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Album Review

If emo has an enduring legacy, it's this: it has forced hardcore to think about chord changes. The members of Casey Jones would probably shudder to see the word "emo" mentioned anywhere near them — their stance is straight-up straight-edge, and they don't shy away from preaching about it either — but there's no question that these chord progressions come from someplace other than the Minor Threat songbook. That's not to say that there's anything as wimpy as a melody to be found on the album, but there's an underlying harmonic complexity to songs like "Just Another Day in the Fla," "Meaner Than a Junkyard Dog," and "Pigs Is Pigs" that belies their lyrical obviousness ("This is my pledge," "I refuse," "Grow up/Step up," "Where do you stand?," etc.). The between-song vignettes are dumb and unnecessary, but the album ends with a brilliantly minimalist example of straight-edge hip-hop credited to one Johnny Unstoppable, who drops this deathless slant rhyme: "Back then my mom thought all my friends were Satanists/Now they're not even my friends, they're just acquaintances." Word.

The Few, the Proud, the Crucial, Casey Jones
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 06 January 2004

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