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More to See
Artist: The Undecided
Label: Tooth & Nail
Length: 11 sings/40:31

Canadian band The Undecided has crafted a mixture of pop and punk on the second Tooth & Nail release, More to See. The result here is a sound that is Cheap Trick meets Rancid.  Rife with buzzsaw guitars, fast and furious drumming, and a repetitive, fuzzy bass line, The Undecided do everything they can to earn their punk
credentials.

So why is this different from the typical punk album?  Matt Fast’s vocals and the quality of lyrics cause More to See to rise above standard punk fare.  At times Fast sounds like Green Day, at others like Blink 182, while at other times he slips into Cheap Trick mode.

Lyrically, the songs have a lot to offer.  “Time for Change” encourages us not to be lukewarm, and settle for the mediocrity that so many people have accepted.  We are told to “say goodbye to who I used to be - say goodbye forever.”

“Sand of Time” reminds us that friendships do not last forever, due to the changes people make in their lives.  We are called to remember the good times and enjoy them while they last.  In “Safe With Me,” we see someone who is trying to help a bad situation simply by listening rather than to fix a problem they do not understand.

“Lifted” shows that when people fall, God will help them back to their feet, assuming they look to Him for help:

 Because of your unfailing love,
 You still choose to call me son,
 And though I always break your heart,
 You still hold on to me.
“What Happened to Our Love?” is a strong statement about self-righteousness, discussing Christians who are all too willing to point out the sin of others, without tempering their opinions with love and forgiveness.   Truth is always right, but people will be driven away if we use it as a weapon to bludgeon others into submission.

More to See is loud and fast, frantic and reflective, and overall, a good time.  I am not “Undecided” in saying that this a band that is on its way to gathering some attention for itself.

Brian A. Smith  8/19/2001


 

The undecided are a punk rock outfit from Canada. Signed to Tooth and Nail Records in 1999. More To See is their second studio release. Punk. Lots of punk. Everywhere you go, listen, read punk is there. Often criticized for being unskilled, homogeneous, and loud more than good it has still managed to have a nice little renaissance these last few years. Can the undecided make their mark?

Well, to an extent they already have. Their music has appeared on MTV's Road Rules vs. the (not-so, imo) real world and FOX SportsNet. They have garnered a bit of a buzz in the punk music scene. The kids seem to like it, other critics have given it their stamp of approval, and overall nothing but good things have been said about the undecided. Why didn’t I like it then? I asked myself that as I listened to it each time. I still have not really figured it out. The lyrics are decent. The music is decent. There is uniqueness to their sound not often found in punk music. The vocals are fair. The production is good. I can’t say anything bad about the album, except of course that I just didn’t really like it.

There are some really good songs. The song structuring was good. They average 3:30, huge for punk. One of the obilgatory hardcore songs, "Songs of Counter Culture," rocks. One of the best songs, "Time for Change,"  is about keeping with a Christian lifestlye and getting up when you fall down.
 

I get so angry at myself when I fall down, then I feel so far away
I am tired of the excuses and being afraid, I will take responsibility for how I live my life
I will take responsibility for me”


Overall, this is a good disc. If you are a punk fan or even if you are not, take a listen to this album. Give it a fair crack and here’s hoping you like it!

Matt Riddle 11/23/2001


 

   
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