Sunday, January 13, 2013

Take Action Volume 11: Album Review

"Like a mixtape made by the coolest kid at school", would perhaps be the most adept way to describe the latest entry in the long series of Take Action compilations. "Since 1999, Sub City has raised millions of dollars and awareness for various charitable organizations that aim to make the world a better place", reads a quote printed on the cd case. Nobody can disagree with that being a great purpose, nor can anyone disagree with the fact that this release is a 2-disc set that is retailing for under 10 bucks, a bargain in today's economy (at Best Buy and Amazon anyway...not sure if any retailers are charging more).

If you have partaken in any of the first 10 volumes of this series then you already know this is going to be great. For the uninitiated, this 2-disc set is packed full of rarities, remixes, and unreleased tracks from some of the hottest bands around, as well as some of the most promising up and comers. The acoustic rendition of "The Reckless and The Brave" by All Time Low stands out among the tracks by well-known bands, exposing their undeniable mastery of catch pop-punk gems, and is arguably even better than the released version. The real treat of compilations like this, however, is to stumble across somebody new, a lesser-known band that you can fall in love with. The entries from Sharks ("Sea of All Seas") and Twin Atlantic ("Make A Beast of Myself") are particularly notable. These bands have been working really hard the last couple of years to build their young following, and its high time they break to a wider audience. Hell or Highwater (who will be releasing what is predictably one of the best albums of 2013 in February) contribute "Come Alive" (Acoustic)  late on disc 2 which stands out as well.

Great tunes, a great cause, all at a great price. There's nothing not to love.

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