|Preconceived Notions: I’ve probably heard the 3-4 Ramones songs everyone has, always thought they were ok- certainly nothing grating about them, but wouldn’t say I’m a fan. Listening to an album should be interesting, what it feels like to enter say min 7 straight of Ramones.After Listening: I guess I really never thought about how much many of the Ramones riffs are 50’s chord progression based. I wasn’t really aware of how much that’s like their niche. They do a decent job of committing to the idea as there are more than a few tracks on here that sound like where music was headed in the mid-late 50’s with just a new invention of distorted gain, and vocals that are less typically “quality”. As for whether that translates to a good thing or not, I think it just depends on the track. It’s not a perfect album and I don’t really see it as anything profound, but then again neither do the Ramones themselves in all likelihood. Almost without exception the faster songs are the better songs, as the slower ones seem misplaced and uninteresting.
Favorite Tracks: “Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment” – I like the riff halting and starting and the vocals are solid. “Pinhead” – one of the tracks that doesn’t remind me of the 50’s, and in a good way. “You’re Gonna Kill that Girl” – love the clean guitar in this.
Overall: 3.3 more good than bad, but I still wouldn’t classify myself as a fan. They’re probably best heard every once in awhile at parties with beer consumption.