Snuff: 5-4-3-2-1...Perhaps?


Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Notable fact about this album: It's Snuff's first album in 10 years.

Not so notable fact about this album: It all sounds like the same song from start to finish.

Ok, to be fair, a lot of punk records sound fairly similar from beginning to end. With the right amount of variations however, that can be one of the endearing things about the genre. Take for instance, one of my favorite punk bands, MxPx. While they've dabbled in various twists on the punk/pop punk genre, most of their albums have a similar tone and sound. A fan can pick out the differences from record to record, but a casual listener could probably be forgiven for mistaking a song from one of their more recent releases with one of their older ones.

And perhaps therein lies the challenge for me with this review. I've never listened to a Snuff album before this one, so I don't have a frame of reference for how this compares with their previous work. I would imagine that long-time fans are probably thrilled that this exists. And to the Snuff-trained ear, there are probably some subtle differences from song to song on this album. But, as a newcomer to Snuff's music, there's nothing here that makes me want to return to it at any point in the future. Each track bleeds into the next without a whole lot of variation. Duncan Redmonds' vocal lines sound almost exactly the same on every song, same flow, same dynamics. Basically this is a whole lot of sameness. 

Again, if you're a diehard Snuff fan, none of this might matter to you. But for me, this album borders on monotony and it's not something I plan on revisiting.

Jeremy Hunt
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