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The Expendables

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Album Review

With a band name like that, the Expendables are simply begging for snotty drive-by non-reviews of the "Yes, quite" variety. The problem is that their music doesn't always provide enough of a defense against that kind of quick dismissal. Hailing from the beachside town of Santa Cruz, CA, the Expendables refer to themselves as a "surf culture" band, more in the Jack Johnson sense than the Dick Dale sense: The Expendables is filled with shaggy, reggae-based jam band skanks just made for middle-class white boys with dreadlocks to kick their hacky sacks to. These songs range from dull ("Paper Chains") to laughably bad (the self-explanatory "Ganja Smuggling"), which makes the occasional catchy little guitar pop tune like "One More Night" stand out more than it otherwise would. At their best, the Expendables are an inoffensive throwback to mid-'90s alterna-pop nobodies like Fastball and Deep Blue Something. At their worst, they're every trustafarian cliché come to tie-dyed life.

Customer Reviews

Who writes the main reviews on itunes?

Whoever wrote the above review is obviosly not a fan of this genre of music. If you like Sublime, Stoopid, Pepper, Etc. you will love these guys. Itunes should not hire pop music fans to write reviews for this type of music. BTW "ganja smuggling" is a great cover of a classic reggae tune by Eek a Mouse. Buy this album, ignore the words of the BrittneySpearsLoving nuttwrangler above.

Who wrote the review for iTunes?

This is possibly the worst review i have ever seen on iTunes. How can the reviewers give good a review to hanson and jonas brothers and give such a poor review to the expendables? Oh and by the way "ganja smuggling" is a cover of a great reggae song by eek-a-mouse.moron

Seriously...

Main review needs to not take themself so seriously. ITunes please pick reviews that aren't so negatively one sided, it hurts because I love this album and I'm pretty sure the person who wrote the review has no knowledge of the bands past, nor cares about the band at all. Anyways, Metal has infiltrated The Expendables sound, but it is for the best. New to the band? Buy "Gettin Filthy" first. Then you will understand the changes they made on this album. What I love about this current offer is they took un-released songs that have been circulating on the internet (i.e. "Minimum Wage") and are played at shows (i.e "Ganja Smugglin" which by the way is an Eek-A-Mouse cover and a classic), took them to the studio, and didn't necessarily make them better but gave them a new feel. Oh and the Sacrifice (Reprise) guitar solo slays demons. Four stars because nobody's perfect.

Biography

Formed: Santa Cruz, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Santa Cruz, California-based outfit the Expendables play reggae, ska, pop, punk, and surf-influenced rock tailor-made for sun-baked good times. Formed in 1997 and kin to other West Coast reggae-inspired jam bands such as Dance Hall Crashers, Reel Big Fish, and Pepper, the quartet, which features the talents of Geoff Weers on guitar and vocals, Raul Bianchi on lead guitar, Ryan Demars on bass, and Adam Patterson on drums and vocals, self-released two albums in 2006, and then released Gettin' Filthy...
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