"Adventures in Poverty" (Self-released; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I enjoyed listening to We're Not Afraid's "Adventures in Poverty." It's a poppy, peppy punk rock album that's entertaining enough to last its entire running time. The problem is that the album doesn't really have a personality all its own. Instead, it sounds an awful lot like many other bands of the same genre and there's nothing that truly sets them apart.

Again, this isn't a bad record and it's certainly lively and bright but there's no defining element here. I won't go as far as to call this CD spongerock, because even though there are obvious influences throughout, the band simply doesn't copy another band's sound and style. There are too many bands in this genre that simply emulate Blink 182 or Sum41 or some other star band. "Adventures in Poverty" may be a generic blend of pop punk but it works just fine, even if it doesn't really shine.

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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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