Thursday, October 30, 2014

Album Review: ‘All Messed Up’ by Textbook

Title:  All Messed Up (BandCamp, iTunes, CD Baby)

Textbook’s fifth full-length album All Messed Up is 11 songs of Midwestern, pop punk indie college rock perfection.  Having boasted members of bands like Noise By Numbers, Dan Vapid & the Cheats, Not Rebecca, and The Bomb, Textbook is the quintessential Chicago band.  All Messed Up opens with the insanely catchy “Everything I’m Not” perfectly setting the stage for what is to come.  The record is filled with hooks and melodies and sing-along choruses that dare you to not fall in love with them.  What’s great about All Messed Up, and Textbook’s music in general, is the timelessly fun while simultaneously feeling nostalgic and fresh.  This is the kind of music that would have fit just as perfectly next to Flip Your Wig and Tim in 1985 as it would have next to Big Red Letter Day, Fore, and Come On Feel The Lemonheads in 1993, Indecision and Awake is the New Sleep in 2005, and All the Ways You Let Down and Who Would Want Anything So Broken? in 2014.  In other words if you are a fan of the likes of Husker Du, The Replacements, Naked Raygun, The Methadones, Buffalo Tom, Candy Hearts, or Beach Slang, then you need to give All Messed Up a listen.  I think you’ll love what you hear, lord knows I do!

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