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Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop Volume 4 Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 6
Musicianship 6
Lyrics 6
Production 6
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 6
Reviewer Tilt 6
Final Verdict: 60%
Member Ratings
Vocals 5.07
Musicianship 4.57
Lyrics 3.89
Production 5.29
Creativity 4.25
Lasting Value 3.36
Reviewer Tilt 4.43
Average: 44%

Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop Volume 4

Reviewed by: blue_light_888 (11/27/11)
Various Artists Ė Punk Goes Pop Volume 4
Record Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: November 21, 2011

In keeping with the eclectic spirit of Fearlessí latest compilation, Pop Goes Punk Volume 4, Iíve elected to take this track-by-track in order to sort the wheat from the chaff. Get your earphones ready for your unfavorite pop punk bands to down some tequila, put on a blindfold, and throw darts at your favorite club hits. Hopefully more of them hit their target than not.

Just The Way You Are
Original Artist: Bruno Mars
Cover Artist: Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil? Like, a ghost veil or some other supernatural veil? Or maybe a wedding veil, who cares. Anyhow, wowza are there a lot of instruments in this. Seriously, this band uses more instruments in this cover than Jason Mraz does in his entire discography. I think it works well, thoughóthe song never slows down and every different iteration of the songís hook clicks. Iím particularly fond of the super-short segue into cloudy xylophone dreamland at the beginning of the second chorus before the full band jumps back in. Nothing astonishingly new, but interesting enough to pass muster. B-

Little Lion Man
Original Artist: Mumford and Sons
Cover Artist: Tonight Alive

Cool, you can say the f-word on one of these now! (Ainít your Kidz Bop collection now, is this.) Despite me not knowing or having ever heard the original, this blew me away. The vocalist is particularly outstanding and pitches in a lot of personality to this. Pays homage to the original (I assume?) and lets the colors of the band bleed in a little tooóexactly what the best covers should be striving to do. B+

Last Friday Night (TGIF)
Original Artist: Katy Perry
Cover Artist: Woe Is Me

Woe Is Meís Achilles heel is their incessant, frustratingly evasive need to come off hard. Seriously, if there were an awards show for forced screaming, this band would sweep it, just beating out the Society of Actresses Depicting Pregnant Women In Peril. The melodies are tight and efficientóbut then an orgy of tortured growling erodes any excitement, genuine or artificial, that the band has built to that point. I like about a third of this, though, which is still a vast improvement over last albumís abortion of a Hot and Cold cover, so props for the improvement; seeing Woe Is Me embrace their melodic side more would be a promising step down the road to recovery. D+

Roll Up
Original Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Cover Artist: The Ready Set

Assuming this is a hip-hop song, I question how this is, in any way, a cover. Listenable? Sure. Maybe even affable? Sure. But unless I missed something, the title of this compilation is Punk Goes Pop 4, isnít it? C

FuóForget You
Original Artist: Cee-Lo "Jello" Green
Cover Artist: Sleeping With Sirens

Straightforward but quite effective. Preserves the vulgar appeal of this song (and arguably enhances it) while adding some nice touchesóthe strings were an unexpected touch that upped the stakes quite well. The beatbox-esque cymbal imitation in the bridge and the vocal interplay also added some spunk. Canít complain much. B+

Rolling In The Deep
Original Artist: Adele
Cover Artist: Go Radio

Egad, six songs in and we have four fairly solid covers already. This goní be a good one, I can tell. This track is probably my favorite off of this compilation, and thatís not even taking into consideration that Go Radio is one of my favorite bands. The structure of the track is absolutely organic, and every slight tweak they made to the prototype blows the song up to Goodwill-balloon levels of excitement. Absolutely exhilaratingóthis is going to blow the roof off of stadiums, I swear it. A

You Belong With Me
Original Artist: Taylor Swift
Cover Artist: For All Those Sleeping.

Oh, Punk Goes Pop. Every time I think youíre becoming a better man, you relapse back into your old habits and I get burnt. This is never, ever going to happen, but I REALLY WISH THAT METALCORE/SCREAMO BANDS WOULD LEARN TO UTILIZE SCREAMING APPROPRIATELY ON COVERS INSTEAD OF USING IT AS A FILLER QUOTE FOR PASSION OR TOUGHNESS OR WHATEVER MASCULINITY TIM ALLENíS NEW SITCOM WANTS YOU TO EXPRESS. Iím an incredibly easy person to please: itís harder for me to hand out an F than it is an A, but this is literally unlistenable cacophonic nonsense. For all those sleeping, donít bother waking up. D- (only because giving this an F based off of thirty seconds would undermine my journalistic integrity)

We R Who We R
Original Artist: Ke-dollar sign-Ha
Cover Artist: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Captain Chunk? Is that, like, some new brand of cereal that I havenít tried yet? This cover is skiiirting the edge of covering/copying, but Iíll let it slide. I gotta say, adapting this track to rock just plain WORKS: the chorus benefits a lot from the added bombast, the verses actually sound, well, melodic, and the whole thing feels more fully realized. On a side note, this is one of the only tracks on the album where the screaming really works. I donít claim to be a professional, but I think the fact that the lyrics are already quite sleazy is to the bandís benefit. B-

Love The Way You Lie
Original Artist: Eminem feat. Dystroxiaís favorite singer
Cover Artist: A Skylit Drive

The sky over here is terrifyingly dark: I canít see a single star anywhere. This bandís name makes me sad. Getting to the actual song, itís another solid cover in a compilation surprisingly rife with them. The screaming here is very well-utilized: itís not mindless Cookie Monster tough guy positioning but used to emphasize the rage and passion of the lyrics, and in tandem with the vocal lines they fit in snugly. Kudos to the musicianship all around the board, honestly: the composition really wasnít what I was expecting for this song, but either through technicality or sheer loudness the entire thing goes down well. B

Yeah X3
Original Artist: Chris Brown
Cover Artist: Allstar Weekend

Thereís something to be said for a moment in music where your critical facilities shut down and something more primal takes over; maybe itís this songís joyful chorus, the handclaps (how dare this band exploit my weakness!), or the throw-everything-down-and-letís-partay! lyrics that do it, but this is just too euphoric to pass up. Much more than what I expected from a song by Chris Brown titled Yeah X3. B

Till The World Ends
Original Artist: Britney Spears
Cover Artist: I See Stars

First of all, Brit-Brit already did the whole ďSicker than the remix/This is the remixĒ lyric switcheroo already, so way to be original! Otherwise, this is similar to The Veilís cover of Just The Way You Are: workmanlike, making up for passion with diversity and breakneck pacing. C+

Runaway
Original Artist: Kanye West
Cover Artist: Silverstein

Absolute monster of a cover. If thereís a minus here, itís that the grandiose scale of the louder sections serves to underline how sparse other parts are, but for the most part this is an insightful interpretation of the source material.
Also, Iím not sure how anybody could have avoided this, but hearing a band sing the lyrics ďThis is for the douchebagsĒ with a straight face may have been the strangest thing Iíve heard all year. A-

Super Bass
Original Artist: Nicki Minaj
Cover Artist: The Downtown Fiction

A vast improvement over the preview version I heard. Itís sweet, a little wistful, and it carries itself nicely. I wouldnít say this surpasses the original, but it holds its own, which considering the awesomeness of the original is still a feat in itself. A-

I know that these compilations get loads of ire around these parts, and maybe even justifiably so. Punk Goes Pop represents a lot of the things that fans hate: tacky novelty, naked commercialism, image-centric bands, and an overall lack of authenticity. Everything that we love about music is what this series robs us of.

And yet, listening to Punk Goes Pop 4, I wasnít filled with an implacable sense of rage or injustice. These are 13 songs. Some of them are surprisingly excellent. Some of them are just as horrible as everybody claims. Thatís all there is; ultimately, this isn't so much the Britta Perry of music as it is just a goofy series of pop covers. We donít have to love it, but taking it on its own terms may be the best response we can have.

6/10

Recommended If You Likesilliness, Punk Goes...


Track Listing1. Just The Way You Are
2. Little Lion Man
3. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
4. Roll Up
5. F__k You*
6. Rolling In The Deep*
7. You Belong With Me
8. We R Who We R
9. Love The Way You Like
10. Yeah X3
11. Till The World Ends
12. Runaway*
13. Super Bass*

running time: 56 minutes
* indicates recommended tracks
 
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10:33 PM on 11/27/11
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ready set version of roll up is the worst cover in this album, second by for all those sleeping
01:27 AM on 11/28/11
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Im sorry but this review is full of inaccuracies and bad judgement. (hint: listen to the original song before you judge a cover of it)
03:24 AM on 11/28/11
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Im sorry but this review is full of inaccuracies and bad judgement. (hint: listen to the original song before you judge a cover of it)
I HAVE listened to the majority of the originals, and for the ones that I didn't hear, I didn't see it as necessary to make a judgment on the covers themselves. I do concede that the flipside is that those reviews tend to be rather aesthetic, but that is sort of my argument here, so....

EDIT: Hold it. Are you referring to my blurb for Little Lion Man?
03:53 AM on 11/28/11
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I agree with most of what you wrote, but I disagree completely with the Woe, Is Me cover. I think this one is horrible compared to their last. Then again, I love their screamer. I still think they need to change the title of the compilation though. Punk.. come on.
05:15 AM on 11/28/11
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Interesting review style. It worked, well enough.
05:55 AM on 11/28/11
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This record is so solid. One of the strongest Fearless compilations, if not the best.
06:27 AM on 11/28/11
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This is a pretty great review, and thanks for mentioning me in it! You will get a shoutout in one of mine in the future
07:36 AM on 11/28/11
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Great structure for the review. I'll check some tracks out.
09:53 AM on 11/28/11
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just in case you didn't know, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! got their name from The Goonies.
12:02 PM on 11/28/11
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I seriously suggest you check out the original Little Lion Man because Tonight Alive took a complete metaphorical dookie on great track. Im not just saying this because im a fan of Mumford and Sons but because they literally butchered it to the point it has no heart left.

Firstly the original boasts a great pure vocal performance that is unique. This version takes all the grit out and leaves it with some crazy up and down computer Hayley Williams that gives you a headache. (If the bitch from Tonight Alive can't sing, she shouldnt try, let alone be allowed to contribute to crap like this, she should go on x-factor if she wants to do cheap karaoke)

Secondly the original demonstrates some excellent musician ship. This version replaces all the lush layers of guitar, banjo and mandolin with some generic riffage that half resembles the original melody.

As for the rest of this compilation:
AT LEAST THE FIRST FEW HAD BANDS COVERING GENUINE POP SONGS. (I Melt With You, Heaven Is A Place on Earth). The new ones just take mediocre bands and let them butcher mediocre current chart music.

First you sign All Time Low Fearless, Now this, i dont think i can ever forgive you
05:30 PM on 11/28/11
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I seriously suggest you check out the original Little Lion Man because Tonight Alive took a complete metaphorical dookie on great track. Im not just saying this because im a fan of Mumford and Sons but because they literally butchered it to the point it has no heart left.

Firstly the original boasts a great pure vocal performance that is unique. This version takes all the grit out and leaves it with some crazy up and down computer Hayley Williams that gives you a headache. (If the bitch from Tonight Alive can't sing, she shouldnt try, let alone be allowed to contribute to crap like this, she should go on x-factor if she wants to do cheap karaoke)

Secondly the original demonstrates some excellent musician ship. This version replaces all the lush layers of guitar, banjo and mandolin with some generic riffage that half resembles the original melody.

As for the rest of this compilation:
AT LEAST THE FIRST FEW HAD BANDS COVERING GENUINE POP SONGS. (I Melt With You, Heaven Is A Place on Earth). The new ones just take mediocre bands and let them butcher mediocre current chart music.

First you sign All Time Low Fearless, Now this, i dont think i can ever forgive you

Calm down, I don't think they were trying to match the emotion of the original, I think they were trying to make a fun cover.
05:36 PM on 11/28/11
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I dug your structure alot, really organized, but your diction is back and forth between great and immature, your analogy's are foolish sounding at times, too mock-clever

I hated the record on another note, Pop goes Punk 2 will always be the best, the music is just too hollow on this one for me, i feel like it had potential, but it diddent rise up

i got too technical, oh well....
12:41 AM on 11/29/11
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this is actually pretty decent as a whole
05:17 AM on 11/29/11
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I seriously suggest you check out the original Little Lion Man because Tonight Alive took a complete metaphorical dookie on great track. Im not just saying this because im a fan of Mumford and Sons but because they literally butchered it to the point it has no heart left.

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