The Bible 2

Artist: 
AJJ
Non-Airable Tracks: 
NONE
Label: 
SideOneDummy Records
Album Art: 

Whether you have been a fan of AJJ since the days of their full name or you are just hearing about them by picking up this CD, (and have any sensible taste in alt/folk-punk music), you will absolutely love this album. I have never heard such a dynamically eerie, yet upbeat album. I have a feeling you'll pop in this album and want to dance, and then call your mom for the first time in a while. Lyrically, the album keeps up those exceptionally existential themes and unique imagery that seem to gracefully crumble out of lead singer, Sean Bonnette's, mouth. Each track seems to take you on a new, eerie journey through all of the feelings of cynicism toward the systems and people that continue to oppress the human race. Talking about the title of the album, The Bible 2, Collin Brennen of Consequence of Sound puts it best. He explains that the "cheeky" title and morbid lyrics ache for "the kind of assurance that only religion can provide, though they see too clearly through the world's bullshit to subscribe to Christianity in its traditional form." Some songs will have you feeling like James Franco's character in Freaks and Geeks, and others will have you feeling like James Franco's character in Oz, The Great And Powerful. If you're unsure, listen to the album (2, 5, and 10) and you'll see what I mean. Overall, this ominous album, filled with societal outcries and angsty anthems may be the best thing to drop during this ridiculous year. 

I think it is very important to point out that I listened to this album while driving up to Phoenix from Tucson. I drove alongside the absolute most beautiful sunset I have ever seen, and accidentally ran over already-dead roadkill. If I haven't given you enough analogies to describe this album already, I believe this one came via the stars or the universe, because that imagery ultimately describes this album.

Sounds Like: 
Ramshackle Glory
Sounds Like: 
The Front Bottoms (if they whined instead of sang, and only played loud acoustic guitars)
Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes (when conor oberst rocks out super hard)
Recommended Tracks: 
2 - Golden Eagle - What I believe living in the 70's sounded like
5 - No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread - The kind of song you'd hear at a sock-hop in the 50's but melancholy and painful. Fave song.
9 - Terrifyer - if Streetlight Manifesto, Muse, and My Chemical Romance made a song, it would sound like this.
11 - When I'm A Dead Boy - If you like quiet songs about nihilism and feelings, this one's for you. Cheers!
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2016