Linus.maybe - Attitude
linus.maybe (interesting name...) are a younger outfit out of Switzerland (color me stupid for not knowing more about this country's rock scene) and just released their debut album Attitude last year. According to their bio, the "rock star thing" is what drives the band and that really makes sense. Their music is a rather accomplished blend of pop-punk and anthemic rock, likable to Green Day or Offspring but with more of a laid-back and mellow approach at times. It sits well without ever pressing any boundaries; perfectly suitable for head-nodding but won't become stuck in your head.
Opening title track really sticks out for being the most highly energized and classic punk-ish number on the disc. This is easily notable in the bass line which sounds lifted from something by Iggy Pop, and a fist-pumping chorus to sing along to. This is THE track linus.maybe can utilize to get their sound into the public eye, even though it's not altogether representative to the rest of the album. Most of the rest of the songs work at much slower paces and tempos, providing platforms for sometimes humorous, sometimes serious lyrical story-telling and melodic pop-punk/rock that's more or less servicable and mostly enjoyable all the same. "Slop of the Pops" is very catchy, featuring some decently played harmonica. The intro to "Rockstar" is undeniably awesome, a sort of neo-western soundtrack flair to it that really impresses me. The album mostly exposes it's finer parts over the first half, but some solid numbers over the 2nd half would be "If I Ain't Got You" and "Another Beer".
Overall not a bad debut performance for linus.maybe, just one that isn't going to apply itself to anyone's musical philosophies. If you demand catchiness and poppy hooks from your music, while having it retain a bit of indie appeal and aren't afraid of the words "pop-punk" when used in conjunction, then Attitude probably has more than enough of what you're looking for. Everyone else, click over to their website and listen to a song or two with some caution.
User Reviews and CommentsLog In or Register to Rate Albums
Tell us why this album is great or sucks ass, or correct the reviewer. If you write enough quality reviews you may find yourself on the editorial staff.
Reviews have to be over 100 words, shorter ones are classed as comments.
on 2009-05-28 hstisgod Said:
I couldn't agree more, there just seems to be too much poppunk without content. More like Popspunk! Good review Kevin