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Fucked Up - Hidden World

The Ultimate Warrior   (12 reviews)

Posted: 10/02/2006 | Comments: 13 | Rate:

75 minutes. Usually, albums that are this long don't work. They get boring, are too drawn out, and usually would be more enjoyable if they were cut in half. With Hidden World, however, Fucked Up have discarded any rules about what a "normal" hardcore album "should" be and have created what could go down as one of the greatest punk albums of our time.

Hailing from Toronto, Fucked Up has always had a bit of mysteriousness about them. Using fake names on their albums (vocals are done by Pink Eyes, guitars by 10,000 Marbles and Concentration Camp, bass by Mustard Gas and drums by Mr. Jo), only putting out their releases on vinyl (Hidden World is their first official cd/lp), their very public and very recent feud with popular Canadian band Billy Talent, and the different references to fascism, mind control, and Nazism have all made Fucked Up a very intriguing and, at the same time, a very alienating and pretentious band. Hidden World only fuels that notion.

While most of their older material was short, fast hardcore songs, there is only one song on Hidden World less than 2 minutes long and only 4 less than 5 minutes, which is absolutely absurd for a punk album. Somehow, it works. Although it is hard to take Hidden World as a whole, it is also hard to stop listening to it. Most of the songs still follow Fucked Up's simple formula, but at the same time elements never before seen on their previous works appear. Violins, organs, whistles, and mandolins are a few of the instruments incorporated onto the record. Also, some sung, choir-like vocal harmonies are added to the background, adding what amounts to another instrument.

2 older songs, Baiting the Public and Fate of Fates, are re-recorded on this, making both sound more polished and clean. The grittiness of their old sound is still included on this album, but the production is much cleaner. The lyrics are also very intriguing, adding a whole new element with a lot of imagery and a few Biblical references. The artwork, often overlooked and added last minute to most albums, is amazing and needs to be seen.

Overall, Hidden World has the possibility to change a scene that has begun to grow a bit scale. Some parts of this album remind me of old classic rock acts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, and I think that this band has the possibility to affect people like that band did. I know it seems a bit arrogant and far fetched, but Fucked Up have created a masterpiece that is a bit hard to swallow but needs to be heard.

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holy moly
12,984 Posts
complete crap
5,610 Posts
Fate of Fates is great.
4,472 Posts
This was a MAJOR disappointment.
FTW Champion
20,619 Posts
People expecting the same old band will be disappointed, but this is without a doubt their best stuff.
Not enough words
325 Posts
I'm so pumped for the record release shows at the end of the month.
Not enough words
325 Posts
Originally posted by: Jim Beaner

Fate of Fates is great.

I liked the looking for gold version better.
11,085 Posts
good album
26,685 Posts
I wasn't feeling this.
Not enough words
325 Posts
Originally posted by: Jim Beaner

Fate of Fates is great.

I liked the looking for gold version better.
is naked.
13 Posts
Album art rules.
37 Posts
this album is AMAZING.
i just shit myself
1 Posts
nicely written review. when all is said and done, the sounds and intensity that have helped fucked up become who they are are still prevalent in this album. in my opinion, in a more mature fashion.
47,163 Posts
Originally posted by: Czarsy

This was a MAJOR disappointment.

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