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Subject to Change
A compilation of Northwest Artists to benefit Artists for a Hate Free America (Airforce Records)

By: Alex Steininger

All proceeds from Subject to Change go to the Artists for a Hate Free America organization (AHFA.) Northwest artists, who strongly believe in AHFA's cause, have banned together to help drum up support for the organization they love. Top name artists like Everclear, Sweaty Nipples, Dandy Warhols, Eric Matthews, 5 Fingers of Funk, and Super Deluxe have all contributed a song, as well as a lot of other artists, spanning a lot of ground musically. From the rap tracks of Cool Nuts, to the punk sound of The Jimmies, you are sure to find a track or two that you will fall in love with (and be helping a great cause!)

The CD starts out with a poem from Alyssa Burrows. Next up with the power-rock, bass heavy track is Portland's very own Sweaty Nipples with "We Don't Want It." A powerful track, and being a Sweaty Fan, a new track for me that I enjoyed a lot. The Daylights contributed their heavy metal/pop-punk track "From the Inside." It starts out heavy metal, and when it hits the chorus it changes tempo to pop-punk, only to go back to its heavy metal tempo. The chorus was brilliantly written. If it weren't for the heavy metal in the song, this would be the best track on the album! The Jimmies contributed "Cheap." Their punk tale of what it's like to drink too much and how you feel cheap. With lyrics like "I can't wait to tomorrow/it's just another day I'll feel sorrow," and "Every once in awhile when I start drinking I feel lonely when I'm drinking/why do I like to feeling so cheaply/when I'm drinking I feel cheap now." This was my favorite track on the album! The Jimmies do it in style! Any message they want to get across, they successfully do it with music that won't leave your head! Next up is Floater with "American Theatric." These guys are very original. Blending metal with bass oriented rock, and lead by some great vocals, these guys kick out a unique blend of rock n' roll. There are twenty tracks in all. From punk, to metal, to soft rock, to poems you will find anything you are looking for!

This compilation represents the organization it is trying to raise money for quite well. Some of the most talented artists in the Northwest have banned together for a great cause, and they have came up with a diverse compilation. I would have to give this CD an A. There was some great tracks on the CD, and there were some tracks that were just not my cup of tea, but for the tracks I did like, they were outstanding! This album is for a great cause, so go support AHFA and pick up this album!

Let me tell you about AHFA (all this information comes from the back of the CD.) AHFA educates and mobilizes people to work, live, and vote hate free. AHFA's programs include Hate Free Radio, a nation public service announcement campaign; the Plug In program, linking people across the United States with local grassroots anti-hate organizations; and the Update, a quarterly report on hate hot spots and specific action alerts. To learn more about AHFA, call 1-800-3What-2do.

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