"Year One" (Bridge Nine; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Like olives, Give Up The Ghost's "Year One," takes a little getting used to. I got into the hardcore music almost immediately, but I had to refer to the lyric sheet to find out what was being sung. Still, after a few cuts I jumped right on board and really began to enjoy this release. 

The expressions here are dark and heavy, but also very striking and strangely poetic. I began to see where the band was coming from and I felt their pain (instead of being in pain while listening to the CD, which happens more and more with today's screeching vocalists.) Give Up the Ghost is a tight, highly talented machine. It may have taken me a few tracks to really get into it, but once I was in, I was really in.  

"Year One" is a re-packaging of some of the band's earlier material, plus some new material, and includes a few covers of The Trouble, The Cro-mags and MC5 and also has three live cuts from the BBC mixed in. 

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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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