Cons: Songs are too damn short, but so good!!
Verdict: Borrow! The songs are short, but great and the punk covers are pretty good as well!
Review: 20 minutes! What are some of the things that you can do in 20 minutes? Well, you can watch an episode of Bleach on Hulu (commercial free of course), you can cook a Tombstone pizza (in your oven, not your microwave, duh), and you can listen to Silverstein’s “Short Songs”… I chose the latter! The latest release from the Canadian hardcore band is just as advertised. An assortment of 22 shorts songs, half original songs and the other half a collection of punk covers. The punk covers give you a great look in to the music that influenced the band, from Dead Kennedys, to Green Day, from Gorilla Biscuits to Gob, it’s a who’s who of great classic punk bands.
Named after the cover of the Dead Kennedy’s song (also on the album), “Short Songs” hits hard, with some of the bands heaviest work to date. Right from the jump the band hits you with the opening track “Sick As Your Secrets”. This is hands down one of my favorite tracks, and it’s a minute and eight seconds of heavy riffs and pure fury! Other notables include: “Sin & Redemption”, “World on Fire”, and “One Last Dance”. Actually, all the original songs are worth a listen, and I wish to hell they weren’t so dang short!! As I mentioned before, the latter half of the album is comprised of classic punk covers such as: “The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink” by Green Day, “On Our Kneex” by The Swarm and the afore mentioned “Short Songs” by Dead Kennedys. The punk covers range from good to… meh!? The band gives their own original spin to each cover, and most of them are pretty good and fun to listen to.
Overall, “Short Songs” is a great listen and it’s Silverstein at its best, the only knock is that the songs are so Dang short! The original songs kick ass, but just when you’re into it… it’s over! Kinda like sex on prom night… not that is was short or bad! Hell, I haven’t heard any complaints, what have you heard!? If you’re a fan of the band, then you’ll love “Short Songs” and if you’re new to Silverstein then this will make you wanna peep out their previous work. Either way, you’ll love “Short Songs”!
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