in 2009 the band release “Kirsty, Are You Okay” as the third single from the album “Rise And Fall”. In 2010 the band return to Huntington Beach to record new music they also tour with 311 and attend Summer Sonic Festival in Japan.

Thanks for reading, Annie.