The Menzingers - Rented World (Album Review)

Do you know that feeling you get when you listen to a band's new album and you keep saying to yourself: "This is the band's best album"? That's the exact thing I said when I listened to The Menzingers new album Rented World. It just sounds like this band has created their best album to date.

The songs border a sound like a mixture of punk and alternative rock. I'd say it sounds at times similar to a heavy Gaslight Anthem and at other times it borders a sound musically closer to something you'd hear on an early Weezer album.

Musically and vocally this album succeeds in big ways. The songs sound so well written and fine tuned. The vocals go great with them. The production and mixing is on point. It sounds fantastic overall. It has the heavy aggressive moments and the nice laid back more melodic moments. It's the kind of album that where the songs I didn't like as much grow on me with repeated listens and I continue to enjoy the songs I really liked more and more. It's just easily a standout album for 2014.

Personally on first listen "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore", "Where Your Heartache Exist", and "In Remission" are songs that really stick out to me and just had me hitting repeat. The latter two are more mid-tempo songs and they have that smoother old school alternative rock meets Weezer vibe. "In Remission" might be one of my favorite songs The Menzinger's has written and it's one of the better songs I've heard this year. "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore" is a great opener and it's just a kick in the teeth of flair and style. The chorus is so catchy and is bound to get stuck in your head for days. "My Friend Kyle" is a good example of that sort of Gaslight Anthem-esque sound.

It's plain and simple that 2014 should be a big year for The Menzingers. This album should help spread their name a lot. If it doesn't it is a true shame. It's a great album. You can listen to it over and over and find something new each time. You should check this out! Trust me you need to hear it.

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