11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After almost three decades in action, the level of energy Superchunk maintains here initially seems preternatural. But once you realize the songs were written in a flurry of angry, cathartic creativity right after the 2016 presidential election, the level of passionate punk-pop fury on display is a little more explicable. And when Mac and the gang sink their teeth into deceptively buoyant-sounding songs like the title track or "I Got Cut," with explosive guitars and earworm hooks in abundance, their outrage and artistry collide with gutsy glory.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

After almost three decades in action, the level of energy Superchunk maintains here initially seems preternatural. But once you realize the songs were written in a flurry of angry, cathartic creativity right after the 2016 presidential election, the level of passionate punk-pop fury on display is a little more explicable. And when Mac and the gang sink their teeth into deceptively buoyant-sounding songs like the title track or "I Got Cut," with explosive guitars and earworm hooks in abundance, their outrage and artistry collide with gutsy glory.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Seamus43 ,

The Silver Lining We Need

Superchunk continue doing what they do best: Churning out high energy doses of indie punk. And with What A Time To Be Alive they revisit their earlier albums, leaving keyboards and strings behind and focusing on the raw intensity found in their debut on through to On The Mouth. And for good reason: WATTBA was written in response to the “Cloud of Hate” rising from and those supporting the current administration. Yes, it’s an angry album: sentiments “all these old men won’t die too soon” and “I hope you died scared” speak for the frustrations we face fighting for a better America; but under the album’s fury, the band remains hopeful: McCaughan dares his opponents to fight him in “All For You” before reminding them there are “a million more just like me”. It may seem like a dark and angry album, but Superchunk awakens the call to arms first ignited by the earliest punk bands.

We don’t deserve the current administration and its climate of hate - but, if there must be silver lining, Superchunk delivers.

Mjndrum ,

Early roots & raw feelings

Superchunk's album is their own take on the current state of the United States. The music is raw energy much like their very first album. They are making a statement, and I like it. Listen to the lyrics, appreciate the sentiment and then do what you will with these feelings. Action, inaction. Hear it, ignore it. Participate, sit back. I choose the former not latter.
Thank you Superchunk for making this album. It is needed. It is noticed. It is appreciated.

mcwookie5000 We have nothing ,

how events can push art to new heights

This is hand down my favorite Superchunk album. It sounds like they have been fueled by recent times and have decided to remove some genre shackles they might have been bound by and turned out an album of searing lyrics and a teetering on the edge of chaos sound.

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