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Blueline Medic
Fueled by Ramen Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Let me take you back to 1996. I was in my first year of college and listening to a lot of Jawbreaker, Zoinks!, and a whole bunch of bands on the Lookout! And Fat Wreck Chords labels. I take you back to this time because this is the time and place the latest Blueline Medic takes me to. I went to the Warped tour and watched all the new up and coming pop punk bands and fell in love with the pop-punk sound. Blueline Medic fits in right there with that time frame, for the most part.

I'm finding it hard to classify the sound this band makes- not to say that's a bad thing, but when trying to review something that only makes it all the more difficult. I will take a stand and say the music is above average. The album starts out very strong and continues to build and change throughout. The only problem I have with this album is trying to classify it for those readers eagerly awaiting classification. Pop punk is what fits best, I suppose.

Wait one minute- I lied to you, dear review reader. I have another problem with the album. The lyrics don't really make much sense to me. Perhaps it's because I'm not from Australia and I don't share the same wordplay, but a lot of these lyrics don't complete a full comprehensive thought. Now, I know I'm not the brightest of bulbs, but I like to think I can make sense of the majority of song lyrics. I know Avril Levigne is singing about her boyfriend who wears different clothes around different friends in order to 'fit in' (still, I can't figure out what's so darn complicated about that). The wordplay on Text_Bomb is, however, murkily unclear.

Since those are the only problems with the album, I will confess I do enjoy it. The melodies are quite strong and each of the four band members know how to play their respective instruments. Straight up rock, Blueline Medic remind me of a band on one of the Warped Tour compilation discs (circa 1996/1997) called China Drum - who had an fantastic song "Can't Stop These Things". Come to think of it, I think they were Austrailian too.

Text_Bomb kind of peters out, or at least looses some of its lustre, toward the end of the album, but overall it is a pleasure to hear the simplistic sounds of a guitar a bass and a drum (accompanied with great melodies) making a strong stand in the age of keyboards and computers.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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