Top 20 Singles | Top 10 Albums | Album Reviews | AA Interviews | Best of 2011


Review Archives


Underdog Alma Mater
Forever the Sickest Kids
Purchase Online
Reviewed: 5/20/2008 by Ryan

Recently Reviewed:

Golden EP
Parade of Lights

Heartache Machine
Matt Hires

The Take Off and Landing of Everything

The dance/pop-punk scene has come alive with its third legitimate band! Cobra Starship originated the sub-genre, Powerspace gave it its best song with "Right On, Right Now" and now Forever the Sickest Kids has made the genre's best album with "Underdog Alma Mater." What makes the album special isn't the synths, it's not that the band sounds original- it's the amount of quality hooks that Forever the Sickest Kids has put into song after song on this album. "Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)" is a 4 minute hook fest with some of the best two-part harmonies I've heard in pop punk in a long time. "Hey Brittany" incorporates the most fluidity of any song on the album and has an infectious chorus. The best hook on the album sits with "The Way She Moves." It's got kind of that LFO/Bad Ronald/Busted feel from the early part of this decade that made those bands successful. The synth use establishes that reference and the exceptional chorus pushes it over the top. The big difference between Forever the Sickest Kids and the aforementioned bands is that this isn't totally demoed for 12 year old girls... it's legitimate enough to be listened to by all. It's true that some of the lyrical content isn't universal to all- fear of growing up, mom issues, break up songs, etc.- but that's part of the fun with this band. It's serious enough to be taken seriously but it's not over the top in meaning; something a dance punk album can't be. Special mention should be made for Jonathan Cook; dude's got some serious skill with vocals- he sounds like Gabe Saporta did in his Midtown days- when he was of course- better. Forever the Sickest Kids' "Underdog Alma Mater" isn't the break through debut album of the year, but it will definitely do for fans of quality pop-punk in 2008; something that's actually missing.

Upcoming Releases
Augustana (April 22)
Neon Trees (April 22)
Strange Talk (April 29)
Damon Albarn (April 29)
Max Collins (May 6)
Coldplay (May 19)
Saints of Valory (May 20)
Jack White (June 10)
Nico Vega (June 10)
Theory of a Deadman (April 7)

In Stores Now
Trophy Scars (April 8)
Matt Hires (April 8)
Chevelle (April 1)
The Used (April 1)
Kaiser Chiefs (April 1)
Manchester Orchestra (April 1)
Sevendust (April 1)
Dan Croll (April 1)
Band of Skulls (April 1)
Cloud Nothings (April 1)
The Hold Steady (Mar 25)
London Grammar (Mar 25)

Site Map | Facebook | Twitter | | Donate | Privacy Statement | Advertise | Contact Us
2014 Alternative Addiction LLC