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The Menzingers – Rented World | Album Review

Pennsylvania’s punk rock heroes The Menzingers are back with a brand new record – check out what we thought here!

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Scranton, PA’s finest The Menzingers are back again following 2012’s critically acclaimed album ‘On The Impossible Past’ with their fourth release, entitled ‘Rented World’. The 12-track LP brings a slight change from older releases, and its certainly not a bad thing – Greg Barnett‘s unique but oh-so-familar vocals still manage to render the listener almost speechless, but there’s a way in which the album is put together that shows the band have taken critique from previous albums and used it to their advantage, resulting in a virtually faultless record that impresses from beginning to end.

Opening track ‘I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore‘ might have the kind of title your grandmother would disapprove of, but it’s definitely not a song to be laughed at. A showcase of raw punk rock, its riffs will have you spellbound from the get-go and soon you’ll find yourself chanting not only the title lyric, but the rest of the catchy chorus — “Baby, baby, I’ll be good to you.”

Further in is a gem entitled ‘Where Your Heartache Exists‘, which kicks off with a bassline that no doubt will vibrate right through your soul and have you entranced. This is a song for kicking back on a summer day and watching the clouds go by – despite it’s grungy, quite frankly sad lyrics, it has a relaxing feel to it and, let’s be honest, everyone can relate to tales of heartbreak and loneliness so its sure to be one of those tracks that each listener interprets differently based on their own experiences.

Hearts Unknown‘ starts off with a dreamy little riff and shows a different side to The Menzingers, but it soon follows in to their renowned kick ass flavour of angsty punk. The lyric theme is unlike other songs on the record however, and it makes a refreshing change that the band are able to pull off flawlessly. With a breakdown that is sure to spark a singalong, its yet another example proving The Menzingers have still got it.

Acoustic isn’t something that’s usually associated with a band like The Menzingers and the punk rock genre in general, but final track ‘When You Died‘ proves they are more than capable of delivering such a thing; a song which has a sweet melody that mixes expertly with bitter lyrics, making it nothing less of a tearjerker that rounds off a solid record with breaktaking class. The silence that follows is the perfect opportunity to try and wrap your head around how truly fantastic this record really is.

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