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Sunday, January 09, 2005

THE GET UP KIDS - THE GUILT SHOW 

Album: Guilt Show
Artist: The Get Up Kids
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It must be horrible to have people constantly hope for you to put out an album that mirrors one you put out so long ago, especially when each subsequent release has had stronger songwriting and musicianship. This however, is the dilemma that haunts the Get Up Kids. Something to Write Home About is an emo kid's wet dream, with its catchy keyboards and sing-along choruses. That being said, On a Wire was a progression to stronger songs and Guilt Show continues along that path.

The songs still have fun melodies; however the lyrics have changed from past loves to the growing responsibilities of regret and expectations that haunt everyone as they grow older. People said the Get up Kids grew up with On a Wire, and it is impossible to grow up twice, but the sophistication of the album mixes better than On a Wire. This album is more a combination of what they explored on the songs from On a Wire and their poppier punk stylings of the past. The keyboards on this album shine through. Dewees steal tracks with his soft touch and diverse styles that are reminiscent of 60's pop songs that most fans of this band (or type of music) hate to admit they like.

Standout tracks: Holy Roman, Martyr Me, Never be Alone and Sympathy

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