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The Walking Wounded
Victory Records

Bayside could finally be the continuation of that fun punk sound that was pioneered by groups like The Get Up Kids. Technically their fourth album (if you count the Acoustic appearance), this one changes it up a little for the diehard Bayside fans.

Comparing to the previous albums, it can be argued that perhaps the band got a little lazy on this one. If you remember songs off of Sirens And Condolences you have lyrics like "You're not eighteen anymore/Five years should have been enough time for you to grow up and get over this." On their most recent album you'll hear "Breathe kids/The mold is getting old/It'll be gone any day." Even if they didn't put as much effort into the lyrics, the effort could easily have been placed in the music itself. A common thread that I find in the music is the way that Anthony's (lead vocals) voice just seems to carry the entire song. There's not really a defined point when the guitar comes out or the drums really shine. This style of music brings me back to an early 311, maybe around the blue album era.

The tempo and rhythm never slow down, allowing for a very energetic performance. With "The Walking Wounded" the music comes in so heavy and fast that you prepare yourself for an intense song and then suddenly it stops. And an accordion accompanies Anthony, similar to what Panic! At The Disco does, making a different way to go acoustic. "Choice Hops And Bottled Self Esteem" feels more rock influenced. The lead guitar goes up a few octaves and there's an accompaniment of a harmony in the background. "Dear Holiness" is very poppy, a sound heard recently in the newest album out by the Plain White T's. In fact Anthony and the T's singer Tom could very well switch bands for a performance. That would be really interesting. Near the end, "A Rite Of Passage" slows it down a little and takes the CD to a little bit of a darker place. Mixing the deeper lyrics and the more alternative guitar is suggestive of A Change Of Pace's style.

Between the emo band references, the alternative band comparisons and the punk band similarities, you've got a smorgasbord of music. Surely you'll find a song that you like, surely.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. The Walking Wounded
2. They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns
3. Duality
4. Carry On
5. I And I
6. Choice Hops And Bottled Self Esteem
7. Head On A Plate
8. Dear You Holiness
9. Landing Feet First
10. Thankfully
11. A Rite Of Passage
12. (Pop)Ular SciencE

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