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Album Review

Autopilot Off's 2002 EP debut did not distinguish itself within the big-label, platinum safety-pin pack. Still, it had some solid hooks and posited the New York combo solidly on the side of (slick, but still...) punk revivalism, as opposed to their peers' penchant for billowy, tear-soaked emo heartache. It's taken a while, but underneath its burnished veneer, Autopilot's 2004 full-length does capitalize on the EP's punkish promise. Punkish, since the only thing grating or controversial about Autopilot Off is the order in which they thank their numerous gear and clothing sponsors. Still, the title track and its rousing follower, "Clockwork," expertly water down punk and hardcore, losing the aggression but keeping the urgent melodic pace and triumphant choruses (especially the latter). And "Blind Truth" and first single "What I Want" — both co-written with punk mercenary Tim Armstrong — bind ragged guitars and propulsive percussion to Chris Johnson's syrupy vocals. Throughout, Autopilot and producer Greig Nori (Sum 41) retain a rough enough edge in the instrumentation to ensure Warped Tour cred. But they're also attentive to the success reaped by acts like Jimmy Eat World and Trapt, who co-opted volatility in a play for widespread accessibility. Fans of these groups will love Make a Sound, as there's very little filler. And Autopilot Off deserve some credit for at least sounding like they mean it, particularly on the 9/11 meditation "The 12th Day." It'd be nice to hear them without the protective mass marketing salve, because underneath the slickness there's a talented band trying to get out.

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best ever!

this is the best band ever! too bad they split but clock work is the best song in the world! i first heard it in SSX3 and been addicted ever since

Punk At It's Finest

Catchy, great, super. One of my favorite CD's ever. They got me into music and their past EP (read that review) which I thought couldn't get any better, this did get better. "Make A Sound" is a major key track. "Clockwork" is a great song overall. "I Know You're Waiting" was one of my favorite all time songs for a while. "The 12th Day" is all about 9/11 and really is a good song. "What I Want" is catchy to describe in one word. "Chromatic Fades" is the best on CD. "Blessed By A Nightmare", though, is another great pumped up song. 9.6 or 9.7 out of 10 for this one. Autopilot Off. Must listen to.


This CD rocks! Autopilot Off shows that not all emo is popular and that the little-known bands are better than pop-punk. It gives the Orange County punk scene a good name. This album is timeless and amazing.


Formed: 1996 in Orange County, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Autopilot Off is an emo-punk four-piece from Orange County, NY. Composed of Chris Hughes (guitar), Chris Johnson (guitar/vocals), Phil Robinson (drums), and Rob Kucharek (bass), they formed in 1996 under the name Cooter. Building a fan base through its live shows, the group was found sharing stages with the likes of MXPX, Less Than Jake, H20, and Sum 41 throughout the '90s. They eventually issued their debut full-length, Looking Up, in 1999 on Fastmusic. (They later re-released the album under the...
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