"Anthology" (Dreamworks/New Noize)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Alien Ant Farm play solid rock with charismatic guitars, upbeat tempos (for the most part) and musicianship that's tight and dynamic. The first song, "Courage," starts off the CD with a kick, offering a terrific, hook-laden chorus and a near-perfect combination of guitar and percussion. "Courage" is a great song.

Unfortunately - and I don't really know why - the CD seems to peak there. The rest of the CD isn't bad - in fact, there are high points. Still, despite some infectious guitar rhythms, "Anthology" never reaches the level of interest that was generated by its first tune. The songs that follow range from Cheap Trick-style rockers to Clash-like crooners, but none quite matches the instant attraction of "Courage." I guess you could say it's all downhill from the first track.

Maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the sameness of the vocals throughout the CD or maybe it's just me. Regardless, "Anthology" doesn't kick any ass, but it doesn't suck either. It's just sort of there.

Alien Ant Farm is: Dryden Mitchell - song sayerer, acoustic guitar; Terence Corso - electric and acoustic gitz; Tye Zamora - bassadilla, background vocals, upright bass, keyboards, guitar; Mike Cosgrove - drummist.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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