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Album Review

The ultimate goal of a debut album should be to set a band apart from its peers, but it appears that Forever the Sickest Kids have missed that point with Underdog Alma Mater. The album presents Forever the Sickest Kids as decidedly average, with little that makes them stand out from fellow punk-pop/emo groups other than a slightly brighter sound. True, not every band can come out with groundbreaking works right out of the gate, but Underdog Alma Mater has a paint-by-numbers feel that makes it seem like the bandmembers aren't sure how to set themselves apart. The most obvious example is lead singer Jonathan Cook, who bases his delivery, intentionally or not, on that of Panic at the Disco's Brendon Urie — what's to be gained if Cook and the rest of the band are content to follow the lead of groups that have gone before without treading new ground or finding their own niche? It leads to songs like "She's a Lady," a bad relationship ditty that sounds like it could be an outtake from any number of groups, and "Coffee Break," a melodramatic tune that wrenches every last bit of angst from verses about over-connected youth ("I'm turning my cell off just to breathe/'Cause everyone I know just keeps calling me"), anxiety about growing up, and even the worry that "my mom hates my guts." Other times, as on "Breakdown," the group sounds unenthusiastic, although there are bright spots, like the light and bouncy "Uh Huh." [A Best Buy Exclusive edition was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Whoa there itunes reviewer?

The person who wrote the review for iTunes was quite harsh. As an "overconnected youth" myself, I know it is not just us youth that are over connected. The current twitter craze only proves my point. I also listen to tons of band in this genre, and i personally find FTSK as original, actually. They have a unique sound (Brendon Urie as Jonathan Cook? similar? WHAT??!) and their shows are fun. iTunes did something similar for Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux, giving it a horrendous review. It was later removed. Anyway, I love this album! Its an amazing deal, and the demos are really funny and interesting. I want a new FTSK album, though, preferably Selena Gomez free (nothing against her, but I prefer FTSK to be less pop than that.)

Awesome, as usual

I was so excited to find this Deluxe Edition of Underdog Alma Mater. Especially excited to find that it includes videos like Alien Encounters and She's a Lady. However, the review posted above by hopefully someone who works for iTunes was harsh and slightly hateful. Descriptions of CDs should promote the product that their trying to sell, pointing out its high notes rather than bashing on it in every way possible. I don't mind people sharing their negative feedback, I feel that everyone has a right to their opinion, but I feel that the iTunes discription isn't a great place to express that opinion and they won't be selling many CDs in that sense. I highly recommend you swap that description with something positive. Regardless, I love FTSK and would recommend this deluxe edition.


what the heck is up with the review? it doesn't seem like much of a review to me but more like a paragraph that bashes FTSK. And adding one positive sentence at the end doesn't make it any better. just wondering whats up with the review?


Formed: 2006 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Forever the Sickest Kids received their first break mere days after forming, when lead singer Jonathan Cook inadvertently spent several hundred dollars for front-page song placement on With no songs to their name, the Dallas-based musicians were forced to hurriedly pound out a track so as not to waste their money. Formed from the ashes of Ben Bradley and the Flipside, two local bands that had called it quits in late 2006, the group quickly got to work creating its first emo-pop song....
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk, Pop
  • Released: Jan 01, 2009
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