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METHADONES, THE:
Not Economically Viable: CD
I usually stay away from saying things like ďmy favorite band is...Ē or ďthe best band in the world is...Ē simply due to the fact that it would be impossible for me to decide. I listen to countless genres of music (from jazz and afro-beat to rock, hip hop and countless off shoots of such things) and this list is way too immense to even begin formulating a specific answer to those types of questions. What I can do is tell you is which band has been in constant rotation in my car and at work this winter. I play their albums over and over again and never seem to get sick of them. Their songs manage to make me smile and feel better about life in a way that shows Iím not the only other melancholy romantic out there who isnít gothic or emo or (insert sad-face stereotype here). Yes, folks, itís The Methadones Iím rambling on and on about. Their dark and full-bodied take on pop punk is fucking amazing. Itís not the thumb-up-your-butt pop punk of Blink-182. Itís not the whiny pop punk of New Found Glory. And itís not as simple and stripped down as bands like The Ramones, either. Although Dan Schafer, the frontman for the Methadones, was in Screeching Weasel, this band also doesnít take on a bratty tone nor the arrogant know-it-all stance of the aforementioned band or, letís say, the Queers or MTX. The music is nothing short of amazing. Great guitars, perfect drums, and the best lead and backing vocals of any band out there right nowómainstream or not. The lyrics kill me; they are so beautiful and smart and sad and cynical and positive all at the same time. Each full-length takes you on a rockiní emotional roller coaster while the catchy choruses and hooks stick in your brain like white on rice. The first album on A-F was good. But it wasnít until Career Objective that the song writing took full shape and dropped my jaw to my chest. Not Economically Viable is wonderful, too, though. There are more songs on Career Objective that seem to steal your heart at first listen, but this album is just as good and itís a themed album loosely based on one of my all-time favorite movies, Falling Down, which portrays Michael Douglasí character as having a nervous breakdown in the post-modern world we live and work inóyou can tell I dwell in cubicles by day, canít you? A themed album is hard enough... imagine undertaking such topics! Itís beautiful, I tell you, just beautiful! I havenít been this emotionally attached to nor impressed by every piece of music on a pop punk bandís discography since Washingtonís Sicko (and quite possibly the Vindictives before that). Ah, my beloved Methadones. This is the real deal folks. Real emotions. Real topics. Real good music, and if youíre not a fan or have never heard them before, start off with Career Objective and see if Iím not spitting the truth. –Mr. Z (Thick)


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