Forever the Sickest Kids (FtSK). Great band, no doubt. If you're not a fan of pop punk, you can stop reading now.
For the rest of us that can't get enough pop in our punk and for those FtSK fans, the question you really want to know is: how good is the DELUXE? Worth re-buying the CD? That's what I really wanted someone to tell me before I ordered it.
Short Review - Yes; there is so much in this Deluxe Edition, you're bound to find something you like.
Long Review -
It's hard to say no to a 29 song CD; I sure couldn't. But let's whip out the math board for a second. 12 of these songs are on the main CD, 3 of these songs are intro, middletro, and outro. So that leaves 14 unreleased originals, demos, remixes, and acoustics - still looking pretty good. Not to mention the DVD, but we'll get to that.
The demos are incredibly low-fi for the most part, which is not surprising. If you own Television Off, Party On you know exactly what I'm talking about. It turned me off from purchasing their original EP, but I do particularly enjoi the `Indiana Demo'. The `Uh Huh', `Give and Take', and `My Worst Nightmare' demos are too short to really count as songs honestly. They're more like samples. That brings us down to 11 additional songs.
The originals pale in comparison to album tracks, but that isn't saying much. Should they have been exceptional, they would have landed onto the main album. They are still enjoyable for the most part. `The Party', is a pretty compelling soft song, definitely worth the downloading as a single if that's your thing. `Heat Wave Jam' Out is 1:35 of lame non-singing, also too short to count. Nothing truly stands out beyond that.
I'm a sucker for acoustic versions, so it goes without saying that I loved `Catastrophe' and `Give and Take' acoustic tracks, but `Catastrophe (Acoustic)' is another good single download. The Taylor Swift cover song `Love Story' is decent; never heard the original though. `Believe Me I'm Lying (Ft. Chae Hawk)' is decent if you're into a little "rap". Generally I'm anti-rap/rock mixing (thanks to Linkin Park/Jay-Z) but it didn't make my ears bleed, so take from it what you can.
Now, the DVD - I'd seen the web videos before; I don't like them. Could have done without them in this DVD, but whatever. That being said, I particularly enjoyed the music videos and the footage of their London performances. (The venue was a hole in the wall and packed to the brim with teenagers and FtSK looked like they were really enjoying themselves). Interviews were good - you get a good peak at the people behind the music.
"Ron Browz - Jumpin Out The Window Remix (feat Forever The Sickest Kids) Music Video" is humorous. Probably not for the reasons they intended. I think it's really lame to market/attach yourself to "rap" music videos...even if I did like it a little (and watch it twice). So don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it, but it wasn't exceptional.
BUY this CD if you don't own the original.
BUY this CD if you do own the original.
The sheer quantity of extra stuff in has a scattershot effect - you'll find SOMETHING that makes the CD worth the purchase, even if you don't like it all. 10 additional full length songs and a DVD is worth the purchase for any FtSK fan.
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Audio CD, Import, 29 April 2008
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 14.61 x 1.27 cm; 95.25 Grams
- Manufacturer : Motown
- Manufacturer reference : UICU1162
- Label : Motown
- ASIN : B001675SSA
- Number of discs : 1
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2008 release from the Dallas-based Alternative Punksters. The band has not let up on any of the hooks and melodies you have come to love, and this release surely will keep you on the edge of your toes! Get excited! Universal.
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What Deluxe Editions Should All Look Like3 August 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great CD26 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
CD case broke when I received it but that’s what you get for buying CD’s these days! Lol
PERFECT CD27 January 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
IVE SEEN FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS THREE TIMES AND CANT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THERE MUSIC AND THEM. THEY NEVER HAVE AN ISSUE TAKING PICTURES AND THE LADIES LOVE THEM
Five Stars26 February 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Got as a gift for my brother and he loved it!
Good band but not my favorite.19 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
They have a couple good songs on the CD but it's not my favorite. The songs can get old pretty fast and i didn't hear any that i could listen to a lot without getting tired of them.