Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb

Monday, January 19, 2009
Everything Goes Numb (2003)

Everything Goes Numb (2003)

I’m a fan of fast-paced, frenetic music.  That’s one reason why I adore ska and punk ska as much as I do and why Streetlight Manifesto happens to be my favorite band.  If there’s one word I would use to describe Everything Goes Numb, it would be “neat.”  But if I could use two words, they would be “neat” and “manic.”

Tomas Kalnoky displays his creativity in songwriting once again on this CD. The former Catch-22 frontman and his entourage have delivered a masterpiece that I believe is the best ska album this century.  The talent assembled in that recording studio is unparalleled amongst ska bands today.

This CD displays a full range of emotions and topics.  The opening track, “Everything Went Numb,” starts out with a bang.  Horn riffs will come flying out of your speakers and hit you in the face.  “Point/Counterpoint” starts out slow, then speeds up to typical Streetlight speed.  It sounds like the same musical sugar high you get with early Catch-22. That song, friends, is a great song to skank to.

The title of best song on this CD, however, goes to “A Better Place, A Better Time.”  If any song can grab the title of Ska Epic, this song can.  At six and a half minutes, it’s definitely the longest ska song I’ve ever heard.  It’s also overflowing in amazingness.

Each song has its own unique identity (even the two that are built off of the same motif).  Throughout the CD, all the songs cruise at a ridiculously fast tempo.  I could go on and on, but I will summarize it all by saying that you are doing a disservice to yourself if you do not seek out and listen to this CD. And if you ever get a chance, you owe it to yourself to see them live.

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