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Various Artists - Take Action! Vol. 10

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Various Artists - Take Action! Vol. 10
Record Label: Hopeless/Sub City
Release Date: April 26, 2011
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Compilations don't usually warrant reviews on this website, but consider this review to be more of an awareness-raising piece than anything else. The Take Action! Vol. 10 compilation represents much more than a collection of over 30 b-sides, covers and unreleased tracks; it represents the 10th anniversary of a special commitment made by the folks over at Hopeless and Sub City Records. For 10 years now, Sub City (which is a Hopeless imprint with a mission of raising funds for charity) has put on the Take Action! tour and paired it with the compilation. A percentage of profits from both the tour and CD sales are given to charity, and over the last decade Sub City has raised over 2 million dollars for a variety of organizations.

Now, onto the actual music. Aside from supporting an excellent cause, Take Action! Vol. 10 is well worth the $5 it is being sold for. It's highlighted by its rare and unreleased tracks, specifically a couple extremely entertaining cover songs.

Disc Two of the release sees All Time Low performing an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" and The Wonder Years giving fans an acoustic cover of The Weakerthans' "Aside." The All Time Low cover is playful and catchy, something I've played on repeat quite a few times. Alex Gaskarth is really one of the only vocalists in the scene with the pipes to attempt a cover of Gaga and the track turned out well. The Wonder Years' cover is of an adored song in some circles, and the band's admiration of The Weakerthans has been noted in frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell's lyricism. It's perhaps the most worthwhile song on either disc.

The first disc starts off strongly - after a public service announcement by Silverstein's Shane Told, listeners get a nifty track from Told's group featuring Ryan Key of Yellowcard. "Stay Posi" lends to the conclusion that Silverstein should team up with pop punk singers more often. "Texas Mickey," from the band's latest full-length, Rescue, features an awesome cameo by Bayside's Anthony Raneri, and both of these collaborations work magnificently. Bayside has their own previously unreleased track on this compilation, a number called "Battle Scars" that seems like it would have held its own on their latest release, Killing Time.

I won't say that every song is fantastic, but the compilation is well worth the $5. If donating that amount to a good cause isn't enough, you also get a collection of cool songs that you wouldn't have been able to hear otherwise. Take some action of your own and support it today.

Note: A real score of this compilation is impossible to comprise, so I gave everything a 10. Please don't whine about that.

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Disc 1
1. Shane Told (of Silverstein) - PSA
2. Silverstein ft. Ryan Key (of Yellowcard) - Stay Posi
3. Bayside - Battle Scars
4. Polar Bear Club - Living Saints
5. Four Year Strong - Bad Newz Bears
6. Life On Repeat - Myself In Mirrors
7. Twin Atlantic - What Is Light? What Is Laughter? (Skrillex Remix)
8. Circa Survive - I Felt Free (Step Brother Remix)
9. VersaEmerge - Fire [Aim Your Arrows High] (Brian Southall Remix)
10. I See Stars - Upside Down (Hi-Deaf Remix)
11. Iwrestledabearonce - Tastes Like Kevin Bacon (Big Chocolate Covered Bacon Remix)
12. Woe Is Me - Delinquents (Andrew Wade Remix)
13. Chiodos - New Thought Movement
14. I Set My Friends On Fire - I Come Naturally
15. Texas In July - Magnolia
16. Former Thieves - Dust.American Dust

Disc 2
1. All Time Low - Alejandro (Originally By Lady Gaga)
2. We Are The In Crowd - Lights Out (Acoustic)
3. The Ready Set - Love Like Woe (Acoustic)
4. The Summer Set - Young (Acoustic Remix)
5. Amely - Start Over
6. Divided By Friday - Lost In Limbo
7. Veara - Getting Kicked In The Face Has Never Been So Much Fun
8. Sparks The Rescue - Forever In My Songs
9. You, Me, And Everyone We Know - A Little Bit More (Acoustic)
10. The Wonder Years - Aside (Originally By The Weakerthans)
11. The Swellers - Ups And Downsizing (Acoustic)
12. The Dangerous Summer - Northern Lights (Acoustic)
13. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Hate Song For Brains
14. Aficionado - Stay Local
15. Fake Problems - Bands With Business Plans
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02:16 AM on 04/26/11
man I'm pretty
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M.Lee's Avatar
Dunno why Itunes is selling it for 7$. This comp is awesome though.
02:18 AM on 04/26/11
Thomas Nassiff
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Great cause - this is part of the reason why Hopeless is one of my top two or three favorite labels.
03:24 AM on 04/26/11
life in the greenhouse effect
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Highest rated review on the site!
03:26 AM on 04/26/11
life in the greenhouse effect
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Also, no tracklist?
03:38 AM on 04/26/11
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First, I'm complaining about the all "10" rating because I feel like being that one guy. Haha.
And second, new Sparks song. I'll get it. xD
04:02 AM on 04/26/11
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This comp is always one of my most anticipated of the year
04:08 AM on 04/26/11
Keep it terraform
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greatest compilation i've heard in a while.
05:34 AM on 04/26/11
National Nobody
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05:39 AM on 04/26/11
up the fuck i mean punk
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Andrew Jackson Jihad is on this....weird but awesome
06:59 AM on 04/26/11
Alex DiVincenzo
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This compilation rules. So does the tour.
07:13 AM on 04/26/11
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08:02 AM on 04/26/11
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Jesting aside, cool idea and great cause. Doubt I'd actually like the comp though.
08:02 AM on 04/26/11
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09:07 AM on 04/26/11
Wondrous Oblivion.
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I will be getting this if not for just for the Skrillex Remix Of Twin Atlantic.

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