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The Wonderfools
Too Late To Die Young

Company: Wild Kingdom
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Nailer
Genre: Hard rock
Rating
3



  • Tasty, but lacks any meaty challenge to digest and dissect



  • The Wonderfools--five guys from Grua, Norway, living their dream--a dream that doesn't involve skulking in some dank, dark woods drinking mead, fiddling with broadswords and battleaxes and hating the world. Too Late To Die Young is an easy workout for ears that have been stressed and strained by aggro-metal and the unyielding dissonance of most modern metal. It has a bright production full of power-pop harmonies reminiscent of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" and the minimalism of Canadian hard rock band Danko Jones and the pop-punk of Blink 182. First listens were humble and inviting, however, subsequent listens showed that there was a nutritional void that came from it's simplicity and themes that bordered on high school antics and relationship issues; it's saving graces found in some self-referential lyrics that poke fun at their own aspirations--"The Song About The Song". I'd like to think I've grown out of it more than I've become a cynic or worse, a musical snob who can't appreciate junk food anymore. Too Late To Die Young is tasty, but lacks any meaty challenge to digest and dissect; it's own cutting power barely registering above a paper cut. It would feature better for the radio where it's catchy hooks can be heard for short-lived moments of enjoyment rather than as a centerpiece for intimate exploration.


    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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