I'm pretty proud of my 13 year old self in general. He started figuring shit out after too many years listening to Creed.
Love it. Fabulous piece, Craig.
I still remember how they exploded over here, and how everyone - from my parents to my school friends - loved "Somebody Told Me" when it first came out. Now I've got to go back and listen to this again.
I remember how basically everyone assumed they WERE from over there, haha. They took cues from so many British bands that people just assumed they weren't Americans. Probably why everyone was so pissed off about Sam's Town, which was the complete opposite.
Thanks dude, means a lot coming from you. You'll probably recognize a bit of this from our conversation on the merits of "Mr. Brightside" from last year's Grantland poll thread.
I adore Sam's Town, so I certainly intend on doing something for that one if I'm still around these parts in fall 2006. I don't think that album has aged quite as well as this one, but I still love it.
Wonderful review. I agree with you 100% on the line “And someone will drive her around on the same streets that I did”, and the album altogether. Sam's Town was definitely underrated and your review of Battle Born was spot on. And oh how Limewire gave so many of my computers virus'.
Now I'm gonna have to listen to this record. Probably right now.
I don't think I ever got a virus from Limewire, actually. Kazaa, however...
Yep. I remember hearing them on the radio for the first time the summer after 5th grade, and it almost blew my mind because it was so different for being on Top 40. I really only revisit this album, but it helped shape my musical tastes for sure. I bet I could still find the copy my brother burnt for me in my closet or under the bed somewhere haha.
Fantastic write-up as always, Craig. Really enjoyed this and would love to see more retrospectives in the future.
I don't know if we have an organized place where "retro" reviews go. I did a series of Butch Walker retrospectives last year, and Chris Collum and I have done a bunch of anniversary stuff as part of the My Back Pages feature. Drew did a 20th anniversary piece for the Blue Album, etc. 2004 was THE year for me really getting into music though, so I am definitely planning on doing more of these throughout the year. I think I'll circle back and catch those Keane and Snow Patrol records at some point, and I'm definitely doing something for the 10 year anniversaries of Futures and American Idiot. Those are still a ways away, though.