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Smoking Popes
The Party's Over (Double Zero Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

Sounding like the melodic vocals of Buddy Holly backed by a punk band that knows how to play their instruments, the Smoking Popes come across with catchy music and a distinct voice that cuts through even the strongest guitar licks to convey its unique sound. There is something unearthly awesome about the vocals on this album. This collection of songs about heartbreak and bad relationship has such a pop energy, he could be singing about starving children and I'd probably still get up and dance. I wish all Emo crap sounded like this, I wouldn't have the urge to reach through my stereo and kick the shit out of all those other bands. There wasn't a single song, from the acoustic "Why Me" to the riff laden "Seven Lonely Days," that I didn't enjoy of the ten tracks of The Party's Over. Pick it up and enjoy, It's like having a party to celebrate your friends' bad relationships, without all the guilt. Rating: B+
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