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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."

Customer Reviews

Oh Yeah

They're the sickest kids for a reason.


FTSK is created an amazing album. When I first heard that they would be using 5 re-recorded songs on the new album I was a little skeptical. But, they all come in much stronger and more amazing then there previous recordings. Hey Brittany packs so much punch it's unbelieveable. The only re-recorded song that sounds a little off is Believe Me, I'm Lying, it just sounds a washed out compared to the first recording. But, all of their new songs are fantastic. My Worst Nightmare, The Way She Moves, Uh Huh, Phone Call, Catastrophe, Whoa Oh, and That For Me are all sugar coated amazingness. This album is so damn catchy it will be stuck in your head all summer long, especially Whoa Oh and The Way She Moves. I also love the new recording of Coffee Break, it's a nice slow down from the rest of the album. So, overall the album is going to be a hit and a must buy, so get it.

An Actual Review.

Don't take this wrong. Yes, FTSK is my favorite band. but i definately think that the older FTSK stuff is better. The new She's A Lady- Not that great. the other had sharper switches and was more stop and go. The new version seems to carry on more. Same with breakdown. Hey Brittany- original was better. liked old intro better than the new. Uh huh is not the best, but ok. The way she moves- extrmely catchy. along with my worst nightmare, phone call, and catastrophe. Coffee break- really good, except better straight acoustic. Indiana- really good. That brings me to the last two. That For Me Whoa Oh Arguably the 2 best songs on the CD. That for me is super catchy, and voccally amazing. the insruments also go along great. Whoa oh was just freaking amazing. I knew when it first came out it was amazing, it still is. best song on the cd. In no way am i saying this is a bad cd. it is amazing. but some of the old songs were better. I am always going to like the old versions of: She's A Lady Breakdown And Hey Brittany Better than i like them on these. But you should buy this cd. its great. just for shes a lady and breakdown, go buy them from the old ep.


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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Underdog Alma Mater, Forever the Sickest Kids
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: Apr 29, 2008

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