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Slightly Different
Shoreline Records

Chunk, hailing from Alberta, is part of the reason that people believe Canadian music sucks.

Their latest effort, Slightly Different, should be renamed Extremely Boring, as its 11 tracks offer nothing but one angst-ridden, Nickleback-esque rock ballad after another. Each song is full of ridiculous and repetitive lyrics like, “Just like you I don’t want to be here, I’m sorry/I don’t want to live here, I’m sorry/I don’t want to be here, I’m sorry/Well, I’m sorry” (“Rehability”).

—Adam Kolubinski

Various Artists
Ninja Tunes Recordings

Through experience, one knows that at certain restaurants, whatever is ordered will undoubtedly leave them with a full belly and a content grin on their face. Similarly, with this CD, the name alone will leave the listener salivating.

The music can only be enjoyed in a calm, appreciative mood; it is not designed to break the charts.

Whether looking to consolidate all your favorites, or discover a new buffet of goodies, this is the compilation that will do it. Highlights include “All That You Give” by Cinematic Orchestra,

—Ken Galloway

Angry Agency
The End Of An Era
Grade 7 Girl/Core-upt Records

These local townies may be at war with society.
London’s Angry Agency is an up-tempo ska/punk/hard rock eight member ensemble, all laced up and ready to throw you some in-your-face tunes.

The End of an Era has 11 slap-happy, yet edgy, nihilistic tracks. Songs like the powerful “North American Greed” and “The Urban Minefield” are anthemic cries stacked with guitar-racing energy and united shouts.

This disobedient bunch complain about corporate mush and political propaganda, but the use of trumpet, saxophone and trombone lighten the hardcore tones.

If you’re in need of some speedy ska sounds to keep you cranked, The End of an Era will keep your adrenaline running.

—Gabriella Barillari

Together Again For The First Time

With the exception of bands like International Noise Conspiracy and Sage Francis, Epitaph is known for releasing bands that are boring and trite. Pulley is no exception.

The band’s fourth effort is just like every other derivative pop-punk album. It speaks volumes when a band doesn’t aspire to be anything other than a power-chord-pushing, pussy-punk-pop outfit that could serve as the soundtrack for any teenage brat with a skateboard and too much free time.

The music is boring, the lyrics are sub-par and their singer sports the same, standard pop-punk vocal style. There’s absolutely nothing noteworthy about Pulley.

—Kyle Malashewski



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