Volume 92, Issue 11

Monday, September 22, 1998

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Watering the Seeds of All

Mass Nerder
Epitaph Records

All has done it again with their '98 release Mass Nerder. After a string of disappointing albums, this one is sure to win back the love of "All" fans who have strayed from worship over the last few years. All has returned to their roots by reviving their love story lyrics and original guitar stylings.

Their music is aggressive as ever and 100 per cent punk but their softcore style can make this CD a good listen for even those who are not involved in the punk movement.

Singer Chad Price is the one element of the band that has been lacking in past years, but Mass Nerder is his breakthrough album. It is by far his best performance since he joined the band in the early '90s.

Karl Alverz (bass), Stephen Egerton (guitar) and Bill Stevenson (drums), also known as The Descendants, continue to compose wonderfully orchestrated songs that will impress even the best musicians.

This album is not just packed with skillful music, it also contains well-written lyrics. Songs like "Horny Peeps" and "Romantic Junkie" are humorous in nature while other songs, including "World's on Heroine" and "Greed" reflect on the woes of society. This album turned out to be the best All around record they've made.

–Myles DeRosse

Poppy Seeds and the Love Explosion Orchestra
Days Dream of You
Candyland Records

Poppy Seed's first album, Days Dream of You, is a great first attempt at breaking onto the music scene. However, it could use a little fine tuning.

The beginning of the album is cheerful and peppy, but by the end it's evident this is the most upbeat downer music you'll ever hear. Poppy Seed's sound is unique and different on each track, yet there are instances when the group can't decide whether to be jazzy, folky or psychedelic. Sometimes they are all three at once and it doesn't work for them.

Days Dream of You is an instrumental album with the use of horns and hand drums blending smoothly throughout. The only downside is there seems to be a lot of emphasis on the music rather than on the lyrics. The best example of this is "Theme 2," the most enjoyable and least depressing song on the album. Without any discernable lyrics at the reader's fingertips, the group's message gets lost.

Kudos to Poppy Seed for a good effort, but all in all, a lousy album.

–Nina Chiarelli

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