"Never Be Taken Alive" (Victory Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Count The Stars is a melodic punk band in the same vein as The Vines and Taking Back Sunday. That comparison is a compliment. This is feel good, light punk that is a head-boppin good time. 

Count The Stars' high level of music energy is only one of the infectious things about this band. The other is that the band avoids the angst-ridden, hate-filled lyrics of others and just plays for the love of the music. I like that. While other bands fall into the same ol', light punk trench, Count the Stars have climbed out of it and made it fresh again.

Count the Stars: Chris Kasarjian - vocals and guitar; Clark Foley - bass; David Shapiro - drums; Adam Manning - vocals and guitar. 

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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