Review of Forty Hour Train Back To Penn Album by The Movielife

The Movielife - Forty Hour Train Back To Penn
The Movielife - Forty Hour Train Back To Penn - Album Review

The Movielife

Forty Hour Train Back To Penn

Album Review

This band fall into the category of Ska-punk-pop. Think New Found Glory, think Finch, think blink 182….think Drive Thru records. This is not exactly a make or break Hybrid Theory style album, but its good and reliable. The album has a solid beat and the heavy presence of guitar, however, its nothing new. Vinnie Caruana’s vocals sound somewhere between Lost Prophets’ and New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik

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The album opens with a ska beat fast track “Face or Kneecaps”. Solid clear drums, guitar backing not dissimilar to New Found Glory’s early work. The two tracks that follow are more melodic and slow. Slightly reminiscent of later Feeder work. There emphasis is place more on the vocals and less on the heavy guitar and drum combination. The second and third tracks could be described as ballads in comparison to the rest of the album. They provide a kind of breather from the ska-punk beat. I do think that even though these tracks come quite early in the track list, they are in the perfect place as a contrast between the first ska-beat track and the remainder of the album.

The fourth track “Kelly Song” also follows in the same vein as the preceding two tracks to begin with. However, it quickly changes tempo and slips into ska. A decent track to dance to, but nothing memorable. This is the same problem with the rest of the album. Track five is back in the punk trend. A lot faster beat and the guitar is back. This track is in the same thread as Blink 182 or New Found Glory, a good upbeat punk dance track. Track six uses a double pedal to great effect but again, slides back into the familiar rhythm used by Lost Prophets and Less than Jake. However, the track does use tempo variation to develop an interest in it. Unfortunately, this does not hold my attention for too long.

Track seven eight and nine go back to the same set up as ‘Kelly Song’...more emphasis on vocals to begin with, and again slides back into the same reliable beat and guitar riffs. Track 10 has picks up the beat again, but is nothing different. Wierdly though, the album ends on slow acoustic guitar, clearer vocals, and quite emotive lyrics. A complete contrast to the rest of the album that works really well.

As a whole, the album is good to chill to and good to dance to. But there’s nothing new in it. Its all been done. There’s a reliable formula that sells but there’s nothing outstanding about the music or hugely memorable about the lyrics. Its good if you like Lost Prophets or are a fan of Drive Thru Records, but its not an groundbreaking new style of music.