18 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto’s Fucked Up are stars of the current punk-without-a-hyphen scene. Following widespread praise for 2008’s Polaris Prize-winning Chemistry of Common Life, the band took a surprise turn and wrote a punk-rock opera. The narrative of David Comes to Life is not easy to follow, but the love story (with notes of political activism, we think) requires female vocals, and hearing singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle and Cults’ Madeline Follin chirruping between the bruising guitars, brutal drums and steel wool vocals of Damien Abraham (a.k.a. Pink Eyes) is but one of the record’s charms. Picking a track is not easy, but try “Serve Me Right” for a sample of the thick guitar hookage that is at the core of the band and this effort: it’s a ridiculous amount of sound, expertly pressed into an aural sandwich of tasty layers — like a super meaty, fat-dripping panini ... but better. Kudos to producer Shane Stoneback for wrestling something that approaches excess into something that is not only palatable, but is pretty much a joy to listen to.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto’s Fucked Up are stars of the current punk-without-a-hyphen scene. Following widespread praise for 2008’s Polaris Prize-winning Chemistry of Common Life, the band took a surprise turn and wrote a punk-rock opera. The narrative of David Comes to Life is not easy to follow, but the love story (with notes of political activism, we think) requires female vocals, and hearing singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle and Cults’ Madeline Follin chirruping between the bruising guitars, brutal drums and steel wool vocals of Damien Abraham (a.k.a. Pink Eyes) is but one of the record’s charms. Picking a track is not easy, but try “Serve Me Right” for a sample of the thick guitar hookage that is at the core of the band and this effort: it’s a ridiculous amount of sound, expertly pressed into an aural sandwich of tasty layers — like a super meaty, fat-dripping panini ... but better. Kudos to producer Shane Stoneback for wrestling something that approaches excess into something that is not only palatable, but is pretty much a joy to listen to.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

333 half evil ,

David Comes to Life.

Who could ask for a better album? Dynamic Happy-Hardcore. Fierce male vocals. Sunny female vocals. A four Act Dramatic Musical. Couldn't ask for anything more. 9/10.

John Sayers ,

by the balls

I'm an old man (44 yrs old), and this is one of the first punk bands I can't stop listening to since Husker Du. I listen to this album over and over again when I work out. Over and over again. Ship of Fools over and over again.

mjb1134 ,

Instant classic

It's been out less than a month, but I don't feel like that headline is jumping to conclusions.

This album has, pound for pound, more moments that just give me chills than any album in recent memory. That's especially impressive considering the album's length.

Here's how good it is: I was listening to David Comes to Life on my iPod while cleaning out my nasty soap-scummed bathroom, and it made the task almost fun.

Like the Ramones and Sex Pistols were for the 70s, Black Flag for the 80s, Nirvana for the 90s, this band is making the classic punk rock for today

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