Welcome back to another Modern Rock Tracks Review. Let’s get started.
Hit That-The Offspring: This song is really crappy, from the music all the way down to the writing, which tries to be funny with the subject matter, but it ultimately falls flat. 1/5.
Megalomaniac-Incubus: It takes a while to build up, but I really enjoy this song. I like the psychedelic sound of the music and Brandon Boyd sounds great. I give it a 4.5/5.
I Miss You-Blink-182: The self-titled album from Blink-182 was a drastic departure from their previous material as they experimented with their sound and expanded their palette outside of the usual pop punk sound. Fans were split on this new direction, but the album was a massive success critically and commercially. One of the songs from the album that got massive airplay was I Miss You, which is driven by an acoustic guitar and a cello for the music and it deals with the aftermath of a breakup. The vocals from Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge are good and all, but the way DeLonge pronounces certain words is funny to me. Like, when he says “head” on the chorus, it sounds like he’s saying “yead” instead. I can’t be the only one noticing this. That aside, this song is great and it’s up there with some of Blink’s best material. I give it a perfect 5/5.
The Reason-Hoobastank: Now here’s a song that gets a lot of shit, Hoobastank’s The Reason. While I completely understand some of the criticism, mainly that the music is built on one droning note from the piano and bassline onward and that the frontman Doug Robb isn’t that great of a singer (especially live), I still like this song. I think it’s because of the writing, where a dude acknowledges that he fucked up in a relationship and he wants to make things right. That, I have respect for and despite the singer’s limited range, he pulls the sentiment off well. I will accept being in the minority when it comes to liking this song and I won’t hold it against anyone who dislikes it. I give The Reason a 3.5/5.
Last Train Home-Lostprophets: When I was doing research on Lostprophets, I was sickened by what I learned. So in December of 2012, Ian Watkins, the band’s frontman, was charged with thirteen sexual offenses against children, including a one-year-old girl. He pled guilty to all charges and is currently serving a 29 year prison sentence, plus, six years of parole. This resulted in Lostprophets cancelling all tour dates and disbanding. Yeah. So this is Last Train Home, which is actually pretty decent. The musicianship is really good and that chorus does hit. It’s a shame because there is talent with this band, but it’s all tainted by the frontman being a serial pedophile. That’s why it’s hard for me to go back to this song and the rest of this band’s discography. Still, I’m giving it a 4/5.
Love Song-311: In terms of covers, this is okay, though a bit too cod-reggae for me. I’ll just stick to the original from The Cure instead. 3/5.
Cold Hard Bitch-Jet: The big appeal to Jet was that they were a throwback band reminiscent of a lot of 70s classic rock and that was it. While I like Are You Gonna Be My Girl, the rest of their discography leaves much to be desired. The problem with these throwback bands is that they have little to no variety to offer when it comes to music. Take, for example, Cold Hard Bitch. It’s clear that these guys want to be AC/DC so badly as this song has the same hard-edge instrumentation and a lot of sleaze. This song isn’t bad as these dudes are competent musicians, but it’s still derivative and you’re better off listening to the bands that these guys have been influenced by. I give this song a 3/5.
Lying From You-Linkin Park: A really good rap-metal song from Linkin Park. Mike Shinoda is the star of the show, but man, does Chester sings his ass off here. I give it a 4.5/5.
Ch-Check It Out-Beastie Boys: So the Beastie Boys have a number one song on here. It’s honestly not that surprising considering that the Beasties started off as a punk band, they’ve always utilized rock sounds, and they’ve gotten spins on rock stations. Still, I find it weird that Ch-Check It Out is one here since it’s more hip-hop than rock. Still, it’s a damn solid song with a sampled beat and all three Beasties trading bars over an old-school-style party jam. I give this song a 4/5.
Slither-Velvet Revolver: Next is Velvet Revolver, a supergroup consisting of members of Guns N’ Roses (sans Axl Rose) and the late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. This is Slither, which kicks all kinds of ass. The guitar work here is excellent, especially that solo from Slash. Scott Weiland on the vocals kills it and his grungier style strangely fits with this music like a boot. I give this song a 4/5.
Float On-Modest Mouse: Remember that Lupe Fiasco song The Show Goes On? Well, here’s the song it sampled, Float On by Modest Mouse. From a catchy guitar riff to the feel-good optimism that shines through the performances, it’s a perfect song to play when you just need to escape the negativity that’s prevalent in the world. And believe me, songs like this are needed. I give Float On a perfect 5/5.
Just Like You-Three Days Grace: Most people know Three Days Grace thanks to their hit I Hate Everything About You, a song perfectly made for 2000s emo kids. Well, this is their followup Just Like You, which continues that teen angst streak where the lead singer doesn’t want someone to tell them how to live your life. It’s not one of my favorite songs, but I think it’s fine enough from the heavier music to the vocals. I’m giving this a 3/5.
Breaking The Habit-Linkin Park: Ah, yes. My all-time favorite Linkin Park song. Breaking The Habit is one of those songs that I’ve listened to more times than I can count to the point where I could recite the whole thing. Plus, the anime-esque music video was awesome. It has more of those cold electronic synths that creates an eerie atmosphere that builds to a chorus that gets bigger until it explodes with that bridge. Mike Shinoda wrote this song inspired by a friend’s drug addiction and Chester made it universal with his performance. There were times where he couldn’t perform the song live because he got so emotional. He felt a connection to this song that a lot of fans did because he saw himself as that person in pain. If I did a list of songs that resonated with me the most from middle school to now, this would be in the Top 5. I give this song a perfect 5/5.
American Idiot-Green Day: In 2004, Green Day put out American Idiot, a blockbuster album that pushed them farther into the mainstream. It was a punk rock opera about a generation of young people who are sick of the state of the world. Sounds familiar, everyone? The titular track kicks the door open with pure unadulterated rage for almost 3 minutes as Billie Joe Armstrong voices the frustration of those living in the Bush years and had to deal with media propaganda and American exceptionalism. The only downside to the song is the homophobic slur that gets dropped in the second verse, but then again, Billie Joe Armstrong identifies as bisexual, so maybe I’m not in a position to say whether it’s right or wrong. Still, this song will never not be relevant to the state of the world, no matter the year. I’m giving it a 4.5/5.
Vertigo-U2: It’s pretty good. A basic song for U2, but it gets the job done. It’s getting a 3.5/5 from me.
Pain-Jimmy Eat World: Man, it’s been a while since I heard this one. This was on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk Underground 2 and I remember this being one of my favorite songs from there. Pain is really good (the song, not real actual pain). It’s punk rock emo greatness that rocks and has a chorus that I can’t help but sing along to. And this is a song about drug addiction. Seriously, what else could “it takes my pain away” refer to? Still, I’m giving this song a 4.5/5.
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams-Green Day: American Idiot spawned a bunch of well-known hits, but the most successful one from the album and throughout Green Day’s career is Boulevard Of Broken Dreams. It’s a song that captures the feeling of loneliness and isolation with the acoustic strumming and tremolo guitar riff on the verses before an explosive chorus. It’s a 21st century rock classic from a 21st century classic album. I give this song a perfect 5/5.
Breaking The Habit
Float On, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
And those were the number one songs on the Modern Rock Tracks chart of 2004. Next time, we’ll be looking at the Modern Rock Tracks of 2005.
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