Fucked Up: The Chemistry of Common Life

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Fucked Up: <i>The Chemistry of Common Life</i>

However it's billed, Fucked Up’s sophomore release is one of 2008's singular records. For whatever reason, loud punk rock has fallen out of favor as of late, and with its crunchy power chords and overdubbed guitars, The Chemistry of Common Life i s an unapologetically loud punk record. Despite a surprisingly visceral first listen, Chemistryreveals itself to be expertly crafted record with hidden subtleties at every turn, be they the synths that swirl in the background of "Golden Seal" or the shared melodies of the album's opener ("Son the Father") and closer ("The Chemistry of Common Life"). And if you listen hard enough to the thick growls of frontman Pink Eyes Damien Abraham—think Bob Mould with a head cold—you'll find a skeptical non-believer genuinely searching for answers. If all this sounds a little ambitious, it is. But a little ambition never hurt anyone.