Guest review by Matt
their debut SideOneDummy release, Maxeen sounds poised for success,
the kind of success that jumps off MTV into your living room every
day via Total Request Live.
They have "the look"
down pat: stylized pop-punk hair, ties over T-shirts, and they're
so damn cute -- absolutely perfect for television. Oh, and they
also play music. That may be oversimplifying things, which is something
that Maxeen also does on their debut. Each track is pure pop-punk
by-the-numbers. You know the bands -- we've all heard them -- and
the only real difference is that Maxeen doesn't have a number at
the end of their name.
Outside of the rocking
of guitars, bass and drums, Maxeen's songs are trite and unmemorable.
The vocals whine in a way that strains for an "emo" comparison,
but falls terribly short of any real sincerity. Maxeen does appear
to have an understanding of melody and can effectively execute a
hook. However, it shouldn't sound like a routine or a drill. As
the disc winds down you get the feeling that you just listened to
a commercial rather than a record. In that respect Maxeen succeeds,
this album very well could go platinum. It's just too bad the new
Blink 182 record came out the same week.
Posted Nov. 19,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
the disc winds down you get the feeling that you just listened
to a commercial rather than a record."
This is miles better
than Blink 182, which is virtually unlistenable due to Tom
Delonge's horrible Jerry-Lewis-as-The-Idiot vocals. Blink
182 also is more clearly a Greenday rip. You can't say that
about Maxeen. Instead of a tired, "punk revival"
sound, they're going for more of a power-pop thing verging
on what's classified these days as "emo," a la newer
Jimmy Eat World or Get Up Kids. It's not all bad, and there's
even a couple songs that seem genuinely original, but the
overall lack of interesting hooks or lyrics makes this a forgettable