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Album Review

Rather uniquely for a band of its generation and shared set of influences, the increasingly derogatory stylistic tags of emo and screamo really do feel like unjustified misnomers when applied to a group with as much effortless and — most notably — uncluttered songwriting instincts as Ontario's Boys Night Out. Their eponymous third album may not reinvent any wheel or apparatus of this Earth, but its songs do evince a power pop simplicity and sensibility that's sorely lacking within their normally self-obsessed and pretentiously indulgent peers. In fact, pristine singles such as "Get Your Head Straight" and "The Push and Pull" share a timeless historical bond that can be traced back to everyone from Big Star to Redd Kross to numerous discreet '80s new wave-isms — whether you think they're anywhere near as classic or not. It's all a matter of philosophy, really, and, if so inclined, one could focus entirely on the bad habits Boys Night Out don't succumb to in their work (instrumental masturbation, hysterical yelping, whiny love lyrics, long-winded jokey song titles, etc.). Even the worrisomely named "Let Me Be Your Swear Word" proves to be an earnest and even clever essay on alcoholism, and the similarly themed "Fall for the Drinker" unexpectedly evokes Thom Yorke and Radiohead with its dreamy, deliberate gait, before building up into a singalong of "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" proportions (reprised for the album's coda by the mostly acoustic "It Won't Be Long"). And even though there certainly are a few tracks ("Swift and Unforgiving," "Hey, Thanks," and "Apartment") distinctly lacking for a little more oomph in their execution, the album's overall balance is overwhelmingly positive at the end of the day. One hopes that Boys Night Out's well-wrought, understated talents will sound like a revelation to their usually overstimulated young fan base, rather than an overdose of sleeping pills.

Customer Reviews

Changing Style

I first listened to BNO in 2005 and became addicted to their brillant experimental instrumentals, thoughtful lyrics, and intricate plot. This is by far the best band I've ever listened to. However, With the release of this album, I thought it was a huge disappointment. Styles change with time, and this band certainly has, but this album lacks the raw intensity and passion of the others. I can't say I hope the next release is the same. The songs are less interwoven and sound as if they were written few and far between with no connection between them with the only up side being continually thoughtful lyrics, though even that is not enough to get me to listen to Let Me Be Your Swear Word or It Won't Be Long, which sounds like a cheap remake of Yeah...I know and Dying. I don't know what happened with this album but it falls way short of the brilliance of Make Yourself Sick and Trainwreck. A lot of bands have changed style recently, from My Chemical's Black Parade to Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight, but some change is good, this is not so much.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

This album may lack the complexity and layers that Trainwreck had, however when you truly sit down and listen to it, not much has changed at all. Boys Night Out continues to bombard your ears with well-written, meaningful lyrics and engaging instrumentals. Don't go in to this expecting something like Trainwreck, because you won't get it. Much like Say Anything's "...Is A Real Boy", can it ever be truly followed up? This band has a lot of talent and it shows in this album. It might take you a few listens, but there are some real gems in this album.

A mature milestone for an immature age

Even though they're not very much active these days, I wanna say, This album gets alotta crap just because a buncha close minded kids are saying "omg they were better when they were talkin about killing girls blah blah blah." who cares? I mean yes, ALL their albums are brilliant but the point is They tried something new, grew up and ended up writing one of the most insightful looks into both social and personal issues and even find a way to celebrate life in certain areas. And While it may lack some of the raw power their previous albums had, it still stands as arguably their best record. And one of the best social commentaries ever written. I just hope they stay together. BNO for life!


Formed: 1998 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ontario-based pop-punk/emo/lotsa yelling combo Boys Night Out included vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser, guitarists Jeff Davis and Rob Pasalic, bassist Dave Costa, and drummer Ben Arseneau. They debuted in 2002 with Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses (Ferret Music) and immediately began a furious touring regimen that would continue nearly unabated until the end of eternity. (Fellow travelers included types like Brand New and Coheed & Cambria.) BNO returned to wax in April 2004 with the slicker and more melodic...
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