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Album Review

Implementing live instruments instead of looped samples or beats — and helmed by the quick tongue of MC Travis McCoy — there's really no denying the enjoyable affair that is Gym Class Heroes' As Cruel as School Children. Launching with the booty shaking "The Queen and I," the Heroes prove straightaway that they've got confidence, catchy rhythms, and a fine sense of melody amid all their tight grooves and emo hipster instincts to keep things moving right along. Being a hip-hop outfit largely residing in the world of the Warped Tour, it somehow makes sense that Arrested Development's Speech makes an appearance ("Biters Block") alongside guys like William Beckett from the Academy Is ("7 Weeks") and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump (on the eccentric "Clothes Off!") But while this combination of influences largely works to the band's musical advantage and overall appeal, there's still something that makes their music seem, not quite like a novelty, but more a fleeting pleasure. How long can a song based on Myspace relationships ("New Friend Request") really last before lines like "My man Tom introduced us but I was too shy to say hi" or "I never see my face in your Top 8" become more annoying than witty? And even if hitting topics like the life of a touring band and calling out fake, trendy music is relevant, by now it just seems more a cliché. The band's sincerity isn't in question and Gym Class Heroes are a talented crew. But ultimately, it's this standard spring of inspiration that keeps As Cruel as School Children from being much else than a perfect hang out record for summer 2006. [This version contains no expletives.]

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Geneva, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Melding elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes have diverse appeal based on their impressive musical dexterity. Often touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quartet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments instead of looped samples or beats. Lyrics are often socially conscious, but also incorporate humor and wry perceptiveness. The...
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