My Music: Against Me!, “New Wave”

When, how acquired: 2008, iTunes

Why: Curiosity. Spin named New Wave its best album of 2007.

What do you think? Against Me! turned out to be nothing like what I expected. As they came out during the early part of this decade, I expected them to be either emo or I-hate-my-dad metal. Pays to do some research, Tully!

They started out as what someone called punk-folk (which to me sounds like contradictory styles, but…). This album, their first for a major label (Sire), is a very straight ahead rock record, one that really showcases two aspects of lead singer Tom Gabel’s talents — his songwriting and his powerful voice.

Against Me! dives into several different styles of song, from hard-hitting protest to contemplative. Highlights include the title track, the duet with Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara called “Borne on the FM Waves of a Heart”, and the last song, “The Ocean.”

Rating: B+

Fate in your collection: Keeper

Watch this: “White People For Peace”

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