Modern Rock Tracks Review: 2008

Welcome back to another Modern Rock Tracks Review. Let’s get started.

Fake It-Seether: We begin with Fake It by Seether and I’m not a fan. The music sounds like every generic rock song of the times and the writing isn’t much, calling out people who are fake. There’s other songs that does this topic better and this one doesn’t do much to stand out. It’s a 2/5 for me.

Long Road To Ruin-Foo Fighters: Another really good song from the Foo Fighters. These guys have been consistent all around. I’m giving this a 4/5.

Psycho-Puddle Of Mudd: Haven’t seen Puddle Of Mudd in a while. So have they shown any improvement with Psycho? Well, it’s not as bad as Blurry or She Hates Me. The music is alright and the vocals don’t sound like complete shit. Still, the song isn’t that interesting. It goes in one ear and out the other without leaving any significant impact. I’m giving it a 2/5.

Rise Above This-Seether: Alright, we got our second Seether single, Rise Above This. So how is it? Well, I like it more than the other song and that’s a positive. The music sounds better, especially with the acoustic touches to it, and it’s a much more personal track as lead vocalist Shaun Morgan wrote it for his brother, who sadly committed suicide. It’s a sentiment that really connects. Yeah, I would say that this song is pretty good. It’s getting a 4/5 from me.

Pork And Beans-Weezer: Next up is Pork And Beans by Weezer. It’s a cool song harkening back to the band’s 90s material with its music and dry wit. I’m giving it a 4/5.

Let It Die-Foo Fighters: Another Foo Fighter song and it’s great. I dig how the music is a bit of a slow burner that builds up to awesomeness. I also like how the song is about letting go of petty personal conflicts that destroy relationships and just let it be water under the bridge. I’m giving this a perfect 5/5.

Viva la Vida-Coldplay: You guys already know I’m a big Coldplay fan, so let’s talk Vida la Vida. This song became the band’s biggest hit so far, topping the Hot 100. It’s a goddamn masterpiece of the 21st century with its baroque pop strings and massive epic swell. The lyrics are knee deep in Christian iconography as its narrator ponders about how they used to rule the world, but now they don’t. Considering recent events of the past week, very timely. I called this the best hit song of 2008 for a reason and it’s getting a perfect 5/5 from me.

Believe-Staind: It’s a song that exists. 3/5.

You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid-The Offspring: It’s a fine enough song. It’s also getting a 3/5.

Sex On Fire-Kings Of Leon: Whatever happened to Kings Of Leon? I know they’re still active, but it seems like they just disappeared overnight. Anyways, here’s Sex On Fire and it’s a cool song. I like the bluesy rock sound of the music and the singing is pretty good from Caleb Followill. He wrote this song about his then-girlfriend and now-wife and I’d imagine the pussy must be bomb for him to say that the sex is on fire. It’s one one of my favorite songs, but I don’t mind this existing. I’m giving it a 3.5/5.


Viva la Vida


Let It Die




Fake It

And those were the number one songs on the Modern Rock Tracks chart of 2008. Next time, this series will conclude by looking at the Modern Rock Tracks of 2009.



Sweatpants Spiderman-Open Mike Eagle

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